Germany’s  top sprint, the Goldene Peitsche (Golden Whip) G2 at Baden-Baden, ended with a surprise on Sunday as the French trained outsider Silverside  strode clear in the final furlong.

Virginia-bred and Spanish-owned, 17-1 shot Silverside scored by 2½ lengths over Smooth Operator, with British challenger Rose Blossom just grabbing fourth on the line.

Silverside has been running all over, and trainer Sanchez said: “He may have been an outsider but his win was no surprise to us. He should have won in Norway but he hit the front too soon and stopped, as the jockey is not allowed to use his whip there. He has running over longer distances, but when I saw the soft ground, I knew that this race would be ideal.He probably runs next on Champions Day at Ascot in October.”

Terry Hellier, who finished second on Smooth Operator after making much of the running, said: “We did not want to go in front and I was hoping to get a good lead from Rose Blossom, but I found myself in front much too soon.”

Sheikh Mohammed’s Clairvoyance kept on well for third place, but stable companion Amico Fritz, who started favourite but was very keen in the earlystages, was the disappointment of the race, finishing sixth.

Silverside is by Pleasantly Perfect, out of Lyrical Ghost by Silver Ghost and was bred by the late Edward P. Evans. He has dominated racing in Spain winning multiple championships and is Group 3 placed in France.

Silverside’s dam, stakes placed Lyrical Ghost is a half-sister to the graded stakes winner Tap Dance (Pleasant Tap) and the stakes winner and stakes producer Grand Player the dame of two-time Virginia-bred champion and Grade 1 stakes winner Malibu Prayer.

He was a $30,000 Keeneland September Yearling in 2007 and resold at two abroad for $41,033.