Trainer Ivan Allan has established himself as one of the most prominent owners of two-year-olds in Germany, winning a Listed race with a distinct Hong Kong flavour at Baden-Baden on the weekend. Allan's colt, Sergeant Pepper, made it two wins from as many starts in the Kornismus over 1,500 metres. To do so, he had to survive a protest from the runner-up, bred by the Hong Kong Jockey Club's executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. 'I am going to tell Ivan that I take this personally, you know,' Engelbrecht-Bresges quipped yesterday. The race is regarded as a signpost to future Classic horses and staying-bred Sergeant Pepper, by Japan Cup winner Lando, is now emerging as one of the likely favourites for the German Derby. Allan also races one of the star German sprinting juveniles this season, Flying Dash.