Protectionist is set to return to Group One level on his next start after continuing his resurgence in Hamburg last weekend.

Winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup for German trainer Andreas Wohler, the six-year-old remained in Australia to continue his career with trainer Kris Lees, but was largely disappointing.

His owners, Australian Bloodstock, made the decision to send Protectionist back to Wohler earlier this year and it has proved a shrewd move, with the entire winning each of his two starts since returning for his second spell in Europe.

Wohler said: “I am happy to see him progress and that he is doing well.

“He won a conditions race four weeks ago, then the Group Two and I think that his next run if everything goes right will be in a Group One in Berlin in the middle of August – the Grosser Preis von Berlin.”

Wohler is keen not to look too far ahead.

“We will take it race by race and do what is in the best interests of the horse,” the trainer added.

“When he came back to Europe we had that agreement with Australian Bloodstock.”