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Breeding & Racing in Germany

David Conolly-Smith: www.galoppfoto.de - Frank SorgeDavid Conolly-Smith: www.galoppfoto.de - Frank SorgeIn order to be of assistance to our growing number of readers from abroad, we are with immediate effect publishing in every issue of Turf Times an English page, giving in compact form all the latest racing and breeding news from Germany in English. It will be written by the well-known racing journalist David Conolly-Smith, who has lived in Germany for many years. He is the German representative of the International Racing Bureau and writes regularly on German racing and breeding for the Racing Post, Irish Field, EBN, TRC and many other publications.

Ausgabe 513 vom Freitag, 13.04.2018

Last weekend the only racing we had was at Düsseldorf, and the two main events were both won by horses whose trainers had expressed reservations before the race that their charges might still be a bit backward following the long cold spell. In the event locally-trained Wonnemond (Areion) won the Group Three mile race in good style, coming as usual with a late run from last place, while the listed race for three-year-olds saw Darius Racing's French-bred Alounak (Camelot) put up the best performance so far seen in Germany this year.

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Ausgabe 510 vom Freitag, 23.03.2018

This has been a very long and cold winter in Germany, just as in the rest of Western Europe, and even this week we have had snow and frost in many parts of the country. However spring is coming and the winter is almost over – as we can see from the racing fixtures, with the first two turf meetings of 2018 this Sunday (weather permitting!) at Düsseldorf and Mannheim. For the past three months we have had to make do with mainly extremely low level racing on the sand tracks at Neuss and Dortmund, which have frankly been of minimal interest except to immediate connections; the last one is at Dortmund today (Friday).Of course they also fulfil a useful function and give opportunities to earn some prize-money to horses that would certainly be incapable of this on any of the leading turf tracks.

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Ausgabe 498 vom Donnerstag, 14.12.2017

In the past seven years, German-bred and –trained horses have won the Arc, the King George (twice), the Ganay, the Melbourne Cup and other major events all over the world. Going back a bit further we have winners of the Eclipse, the Coronation Cup, the Prix de l´Opera, the Cadran, the Japan Cup and more. This year was by comparison very meagre indeed. The two biggest wins abroad were in Turkey, where Wonnemond (Areion), trained by Düsseldorf by Sascha Smrczek, won the Topkapi Trophy, and in New York, where the Belmont Gold Cup was won by Red Cardinal (Montjeu), trained by Andreas Wöhler but Irish-bred and Australian-owned.

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Ausgabe 473 vom Donnerstag, 22.06.2017

The big race last weekend in Germany was the WEMPE 907th German 1,000 Guineas at Düsseldorf, which featured two strong contestants from Newmarkert: William Haggas´ Cristal Fizz (Power) and Hugo Palmer´s Unforgetable Filly (Sepoy). Both trainers knew what was required, as Haggas had sent Lockheed (Exceed and Excel) to Cologne four weeks earlier to finish a neck second  in the German 2,000 Guineas with the same jockey, Pat Cosgrave, aboad and the colt was sold last Monday for an amazing 900,000 GBP at the Goffs London Sale, while Palmer had won the 1,000 Guineas last year with Hawksmoor (Azamour) – a good winner at the recent big Belmont Park meeting – and had booked the same jockey, James Doyle.

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Ausgabe 465 vom Donnerstag, 27.04.2017

This is the time of year for classic trials, and although the German classics are much later than the equivalent races in England and France, the trials are now in full swing. We had some very interesting races for three-year-olds last weekend with more to come in the next few days.

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Ausgabe 464 vom Donnerstag, 20.04.2017

Despite the return of wintry weather, there was some very interesting racing over the Easter weekend, with some clear pointers tot he upcoming classics. Bremen started the roll rolling with its traditional Good Friday meeting, featuring the Acatenango Derby Trial, which is actually a race for maidens, but has produced two winners of the German Derby in the past decade. Ironically the race was won by a colt who has not been entered in the classic, Stall Lucky Owner´s Walsingham (Campanologist), a 12,000 euros BBAG purchase. Walsingham clearly stays well and is probably quite useful, but he certainly got the run of the race here, with most of the candidates very green and running all over the place.

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Ausgabe 462 vom Donnerstag, 06.04.2017

At last, sanity prevails – or so it seems. At a lengthy hearing at Cologne on Monday, the appeals panel threw out the objections of the connections of Dschinghis Secret (Soldier Hollow) third-placed in last July´s Deutsches Derby, to the first two in that Hamburg classic: Isfahan (Lord of England) and Savoir Vivre (Adlerflug). In a very close finish Isfahan had scored by a head with Dschinghis Secret only a neck away in third. The jockeys on the first two were subsequently suspended and ordered by the Hamburg stewards to forfeit most of their percentage of the prize-money because they had contravened the German whip rules. This is the normal procedure in such cases, as well as international usage, but Dschinghis Secret´s connections were not satisfied and have attempted to have the first two horses disqualified, which would have set an alarming precedent.

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Ausgabe 460 vom Donnerstag, 23.03.2017

Turf racing resumes this weekend in Germany with meetings at Düsseldorf and Mannheim, both on Sunday. We have had to suffer four months of winter with only a handful of dreary race meetings on the two sand tracks at Neuss and Dortmund, consisting mainly of very low grade handicaps.

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Ausgabe 450 vom Donnerstag, 12.01.2017

We list below in alphabetical order the five new stallions in Germany for 2017, all Group One winners:

GUILIANI, 2011, Tertullian- Guadalupe (Monsun)

Guliiani was a smart miler, but his best performance came when winning the Group One Dallmayr-Preis over ten furlongs at Munich in 2015. In all he won 5 of his 13 starts. There were high hopes for him last year, but after winning a Group Three over a mile on his debut at Düsseldorf he was injured and had to be retired. He raced throughout in the colours of his breeder Stall Ullmann and was trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho.

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Ausgabe 443 vom Donnerstag, 10.11.2016

The last significant German two-year-old race of the season was run at Krefeld last Sunday, and Stall Reckendorf's Colomano (Cacique) ran out a ready winner of the Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen after racing towards the rear for most of the way. He ran on strongly in the final stages to defeat the front-running favourite Kastano (Nathaniel) by one and three-quarters lengths, with another Nathaniel colt Enjoy Vijay a close third.

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Ausgabe 433 vom Donnerstag, 01.09.2016

We are two thirds of the way through the “Grosse Woche“ at Baden-Baden, as usual the most important German meeting of the year, and there is plenty to report. The main event last Saturday ended with the convincing victory of Irish-bred and Polish-trained Va Bank (Archipenko) who remains unbeaten after twelve starts. The first eleven races were all in Warsaw, so it was not at all clear what the form was worth, but here he beat the smart Potemkin (New Approach), who had been third in a Group One on his previous start, easily enough with the rest six lengths and more further back, so this was certainly a good performance. He had cost just 4,500 euros as a yearling, partly because he had scars on his leg following an accident. Historians have established that is was the first Polish win in Baden-Baden since before the First World War.

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Ausgabe 432 vom Donnerstag, 25.08.2016

For the third successive Sunday trainer Andreas Wöhler and his stable jockey Eduardo Pedroza took the big race in Germany when Stall Salzburg´s Wai Key Star (Soldier Hollow) ran out a very easy winner of the Grosser Audi Sport Preis, a ten furlongs event for three-year-olds previously known as the Fürstenberg-Rennen and staged in Baden-Baden; it was the only group race run in Germany last week, and Wöhler´s tenth group race success so far in 2016 (including three of the four Group Ones so far run in Germany).

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