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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.

24.03.2017
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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13.01.2017
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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10.11.2016
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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02.09.2016
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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26.08.2016
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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26.08.2016
Ausgabe 432 vom Donnerstag, 25.08.2016

The BBAG Yearling Sale, which takes place next Friday at the sales complex next door to the racecourse at Iffezheim , is by far the most important thoroughbred sale in Germany and now attracts owners, trainers, agents and other buyers from all over the world. This year´s catalogue is arguably the strongest ever and the encouraging results from Deauville last week and from Goffs this week suggest that the sale will be a success. MD Carola Ortlieb reports that “the mood is very positive at present and we expect a strong sale; we have buyers coming from the USA, from Australia (including new people  who intend to have horses in training in Germany), Hong Kong and all the usual suspects from the U.K., Ireland, France  and Italy. The large number of promising younger stallions represented is a big advantage over previous years. ”

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01.07.2016
Ausgabe 424 vom Donnerstag, 30.06.2016

Five-year-old Potemkin (New Approach) put up the best performance by an older horse in Germany this season when winning last Sunday's Grosser Preis der Wirtschaft at Dortmund. He was probably the most-improved horse in the country last year, when he won six of his seven starts, starting with a maiden race in April and progressing through the handicap, He finished 2015 by winning the Preis der Deutschen Einheit at Hoppegarten in early October, Germany´s most valuable Group Three race.

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13.05.2016
Ausgabe 417 vom Donnerstag, 12.05.2016

As suggested in last week's column the Gerling Preis, Germanys feature event of last week, proved, well – not easy pickings, but was ultimately won with authority by Schlenderhan Studs homebred Adlerflug son Ito. It was a case of “three in a row” for Trainer Jean-Pierre “Chippi” Carvalho, who won the Gr. II event, ran over 1m4f at Cologne racetrack, with Ivanhowe and Guardini in 2014 + -15, both of Schlenderhan origin as well.

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28.04.2016
Ausgabe 415 vom Donnerstag, 28.04.2016

Turf Times English Page 28.4.16

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22.04.2016
Ausgabe 414 vom Donnerstag, 21.04.2016

„Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee“:  Muhammad Ali´s famous description of his boxing technique seems also appropriate for the victory of Darius Racing´s Parvaneh (Persian for butterfly) in last Sunday´s Group Three Schwarzgold-Rennen at Cologne.  Marc Lerner kept the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor at the back of the field, floating along as Whole Lotta Rosie (Tiger Hill) set a furious pace up front. She ran out of steam two furlongs out, at which stage Parvaneh was still plumb last. The favourite Double Dream (Lawman) then took it up, but only flattered briefly, as La Merced, in Fährhof´s first colours and another daughter of Tiger Hill, came through to lead at the distance and looked the likely winner, with Dhaba (Areion), last year´s Winterkönigin, making good headway, but by now Lerner had switched Parvaneh to the outside and she was really buzzing.

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15.04.2016
Ausgabe 413 vom Donnerstag, 14.04.2016

Last Sunday´s Spring Mile at Düsseldorf, the first German group race of 2016, ended in a convincing victory for Stall Ullmann´s Guiliani (Tertullian), who showed a nice turn of foot to master the hot favourite Lucky Lion (High Chaparral) inside the distance and score quite comfortably by three parts of a length. The first two are both past winners of Munich´s Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, but while Guiliani carried a three kilos penalty for winning Germany´s top ten furlong race last year, Lucky Lion, who has not won since his 2014 success in Munich, was actually receiving four kilos from the winner. This makes Guiliani´s win even more meritorious, and he has an obvious chance of repeating his Dallmayr-Preis  success, as that race in late July is now seen as his main mid-season target.

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08.04.2016
Ausgabe 412 vom Donnerstag, 07.04.2016

The first German group race of the new season will be run at Düsseldorf this Sunday. This is the XTIP Frühjahrs-Meile (“Spring Mile”), which will be followed by a group race just about every Sunday from now until mid-November, with occasionally some midweek pattern races during the big week-long meetings at Baden-Baden and Hamburg.

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