Breeding & Racing in Germany
In 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.
With this being the first issue of the New Year, I would like to start off by wishing all our readers a happy and prosperous 2024. One of the unfinished pieces of the 2023 race season, was the trainers championship which went down to the last day's racing in Dortmund on the 30th of December. It was very quickly decided though as Peter Schiergen who had a three-win lead over nearest rival Henk Grewe, produced the first winner on the card. Schael (Isfahan) ran out a very very easy 10 length winner in the hands of apprentice Shuichi Terachi, giving Schiergen his 7th German Trainers title. The 2024 racing got underway on the 8th of January in Dortmund. The first winner of the new season was Bavaria (Kingsman) who battled hard to win by a head. Erika Mäder was the successful trainer and Thore Hammer Hansen rode her to victory.weiterlesen »
The end of the year is closing in fast now, but we will have two race meetings to see the 2023 season out. Weather permitting on Boxing Day, Mulheim will see a final grass meeting and then on the 30th of December, Dortmund on its sand track will bring the curtain down. Most things have been already decided with Andrasch Starke, the leading jockey this year with 79 winners a full 23 more than his closest rival Rene Piechulek. The leading Breeders award was taken by Gestuet Karlshof ahead of Gestuet Fährhof and the leading owner was Liberty Racing 2021. The syndicate racing and bloodstock members hit gold this year with Winning Spirit (Soldier Hollow) winning twice, one at listed level before finishing second in the Italian Derby and running 4th in his owners second colors in the German Derby in Hamburg behind the first colors on the winner Fantastic Moon (Sea the Moon).
The last couple of weekends in our sport reflects in my opinion the general state of affairs in German Racing. Let’s go back two weekends ago and the last time we had racing in Germany, Munich’s last Raceday on the 25th of November somehow passed an inspection an hour before the first race after a blanket of snow covered the track. Now the track was probably raceable and safe enough for horse and rider, but it was definitely very heavy conditions for flat bred horses with snow lying on already heavy ground. But it got the go ahead and the Munich racecourse held its last highlight the Listed Isfahan Münchner Herbstpreis over 2200 meters (1m3f). The winner here Atoso (Guilliani) handled conditions best of all and came home two lengths clear of Palatina (Isfahan) in the hands of a very competent young lady Lilli-Marie Engels giving both horse and rider their first taste of Black type success.weiterlesen »
Last weekend saw Krefeld host Germany´s last group race for the 2023 season. The Großen Preis der SWK AG – Herzog von Ratibor – Rennen, run over the 1700 meters (1m 1/2f) trip for the two-year-olds, saw 6 horses go to post in the Group III event. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of rain of late in Germany and the ground in Krefeld rode on the heavy side.
The heavy ground proved no problem whatsoever for the Sea the Moon colt, Wonderful Boy as he went pillar to post for a very easy 10 length victory in the hands of Champions Jockey elect Andrasch Starke. The winner was followed home by Novemberrose (Camelot) who in turn was 16 lengths in front of Flamingo Moon (Sea the Moon). One can see by the winning margins just how testing the ground was for these two-year-olds and they were spread out like a 2-mile chase.weiterlesen »
Last weekend saw Krefeld host Germany´s last group race for the 2023 season. The Herzog von Ratibor–Rennen, run over the 1700 meters (1m 1/2f) trip for the two-year-olds, saw 6 horses go to post in the Group III event. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of rain of late in Germany and the ground in Krefeld rode on the heavy side.weiterlesen »
Last WeekendsMunich race programme included the running of the last Group I race in Europe this year. The Grosser Allianz Preis von Bayern, one of Germanys late turf seasons highlights over the 2400 meters distance, was disappointingly contested by only four horses. With rain in the area the days before the event and the forecasted soft ground, the Godolphin English challenger Rebels Romance was withdrawn.weiterlesen »
Last weekend’s meeting at Berlin-Hoppegarten, their final meet for the 2023 season, including the Group III, Silbernes Pferd, over the 3000 meters stayers’ trip. With heavy rain on the Saturday evening and again on Raceday Sunday, the ground was pretty testing. The rain and the conditions though proved no difficulties for the much improved 4-year-old Lordano (Adlerflug) as the 15/10 favorite ran out an easy 3 ½ lengths winner to stamp himself as probably Germany´s best staying prospect at present.weiterlesen »
Surely but surely is the Grass season in Germany on its last leg but the weekend in Hannover which apart from racing itself included an “Experts Day” to give an insight into racing and a chance to discuss various topics around our sport.weiterlesen »
Last weekend saw the final meeting for this year on our Premiere track Baden-Baden. The Sales and racing meeting with two days racing either side of the sales of Horses in Training and Yearlings as well as mares in foal brought some good crowds to Iffezheim.
With all the class racing that we were treated to on Arc weekend in Paris and the good racing here last weekend, this week all was quiet on the Western Front. At home we did have one important race in Cologne, the Köln-Wettstar.de sponsored Preis des Winterfavoriten, a Group III event for 2-year-old colts over the 1600 meters (1 mile) trip. The most significant 2-year-old colts race of the year with the winner heading the betting market for next year’s Derby, and this year’s winner would be following in the footsteps of Fantastic Moon, who of course having won this last year, added the Derby also.
The big weekend of racing just gone definitely provided a real treat of top-class racing for every racing enthusiast. Starting in the neighboring country and the Arc weekend at Longchamp, Paris, the first of the German runners lined up in the Prix Dollar Group II on the Saturday. Sammarco (Camelot) representing Gestüt Park Wiedingen and Peter Schiergen had his regular pilot of 2023, Adrie de Vries in the plate as he contested this Group II. A regular in all German Group I´s and II´s over 2400 meters (1 ½ m) since his Derby win in 2022 he dropped back to this 1950 meters (1m 1 ½ f), the shortest he has been since his debut as a 2-year-old in Halle over 1500 meters (7 ½ f). And this was really run at a proper pace as Jack Darcy made the running.
The highlight of last weekend’s racing was the Group I 61. Preis von Europa in Cologne on Sunday. Over 13.000 spectators and perfect weather made a real atmosphere and the ideal setting for the Weidenpescher seasons highlight. The Group I event attracted eight starters, as Sisfahan was taken out and will go for the Prix d l´Arc de Triomphe this Sunday, these included the Godolphin pair Live your Dream (Ifraaj) for Saeed bin Suroor and Oisin Murphy and Siskany (Dubawi) the better fancied of the two for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Trevaunance (Muhaarar) also made the journey from Ireland for Jessica Harrington. Hollie Doyle took the mount on the filly.