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.
Baden-Baden´s Grosse Woche is now behind us, and quite apart from the spectacular victory of Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) in the Grosser Preis, one of the most interesting results was the previous day´s Zukunftsrennen, won in good style by Gestüt Schlenderhan´s homebred Alson (Areion). The German programme for two-year-olds is heavily concentrated in the late summer and autumn; while French, Irish and British juveniles are already active in the early spring, this age group does not start to race here until Baden-Baden´s Spring Meeting in early June and only really gets going from August onwards. This is because German-breds are normally regarded as late developers, and it is certainly the case that almost all leading German breeders are much more interested in producing classic contenders (i.e. three-year-olds) than the more precocious types that win the early races for youngsters.weiterlesen »
Godolphin was the dominating factor at Baden-Baden last weekend. First by buying the three top lots at the BBAG Yearling Sale on Friday and contributing greatly to the success of the sale; then by winning the two most important races on the Sunday, first the Group Two Oettingen-Rennen over a mile with Vintager (Mastercraftsman), and then, far more importantly, the Group One 147th Longines Grosser Preis von Baden, normally Germany´s most prestigious race, in spectacular fashion with Ghaiyyath (Dubawi)weiterlesen »
We are now halfway through the “grosse Woche” at Baden-Baden, Germany´s most important race meeting of the year. Although it would be fair to say that the meeting so far has been relatively low key, with only a couple of good races and a lot of poor ones, this weekend´s racing is something to look forward to, with strong fields and very competitive racing with a lot of runners from abroad, especially from the U.K.weiterlesen »
This year´s BBAG Yearling Sale, which takes place next Friday in the BBAG sales ring, just down the road from Iffezheim (Baden-Baden) racecourse, will attract its usual batch of national and international agents, breeders and owners, many of whom will be flying over in a specially commissioned plane on the Wednesday evening from the Goffs Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale. The German sale is now well established on the international scene and enjoys a strong reputation for well-bred yearlings at reasonable prices. There are no such stallion stars here as Galileo and Dubawi, but plenty of leading international sires such as Sea The Stars, Siyouni, Nathaniel or Kingman are represented, as well as some highly interesting first season sires. Last year´s top two lots were knocked down for only 280,000 euros; one of them, Miss Yoda (Sea The Stars- Monami (Sholokhov)) has already shown considerable talent by winning in good style first time out for John Gosden.weiterlesen »
Last weekend in Germany was very low key, hardly surprising following three successive Sundays with Group One races, and with Baden-Baden just around the corner. The most valuable event was a BBAG sales race at Hanover over the intermediate distance of 1750 metres. King (Lord of England) and Say Good Buy (Showcasing) had top weight here, but the former started at odds on after an impressive success in a similar race at Hamburg, where Say Good Buy had only finished sixth. However it had been raining for several hours, and King never featured and did not seem to act on the ground, while Say Good Buy clearly loved it, going well clear in the straight to win by ten lengths at the lucrative odds of over 18-1.weiterlesen »
“I came, I saw, I conquered;” that was Julius Caesar´s commentary when he travelled west from his Roman base to conquer Gaul. Henri-Alex Pantall, travelling in the opposite direction, could say the same thing after his exploits at Hoppegarten last weekend. He sent three horses on the 1,400 kilometres journey from his stables in western France – not that far from the Atlantic Ocean – to the Berlin racecourse in the extreme north-east of Germany. All three won – two of them in listed races, and, most importantly, French King (French Fifteen) took the main event, the Group One Grosser Preis von Berlin.weiterlesen »
Last Sunday´s Group One Henkel 161st Preis der Diana (German Oaks) was a messy, and in many respects unsatisfactory, race. This should in no way detract from the performance of the winner, Gestüt Brümmerhof´s homebred Diamanta (Maxios), who won fair and square and was clearly the best horse on the day. However she certainly had the run of the race, which can hardly be said of several of her rivals.weiterlesen »
It was generally expected that one of the three U.K.-trained runners would win last Sunday´s Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich, Germany´s best ten furlongs race. Saeed bin Suroor´s Benbatl (Dubawi) and Ed Walker´s Stormy Antarctic (Stormy Atlantic) had finished first and second last year, and this time Stormy Antarctic was back to try and go one better. He was accompanied by David Menusier´s Danceteria (Redoute´s Choice) and Mark Johnston´s Matterhorn (Raven´s Pass), who had met earlier in the season in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown; Matterhorn had come out on top then, but Danceteria had showed improved form afterwards, winning La Coupe at Longchamp and then running fourth to Enable in the Eclipse Stakes. As Enable had won the King George the previous day at Ascot, a fact of which all racegoers were aware, he looked the likeliest of the foreign raiders.weiterlesen »
The truth of this old racing adage was demonstrated again last Sunday at Düsseldorf, when Robin of Navan (American Post), trained by Harry Dunlop in Lambourn, made all the running to win the Group Two Meilen-Trophy. There were two U.K.-trained runners in the race, and punters clearly believed that the other, Indian Blessing (Sepoy) was the better, and he went off as 2.6-1 second favourite, while Robin of Navan paid an amazing 15.4-1! Admittedly Robin of Navan was coming off a long losing run, but anyone who had taken the trouble to look through his old form would have seen that he had won a Group One at two (defeating subsequent Arc runner-up Cloth of Stars) and had been placed several times in much better company than this. He is arguably the best European son of his sire American Post (Bering), who died in 2016.weiterlesen »
It was clear that in the week following the German Derby meeting at Hamburg there would be a bit of a lull, and last weekend the only black type races run were the listed Grosser bwin Sommerpreis over 1900 metres at Leipzig and the listed BBAG Diana Trial at Mülheim over 2000 metres.
The Leipzig race went to the seven-year-old gelding Sun at Work (Areion), bred by Fährhof, owned by Elisabeth Kindrat, trained in Bremen by Werner Haustein and who made all the running under Maxim Pecheur. The 28-year-old jockey, who in April married Lena-Maria Mattes, herself previously a successful amateur jockey, is having a fantastic season and rode a six-timer on the day. He is attached to the leading Markus Klug stable and has not looked back since winning the Deutsches Derby on Windstoss in 2017.weiterlesen »
After last season s results, when Godolphin took three of Germany´s five all-aged Group One races and other foreign-trained runners took several Group Two events, and the first half of this season, when again most of the better races have gone abroad, it is clear that German racing is in urgent need of another top class Group One performer comparable to Arc winner Danedream, King George winner Novellist or Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist earlier in this decade. It is just possible that we saw one last Sunday in Hamburg, in the shape of Laccario (Scalo), the convincing winner of the IDEE 150th Deutsches Derby.weiterlesen »
We are now four-sevenths of the way through Hamburg´s Derby meeting and have seen convincing winners of the main events so far. Last Saturday, the opening day, saw the 5yo mare Abadan (Samum) run out a ready winner of the listed Langer Hamburger over two miles. She is trained by Henk Grewe in Cologne and stable jockey, the young Frenchman Lukas Delozier, rode a waiting race on the grey but found himself boxed in early in the straight; luckily there was room for him to switch and Abadan quickened nicely to speed past the frontrunning Berghain (Medicean) and win easily by a length. This was the best career performance by the winner, and indeed her first black type success; she has changed hands several times, but this was a welcome change of luck for owners Dr. Stefan Oschmann and his wife Sharpar, who race under the name of Darius Racing.weiterlesen »