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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.

28.05.2022
Ausgabe 720 vom Freitag, 27.05.2022
20.05.2022
Ausgabe 719 vom Freitag, 20.05.2022

It has been another good week for the Schlenderhan-bred Adlerflug (In The Wings), but sadly a posthumous one, as the 2007 German Derby winner died suddenly of a heart attack at Easter last year after covering a mare. He was already on the way to becoming a sire of major international importance – he had had the first two in the 2020 German Derby, which had created quite a ripple - and he has since gone on to further glory. The winner of that race, In Swoop, went on to finish runner-up in the Arc, while the Derby second from 2020 Torquator Tasso won that Longchamp race last year, and is likely to make his 2022 debut next week at Baden-Baden. Adlerflug was champion sire in Germany for the past two seasons; this is all the more remarkable as his foreign winnings (e.g. 2.9 million euros for the Arc winner!) do not count in the German statistics.

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14.05.2022
Ausgabe 718 vom Freitag, 13.05.2022

After several classic trials now run, it appears that trainer Markus Klug holds a similar position in Germany to that held by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland and the U.K. He has won all three major trials which have so far been run and holds an extremely strong hand for the big 3yo races to come. According to bookmaker RaceBets, he has the favourite for next week's German 2,000 Guineas, the filly Mylady (The Grey Gatsby); she was the first filly in half a century to win the Dr. Busch-Memorial at Krefeld, and would be the first filly in half a century to win the Cologne classic. 

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05.05.2022
Ausgabe 717 vom Freitag, 06.05.2022

The season is now getting into top gear, and there were some very interesting races last weekend in Germany. There is no doubt either about who was last weekend´s big winner: Manfred Ostermann, who breeds under the name Gestüt Hof Ittlingen and races under the name Gestüt Ittlingen, won the top four races, all with homebreds. The sequence began with Danelo (Exceed and Excel), an easy winner of a good 1400 metres handicap at Mülheim on Saturday under top weight. Trainer Andreas Wöhler indicated later that handicaps are now out for the 4yo, who was making his seasonal debut, and he will now be racing in black type events. Judging by the way he won here, he looks well up to listed class at least.

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29.04.2022
Ausgabe 716 vom Freitag, 29.04.2022

The German classics come much later in the year than in the other major European countries. This weekend we have the first two English classics, the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday and the 1,000 on Sunday, both at Newmarket, while the two Italian equivalent races are both run on Sunday at Rome (with German participation). We have the French Guineas races two weeks later at Longchamp and the following weekend the two Irish races at the Curragh, when also the first German classic, the Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen (German 2,000 Guineas) is run at Cologne (May 22nd, the same day as the Italian Derby!). The German 1,000 Guineas will not be run until June 12th, relatively late in the season. In the old days this race used to be run much earlier, before the 2,000 Guineas usually, but this has how been put back for several weeks in line with the German Oaks (Preis der Diana) on August 7th.

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22.04.2022
Ausgabe 715 vom Freitag, 22.04.2022

We shall ignore the turbulence behind the scenes and concentrate entire on the action on the turf during the long Easter weekend. In all there were six meeetings and it is estimated that some 50,000 racegoers were on the course to enjoy some excellent racing, helped by wonderful late spring weather. The weather has been mainly dry for the past few weeks, ads it hads been over most of Western Europe and the ground was mainly riding fast, which was no doubt the reason for the fact that many of the top races were won by front-runners.

The three main meetings were at Hoppegarten on Sunday, with three listed races, Cologne on Monday with the Group Two Carl Jaspers Preis (previously known as the Gerling-Preis), and also on Monday Hanover, with another listed race. For all three tracks it was the first fixture of 2022.

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15.04.2022
Ausgabe 714 vom Freitag, 15.04.2022

With the Grand National now behind us, our tip Delta Work (by Network (Monsun)) finished an honourable third of 40 under a huge weight, we can now concentrate on flat racing and this week saw the opening of the top French racecourse Longchamp and also the top British course at Newmarket. Both meetings ended with good results from the point of view of German breeding.

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08.04.2022
Ausgabe 713 vom Freitag, 08.04.2022

The Grand National was first run in 1839 and was originally called the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase and was run in February. The first winner was appropriately named Lottery and of course the race has been a lottery ever since; a handicap with 40 runners is never going to be easy and luck in running always plays a big role. We have not forgotten the 1967 edition, when a loose horse got stuck on the top of the 23rd fence and brought down, or hampered almost the entire field. The 100-1 outsider Foinavon was clear last at the time, but his jockey was as a result able to pick his way through and he won unchallenged. In theory this, or a similar disaster, could happen again, but we doubt it; the fences are now easier, the huge prize-money (this year half a million GBP to the winner) means that there is a much stronger field with virtually no no-hopers, also all runners must not only have a good rating to get into the field but must also qualify.

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01.04.2022
Ausgabe 712 vom Freitag, 01.04.2022

The flat season is really beginning to get under way, and last week we had not only Dubai World Cup day at Meydan, the climax of the Dubai season, but also the first flat meetings of the year in England, at Doncaster, and in Ireland, at the Curragh. Also in Germany the pace is hotting up; the week before last we had the first meeting of the year on turf at Krefeld and last Sunday a much better meeting at Düsseldorf, with the first black type race of the season and also interesting races for 3yo´s which were won by runners that could well be taking part later is some of the year´s top races.

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25.03.2022
Ausgabe 711 vom Freitag, 25.03.2022

Spring is here, and with it better weather and high class racing, both over jumps and on the flat. Last week we had the Cheltenham N.H. Festival, the climax of the N.H. season as far as the British and Irish are concerned, but we also had the first group race of the year on the flat as well as the start of the German turf season. This weekend we have the first German black type race of the year, as well as the start of the flat in England – traditionally at Doncaster – and rather more importantly – the Dubai World Cup meeting.

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17.03.2022
Ausgabe 710 vom Freitag, 18.03.2022

The flat season is slowly getting under way and we have the first group race of the year at Saint Cloud on Saturday, while in Germany Krefeld´s fixture this Sunday is the first meeting of 2022 on turf. However the spotlight is still firmly on N.H. racing, and the season has reached its climax this week, at least as far as the British and Irish are concerned, with the Cheltenham N.H. Festival which started on Tuesday and continues until Friday.

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11.03.2022
Ausgabe 709 vom Freitag, 11.03.2022

Although flat racing is now really getting into gear in Europe - Saint Cloud opened the Paris season today (Thursday) – it is still National Hunt racing that grabs the headlines, especially with the all-important Cheltenham meeting starting next Tuesday. However first some positive news from Down Under: Reliable Man had two group winners last weekend in Australia, while the New Zealand Derby was won by Asterix (Tavistock out of a Shirocco mare) with the filly La Crique (Vadamos) runner-up. Reliable Man spends the European season at Gestüt Röttgen, where he stands for a very reasonable 6,500 euros. It is fair to say that he has had more success down under where he has already had several Group One winners (e.g. Miami Bound, Inspirational Girl and Sentimental Miss) but his record in Europe is also pretty decent and includes German group race winners Adrian, Akribie and Erasmus.

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