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.
Last Sunday's Group Three Grosser Preis der Wohnstätte Krefeld – Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen over 1700 metres for 2yo's was the last European group race of the season and also of course the last German juvenile race of importance. Germany has four group races for this age group and the Ratibor-Rennen (as it is usually known) although it comes very late in the season has often enough been won by juveniles that went on to greater success the following season.weiterlesen »
Last Sunday´s Allianz- Grosser Preis von Bayern in Munich was the final Group One race of the European season and ended with the expected victory of Kirsten Rausing´s homebred Alpinista (Frankel) who thus completed the same German Group One hat trick as her grandam Albanova in 2004, following the Grosser Preis von Berlin in August and the Preis von Europa in September. The Grosser Preis von Berlin, now back at its historic home in Hoppegarten, was in Albanova´s day run as the Deutschland-Preis in Düsseldorf, while the Munich race, which goes back after several changes in name, to the old Aral-Pokal, was in 2004 run as the Rheinland-Pokal in Cologne, but the character of all three races has remained the same, as well as the distance of 2400 metres.weiterlesen »
Last Sunday´s Group Three Silbernes Pferd at Hoppegarten ended with the expected result, indeed one could almost say that it confirmed the reliability of German form this season. The key race for this 3000 metres test was obviously the German St. Leger, run over a furlong shorter at Dortmund six weeks earlier, in which Aff un zo (Kallisto) had won easily enough from Loft (Adlerflug); this time Loft was one kilo better off and plenty of punters expected him to reverse the form, sending him off at 2.7-1, while Aff un Zo started at a generous 3-1. But in the event Aff un Zo won again, even more easily this time, coming with a strong run to lead inside the final furlong and quickly assert, scoring by 2½ lengths, with Loft running another solid race in second after taking the lead early in the straight.weiterlesen »
Last Sunday´s Group Three Silbernes Pferd at Hoppegarten ended with the expected result, indeed one could almost say that it confirmed the reliability of German form this season. The key race for this 3000 metres test was obviously the German St. Leger, run over a furlong shorter at Dortmund six weeks earlier, in which Aff un Zo (Kallisto) had won easily enough from Loft (Adlerflug); this time Lloft was one kilo better off and plenty of punters expected him to reverse the form, sending him off at 2.7-1, while Aff un Zo started at a generous 3-1. But in the event Aff un Zo won again, even more easily this time, coming with a strong run to lead inside the final furlong and quickly assert, scoring by 2½ lengths, with Loft running another solid race in second after taking the lead early in the straight. However he had no answer to Aff un Zo´s finishing burst and the latter was very clearly the best horse in the race.weiterlesen »
We are at the end of October and nearing the end of the German racing season. Germany has no N.H. season, in fact practically no jumps races at all, and many leading racecourses have already shut up shop for 2021, including Cologne, Düsseldorf and last Sunday Hanover, which signed off for the year with a strong card which included three black type races.
There had been a major racing conference the previous day in Hanover and many of the makers and shakers in the German racing and breeding industries were present, while most of the races were sponsored by breeders and racing organisations. Main event was the Group Three Grosser Preis des Gestüts Auenquelle und Torquator Tasso-Herbst Stuten Preis for fillies and mares over 2200 metres. The owners of the Arc winner have supported several races since their big win and have been very generous to various racecourses.weiterlesen »
Last week´s meeting in Baden-Baden, the Sales & Racing Festival, must be regarded as a major success and the new management team, Baden Galopp, who took over in April this year, must be complimented on their excellent start. The two race days went well, helped by really pleasant autumn weather, which of course is not always the case in October (e.g. the Paris Arc meeting a fortnight ago!). But help from above is always necessary for the staging of outdoor events.weiterlesen »
Triumph and tragedy are never far apart, in racing as in many other walks of life, and we saw this again at Cologne last Sunday when Sea Bay (New Bay) won the Preis des WInterfavoriten in brilliant style, scoring by nine lengths after taking the lead early in the straight and leaving strong opposition for dead. This was a most impressive performance, the best by a German-trained 2yo for many years and earned him as GAG rating of 96 (=international 112), extremely high for a German juvenile and equaling the highest rating for this age group.weiterlesen »
Obviously the two Group Three races in Germany last Sunday pale into insignificance compared to the events in Paris, and the victory of Gestüt Auenquelle´s Torquator Tasso (Adlerflug) in the Prix de l´Arc de Triomphe is not only the best news of the year for German racing and breeding but also a huge boost to German form. On his previous start he had won the Grosser Preis von Baden comfortably defeating the 2021 German Derby winner Sisfahan (Isfahan), with the Godolphin runner Passion and Glory (Cape Cross) third and Kaspar (Pivotal) fourth; previously he had been runner-up to Kirsten Rausing´s Alpinista (Frankel) in the Grosser Preis von Berlin, with Walton Street (Cape Cross) third. This form looks even better now, even without the Arc, as Alpinista followed up in the Preis von Europa, while Walton Street has since won the Canadian International very easily.weiterlesen »
Sir Mark Prescott´s 4yo filly Alpinista, as expected, proved too strong for her German rivals in last Sunday´s Group One Preis von Europa at Cologne, leading one and a half furlongs out and quickly asserting to win by 1 ½ lengths from the CD specialist Nerium (Camelot) with the German Derby winner Sisfahan (Isfahan) running on late to go third. The first half mile was run at a crawl with none of the jockeys wanting to make the running until Nerium went on and injected some pace into the race. He led by 4 lengths coming into the straight, but Luke Morris was aware of the situation, soon had Kirsten Rausing´s grey into position and the filly lengthened in really good style to cut down the leader and soon put the race to bed.weiterlesen »
The most interesting race run last weekend in Germany was the Group Three RaceBets 137th Deutsches St. Leger in Dortmund. In common with most other countries (excepting of course the original version in Doncaster) this race has been open to older horses, in this case since 2007. And older horses have won eight times since then. However this latest edition saw only one older horse in the line-up, the 5yo mare Naida (Reliable Man), and she was well held on this season´s form and played no role.weiterlesen »
Last week´s “Grosse Woche” (= “great week”) at Baden-Baden must be regarded as a great success. It was the first meeting at the Iffezheim racecourse under the new management team Baden Galopp, and, apart from a few minor hitches and teething problems, all went well and the final three days of the meeting were run in glorious late summer weather, also a huge positive so even the weather played its part. The only big problem was when the first race on Saturday had to be voided after a false start, but that is hardly the fault of the race club. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: “pure joy” according to Deutscher Galopp president Michael Vesper, and “all´s well that ends well” according to senior handicapper Harald Siemen´s weekly blog.weiterlesen »