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.
Our article before Christmas on the success of Monsun´s sons in British and Irish N.H. racing has received several updates. The Boxing Day (St. Stephen´s Day for our Irish readers) meetings at Kempton, Leopardstown and Limerick and the following days saw several more Grade One victories, and the chances of a win at the big Cheltenham meeting in March have become much more likely.
Delta Work and Le Richebourg, both sons of Network, won Grade One races at the Leopardstown meeting and are now prominent in Cheltenham betting. Network is now well establish as a leading N.H. stallion in France, but also has had plenty of success in the U.K. and Ireland, notably with Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacré, officially rated the best chaser since Arkle.weiterlesen »
Overall it must be said that 2018 was a disappointing year for German racing. There were plenty of highlights, but the classic generation in particular was weaker than in most recent seasons. In this decade German-trained horses have won the Prix de l´Arc de Triomphe, the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (twice!), the Melbourne Cup and a race at Royal Ascot. There were some notable international successes for German-breds in 2018, for example A Raving Beauty (bred by Karlshof) in the U.S.A., Almandin (Schlenderhan) in Australia or Pakistan Star (Wittekindshof) in Hong Kong, but the sad fact is that no runner trained here won a group race in France or the U.K.weiterlesen »
With racing at a very low ebb in Germany for the next few weeks, it seems a good time to look at what´s going on around the world. This Sunday we have the International Races at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, with four valuable Group One events – over six, eight, ten and twelve furlongs- all with high class international fields. Unfortunately there is no German-trained runner, our hopes that Night Music (Sea The Stars) would be invited were dashed; Stall Salzburg´s mare is going to be sold at Arqana next week instead. However the Hong Kong Vase is still of great interest, with Waldgeist (Galileo) likely to start favourite and the enigmatic Pakistan Star (Shamardal) also in the line-up.weiterlesen »
This has been a blank week for German racing; there is racing today (Friday) on the sand track at Dortmund, and in December we have two more sand fixtures at both Neuss and Dortmund, but with all due respect, these are all very low grade. It is therefore time to have another look at the German stallion scene, following last week´s rather alarming statistics.weiterlesen »
There is some good news to report this week. First of all of course the fact that Enable (Nathaniel) is to stay in training at five in an attempt to win the Arc for the third time has been greeted with enthusiasm by racegoers around the world. This is a very sporting decision by her connections, especially owner Khalid Abdullah, his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe and trainer John Gosden, who has handled her in masterly fashion. It will also please her regular jockey Frankie Dettori, who has once again been in brilliant form in 2018, and according to Gosden needs his percentage of the prize-money to put his children through college.weiterlesen »
Last Thursday´s Grosser Preis von Bayern in Munich ended in a convincing win for Stall Mulligan´s six-year-old entire Iquitos (Adlerflug), who came from last place with a devastating run to lead a furlong out and score by four lengths from Defoe (Dalakhani) with another four lengths back to Dee Ex Bee (Farhh). The two placed horses, both trained in England, have solid Group One form to their name, and while the very soft ground probably resulted in the exaggerated distances at the line, this was undeniably a smart performance from Iquitos, a consistent performer at the top level for the past two years; at four he won the Grosser Preis von Baden and at five the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis.weiterlesen »
By far the best race in Germany this week is Munich´s Group One Grosser Preis von Bayern on All Saints´ Day, but for technical reasons these lines are written before that late season feature, which has attracted a strong international field. The result and commentary (in German) can be found elsewhere in this issue.weiterlesen »
Last week´ s Baden-Baden meeting, the grandly-named Sales & Racing Festival, must be counted as a great success, thanks in particular to fine weather. At this time of year the outdoor conditions are all-important and after several years in which the weather was really miserable, this time everything was perfect: the sun shone non-stop, the temperature was pleasant and betting turnover on the Sunday was up by almost 20% compared to last year – a welcome change from this year´s normal results.weiterlesen »
The best race run in Germany last weekend was the Group Three Silbernes Pferd over 3000 metres, run in Hoppegarten for the first time since the war after being staged under various names in Krefeld, Hannover, Dortmund and now defunct Frankfurt. The race title is in fact the oldest in Germany, dating back to 1832, in the earliest days of thoroughbred racing in the country. It was therefore good to see it return to its earlier home in Berlin, although it must be said that the quality of the field did not really live up to the tradition of the race.weiterlesen »
Except for the week-long meetings at Baden-Baden and Hamburg, there is virtually no midweek racing now in Germany, but this Wednesday – a public holiday celebrating German reunification – we saw good racing at Cologne and Hoppegarten, following on from Sunday´s meeting at Düsseldorf. Both Düsseldorf and Hoppegarten hosted interesting Group Three races and the two easy winners, Peace in Motion (Hat Trick) and Va Bank (Archipenko) respectively, have plenty in common, including a very cosmopolitan background.weiterlesen »
There was a lot of rain last weekend in Cologne. This would not normally be worth a mention, but 2018 has not been a normal year as regards the weather, and this rain came after more than four months of heatwave and drought. As a result the going was soft for the first time since the spring. In fact it was more than soft; by the start of racing on Sunday it was very bad, and by the fifth race – when the rain das slowed to a drizzle, but the damage had already been done – it was terrible and the later races, including the Group One Preis von Europa, were started by flag.weiterlesen »
Last Sunday was another disappointing day for German racing, with our two big hopes at ParisLongchamp both unplaced. Andreas Wöhler´s Royal Youmzain (Youmzain) was certainly not disgraced in fourth place, beaten less than two lengths, in the Prix Niel, but even so probably did not fulfil more optimistic expectations. Jean-Pierre Carvalho´s Well Timed (Holy Roman Emperor), unbeaten in four previous starts this year including the German Oaks, was soon beaten in the Vermeille and finished more than eight lengths behind the winner. The form of the Preis der Diana now looks much weaker than we had thought at the time.weiterlesen »