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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.

08.11.2018
Ausgabe 543 vom Freitag, 09.11.2018

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.

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02.11.2018
Ausgabe 542 vom Freitag, 02.11.2018

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.

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27.10.2018
Ausgabe 541 vom Freitag, 26.10.2018

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.

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13.10.2018
Ausgabe 539 vom Freitag, 12.10.2018

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.

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05.10.2018
Ausgabe 538 vom Freitag, 05.10.2018

 

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.

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28.09.2018
Ausgabe 537 vom Freitag, 28.09.2018

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.

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21.09.2018
Ausgabe 536 vom Freitag, 21.09.2018

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.

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15.09.2018
Ausgabe 535 vom Freitag, 14.09.2018

It is often believed that mares that are in foal can show dramatically improved form as a result of hormonal changes. This is not always the case, and indeed our handicapper colleague Harald Siemen has in his weekly blog demonstrated that statistics do not back up this theory at all. However it certainly happens sometimes, as in the case of Clear Water (Hard Spun), easy winner of last Sunday´s listed event over seven furlongs at Düsseldorf, Germany´s only black type race last weekend.

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07.09.2018
Ausgabe 534 vom Donnerstag, 06.09.2018

Baden-Baden's Grosse Woche has now been and gone and we saw some more exciting finishes last week. However the results make depressing reading for local owners and trainers and it appears that the form of the top German horses is currently well below the level of some recent years. There are no stars like DanedreamNovellist or Protectionist, all winners of top international Group One races, to be found at the moment in German stables. This is partly because of a run of bad luck with injuries to some of the potential stars, partly to the fact that more and more German-breds with smart form are being sold abroad (mainly to Australia or Japan), and partly a natural cycle.

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01.09.2018
Ausgabe 533 vom Freitag, 31.08.2018

We are now halfway through the „Grosse Woche“ at Baden-Baden, Germany´s most important meeting, and the week began with the success of Stall Salzburg´s Wai Key Star (Soldier Hollow)., who just got up in a desperate finish to defeat the favourite Va Bank (Archipenko) by a short head in the ex-Spreti-Rennen, a result which must have been bitter for the latter´s trainer Andreas Wöhler, who had Wai Key Star in his care last year. Stall Salzburg, the nom de course of big owner Hans-Gerd Wernicke, now has all their horses trained by 30-year-old Sarah Steinberg in Munich and she is having a tremendous season with an excellent strike rate. Both her runners at the meeting so far have won and she has two more interesting prospects in the group races here on Sunday.

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27.08.2018
Ausgabe 532 vom Freitag, 24.08.2018

This year's BBAG Yearling Sale, by far the most important thoroughbred sale in Germany, takes place next Friday, August 31st at the BBAG sales complex just down the road from the Baden-Baden racecourse at Iffezheim. With 279 lots catalogued (a small number in the meantime withdrawn) the sale starts at 9.30 a.m. and will go on all day. The sale has an outstanding record of producing classic and group race winners, often at very reasonable prices. The catalogue lists 14 winners of the Group One Deutsches Derby that have gone through the BBAG ring, not all of them sold, as for example this year's Weltstar (see below), and 43 more Group One winners.

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24.08.2018
Ausgabe 532 vom Freitag, 24.08.2018

There were two listed races in Germany last weekend, very different in character. In Hannover, only five runners lined up for a race over a mile and a half in which Stall Lucky Owner's Walsingham (Campanologist) had plenty in hand on official ratings, having run several good races previously in top company. The Röttgen-bred four-year-old duly won with the greatest of ease, with the French-trained Amaranthe (Mastercraftsman) running on for second place, but never with a serious chance of winning.

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