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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.

16.07.2024
Ausgabe 826 vom Freitag, 19.07.2024
With the passing of the Hamburg Derby meeting, last weekend in Germany was very quiet though we did have one interesting race the Diana Trial (Oaks trial) in Mulheim/Ruhr last Sunday. The Listed fillies race over 2000m (1m 2f) attracted eight runners with Lady Mary from Andreas Suborics yard being sent off the 6/4 favorite for the contest. On paper it had looked a good opportunity for the Lawman daughter but having being ridden with restraint this time she picked up pretty well down the straight but could never get to the always in the first two racing Diya.
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13.07.2024
Ausgabe 825 vom Freitag, 12.07.2024

Before we look back at the highlight races of last weeks Hamburg meeting. I would just like to say a few words about the meeting itself. It is my opinion that only the Derby and its exciting finish saved the meeting. 

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Fast and beautiful: Three Havanas. www.galoppfoto.de
05.07.2024
Ausgabe 824 vom Freitag, 05.07.2024

This week is really all about looking forward rather than back but last weekend Sunday saw the opening day of the Derby meeting and a sparkling performance once again from the 3-year-old filly Three Havanas. In the future event in Hamburg- Sparkasse Holstein Cup, a Group III event for 3-year-old and older fillies over 1600 meters (1m) the Havana Gold daughter showed once again what a gem she is. We said in our last column how tough and honest this little grey is but here she showed how versatile she is as well. Having finished third in the German 1000 Guineas, when ridden prominently, she jumped and made all over 1200 meters (6f) for an easy win a good sales race and here she adopted the same tactics making all and running them into the ground. Her easy 1 1/2 length victory was never in doubt as she ran away from Amira (Muhaarar) with the 5/2 favourite Sea the Lady (Sea the Moon) staying on 2 3/4 lengths away in third.

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28.06.2024
Ausgabe 823 vom Freitag, 28.06.2024

We were looking forward to some good competitive racing last weekend and the meetings in Dusseldorf and Dortmund did not disappoint.

In Dusseldorf on the Saturday, the main event was the 25.000 Euro Heuking Diana Trial (Oaks Trial) over 2100 meters (1m 2 ½ f) with nine fillies taking their chance here. Market Leader at 5/4 was Weltbeste running for Gestuet Roettgen and trainer Maxim Pecheur. The Soldier Hollow daughter had won her only start at two and again on her seasonal reappearance before finishing a good third in a listed race in Hannover three weeks ago. Again, she ran very creditably here under Martin Seidl but had to give second best to Ashana at the line.

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21.06.2024
Ausgabe 822 vom Freitag, 21.06.2024

Cologne was the highlight meeting of last weekend racing in Germany, where its eight-race programme included the Sparkasse Köln-Bonn – 189. Union-Rennen historically Germany´s most important Derby Trial and the Grosser Preis von Wettstar.de, a Group II for the older brigade over 2200 meters (1m 3f). The Group II Union Rennen also over 2200 meters (1m 3f) and with nice prize money of 72.000 Euro saw nine Derby hopefuls go to post with Any Moon (Sea the Moon) being sent of favourite for Markus Klug and Andrasch Starke and owners Gestuet Schlenderhahn. 

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13.06.2024
Ausgabe 821 vom Freitag, 14.06.2024

Last weekend we had Magdeburg on the Saturday and a double header of Krefeld and the main meet Berlin-Hoppegarten on Sunday. Hoppegarten staged a good class programme which included the Group III Diana Trial or Oaks Trial over 2000 meters (1m2f). The main event attracted only a small field of six but still punters were finding it hard to separate the top four with eventually Egina, the Soldier Hollow filly from Peter Schiergens stables being sent off favourite on the back of an emphatic 8 lengths win here over course and distance three weeks earlier.

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03.06.2024
Ausgabe 820 vom Freitag, 07.06.2024

Baden-Badens Fruehjahrs meeting or spring meeting was to be the highlight last weekend with the Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft the main event on the Sunday, the third and last day of the meeting. Unfortunately, it would live the highs and suffer the lows of what can happen by live sporting events.

Thursday saw the first day of the meeting get underway with a nine-race programme which included the Group III 46. Kronimus Badener Meile. Even though the weather forecast said rain, on the day it didn’t materialize, and the ground was officially described as soft, good to soft in places. A holiday in Germany, it saw over 15.000 visitors come through the turnstiles, over 2.000 more than the corresponding day in 2023 and as well as that the betting also saw a plus of nearly 15 percent.

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31.05.2024
Ausgabe 819 vom Freitag, 31.05.2024

Last Sunday saw our second Classic of the season run in Dusseldorf. The Wempe 104. German 1000 Guineas saw thirteen 3-year-old fillies take their chance on soft ground over 1600 meters (1mile) on the Grafenberg track. The Kevin Phillippart de Foy trained English filly Rochelle was a non-runner from the original 14 declared, and no less than four fillies still made the trip from the British Isles including Darnation (Too Darn Hot) the 36/10 favorite for the event from the Karl Burke Spigot Lodge Yorkshire stables. Shagara (Zarak) on form looked best of the home team but the England fillies were always going to be hard to beat here and exactly so it proved.

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24.05.2024
Ausgabe 818 vom Freitag, 24.05.2024

We had some fantastic racing last weekend and it couldn’t have been any better or more thrilling than in Germany´s first classic of the year 2024 season, the Coolmore St. Mark´s Basilica German 2000 Guineas. Maigret, the Counterattack son in the colors of Gestüt Karlshof from the Bohumil Nederostek stable just shaded favoritism for the race in front of the English horse Devil's Point, the mount of star jockey and ex English champion Silvestre de Sousa, who had just ridden the winner of the English 1000 Guineas Elmalka, two weeks earlier, on his return to European circuit this year after a spell in Hong Kong.

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17.05.2024
Ausgabe 817 vom Freitag, 17.05.2024

Over the past weekends although we had racing in Germany, they were really very ordinary, run of the mill meetings. Not much to write home about. Probably one of the more significant happenings was the lost of, in my opinion, one of the best and influential stallions Soldier Hollow, standing in stud Auenquelle since 2011 formerly in stud Roettgen, the son of In The Wings was a really tough racehorse. Owned by Helmut von Finck, he won stakes races as a 2-year-old and every year through till 7 years and won over 1 million Euro on the track. He was a four-time Group I winner and won 10 Group races in total. He also was German Horse of the Year in 2004. As a sire he produced Pastorius, winner of the Prix Ganay Group I and the German Derby as well as Group I winners Dschingis Secret, Ivanhowe, Weltstar, Serienholde and over Hurdles Arctic Fire and Saldier. He was definitely one of Germany´s top sires.  

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02.05.2024
Ausgabe 815 vom Freitag, 03.05.2024

Last Sundays double header, Berlin-Hoppegarten in the morning and Krefeld in the afternoon produced some good racing. Starting in Berlin, where racing got underway at 11 o’clock, they ran an eight-race programme with the Listed Altano-Rennen over 2800 meters (1m 6f) the main attraction. Nine went to post for this stayers event with the Andreas Woehler representative Crystal Estrella for Team Valor being sent off favorite and although running a good race the Iffraaj filly could manage a third place at the winning line, 3 lengths and a neck behind the cozy winner Waldadler (Adlerflug) and Nastaria (Outstrip). The Winner came into the race with the best credentials having finished third behind Assistent and Best of Lips in the Gran Prix Aufgalopp in Cologne 4 weeks earlier. Trained by Pavel Vovcenko for Stall Kalifornia and ridden by Sibylle Vogt he powered home for an easy win. 

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26.04.2024
Ausgabe 814 vom Freitag, 26.04.2024

One month into the turf season now and German racing standards were raised another notch with the two Group races in Cologne. Again in NRW area where Cologne is situated the rains came and the track rode heavy which some horses found difficult going. Probably the weather was also one of the factors that the attendance was only 6.500 whereas in the east on the smaller Dresden morning programme over 8.000 racegoers found their way through the turnstiles on a cold but at least dry day.

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