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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.

Ausgabe 377 vom Donnerstag, 23.07.2015

This has been a relatively quiet week in German racing, although the highly popular summer meeting at Bad Harzburg has been attracting some decent crowds. This week long fixture in a resort area of the Harz mountains is always a crowd-puller, but even its greatest fans will admit that most of the sport on offer is at a low level. They are however making an effort to upgrade the racing, and Saturday's BBAG sales race for three-year-olds over an extended nine furlongs will be the most valuable race ever staged at the track.  There are some quite well-bred types running as well, notably the Russian-owned Navigator, who is by Dashing Blade out of an own sister to King George winner Novellist. He was also the most expensive, having cost 160,000 euros.

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Ausgabe 376 vom Donnerstag, 16.07.2015

The most interesting race from the German point of view this week was the Group Two Prix Maurice de Nieuil, the main supporting feature on the Bastille Day card at Longchamp. Two of the six runners in this race for older horses over one and three-quarters miles were German-bred, and in a desperate finish they took the first two places, Gestüt Aesculap's Walzertakt (Montjeu) rallying strongly in the final stages to get back up and defeat Bathyrhon (Monsun) by a short head.

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Ausgabe 375 vom Donnerstag, 09.07.2015

Obviously last Sunday's 146th running of the Deutsches Derby at Hamburg was the main topic in German racing this week. It is the first Group One and also the most valuable race of the German season, and also the one that attracts the most media attention, as well as being the only German race with a strong ante-post market. It was almost certainly a good result for the layers this year, as the betting was dominated throughout by three horses, two of whom, the unbeaten pair Karpino and Quasillo, both bred by Gestüt Fährhof and trained by Andreas Wöhler, failed to make the line-up after setbacks, while the third, Australian-owned Shimrano started as clear favourite but never got into the race after a slow start and finished eleventh of the eighteen runners.

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Ausgabe 374 vom Donnerstag, 02.07.2015

Hamburg, like most of Western Europe, is currently in the grip of a brutal heatwave, which means that the going will be very fast for the final three days of the Derby meeting. The big race itself, the IDEE 146th Deutsches Derby one of seven Group One races in Germany, will be run on Sunday at 5.10 p.m. local time, probably in fierce heat and on firm ground. There is a slight possibility of thunderstorms, but knowing how violent they can be here, that could be even worse.

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Ausgabe 373 vom Donnerstag, 25.06.2015

Hamburg´s Derby meeting starts this Saturday, with seven racedays running through to the Sunday of next week, when the IDEE 146th Deutsches Derby will be run. That is obviously the top race of the whole week, but this weekend´s cards also bring good sport. Saturday´s main event is the Franz-Günther von Gaertner Gedächtnisrennen, a Group Three for fillies and mares over a mile, which has attracted two runners from the U.K. and France; official ratings indicate that the Brits have the better chance, Ralph Beckett´s Evita Peron (Pivotal) or Karl Burke´s Odeliz (Falco), both of whom will be partnered by locally-based jockeys.

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Ausgabe 372 vom Donnerstag, 18.06.2015

The Union-Rennen, now sponsored by the Oppenheim bank, is the oldest race in the German calendar and was first run at Hoppegarten in 1834. It has been run at Cologne since the end of the second world war and has established itself as the premier trial for the IDEE 146. Deutsches Derby. Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) brought off the double last year, while the previous two winners were Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow) and Novellist (Monsun), both beaten favourites at Hamburg but who both later proved themselves to be the best of their crop in Germany.

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Ito, the new German star. www.galoppfoto.de - Sarah Bauer
Ausgabe 371 vom Donnerstag, 11.06.2015

One can have too much of a good thing, and certainly the sun that beat down relentlessly on Baden-Baden last week comes into that category. With temperatures up to 35 degrees, it was quite an ordeal and the result was that there were a large number of non-runners and that betting turnover and gate receipts were down. However the general atmosphere was positive and there some smart performances on the track, with pride of place clearly going to Gestüt Schlenderhan´s homebred Ito (Adlerflug), easy winner of the meeting´s main event, the Group Two Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer on the Sunday.

The complete race video, photos  and full result here (under "Renndetails"/Ito /No. 3: Klick!

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Ausgabe 370 vom Donnerstag, 04.06.2015

Trainer Andreas Wöhler completed a classic double when Full Rose (Aqlaam) ran out a narrow winner of the German 1,000 Guineas at Düsseldorf last Sunday, just six days after Karpino (Cape Cross) had won the colts´ equivalent race at Cologne. The Düsseldorf race was however a very close affair, with ten of the fourteen runners still holding a chance at the distance, and only just over two lengths covering the first seven home at the line.

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Ausgabe 369 vom Donnerstag, 28.05.2015

One horse dominated the German racing news this week, and that was Karpino (Cape Cross), bred by Gestüt Fährhof and racing in the colours of Pearl Bloodstock, who ran out a most convincing winner of the Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen (German 2,000 Guineas) at Cologne on Monday. Trained by Andreas Wöhler, who seems to have a lock on the top German three-year-olds this year, Karpino started as 6-4 favourite for the first German classic and never gave his supporters a moment of anxiety. Ridden with great confidence by young Oisin Murphy, he took over from the pacemaker Rock Academy (Aerion) with fully two furlongs to run and quickly had the race in safe keeping.

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Ausgabe 368 vom Donnerstag, 21.05.2015

The season is now really hotting up, and we saw some very promising three-year-olds in action last week, with the near certainty of more to follow on this long Whit weekend. From the events of last week, pride of place clearly goes to Gestüt Fährhof's homebred Quasillo (Sea The Stars), who put up a most impressive display to win the Bavarian Classic (normally run at Munich, but this year, exceptionally, at Hanover). Quasillo, still very inexperienced according to trainer Andreas Wöhler, was ridden with the utmost confidence by stable jockey Eduardo Pedroza, who kept him towards the rear for the first mile of this ten furlongs race; switched to the wide outside in the straight, he quickened in excellent fashion and could be called the winner a long way from home.

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Ausgabe 367 vom Donnerstag, 14.05.2015

A strong card last Sunday at Cologne saw a big race double for owner-breeder Stall Ullmann, their trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho and stable jockey Filip Minarik, as well as two very promising three-year-old performances.

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Shadow Sadness, winning the Metzler-Preis. Foto: galoppfoto Sarah Bauer
Ausgabe 366 vom Donnerstag, 07.05.2015

The Group Three Frühjahrs-Preis des Bankhauses Metzler, run over ten furlongs at Frankfurt last Sunday, has been one of the most significant trials for the Deutsches Derby (Hamburg, July 5th) ever since its inception in 1965 and it has been sponsored by the Metzler bank since 2000. The roll of honour for this event includes many champions, including Sayonara (dam of Derby winner Slip Anchor) in 1968, the only German triple crown winner Königsstuhl in 1979, his best son (and champion sire) Monsun in 1993, and last year of course the outstanding German Derby winner Sea The Moon.

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