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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 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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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 With 279 lots catalogued (a small number in the meantime withdrawn) the sale starts at 9.30 a.m. and will go on all day.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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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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Einen Großen Dallmayr-Preis 2018 mit einem triumphalen Sieger erlebten an diesem Sonntagnachmittag 15.000 Zuschauer in München-Riem. Das mächtige Godolphin-Quartier schickte Benbatl an den Start, der im März beim renommierten Dubai World Cup-Tag den Dubai Turf und 3 Millionen Euro gewinnen konnte. Um 100.000 Euro ging es im Münchner Gruppe I-Rennen, das wie immer eine ausgezeichnete Besetzung erfahren hatte und so stand der von Saeed bin Suroor trainierte Hengst bei lukrativen 23:10 am Totalisator. Oisin Murphy, der den Vierjährigen bereits bei seinem Sieg in Meydan reiten konnte, fackelte am Start nicht lange und übernahm sofort die Spitze um das Tempo nach seinem Belieben gestalten zu können.

Hier geht es zum kompletten Renntag mit allen Ergebnissen:Klick!

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Ausgabe 521 vom Freitag, 08.06.2018

Last weekend was a very successful one for the German racing and breeding industries. At home, the Baden-Baden Spring Meeting went well, while abroad there were several significant performances in top races by German-breds.

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Ausgabe 520 vom Freitag, 01.06.2018

There have been several outsider winners in this year´s European Guineas races, but this was not the case at Düsseldorgf last Sunday, when the Mark Johnson-trained Nyaleti (Arch) started as 23-10 favourite and ran out a very easy winner of the WEMPE 98th German 1,000 Guineas, Bred in Ireland by SF Bloodstock, Nyaleti, who was running for the twelfth (!) time, had shown some very smart form at two, including a five lengths success in Ascot´s Princess Margaret Stakes, she was regarded as a live candidate for the Newmarket Guineas, but a couple of poor efforts in the spring caused her connections to scale down their expectations. However she showed better form when beating older fillies in a listed race at Goodwood and showed at Düsseldorf that she was right back to her best when accounting for a devent field of locally-trained fillies with the utmost ease.

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Ausgabe 518 vom Donnerstag, 17.05.2018

The Berlin racecourse Hoppegarten celebrates its 150th birthday this year; it was officially opened on May 17th 1868 by the Prussian King Wilhelm I and his chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The racetrack was organized and funded by the  , an association of Prussian landowners, aristocrats and Berlin socialites. Within a few years, Germany had been united under Prussian leadership, Berlin was the capital of the German Reich, the King was now a Kaiser and Hoppegarten had quickly become the leading racecourse and training centre in the country. Well over 1,000 horses were in training, wealthy owner-breeders like the Oppenheims from Cologne and the Weinbergs from Frankfurt established large stables here.

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Ausgabe 513 vom Freitag, 13.04.2018

Last weekend the only racing we had was at Düsseldorf, and the two main events were both won by horses whose trainers had expressed reservations before the race that their charges might still be a bit backward following the long cold spell. In the event locally-trained Wonnemond (Areion) won the Group Three mile race in good style, coming as usual with a late run from last place, while the listed race for three-year-olds saw Darius Racing's French-bred Alounak (Camelot) put up the best performance so far seen in Germany this year.

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Ausgabe 510 vom Freitag, 23.03.2018

This has been a very long and cold winter in Germany, just as in the rest of Western Europe, and even this week we have had snow and frost in many parts of the country. However spring is coming and the winter is almost over – as we can see from the racing fixtures, with the first two turf meetings of 2018 this Sunday (weather permitting!) at Düsseldorf and Mannheim. For the past three months we have had to make do with mainly extremely low level racing on the sand tracks at Neuss and Dortmund, which have frankly been of minimal interest except to immediate connections; the last one is at Dortmund today (Friday).Of course they also fulfil a useful function and give opportunities to earn some prize-money to horses that would certainly be incapable of this on any of the leading turf tracks.

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Ausgabe 498 vom Donnerstag, 14.12.2017

In the past seven years, German-bred and –trained horses have won the Arc, the King George (twice), the Ganay, the Melbourne Cup and other major events all over the world. Going back a bit further we have winners of the Eclipse, the Coronation Cup, the Prix de l´Opera, the Cadran, the Japan Cup and more. This year was by comparison very meagre indeed. The two biggest wins abroad were in Turkey, where Wonnemond (Areion), trained by Düsseldorf by Sascha Smrczek, won the Topkapi Trophy, and in New York, where the Belmont Gold Cup was won by Red Cardinal (Montjeu), trained by Andreas Wöhler but Irish-bred and Australian-owned.

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Ausgabe 473 vom Donnerstag, 22.06.2017

The big race last weekend in Germany was the WEMPE 907th German 1,000 Guineas at Düsseldorf, which featured two strong contestants from Newmarkert: William Haggas´ Cristal Fizz (Power) and Hugo Palmer´s Unforgetable Filly (Sepoy). Both trainers knew what was required, as Haggas had sent Lockheed (Exceed and Excel) to Cologne four weeks earlier to finish a neck second  in the German 2,000 Guineas with the same jockey, Pat Cosgrave, aboad and the colt was sold last Monday for an amazing 900,000 GBP at the Goffs London Sale, while Palmer had won the 1,000 Guineas last year with Hawksmoor (Azamour) – a good winner at the recent big Belmont Park meeting – and had booked the same jockey, James Doyle.

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Ausgabe 465 vom Donnerstag, 27.04.2017

This is the time of year for classic trials, and although the German classics are much later than the equivalent races in England and France, the trials are now in full swing. We had some very interesting races for three-year-olds last weekend with more to come in the next few days.

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