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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 413 vom Donnerstag, 14.04.2016

Last Sunday´s Spring Mile at Düsseldorf, the first German group race of 2016, ended in a convincing victory for Stall Ullmann´s Guiliani (Tertullian), who showed a nice turn of foot to master the hot favourite Lucky Lion (High Chaparral) inside the distance and score quite comfortably by three parts of a length. The first two are both past winners of Munich´s Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, but while Guiliani carried a three kilos penalty for winning Germany´s top ten furlong race last year, Lucky Lion, who has not won since his 2014 success in Munich, was actually receiving four kilos from the winner. This makes Guiliani´s win even more meritorious, and he has an obvious chance of repeating his Dallmayr-Preis  success, as that race in late July is now seen as his main mid-season target.

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Ausgabe 412 vom Donnerstag, 07.04.2016

The first German group race of the new season will be run at Düsseldorf this Sunday. This is the XTIP Frühjahrs-Meile (“Spring Mile”), which will be followed by a group race just about every Sunday from now until mid-November, with occasionally some midweek pattern races during the big week-long meetings at Baden-Baden and Hamburg.

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Ausgabe 411 vom Donnerstag, 31.03.2016

It´s a long time in racing terms between the end of March and the Deutsches Derby, to be run at Hamburg on July 10th, and the Preis der Diana (Oaks) at Düsseldorf four weeks later. It is also very unusual for serious candidates for those classics to be racing in March, but this is what happened over the long Easter weekend, when we saw promising entries for both events in action at Bremen on Good Friday, Düsseldorf on the Saturday, Hoppegarten on Sunday and Cologne on Monday. These are also the only two races in the German calendar for which there is a proper ante-post betting market, and amazingly the top three (according to some lists) in the betting for both these races were all out at the weekend.

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Ausgabe 398 vom Donnerstag, 17.12.2015

The 2015 racing season in Germany


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Ausgabe 397 vom Donnerstag, 10.12.2015

There are currently 52 thoroughbred stallions based in Germany approved for covering duties in 2016, including four newcomers: Amaron, Arrigo, Earl of Tinsdal, Nutan und Polish Vulcano

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Ausgabe 392 vom Donnerstag, 05.11.2015

Ito (Adlerflug) was a most convincing winner of last Sunday's Pastorius- Grosser Preis von Bayern, to give his owner-breeder Gestüt Schlenderhan, his trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho and jockey Filip Minarik their second successive success in Germany's last Group One race of the year.

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Ausgabe 391 vom Donnerstag, 29.10.2015

Hanover was the centre of activity for German racing fans last weekend. On the Saturday there was a symposium  sponsored by the Owners and Breeders Association at a local hotel, which attracted 300 guests and was by all accounts a big success. On the Saturday there was a strong card, featuring a group race and two listed races, with all events sponsored by leading studs.

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Ausgabe 390 vom Donnerstag, 22.10.2015

What a season this has been for Ravensberg trainer Andreas Wöhler! Not only he is quite likely to be leading trainer in Germany for the third time – not only by number of winners, as is the custom here, but probably also in terms of prize-money – with a strike rate of over 32%, but he has also had considerable success as a breeder, despite the fact that Rennstall Wöhler (a partnership between him and his wife Susanne) currently only have two mares. One of them however is Independent Miss (Polar Falcon), who has just brought off the considerable feat of having two group race winners in the space of a week.

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Ausgabe 389 vom Donnerstag, 15.10.2015

Ravensberg trainer Andreas Wöhler has such an outstanding record in Germany's top races that it comes as quite a surprise to realise that until last Sunday he had never won the prestigious Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne, the local equivalent of the Racing Post Trophy, and a race which, as the name suggests, is intended to supply the early favourite for next season's Deutsches Derby. This does not of course always work out, and in fact Lavirco (Königsstuhl) in 1995 was the last horse to win both races.

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Ausgabe 387 vom Donnerstag, 01.10.2015

Cologne's Group One Preis von Europa, run last Sunday, used to be one of the most valuable races in Europe; this is no longer the case, but we saw a good race with a very deserving winner:  Stall Nizza's Nightflower (Dylan Thomas), who on her previous two starts had been runner-up in the Preis der Diana and Grosser Preis von Baden.

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Ausgabe 386 vom Donnerstag, 24.09.2015

Last Sunday's Deutsches St. Leger at Dortmund ended with two four-year-old fillies taking the first two places, hardly a compliment to the current classic crop in Germany, which has been further weakened by the late news that Derby winner Nutan (Duke of Marmalade) is injured and has been retired.

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Ausgabe 385 vom Donnerstag, 17.09.2015

This is a relatively quiet period for German racing, between the end of the Grosse Woche at Baden-Baden twelve days ago and the Europa-Meeting at Cologne at the end of next week. The only group race last weekend was the Grosse Europa Meile at Munich, and this weekend it will be the German St. Leger atDortmund, both Group Three races.

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