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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 384 vom Donnerstag, 10.09.2015

The group races at Baden-Baden last week had, to be honest, little strength in depth, and the late withdrawal of the likely favourite Ito (Adlerflug) from Sunday´s Grosser Preis was a bitter blow, not only to owner/ breeder Gestüt Schlenderhan and trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho (who had taken the same race the previous year with Ivanhowe), but also to the racecourse, who lost one of its main attractions and had in addition to pay back thousands of euros in bets on the non-runner. Ito was originally pencilled in for the Prix de l´Arc de Triomphe, but that now looks highly unlikely, as he is to miss this Sunday´s Prix Foy as well (that was Plan B) and the Preis von Europa at Cologne in a fortnight´s time now looks the probable target.

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Ausgabe 383 vom Donnerstag, 03.09.2015

Baden-Baden's Grosse Woche is in full swing, with some highlights already behind us and two more strong cards to come – not to mention today´s (Friday´s) BBAG yearling sale, Germany's most important bloodstock sale by far, with plenty of owners, agents, trainers and breeders present from as far away as Hong Kong, Australia and the USA  (all countries in which German-breds have starred in recent years) as well as all the usual European suspects.

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Ausgabe 382 vom Donnerstag, 27.08.2015

Today (Friday) sees the start of Germany's most important race meeting, the Grosse Woche at Baden-Baden. Although today's card is actually rather feeble, from tomorrow onwards there is a group race on every one of the meeting's last six days, usually backed up by a listed race as well. On Saturday we have the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppen over ten furlongs, in which Lucky Lion (High Chaparral), winner of last year's Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, appears extremely well treated by the race conditions, and gets weight all round.

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Ausgabe 381 vom Donnerstag, 20.08.2015

The most interesting race run last weekend in Germany was the Grosser Preis der Sparkasse Krefeld for three-year-olds over an extended ten furlongs at Krefeld. This event, previously run at Baden-Baden as the Fürstenberg-Rennen, is traditionally a race for horses that failed to win the German Derby and five of the eight declared runners (one later withdrawn because of the very soft ground) had met at Hamburg, with Palace Prince (Areion) doing by far the best of them in second place.

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Ausgabe 380 vom Donnerstag, 13.08.2015

Last Sunday's Grosser Preis von Berlin was arguably the best race of the season so far in Germany. Now back in its traditional home at Hoppegarten, it attracted eight runners, five of them with realistic chances, headed by this year's German Derby winner Nutan (Duke of Marmalade) and the much improved four-year-olds Ito (Adlerflug) and Newmarket raider Second Step (Dalakhani), as well as last year's winner Sirius (Dashing Blade) and the dangerous Australian-owned Singing (Singspiel).

The complete race video, photos and full result here (under "Renndetails"/Second Step/No. 4: click

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Ausgabe 379 vom Donnerstag, 06.08.2015

Turfdonna (Doyen) won last Sunday's 157th Henkel-Preis der Diana (German Oaks) at Düsseldorf to give Ravensberg trainer Andreas Wöhler his third German classic of the season. It could so easily have been four, but Wöhler's two main candidates for last month´s German Derby, Karpino (Cape Cross) and Quasillo (Sea The Stars) both had to be withdrawn because of a late setback.

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Ausgabe 378 vom Donnerstag, 30.07.2015

The Grosser Dallmayr-Preis run last Sunday over ten furlongs at Munich, is by far Germany's top middle distance race of the season and is in fact the only German Group One run over less than eleven furlongs. It has been won by many champion racehorses over the years, but whether the latest winner, Stall Ullmann's Guiliani (Tertullian) will belong in this category remains to be seen. It was rather a messy race and started badly when the British contestant, Ralph Beckett´s Air Pilot, who had been supplemented, had to be withdrawn after injuring himself in the stalls.

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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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