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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 594 vom Freitag, 15.11.2019

The season is coming to an end, and last Sunday´s Group Three Grosser Preis von Bamberg – Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen was the last group race of the German season and in the meantime the last European group races have also been run. The Ratibor-Rennen, as it is usually known, is an important late season race for two-year-olds and has often been won by top juveniles who went on to major success the following season, such as subsequent German Derby winner Pastorius (Soldier Hollow) in 2011. Pastorius, now standing as a stallion in France, had a runner in last Sunday´s race, the filly Nona, but she dropped out after leading to halfway.

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Ausgabe 593 vom Freitag, 08.11.2019

Hungary has played quite a strong role in the history of thoroughbred racing, but this mainly refers to events that took place some 150 years ago.   However in the postwar period we can find the Hungarian champion Imperial (Hurry), who won their Derby in 1963 and also won the Hansa-Preis at Hamburg (in those a much more significant race than it is now) in 1964. He can be found in many top pedigrees today, usually in the fifth or sixth generation, as the sire of the Gestüt Röttgen-bred Prince Ippi. winner of Group One races in 1972/3. In a lengthy stud career at Röttgen Prince Ippi managed to sire two champions – Philipo, the German Derby winner in 1986, and much more importantly the filly Anna Paola, winner of the Preis des Winterfavoriten in 1980 and the Preis der Diana the following year.

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Kurioses Gr. I-Rennen: Alson siegt gegen nur einen Gegner im Kurioses Gr. I-Renn
Ausgabe 592 vom Freitag, 01.11.2019

There was some interesting racing at Hanover last weekend, but from the German point of view the Group One Criterium International  at ParisLongchamp was the event that was most important, as it was won by Gestüt Schlenderhan´s homebred Alson (Areion), the first German-trained Group One winner abroad since the Andreas Wöhler-trained Potemkin (New Approach) won the Premio Roma (since demoted to Group Two) in 2016. In the early years of this decade we had several German horses scoring at the top level – for example Danedream in the Arc and King George, Novellist also in the King George, Pastorius  in the Ganay and Protectionist in the Melbourne Cup – but since then this stream of Group One winners has dried up.  This result was therefore very significant, and of course a great success for Schlenderhan and especially for trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho.

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Ausgabe 591 vom Freitag, 25.10.2019

After a rainy week, the ground at Baden-Baden´s October meeting was heavy and as a result there some wide margin winners. The very first race of the meeting, a mile maiden for two-year-olds, was won in astonishing style by the filly Emoji (Soldier Hollow), who went clear in the straight to win almost in a canter by 14 lengths. This was her belated debut, but she was preceded by a tall reputation and started at odds-on. Trainer Henk Grewe, whose juveniles continue to fire on all fronts, clearly holds her in high regard and she must be one of his best prospects for next season.

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Ausgabe 590 vom Freitag, 18.10.2019

The top race last weekend in Germany was the Group Three Silbernes Pferd (“silver horse”), which is now run over 3000 metres at Hoppegarten.  The lightly-raced 3yo Ladykiller (Kamsin) made all the running and kept pulling out more when challenged, finally scoring by 1 ½ lengths from the 5yo mare Nacida (Wiener Walzer) and French raider Lillian Russell (Dubawi). It was not the best group race ever run, but still a nice performance by the winner, owned by Gestüt Hachtsee, bred by Gestüt Karlshof and sold as a yearling at BBAG´s October Sale for 33,000 euros. Ladykiller was regarded during the winter as one of trainer Andreas Wöhler´s main candidates for the German Derby (which was in the event won by his Laccario (Scalo)) but missed the race following an operation for the removal of a chip.

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Ausgabe 589 vom Freitag, 11.10.2019

It has not been a great year so far for German racing. A great number of our top races have been won by horses trained abroad, usually England or France. The four top late summer Group Ones were won by Danceteria (Redoute's Choice) at Munich, French King (French Fifteen) in Berlin, Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) at Baden-Baden and Aspetar (Al Kazeem) in Cologne.

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Ausgabe 588 vom Freitag, 04.10.2019

There were four black type races in Germany last weekend, but with all due respect, they all had relatively weak fields. The most important was the Group Three Grosser Preis der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf over an extended mile There were two foreign runners, but to be honest, neither was up to genuine group class, and so a local winner could be expected. This was, rather surprisingly, the 4yo Kronprinz (Lord of England), owned by Abdulmagid Alyousfi, bred by Gestüt Etzean and trained by Peter Schiergen, who has had, by his standards, a very poor season so far but whose horses are now running much better. Kronprinz was ridden by Schiergen´s new stable jockey Lukas Delozier, who shot him into the lead two furlongs out and from that point on was never in any danger, scoring by four lengths. Kronprinz , a 16,000 euros BBAG yearling, has had rather a mixed career since winning the Dr.

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Ausgabe 587 vom Freitag, 27.09.2019

There were high hopes for last Sunday´s Group One Preis von Europa at Cologne, which promised to be one of the defining races of the German season. Unfortunately it did not work out that way, and the fireworks we were hoping for did not materialize; the event was a bit of a damp squib. It started with the sudden and unexpected decision of Manfred Ostermann to withdraw his Deutsches Derby winner Laccario because of his misgivings about the ground, especially as another horse owned by him had pulled up lame in an earlier race.

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Ausgabe 586 vom Freitag, 20.09.2019

A fortnight after Godolphin and their Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby had cleaned up at Baden-Baden, the “boys in blue” returned to Germany and took the two main events last Sunday – a listed race for fillies at Hanover and the Group Three German St.Leger at Dortmund. The former event was won by the Irish-bred Firebird Song (Invincible Spirit), who is trained in France by Henri-Alex Pantall and was ridden by Soufiane Saadi. Firebird Song took the lead early in the straight and was never in danger, scoring by two lengths from Brümmerhof´s Best on Stage (Pastorius) and Dr. Berglar´s Nyala (Maxios), who were separated by a neck for second and third place.

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Ausgabe 585 vom Freitag, 13.09.2019

Baden-Baden´s Grosse Woche is now behind us, and quite apart from the spectacular victory of Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) in the Grosser Preis, one of the most interesting results was the previous day´s Zukunftsrennen, won in good style by Gestüt Schlenderhan´s homebred Alson (Areion). The German programme for two-year-olds is heavily concentrated in the late summer and autumn; while French, Irish and British juveniles are already active in the early spring, this age group does not start to race here until Baden-Baden´s Spring Meeting in early June and only really gets going from August onwards. This is because German-breds are normally regarded as late developers, and it is certainly the case that almost all leading German breeders are much more interested in producing classic contenders (i.e. three-year-olds) than the more precocious types that win the early races for youngsters.

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Ausgabe 584 vom Freitag, 06.09.2019

Godolphin was the dominating factor at Baden-Baden last weekend. First by buying the three top lots at the BBAG Yearling Sale on Friday and contributing greatly to the success of the sale; then by winning the two most important races on the Sunday, first the Group Two Oettingen-Rennen over a mile with Vintager (Mastercraftsman), and then, far more importantly, the Group One 147th Longines Grosser Preis von Baden, normally Germany´s most prestigious race, in spectacular fashion with Ghaiyyath (Dubawi)

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Ausgabe 583 vom Freitag, 30.08.2019

We are now halfway through the “grosse Woche” at Baden-Baden, Germany´s most important race meeting of the year. Although it would be fair to say that the meeting so far has been relatively low key, with only a couple of good races and a lot of poor ones, this weekend´s racing is something to look forward to, with strong fields and very competitive racing with a lot of runners from abroad, especially from the U.K.

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