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TOP TRAINER LE BROCQ DIES

The death has been announced of Joan le Brocq, multiple champion trainer in Jersey. Adept at training both flat and National Hunt horses, Lancashire born le Brocq occasionally had runners in mainland England, however will be best remembered for her successes at the Les Landes racecourse in Jersey, most notably with the French bred Landolino, winner of last years Jersey Champion Hurdle.

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 by Darren


SPECIAL REPORT: FREDDIE MITCHELL - THE TRUTH

This Sunday October 13th sees the 123rd running of one of the worlds greatest steeplechases, the Velka Pardubicka at Pardubice in the Czech Republic. 21 horses and riders line up to tackle 30 of the toughest obstacles in the world.

However, this years race has been shrouded in controversy surrounding the participation of 19 year old British jockey Freddie Mitchell who is riding Cantridara in Sundays Velka Pardubicka. Recent reports in the Czech press state 'Who is Freddie Mitchell', and 'Why has no-one heard of Freddie Mitchell?'. As well as this, several top Czech jockeys have been reported as saying that Mitchell should maybe not be riding in the race.

It seems to me that no-one in the Czech Republic really knows who Freddie Mitchell is! Here is some information on the rider.

Freddie Mitchell is the son of top English trainer Philip Mitchell, and for the last few years has been attached to the yard of Nicky Henderson, the current British Champion National Hunt trainer. Freddies first ever ride in public was a winning one at Lingfield Park in 2010, when aged only 16. Since then, Freddie has enjoyed much success in the point to point field, and this year has been representing Great Britain in the presitigious Fegentri World Amateur Jockeys Championship. Indeed, Freddie is currently leading the championship, a quite incredible feat for a jockey who only turned 19 last week - the current table can be seen here: http://www.fegentri.com/rankings/gentlemen.

The Fegentri Championship has seen Freddie ride in both flat and jumps races all over the world. Freddie even finished first past the post in a 55,000 Euro steeplechase at Auteuil in France. This course, with its demanding fences and confusing layout, is a very tough test for a jockey, and for someone of only 18 years of age (as Freddie was at the time) to negotiate it, let alone be first past the post, is an outstanding achievement. Recently, Freddie rode in a steeplechase at Mannheim in Germany, another course with a confusing layout. Despite riding an outsider which had never before won a race and had only previously had one run over fences, Freddie got the horse into second place, only ½ length behind the winner. Apart from that, Freddie has also ridden over fences at Waregem in Belgium, where the obstacles are among some the highest in European racing.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the appearance of Freddie Mitchell at Pardubice will be a positive one, both for the jockey himself and for the showpiece of Czech horseracing, and let's hope that not just Freddie and Cantridara, but all horses and jockeys come home safely in this fantastic spectacle.

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - A STATEMENT

For the time being, Anglo German racing has been closed down. The main reason for this is that I simply cannot devote enough time to this project. I currently have 3 other jobs that total about 75 hours a week, and unfortunately something had to give - and I wanted to make sure it wasn't me!

In November 2012, I received a fantastic offer from racehorse owner Sean Conway to become Racing Manager for his Home Farm Racing syndicate. Home Farm Racing offer shares in horses trained in Germany, England and Ireland for a minimal outlay. This is a quite fantastic opportunity to be involved in horse racing at ownership level, even if you don't have the capital for sole ownership, and as much as I've enjoyed working on Anglo German Racing, I felt that this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

You can find out all about Home Farm Racing at www.homefarmracing.com or e-mail me at info@homefarmracing.com - Please note however that the info@anglogermanracing.com is still valid, and I'm still receiving e-mails on that address.

Posted on 19 Mar 2013 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW

BIG RACE PREVIEW - KREFELD
HERBERT COHN MEMORIAL STEEPLECHASE - SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2012
3900 METRES (about 2 miles 3½ furlongs)

1. ALANCO 412125
Jockey: Cevin Chan
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
One of three runners in the race for champion German National Hunt trainer, Elfi Schnakenberg, Alanco won the Swedish Grand National at Stroemsholm back in June before finishing runner up in a lake race at Hamburg. Returned to winning ways with a victory in a hurdle race at Bad Harzburg, and ran well against some decent French horses in Switzerland last time out. A very consistent horse, and sure to be there or thereabouts again.

2. COYAIQUE 1P44P5
Jockey: Diego Declercq
Trainer: Thierry de Vlaminck
One of two Belgian trained horses in the race. Has some form in cross country races in the French provinces, however has been well beaten in both of his chases in Germany and will probably find this contest too hot.

3. SUPERVISOR P1P326
Jockey: Bohumil Klein
Trainer: Cornelia Schmock
Formerly the best chaser in Germany, and indeed contested Group races in France a couple of years ago. Not lived up to those heights since, however did win a chase at Bad Harzburg back in July. Was outclassed in a big race at Pardubice last time out, and may be 'over the top' for the season, having already had 11 races this year.

4. CHINA GOES GREEN 704-1PF
Jockey: Bohuslav Matl
Trainer: Christine Paraknewitz-Kalla
Won a chase at Navan in March when trained in Ireland by Jim Dreaper before joining Christian von der Reckes yard in the summer. His debut run in Germany didn't go to plan however as he fell when leading a chase here in September. Is now trained by his owner, however has got a touch of class and Irish jumps form cannot be underestimated here. Could go very well at a decent price.

5. MERCYLESS 312-12U
Jockey: Jan Korpas
Trainer: Andreas Biedermann
Won this race last year, however his usually faultless jumping deserted him at Hamburg last time out when he parted company with Jan Korpas early on. Hasn't run for four months, however, had a very similar build up to this race last year, runs well fresh, and is an obvious contender who could take all the beating here.

6. POSSIAMO 4-113FP
Jockey: Jean-Gilles Gueracague
Trainer: Andrea Bertram
Started the season in brilliant style, winning two chases at the French provincial course at Wissembourg. Did however take a heavy fall at Strasbourg in September, and jumped very shakily when returning to that course a month later, eventually being pulled up. Would have a major chance judged on early season form, however appears to be short of confidence at present.

7. SEMICOLON PP2321
Jockey: Dirk Fuhrmann
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
A 13, the oldest horse in the race, and although early season form didn't leave much room for optimism, has been a revelation recently. Was in the process of running really well here back in May when a bad mistake put paid to his chances, however put in a faultless round of jumping over the slightly easier fences at Bremen when winning last time out. Cannot be underestimated, and his Italian based German born rider is an eyecatching booking. However, it may be worth noting that whenever regular rider Cevin Chan has deserted Semicolon this season (2 occasions), Chans mount has finished ahead of Semicolon both times, and Chan prefers Alanco here.

8. CHANCE D'OR P199P2
Jockey: Julian Marinov
Trainer: Thierry de Vlaminck
The second of the Belgian runners, and caused a surprise here back in March when leading from start to finish. Did however have things to suit that day, and although hinted at a return to form last time out at Honzrath, is not expected to figure.

9. TRESSA 514142
Jockey: Oliver Schnakenberg
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
The third of champion trainer Elfi Schakenbergs runners, and like both Alanco and Semicolon, has been largely consistent this season, including a victory in a lake race at Quakenbrueck. However, all her best form is at shorter distances, and with this race expected to be run at a fast pace, may be found wanting for stamina in the closing stages.

10. TRIVERO 63P-U2
Jockey: Ondrej Velek
Trainer: Filip Neuberg
This Czech trained challenger was second last time out at Pardubice, however like all five of his contests over obstacles, that was a hurdle race. Is prone to making mistakes, and is making his chase debut at one of the tougher steeplechase courses in Germany. May struggle to complete.

11. ASCWIN
Jockey: Michael Engelke
Trainer: Lutz Thomas
Has never run over obstacles in his life, and was a well beaten 15th in his last flat race. Is easily passed over.

12. RIVER STORM DANCER 33
Jockey: Miguel Lopez
Trainer: Sascha Smrczek
Has only had two runs over fences, but was just 2¼ lengths behind Semicolon at Bremen last time out. Is only a 4 year old, is unexposed, and has the addition of one of Switzerlands top jockeys in the saddle.

Betting Forecast:
4-1 Alanco, Semicolon, Tressa
11-2 Trivero
13-2 Mercyless, Possiamo
8-1 Supervisor
9-1 River Storm Dancer
14-1 China Goes Green
15-1 Chance D'Or
20-1 Coyaique
50-1 Ascwin

VERDICT:
An excellent turn out for one of Germanys top steeplechases. Champion trainer Elfi Schakenberg is as expected well represented, and all her horses must be respected, especially Alanco and Semicolon. However, MERCYLESS won this race impressively last year, and carries only ½ kilo more this time around. Despite unseating his jockey at Hamburg last time out, he is taken to repeat last years victory, whilst Irish import China Goes Green and novice River Storm Dancer could go well at decent prices.

PREDICTION:
1st - 5 MERCYLESS
2nd - 4 CHINA GOES GREEN
3rd - 1 ALANCO
4th - 7 SEMICOLON
5th - 12 RIVER STORM DANCER

Posted on 10 Nov 2012 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - A STATEMENT - PLEASE READ

Those of you who regularly visit this site will have noticed that there have no updates on the site since early June, and now I've FINALLY got round to answering the questions why:

Since August 2011, I've also been writing articles for the world-famous horse racing newspaper, the Racing Post, which has been quite brilliant, but also takes up a lot of my time. As well as Anglo German Racing and the Racing Post, I also have a non-racing related fulltime job, and with everything adding up, I slowly started running out of hours to work, and ended up getting hardly any sleep. In addition to that, I was diagnosed with an illness in January that has affected my day-to-day life, and things really did get a bit unmanageable. I'm not after sympathy at all, but the illness has really affected my ability to keep on top of this website.

There was also an issue with the mail server. Due to a server crash, I lost all my e-mails, and literally had to start from scratch. If you're reading this thinking 'Why didn't he answer me?', the chance is I didn't get your e-mail (I'm actually quite sociable!!), but I'm delighted to say that for the last couple of weeks, things have been running smoothly.

However, I've had some quite FANTASTIC support from people as I have started to recover, so I feel I owe it to them to get Anglo German Racing BACK to its former glories! Therefore, from September 20th 2012, Anglo German Racing will have a FANTASTIC new website, once again designed by Ross, our brilliant web design guru!! As well as many of the current features, the new site will feature great new items such as:

EUROPEAN NEWS: As the Racing Posts Central European correspondent, I am able to bring you all the latest racing news from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and many other 'smaller' horse racing countries.

GALLERY: Anglo German Racing are delighted to have secured the services of top photographer Stefanie Ihlenburg. Based in northern Germany, Stefanie has been building a reputation for herself as one of the countries leading racing photographers, and she will be showcasing some of her photos on the site. The photos will also be available to buy from Stefanie directly.

BLOODSTOCK: I have recently been getting several bloodstock related queries. Unfortunately, some of the e-mails that were lost in the server crash were bloodstock related, however I can exclusively reveal that Anglo German Racing are in talks with a leading German bloodstock agent to offer the very finest bloodstock services and requirements, and we hope to announce something very soon!

RADIO: Yes, the new website will featured Anglo German Racing Radio!! My dulcet tones broadcast live on the Internet!! Hopefully each Sunday will see a preview show broadcast at 11:00 am each Sunday, with a round up at 6:00 pm (all times English). In addition to this, we will be offering LIVE COMMENTARY in English of selected steeplechases in Germany. However, before you get excited at the prospect of Simon Holt of Manfred Chapman appearing, I will be doing the commentaries myself!! And I'm rather apprehensive to put it mildly!!

VIDEOS: I will be compiling a video library of many races from various German courses as I can. I've had a few requests on this in the past (again, most of those e-mail have been lost), however I will try and put races from as many courses as I can.

As I say, work has already begun on the new site, and I can promise you that it's worth waiting for!

Posted on 01 Sep 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - MANNHEIM - SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2012

COMING SOON!!!!

RACE REPORT and PHOTOS by DARREN THRUSSELL, STEFANIE IHLENBURG and JUANA RABENSEIFNER.
(All Photos copyright Anglo German Racing)

RACE 1 - PREIS DER DKV AG
2500 metres (1 mile 4½ furlongs)
1,800 Euros 9 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 2 - ARAB RACE
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
3,200 Euros 12 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 3 - PREIS DER INGENIEURGEMEINSCHAFT KRONACH UND MUELLER
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
2,600 Euros 8 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 4 - PREIS DER STOCKWERK GMBH AUSGLEICH IV - FEGENTRI-RENNEN
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
3,200 Euros 9 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 5 - PREIS DER HANDWERKER DER B.A.U. BAUTRAEGERGESELLSCHAFT MBH
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
6,000 Euros 6 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 6 - PREIS DER DRESSLER BAU GMBH - FEGENTRI-RENNEN
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
3,200 Euros 9 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 7 - KAHL BUEROEINRICHTUNGEN-CUP
2500 metres (1 mile 4½ furlongs)
2,600 Euros 10 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 8 - PREIS DER MIETER DER EASTSITE JAGDRENNEN - FEGENTRI-RENNEN
3600 metres (2 miles 2 furlongs)
5,200 Euros 6 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 9 - PREIS DER RADOVAN CONSULTING
1900 metres (1 miles 1½ furlongs)
2,000 Euros 5 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:

Posted on 01 Jun 2012 by Darren


PICTURE SPECIAL - BREMEN - SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2012

PHOTOS by STEFANIE IHLENBURG
(All Photos copyright Stefanie Ihlenburg/Anglo German Racing)


RACE 1 - PREIS DER BREMER TURF-LOUNGE
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
2,000 Euros 8 Runners



The well fancied Kellemoi de Pepita in the padare ring before the first race of the day at Bremen.




Kellemoi de Pepita winning the first race, ahead of Turning Blade.




Winners presentation for the first race of the day at Bremen, with the well known figure of Helmut Kappes of owners Stall Juka on the left. Trainer Uwe Stoltefuss was not at Bremen for this meeting, but his wife collect the trainers trophy of his behalf.


RESULT:
1st - 8 KELLEMOI DE PEPITA
2nd - 5 TURNING BLADE
3rd - 3 SUPER EAGLE

Distances: ½l, 1½l
Winning Owner: Stall Juka
Winning Trainer: Uwe Stoltefuss
Winning Jockey: Pascal Werning
Non Runner: Dark Fellow


RACE 2 - BREMER MUTTERTAGS-MEILE
1600 metres (1 mile)
5,100 Euros 8 Runners



Goldhexe who came second in the second race of the day.




Coldplay (near side) just getting up from Goldhexe.




Winners presentation after the second race at Bremen, with Danish born jockey Lennart Hammer-Hansen making a winning return to racing in Germany.


RESULT:
1st - 7 COLDPLAY
2nd - 3 GOLDHEXE
3rd - 4 LISBOETA

Distances: Nose, 1¼l
Winning Owner: Bettina Nasgowitz
Winning Trainer: Bettina Nasgowitz
Winning Jockey: Lennart Hammer-Hansen


RACE 3 - PREIS DER HELVETIA VERSICHERUNGEN
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
3,500 Euros 14 Runners



The parade ring before the 3rd race at Bremen.




Before the start of the 3rd race: Lady Sun breaks through the starting gate. The stall is damaged, but the handlers manage to fix it immediately, however the vet declared Lady Sun unfit to race (she was bleeding from the mouth). This caused some delay.




The field leave the stalls for the delayed 3rd race.




Another close finish sees Opatja (7) get the better of Ninas Rainbow (12).


RESULT:
1st - 7 OPATIJA
2nd - 12 NINAS RAINBOW
3rd - 6 SI GENEREUSE

Distances: Neck, 3½l
Winning Owner: Sibylle Missmahl
Winning Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Winning Jockey: Jose-Luis Silverio


RACE 4 - PREIS DER MITGLIEDER DES BREMER RENNVEREINS
2400 metres (1½ miles)
5,100 Euros 7 Runners



Attimo leads from Winafortune and Blue Lulin as the leaders pass the winning post on the first circuit of the 4th race at Bremen.




The famous colours of the Gestuet Roettgen are once again carried to victory as Wilson takes the 4th race at Bremen under Alexander Pietsch.


RESULT:
1st - 6 WILSON
2nd - 3 BLUE LULIN
3rd - 1 WINAFORTUNE

Distances: 2l, 2½l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Roettgen
Winning Trainer: Waldemar Hickst
Winning Jockey: Alexander Pietsch
Non Runner: Lady Sun


RACE 5 - BBAG AUKTIONSRENNEN BREMEN
1600 metres (1 mile)
52,000 Euros 14 Runners



British jockey David Probert in the parade ring before the big race of the day at Bremen, the BBAG Auktionsrennen Bremen. Probert was aboard Alaska Spruce for Munich based trainer Wolfgang Figge.




Another visiting jockey was English based Italian Andrea Atzeni, who rode the Waldemar Hickst trained Astra.




Steffi Hofer wearing the famous colours of Gerd Zimmermanns Stall Jenny, probably best known to British racegoers as the silks carried to victory by top German chaser Fiepes Shuffle in the Group 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in 2008.




Eventual winner Lady Jacamira on the way to the start.




A fantastic finish to the big race of the day at Bremen as bottom weight Lady Jacamira (far side) holds on for victory under Norman Richter from Foreign Princess (centre) and Monsieur de Frappe (near side).




Winners presentation for the BBAG Auktionsrennen Bremen, the big race of the day.


RESULT:
1st - 14 LADY JACAMIRA
2nd - 13 FOREIGN PRINCESS
3rd - 7 MONSIEUR DE FRAPPE

Distances: Nose, Head
Winning Owner: Stall Zaster
Winning Trainer: Roland Dzubasz
Winning Jockey: Norman Richter


RACE 6 - BREMER LADIES CUP
1600 metres (1 mile)
3,600 Euros 12 Runners



Eventual winner Ricadonna (Manuela Murke) in the parade ring before the 6th race at Bremen.




Ricadonna takes the 6th race of the day, the Bremer Ladies Cup ahead of Amarula Sunrise and Ascot.


RESULT:
1st - 5 RICADONNA
2nd - 8 AMARULA SUNRISE
3rd - 4 ASCOT

Distances: 2½l, 1½l
Winning Owner: Torsten Seifer
Winning Trainer: Ralph Schaaf
Winning Jockey: Manuela Murke


RACE 7 - PREIS DER HEINZ STRASSBURG GMBH WORLD OF VIDEO JAGDRENNEN
3400 metres (2 miles 1 furlong)
5,200 Euros 13 Runners



The Petra Gehm trained Batya in the parade ring before the steeplechase at Bremen. Batya suffered what looked to be a horrendous fall when crashing through the wings of a fence, however both horse and rider Cevin Chan escaped with only minor injuries.




Mercyless (Jan Korpas) leads the Bohumil Klein ridden Fast Fighter in the steeplechase at Bremen.




English born jockey Paul Johnson emerged from retirement to partner Magic Jack in the steeplechase for local trainer Marion Rotering. Here the pair lead the Swedish trained Gilmore.




Fast Fighter and Bohumil Klein prove too strong for Mercyless and Jan Korpas.



Winners presentation after the steeplechase, the 7th race of the day at Bremen.


RESULT:
1st - 3 FAST FIGHTER
2nd - 5 MERCYLESS
3rd - 9 MAGIC JACK

Distances: 1¾l, 6l
Winning Owner: Torsten Trantel
Winning Trainer: Torsten Trantel
Winning Jockey: Bohumil Klein
Non Runners: Morgenglanz, Schneezauber.


RACE 8 - YOOBET-HANDICAP - DAS INTERNET-PORTAL VON BUCHMACHER ALBERS
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
4,000 Euros 8 Runners



Halliday, owned, trained and ridden by Silke Brueggemann in the pre-parade ring before the final race at Bremen, with stable staff (and the horse, note the scarf!) celebrating Borussia Dortmunds German Cup victory over Bayern Munich the previous day.




The field is well strung out passing the post for the first time in the last race of the card, with eventual winner Kidman second in the mainly white colours under Italian jockey Daniele Porcu.




Kidman passes the post 3 lengths clear of the field.




Kidman and stablelass Mella Waldmann after the final race of the day at Bremen.


RESULT:
1st - 4 KIDMAN
2nd - 3 TARUMA
3rd - 2 HALLIDAY

Distances: 3l, 3l
Winning Owner: Stall Parodie
Winning Trainer: Torsten Reineke
Winning Jockey: Daniele Porcu

Posted on 12 May 2012 by Darren


SPECIAL REPORTS - HANNOVER / MANNHEIM

PICTURE SPECIAL - HANNOVER - SUNDAY 29TH APRIL 2012

PHOTOS by STEFANIE IHLENBURG
(All Photos copyright Stefanie Ihlenburg/Anglo German Racing)

RACE 1 - PREIS DES HANNOVER-96 TEAMS
1300 metres (6½ furlongs)
4,000 Euros 9 Runners




Winner of the first race at Hannover, Royal Salsa with jockey Alexander Pietsch, a late replacement for Victor Schulepov who was unable to take the ride due to illness.


RESULT:
1st - ROYAL SALSA
2nd - CHAIRMAN
3rd - WILLIS

Distances: ½l, head
Winning Owner: Stall KT
Winning Trainer: Uwe Stoltefuss
Winning Jockey: Alexander Pietsch


RACE 2 - PROTEC-RENNEN
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
5,100 Euros 7 Runners




First time past the stands in the 2nd race - Lacara leads from Maryam (grey), eventual winner Goldschaetzchen (far side, green cap), and Let it be (black cap, yellow sleeves).




Goldschaetzchen and Lacara battle it out in the second race at Hannover, one of many exciting finishes that day.




Alexander Pietsch completes a quick fire double aboard the Waldemar Hickst trained Goldschaetzchen.




Winners presentation for the Protec-Rennen at Hannover.


RESULT:
1st - GOLDSCHAETZEN
2nd - LACARA
3rd - GILDA

Distances: 1½l, 4½l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Goerlsdorf
Winning Trainer: Waldermar Hickst
Winning Jockey: Alexander Pietsch


RACE 3 - BANKHAUS SAL OPPENHEIM-TROPHY
1600 metres (1 mile)
2,000 Euros 9 Runners



The top class Abbashiva fulfills all expectations despite 18 months off the course when taking the third race at Hannover.




Abbashiva - first past the post.




Abbashiva with jockey Dennis Schiergen and trainer Paul Harley. It was a first winner as a trainer for the Irish born Harley.




Winners presentation after Abbashivas success in the Bankhaus Sal Oppenheim Trophy.


RESULT:
1st - ABBASHIVA
2nd - DANSE EN SOIREE
3rd - JACKOBO

Distances: 2½l, 1¾l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Bruemmerhof
Winning Trainer: Paul Harley
Winning Jockey: Dennis Schiergen




As well as the horse racing, there was some entertaining sidelines, such as the sight of Mirko Slomka, manager of the Hannover 96 football team, saluting the crowd after winning a pony trotting race!


RACE 4 - SPORTFIVE CUP
2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs)
5,100 Euros 11 Runners



Scottish rider Robert Havlin, already having ridden winners in Germany and Switzerland this month, takes the ride on Darak in the fourth race at Hannover.




Despite Havlins efforts, Darak can't get past Hieronymus under Slovakian born Jozef Bojko.




Hieronymus and Jozef Bojko after the race.


RESULT:
1st - HIERONYMUS
2nd - DARAK
3rd - ANDREAS

Distances: Neck, 4½l
Winning Owner: John O'Connor
Winning Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Winning Jockey: Jozef Bojko


RACE 5 - PREIS DES LANDESHAUPSTADT HANNOVER
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
10,000 Euros 8 Runners




The field pass the post on the first circuit for the 5th race of the day, the Preis des Landeshaupstadt Hannover. Eventual winner Dagostino is in third with the purple cap.




Alexander Pietsch completes a treble on Dagostino, who made the long journey from Jutta Mayers stables in Munich. The famous figure of Helmut von Finck of the owners and breeders Gestuet Park Wiedingen is on the right of the photo.


RESULT:
1st - DAGOSTINO
2nd - GLOBAL MAGIC
3rd - STAYING ALIVE

Distances: 2½l, neck
Winning Owner: Gestuet Park Wiedingen
Winning Trainer: Jutta Mayer
Winning Jockey: Alexander Pietsch


RACE 6 - PREIS VOM BANKHAUS SAL OPPENHEIM
1600 metres (1 mile)
5,100 Euros 11 Runners




The Christian Sprengel trained Beltaine Fire, known by her stable name 'Betty', on her way to the start of the sixth race under Robert Havlin.




Spicy - a welcome winner for owner-trainer Heiko Kienemann, who trains near Wildeshausen, where a now defunct racecourse once hosted the famous 'Seejagdrennen' lake races. Spicy was in the leading group all the way together with Koffi Angel and Aliana, however the last two horses dropped off the pace during the business end of the race.


RESULT:
1st - SPICY
2nd - SCOVILLE
3rd - MOLLY FILIA

Distances: 1½l, short head
Winning Owner: Heiko Kienemann
Winning Trainer: Heiko Kienemann
Winning Jockey: Rene Piechulek


RACE 7 - GROSSER PREIS VON ROSSMANN DERBY TRIAL
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
20,000 Euros 8 Runners




Black Arrow and top British jockey William Buick leaving the parade ring for the big race of the day at Hannover, the Grosser Preis von Rossmann Derby Trial.




Feuerblitz and Robert Havlin leaving the parade ring.




Anakin Skywalker, second in the Bremen Derby Trial on Good Friday, aimed to go one better at Hannover under jockey Vladimir Panov.




And they're off, with favourite Black Arrow already in the lead.




Black Arrow wins as he pleases. Horses winning the Derby trial at Hannover have often fared well at the German Derby in Hamburg, and Black Arrow looks as if he has the potential to be a serious Derby contender.




Thumbs up from jockey William Buick after Black Arrows impressive victory in the big race of the day at Hannover, the Grosser Preis von Rossmann Derby Trial.




Winners presentation after Black Arrows victory. Jockey William Buick is flanked by the horses owners, ex football stars Tim Borowski and Claudio Pizarro, with winning trainer Andreas Woehler on the right of the photo.


RESULT:
1st - BLACK ARROW
2nd - FEUERBLITZ
3rd - WILDDROSSEL

Distances: 3½l, ½l
Winning Owner: Stall 24
Winning Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Winning Jockey: William Buick


RACE 8 - PREIS VON HANNOVER 96
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
6,000 Euros 11 Runners



Eighth race - winner number 7 Ironheart, rider Jose Luis Silverio (black colours, right of photo).




The Hans-Juergen Groeschel trained Ironheart and jockey Jose-Luis Silverio are led back to the winners circle after victory in the Preis von Hannover 96, the eighth race of the day at Hannover.


RESULT:
1st - IRONHEART
2nd - CHARLES DARWIN
3rd - SHOT TO NOTHING

Distances: ½l, short head
Winning Owner: Wilfried Hose
Winning Trainer: Hans-Juergen Groeschel
Winning Jockey: Jose-Luis Silverio


RACE 9 - PREIS DER AWD ARENA
1750 metres (1 mile 1¼ furlongs)
4,000 Euros 16 Runners



Jockeys enter the parade ring for the last race of the day at Hannover, led by Rastislav Juracek, rider of Fast Draw (white with red disc) and Jozef Bojko, jockey on Herreshoff (white with green disc).




Eventual winner Keno and jockey Jennifer Korbus (far left of photo) are playing a waiting game as the field pass the post on the first circuit in the final race of the day at Hannover with Sweet Cat in front of Herreshoff and Kalibo Danon.

RESULT:
1st - KENO
2nd - PIROSCHKA
3rd - GIANT KISS

Distances: Short head, 1l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Buschhof
Winning Trainer: Christian Sprengel
Jockey: Jennifer Korbus


MEETING REPORT - MANNHEIM - SUNDAY 29TH APRIL 2012

RACE REPORT and PHOTOS by DARREN THRUSSELL
(All Photos copyright Darren Thrussell/Anglo German Racing)

RACE 1 - PREIS DER UNTERNEHMENSGRUPPE PFITZENMEIER
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
1,800 Euros 9 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 2 - KAHL BUEROEINRICHTUNGEN-CUP
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
3,200 Euros 12 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 3 - PREIS DER B.A.U. BAUTRAEGER GMBH
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
2,600 Euros 8 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 4 - PREIS DER PRIVATBRAUEREI EICHBAUM
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
6,000 Euros 8 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 5 - PREIS DER SFC GMBH UND DES TRIBUENENTISCHS NR. 7
2500 metres (1 mile 4½ furlongs)
3,200 Euros 7 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 6 - PREIS DER ALBERS WETTBOERSE HUERDENRENNEN
3200 metres (2 miles)
5,200 Euros 11 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 7 - HEINRICH VETTER BADENIA JADGRENNEN
3600 metres (2 miles 2 furlongs)
12,500 Euros 10 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:


RACE 8 - PREIS DES BREMER RENNVEREINS
2500 metres (1 mile 4½ furlongs)
1,800 Euros 7 Runners

RESULT:
1st -
2nd -
3rd -

Distances:
Winning Owner:
Winning Trainer:
Winning Jockey:

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE DOUBLE HEADER

Anglo German Racing will be covering not one but TWO meetings LIVE this Sunday, April 29th! Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell will be reporting live from Mannheim in south-west Germany, where the top race of the day is the Badenia Jagdrennen, the richest steeplechase in Germany. Meanwhile, we are delighted to announce that, accreditation permitting, we will have a Picture Special of all the action from Hannover in the north of the country, brought to you by Anglo German Racings very own photographer, Stefanie Ihlenburg.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

AWESOME AMARON LANDS BIG RACE AT KREFELD

The Andreas Loewe trained Amaron put himself forward as a possible German Classic winner when taking the big race on Sunday, the Group 3 Dr. Busch Memorial at Krefeld. In a race full of possible Classic contenders, Amaron came out on top after a titanic battle with Energizer, who despite representing the all conquering Schlenderhan Stud, was sent off a 15-1 outsider. However, with all 10 runners holding chances as the field turned for home, it was top French rider Davy Bonilla who galvanised a final effort from Amaron to hold Ernergizer by a head with Auenturm back in third for veteran trainer Uwe Ostmann. The winner could now head for the German 2000 Guineas, although trainer Andreas Loewe is also looking at the French equilvalent for the Shamardal colt, who has now won 3 of his 4 races.

Elsewhere at Krefeld, Uwe Ostmann introduce another impressive debutant in the shape of the 3 year old filly Modina. Having already landed a maiden race at Bremen over Easter with the equally impressive newcomer Zarras, Ostmann proved that he is one of the best trainers around when preparing a horse for their debut as Modina skipped clear under Britiah based German rider Freddie Tylicki to win the with the Rennen um das SWK-Energiezentrum E2 an der HN Stutenrennen fillies maiden race over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) by 6 lengths from the Nina Bach trained Winning Baby in second. Although not holding any Classic entries, Modina is, like Zarras, owned and bred by the hugely successful Auenquelle Stud, and may be another of Ostmanns talented string to keep the right side of.

DYNAMIC DZUBASZ LAND HOPPEGARTEN TREBLE

The Hoppegarten course near Berlin staged their second racemeeting of the year on Sunday, and as he did two weeks ago, local trainer Roland Dzubasz was the star of the show, adding three wins to his two victories earlier this month. Dzubasz took the opening race of the day with Lady Jacomera landed the Preis von Grunewald, a race commemorating one of Berlins former racecourses that closed in the 1930s. An hour later, Dzubasz celebrated his second winner of the day as Rila, another debutante in the colours of Auenquelle Stud, took the Turf Connect-Siegjackpotrennen filles race over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong), completeting a double for both Dzubasz and French jockey Johan Victoire. Dzubasz completed his treble when the Stefanie Hofer ridden Vincita took the Preis der Berliner Zeitung Class 4 Handicap, with Villandury and Mumboo making it a 1-2-3 for the trainer. Indeed, jockey Victoire came close to landing his treble, however his mount Lone Star was disqualified after winning the IDEE KAFFEE-Preis Class 2 Handicap in a terrific scrap from the Christian Sprengel trained Idoneo. However, following interference from Lone Star, Idoneo was promoted to first with Lone Star placed second and Victoire given a one day ban for his troubles.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

ALIANTHUS THE MILE STAR IN DUESSELDORF

More coming soon.

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 by Darren


EASTER ROUND UP

Coming Soon

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - BREMEN - FRIDAY 6TH APRIL 2012

brought to you in association with CITY BOOKMAKERS and SIS

RACE REPORT by DARREN THRUSSELL
PHOTOS by STEFANIE IHLENBURG (All Photos copyright Stefanie Ihlenburg/Anglo German Racing)


RACE 1 - PREIS DES BREMER RENNVEREINS
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
5,100 Euros 7 Runners

Uwe Ostmann has trained many top class horses in his long and illustrious career, however Zarras could turn out to be something very special indeed. The subject of a huge gamble from 5-2 right down to 4-9, Zarras wall always travelling well on his racecourse debut as early leaders Zenturios and Charles Darwin cut out the early pace. However, once jockey Filip Minarik said go on the Big Shuffle colt, Zarras stormed away to win by a very impressive 5 lengths with Charles Darwin just holding on for second from the fast finishing Spicy.



Filip Minarik aboard the hugely impressive Zarras after the first race of the day at Bremen.

RESULT:
1st - 4 ZARRAS
2nd - 1 CHARLES DARWIN
3rd - 7 SPICY

Distances: 5l, head
Winning Owner: Gestuet Auenquelle
Winning Trainer: Uwe Ostmann
Winning Jockey: Filip Minarik


RACE 2 - 28 JAHRE GALOPP-CLUB BREMEN E.V
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
3,600 Euros 11 Runners

This competitive Class 4 handicap went the way of Waltzing Wonder, who gave trainer Werner Haustein a winner with his very first runner after returning to the training ranks after a recent break. Despite being well beaten in all 9 of his races, Waltzing Wonder is a full brother to former German Derby winner Wiener Walzer, and today had the advantage of being bottom weight as well as the considerable assistance in the saddle of the experienced Norman Richter, one of the top lightweight jockeys in Germany. Always prominent, Waltzing Wonder stayed on well in the home straight to beat fellow lightweight Laendler with favourite Giardini running on strongly from well back to grab third.



Waltzing Wonder leads home Laendler in the second race at Bremen.

RESULT:
1st - 11 WALTZING WONDER
2nd - 10 LAENDLER
3rd - 3 GIARDINI

Distances: 1 1/2l, 2 1/2l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Aesculap
Winning Trainer: Werner Haustein
Winning Jockey: Norman Richter



Jockey Norman Richter and connections of Waltzing Wonder at the winners presentation after the race.


RACE 3 - BREMER OSTER-CHANCE
1600 metres (1 mile)
3,500 Euros 15 Runners

The Dominik Moser trained Rapid Directa denied Anna Moheba a fairytale victory in this 1 mile handicap. Sent off the well supported 3-1 favourite, Anna Moheba is owned by the Galopp Club Bremen, and many of the clubs members were at their local course to cheer their horse on. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be as Rapid Directa and jockey Stefanie Hofer gatecrashed the party to win by 2 lengths from Anna Moheba with Violet's Gift, formerly trained in Newmarket by James Fanshawe but now with Christian von der Recke running a nice race back in third.



The local hope, Anna Moheba, owned by the Galopp Club Bremen, before the start of the third race at Bremen.




Despite the efforts of top jockey Andrasch Starke, Anna Moheba is unable to wear down Rapid Directa and Stefanie Hofer.

RESULT:
1st - 3 RAPID DIRECTA
2nd - 8 ANNA MOHEBA
3rd - 11 VIOLETS GIFT

Distances: 2l, 3/4l
Winning Owner: Rennstall IKD
Winning Trainer: Dominik Moser
Winning Jockey: Stefanie Hofer


RACE 4 - PREIS VON ATERMANN, KOENIG UND PAVENSTEDT
2100 metres (1 mile 2½ furlongs)
5,100 Euros 7 Runners

Several exciting prospects contested this conditions race for 3 year olds, and it was the famous turquoise, yellow and red colours of the Gestuet Roettgen that took the honours thanks to the grey Dalakhani filly Wilddrossel. Trained by up and coming handler Markus Klug, Wilddrossel finally wore down long time leader Anakin Skywalker with Turfflamme back in third. The first two home both have a German Derby entry, however connections of the winner are also looking at the Italian Oaks, a race won last year by the Peter Schiergen trained Danedream, who went on to record an unforgettable victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.



The Peter Schiergen trained Quilia is a half sister to Quijano, one of Germanys best horses of recent years. Only time will tell if she can emulate the success of her sibling.




Pedroza the Poser!! Champion Jockey Eddie Pedroza aboard Anakin Skywalker, second in the Preis von Atermann, Koenig and Pavenstedt. After the race, trainer Pavel Vovcenko stated that although only runner up here, Anakin Skywalker will probably run in the German Derby, and hopes are high. The Soldier Hollow colt is currently 45-1 for the big race with bookmakers Racebets.




Horses leave the start for the Preis von Atermann, Koenig and Pavenstedt, with eventual winner Wilddrossel the grey horse nearest the camera.




Wilddrossel and Eugen Frank land an impressive victory ahead of Eddie Pedroza aboard Anakin Skywalker.


RESULT:
1st - 7 WILDDROSSEL
2nd - 1 ANAKIN SKYWALKER
3rd - 2 TURFFLAMME

Distances: 1 1/2l, 5l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Roettgen
Winning Trainer: Markus Klug
Winning Jockey: Eugen Frank


RACE 5 - BREMER EX AKTIVEN-CUP
2100 metres (1 mile 2½ furlongs)
5,100 Euros 7 Runners

This race saw seven ex jockeys line up for a very special race that has been staged on Good Friday at Bremen for several years now. The favourite was the Christian von der Recke trained Flash Fox, ridden by von der Reckes former assistant trainer, Carolin Lippert. Amongst those in opposition was Alesita, ridden by Julia Will, former amateur jockey, but now secretary at Bremen racecourse. Will was second in the race last year, and despite riding a terrific finish on the 9 year old Alesita today was unable to catch the Axel Kleinkorres trained Mon Rose, ridden by Andreas Goeritz. 28 years old Goeritz retired from the saddle last year after a career totalling 300 wins, and managed to get ahead on the 6 year Sholokhov mare approaching the final furlong and hung on by ¾ length from Alesita with Wellinas, ridden by former Mario Hofer work rider Ali Asli, back in third.



Carolin Lippert, ex rider and former assistant trainer to Christian von der Recke aboard Flash Fox in the Bremer Ex-Aktiven race for former jockeys.




Julia Will leaves her office duties at Bremen Racecourse behind to take the reins on the Elfi Schnakenberg trained Alesita.




Mon Rose (2) under Andreas Goeritz denies Alesita in the fifth race at Bremen, giving Julia Will her second successive runners up finish in the race. Wellinas (far side) runs on for third under Ali Asli.


RESULT:
1st - 2 MON ROSE
2nd - 6 ALESITA
3rd - 1 WELLINAS

Distances: 3/4l, 1/2l

Winning Owner: Lucien van der Meulen
Winning Trainer: Axel Kleinkorres
Winning Jockey: Andreas Goeritz


RACE 6 - FRUEHJAHRS-HANDICAP DER GOLF RANGE BREMEN
1600 metres (1 mile)
4,350 Euros 15 Runners

The five year old Areion mare Noreia finally lost her maiden tag at the fourteenth attempt after being produced with a perfectly timed run under Andrasch Starke in this Class 4 handicap. Noreia is trained by Bremen based but Czech born Pavel Vovcenko, who was getting off the mark for the season after coming close to opening his account with both Anna Moheba and Anakin Skywalker in earlier races. However, Vovcenko was nearly denied again as the long time leader Willis, having been passed by Noreia entering the final furlong, battled back on the rails but Noreia held on for a neck victory with Cosinus back in third.



Noreia (5) just gets the better of Willis (partially hidden) in the sixth race at Bremen.

RESULT:
1st - 5 NOREIA
2nd - 11 WILLIS
3rd - 4 COSINUS

Non Runner: Pretty Man.

Distances: Neck, 4l
Winning Owner: Martha Niebuhr
Winning Trainer: Pavel Vovcenko
Winning Jockey: Andrasch Starke



Jockey Andrasch Starke and trainer Pavel Vovcenko during the winners presentation after Noreias victory.


RACE 7 - YOOBET-CUP DAS INTERNET-PORTAL VON BUCHMACHER ALBERS JAGDRENNEN
3400 metres (2 miles 1 furlong)
5,200 Euros 11 Runners

With Hannover having announced that they will not stage any jumps races this season, northern Germany has one less racecourse hosting events over obstacles, however Bremen, one of the nearest courses to Hannover, is proudly upholding the tradition of National Hunt racing in northern Germany, and the very interesting figure of eight course which includes the horses running through the middle of a golf course is a marvellous spectacle. A field of eleven (unusually high by German standards) contested the race, and a scorching tempo was set by the five year old mare Holly, ironically trained in Hannover by Christian Sprengel. At one point some 30 lengths clear and having avoided a duck sitting near one of the fences, Holly was soon reeled in by the rest of the field, and a marvellous battle ensued with the Stefan Wegner trained Mercyless getting up for victory under an excellent ride from Jan Korpas, one of five Czech born riders in the field. Infact, it was a 1-2-3 for Czech jockeys as Boccatus finished second under Vlastislav Korytar with the Bohumil Klein ridden top weight Fast Fighter unable to win his fifth race in succession, having to be content with third on this occasion.



Jockeys leave the weighing room for the steeplechase at Bremen. Eventual winning rider Jan Korpas on the right (riding Mercyless, white with black crossbelts and yellow sleeves) walks out with fellow Czech rider Lukas Sloup (aboard Indian Sun, white with black sash and red sleeves) with the rider of outsider Samurai, Michael Engelke, just behind them in the yellow colours with the purple sash.




Favourite Supervisor (2) and jockey Marian Weissmeier follow Lukas Sloup and Indian Sun over a fence at Bremen with the Bohumil Klein ridden Fast Fighter just approaching the obstacle.




Over the final fence in the steeplechase at Bremen, and Jan Korpas aboard Mercyless (right) take up the running from Fast Fighter to win from the fast finishing Boccatus, who is just approaching the fence in the blue and green colours.


RESULT:
1st - 5 MERCYLESS
2nd - 6 BOCCATUS
3rd - 1 FAST FIGHTER

Distances: 1/2l, 2 1/2l
Winning Owner: Carsten Biedermann
Winning Trainer: Stefan Wegner
Winning Jockey: Jan Korpas

The steeplechase was a marvellous spectacle, and you can see the entire race here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmFeYHE609Y


RACE 8 - PREIS VOM VERBAND DEUTSCHER AMATEUR-RENNREITER
1950 metres (1 mile 1¾ furlongs)
3,650 Euros 12 Runners

Although the Hoppegarten course near Berlin stages a racemeeting on Easter Sunday, Hoppegarten based trained Roland Dzubasz decided to bring his nine year old Big Shuffle gelding Abrafax some 300 km to Bremen, and the long trip paid off as Abrafax came with a terrific run to deny the likely looking winner Lisboeta in this exciting class 3 handicap. As early leader Marolo faded and the prominent Coldplay lost all chance when the unlucky Cecilia Mueller lost an iron, several horses still looked to have decent chances entering the final furlong. However a decisive burst from Lisboeta looked to have given comeback trainer Werner Haustein his second winner of the meeting. That was until Abrafax, despite top weight, powered down the outside of the field under young apprentice Maxim Pecheur to deny 53 year old Russian born jockey Viktor Schulepov aboard Lisboeta with Arriba Directa grabbing third spot.



Lisboeta (8) and Russian jockey Viktor Schulepov looked set for victory in the eighth race at Bremen, but top weight Abrafax (1) is produced on the near side with a perfectly timed run under young apprentice rider Maxim Pecheur.

RESULT:
1st - 1 ABRAFAX
2nd - 8 LISBOETA
3rd - 4 ARRIBA DIRECTA

Distances: Neck, 1 1/2l
Winning Owner: Thomas Gehrig
Winning Trainer: Roland Dzubasz
Winning Jockey: Maxim Pecheur



Winners presentation after the eighth race at Bremen.


RACE 9 - BREMER FRUEHJAHRS HANDICAP
2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
3,600 Euros 10 Runners

The final race of the day was won in fine style by the Marion Weber trained 13/8 favourite Il Ticino. However, the result was in doubt as the field turned for home as Van Vast skipped clear under Cevin Chan for owner trainer Pavel Bradik, but Andrasch Starke galvanised Il Ticino to close down and pass Van Vast entering the final furlong for a clear victory with the fast finishing Saco just pipping Van Vast for second.



Il Ticino and Andrasch Starke fly off into the distance and cruise to an easy victory in the final race of the day at Bremen.


RESULT:
1st - 5 IL TICINO
2nd - 9 SACO
3rd - 2 VAN VAST

Distances: 4 1/2l, neck
Winning Owner: Scuderia Veni Vidi Vici
Winning Trainer: Marion Weber
Winning Jockey: Andrasch Starke

Posted on 07 Apr 2012 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT BREMEN RACECOURSE

Although this Friday sees a blank day of racing in the UK and Ireland, Germany will see the regular Good Friday meeting at Bremen. The 8 race card includes a unique event for ex jockeys as well as a steeplechase, which currently has a quite incredible 18 entries! Not only that, but Anglo German Racing will hopefully be LIVE from the course (currently awaiting accreditation), with top photographer Stefanie Ihlenburg getting the very best photos of the days action whilst Chief Correspondant Darren Thrussell will be back at Anglo German Racing HQ compiling a report of all the afternoons events. Watch this space!

Posted on 01 Apr 2012 by Darren


KEY UNLOCKS COLOGNE FEATURE AS COEUR COLLECTS IN OPENER

Cologne is arguably the main racecourse in the German horseracing industry, regularly holding meetings throughout the season as well as being one of the main training centres in the country. Although staging several Group races throughout the season, todays card was a non-Pattern affair with the big race of the day being the Cagliostro-Rennen, a class 2 handicap over 1400 metres (7 furlongs). Having finished only 6th in her final race for trainer Mario Hofer back in June, Keydream improved hugely following a switch to Hannover based Christian Sprengel, and the 5 year old Selkirk mare gained her first win at this level on her debut for new handler Sascha Smrczek to defeat hot favourite Beacon Hill, who had been first past the post in his last 6 races. There is no doubt that Keydream is improving rapidly, and with Duesseldorf based Smrczek a more than capable trainer, having won Group races in the past with the likes of Prince Flori, it could be that Keydream is a Group horse of the future.

Colognes first race of the 2012 season was the Preis der Robert Christ GmbH conditions race over 2100 metres (1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs), and all eyes were on the Peter Schiegen trained Lysino. The highly touted Medicean colt was sent off a 1/2 favourite to break his duck at the third time of asking, however a shock result was on the cards as the unraced grey Coeur Link proved too good for Lysino to take the victory by 1 1/4 lengths under Andre Best with the Waldemar Hickst trained Prince of Rules back in third. The first two home are both entered for the German Derby, and bookmakers Racebets reacted to todays result by introducing the Andreas Bolte trained under Coeur Link to their betting market at 50-1, with Lysino a 75-1 chance.

Posted on 01 Apr 2012 by Darren


LAVALLO EDGES HOME IN DUESSELDORF THRILLER AS SEKUND IS FIRST AT MANNHEIM

Last Sunday saw the first racemeeting of the year at the famous Grafenberg course in Duesseldorf. The 8 race card featured the Preis des NRZ-Galopper des Jahres 2011 Class 2 Handicap over 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong), which, with total prize money of 8,500 Euros, was the richest race staged in Germany so far this year. As the field turned into the home straight after a steady tempo set by the Wadermar Hickst trained Lavallo, all nine runners were still within a chance. The last furlong proceeded to be one of the most exciting ever seen at Duesseldorf as Alex Pietsch somehow galvanised an extra effort from Lavallo to deny favourite Kahoon, who actually hit the front about 50 metres from home. The winning distance was a head, with Willow a short head back in third. Indeed, the first five home were separated by less that a length!

You will struggle to see a more exciting race this season - and you can see it here:

https://www.racebets.com/en/horse-betting-online/race/details/id/593173/external/1017

Meanwhile, the beautiful course at Mannheim in south-western Germany staged the first of their five meeting this year. With first Baden-Baden and now Hannover cancelling all jumps races, Mannheim is now at the forefront of German National Hunt racing, and Sundays racecard included the 6,500 Euro Richard Grimminger Preis over 3200 metres (2 miles). A race rich in tradition and named after one of the main former patrons at Mannheim racecourse over the years, this years Grimminger was won in an exciting finish by the 7 year old gelding Sekundant, trained by Petra Gehm for her husband Peter, who for many years was the top jump jockey in Germany before a training accident ended his career in 2005. Sundays race saw Sekundant partnered by French rider Jean-Gilles Gueracague, who rode Deuxcentdixhuit to win Germanys richest chase, the Badenia Jagdrennen at Mannheim back in May last year. On that occasion, Gueracague led all the way, however although having Sekundant prominent throughout was content to let the Elfi Schakenberg trained Gelon make the early running. As the field approached the final 3 fences, Kenya Dance, one of two horses in race for Polish born but Czech based trainer Greg Wroblewski was sent clear of his rivals, but was unable to hold his advantage as Sekundant came with a determined run under Guerecague to defeat the Czech challenger by 2 length with Alanco endging out stablemate Gelon for third.

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 by Darren


SCHIERGEN SECURES OPENER AS D'OR TAKES CHANCE IN CHASE

The 2012 German Turf season kicked off at Krefeld today, and the opening race of the season went somewhat unsurprisingly to trainer Peter Schiergen. Having become the first German trainer for over 35 years to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe when Danedream landed the big race at Longchamp back in October, Schirgen took the first race of the season, the Preis der Gemeinschaft Junger Unternehmer Krefeld e.V maiden race over 1700 metres (1 mile ½ furlong) with the impressive 11/10 favourite Girolano, who made a huge impact on his racecoure debut, coming home 11 lengths clear from the rest of the field under stable jockey Andrasch Starke. Girolamo is a half brother to Goose Bay ,who Schiergen trained to win the 2008 Italian Oaks, a race that Danedream was to win 3 years later. Whether or not Girolamo turns out to be quite as good as that pair is open to opinion, however todays winner does hold an entry for this years German Derby, and may make a return to Krefeld next month for one of the countrys main Classic trials, the Dr. Busch Memorial on April 22nd.

Do you think Girolamo is a star of the future? You can see the race here:

http://www.racebets.com/en/horse-betting-online/media/external/type/archive/race/589949/idExternal/1009/


Although generally a dying art in Germany, a few steeplechases still exist, and Krefeld played host to the Preis der BS Seiffert GmbH, a steeplechase over 3500 metres (2 miles 1 1/2 furlongs). Although an open looking event on paper, the contest turned into a one horse race as the Belgian trained Chance D'Or won by almost a fence from the Cornelia Schmock favourite Supervisor with Borgo back in third for reigning champion National Hunt trainer Elfi Schnackenberg. Having been pulled up in his last contest, a hurdle race at Saint Brieuc in France two weeks ago, Chance D'or was soon well clear under jockey Diego Declerq and remained unchallenged for most of the race to win what was only his second race over fences.

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - DORTMUND - SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY 2012

Due to illness, there is a delay to the weekend reports, and these will appear here soon. We will also be carrying news of a German trained horse winning in England!

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - DORTMUND - SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY 2012

brought to you in association with CITY BOOKMAKERS

RACE 1 - WWW.GERMANTOTE.DE-RENNEN
1200 metres (6 furlongs)
3,400 Euros 8 Runners

The first race of the day was somewhat devalued by the withdrawal of hot favourite Murcielago. The Matthias Keller trained five year old was due to be odds on favourite, having ran regularly at Group level last year. In his absence, Naos was backed down to favourite to give trainer Toni Potters a victory with his first runner of the season, and the four year old Desert Prince filly did not disappoint. Always handy under jockey Jozef Bojko, Naos was brought to challenge long time leader Nasrine, and ran on well the beat that rival by 1¾ lengths with Russian Affair back in third, the best of three runners in the race for trainer Mario Hofer.

RESULT:
1st - 9 NAOS
2nd - 10 NASRINE
3rd - 4 RUSSIAN AFFAIR

Non Runners: Murcielago, Lives of Clay.

Distances: 1¾l, ¾l
Winning Owner: Angelika Muntwyler
Winning Trainer: Toni Potters
Winning Jockey: Jozef Bojko


RACE 2 - GALOPP 2011 - DER JAHRESRUECKBLICK AUF DVD
1200 metres (6 furlongs)
3,600 Euros 6 Runners

This Class 4 handicap went the way of the five year old Dashing Blade gelding Sir Rarely, one of two runners in the race for Hannover based trainer Karl Demme. Fourth over course and distance last time out, Sir Rarely came away to win this race in fine style from World's Danger, with well backed favourite Rendimiento back in third.

RESULT:
1st - 1 SIR RARELY
2nd - 6 WORLD'S DANGER
3rd - RENDIMIENTO

Non Runners: Mona Mharadona, Count Lucien.

Distances: 1¼l, 4l,
Winning Owner: Stall Calenberg
Winning Trainer: Karl Demme
Winning Jockey: Maxim Pecheur


RACE 3 - PREIS DER DORTMUNDER TRAININGSZENTRALE
1950 metres (1 mile 1¾ furlongs)
2,000 Euros 9 Runners

Despite a total prize fund of only 2,000 Euros, this race had arguably the most impressive turnout of todays meeting. The race was given an international touch by the appearance of Sacre Fleur, trained in France by Irish born Eoghan O'Neill. Derapour, bred by the Aga Khan and formerly trained in Ireland by Ted Walsh, made his debut in Germany for new handler Christian von der Recke, whilst most of the talk about the race concerned Salut. Trained by Peter Schiergen, Salut won a 52,000 Euros contest at Baden-Baden last time out (beating German Derby third Saltas in the process), and although this race was being used by the trainer as preparation for the Grosser Preis von St. Moritz next month, Salut was a warm order to give the trainers son Dennis his 50th victory as a jockey. Despite being only 18 years of age, Schiergen junior is fast establishing himself as one of the hottest properties in German racing right now. As Sacre Fleur led the way for France, Schiergen was content to keep Salut just behind the leader, and turning for home, produced the 1/10 favourite with a prefectly timed run, and despite being challenged by the always promiment Derapour inside the final furlong, kept Salut going for a 4 ½ length victory over the von der Recke trained challenger. However, behind these two, another story was developing. Turning for home, the Regine Weissmeier trained Warstein was carried hopelessly wide by Pagan Warrior, giving jockey and trainers daughter Esther Weissmeier no chance of keeping the momentum. However, despite this, jockey Weissmeier regrouped and drove Warstein to a very impressive third place - even more impressive when you consider that this was not only Esther Weissmeiers first ever ride in public, but this time last week, she was just FOURTEEN years old! She celebrated her fifteenth birthday in the week, however this ride showed that this young lady has immense promise, and coming from a racing family that includes brothers Fabian and Marian both turning into top amateur riders, it may not be not before another member of the Weissmeier family appears in the winners enclosure!

RESULT:
1st - 7 SALUT
2nd - 2 DERAPOUR
3rd - WARSTEIN

Distances: 4 ½l, 3 ½l
Winning Owner: Gestuet Bona
Winning Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Winning Jockey: Dennis Schiergen


RACE 4 - WWW.RACEBETS.COM-RENNEN
1700 metres (1 mile ½ furlong)
4,500 Euros 7 Runners

Kronerbe was an impressive winner here two weeks ago, and although being upped in trip an extra 500 metres (2 ½ furlongs), the Karl Demme trained five year old was an all the way winner here despite running loose before the race. Having completed a circuit of the Dortmund track, Kronerbe soon drifted on the German tote, as was sent off fifth favourite at 4-1, with the Axel Kleinkorres trained Mariston, himself a winner here two weeks ago, sent off the 9/4 favourite in a very tight betting heat. However, despite having shown all his better form over shorter distances, Kronerbe completed a double for Demme, owners Stall Calenberg and jockey Maxim Pecheur by staying on in really good style for a 2 ½ length victory over Mariston, with the Marion Weber trained outsider Raise A Smile third under Alexander Pietsch.

RESULT:
1st - 2 KRONERBE
2nd - 4 MARISTION
3rd - 5 RAISE A SMILE

Non Runner: Touch Of Time.

Distances: 2 ½l, 4 ½l,
Winning Owner: Stall Calenberg
Winning Trainer: Karl Demme
Winning Jockey: Maxim Pecheur


RACE 5 - WWW.GERMANTOTE.DE-WETTEN AUF FRANKREICH-RENNEN
2500 metres (1 mile 4½ furlongs)
3,600 Euros 10 Runners

This class 4 handicap was won by the Viktor Molls trained Sagawing, landing a hat trick at the meeting for young jockey Maxim Pecheur. The 21 year old learned his trade at the stables of Christian von der Recke before moving back to his native south-west, and is now based in Baden-Baden. However, things didn't look too hopeful as the race progressed. The Helga Dewald trained Diamond Storm set the pace under Jozef Bojko, himself looking for a double after taking the days opener. Turning for home though, Diamond Storm found himself challenged by the 9/4 favourite Princess Dumont, the mount of top Italian jockey Daniele Porcu. As Diamond Storm faded, it looked as though Princess Dumont would go one better than her second place in a similar race at Neuss last week. However, Pecheur brought Sagawing with a terrific run to head Princess Dumont in the final 100 yards and take the honours by 1¼ lengths with the Lydia Lammers trained Eomer well back in third.

RESULT:
1st - 3 SAGAWING
2nd - 4 PRINCESS DUMONT
3rd - 2 EOMER

Non Runner: Kepheus.

Distances: 1¼l, 23l
Winning Owner: Uwe Friebel and Heinz-Josef Theissen
Winning Trainer: Viktor Molls
Winning Jockey: Maxim Pecheur



Maxim Pecheur, top jockey of the meeting at Dortmund today with three winners.
(Photo copyright Darren Thrussell/Anglo German Racing).


RACE 6 - 106 JAHRE VERBAND DEUTSCHER AMATEURRENNREITER - 1. LAUF ZUR WINTERMEISTERSCHAFT DER AMATEURE
1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlongs)
3,400 Euros 13 Runners

The first round of this years German Amateur Riders Winter Championship went to Olga Laznovska, who expeienced what can only can be described as a deja-vu feeling, for it was todays winner, Crespo, who provided 32 year old Laznovska with not only her first ever ride in November 2009, but also her first ever victory just a couple of weeks later. Laznovska, who also owns the 7 year old Crespo, was always prominent on the Helga Dewald trained gelding, and confirmed his status as 9//4 favourite to hold off the challenge of Janine Beckmann on 40-1 outsider Pretty Man, with Dutch rider Dick Goossens back in third on the Sascha Smrczek trained Favorfoot Danon.

RESULT:
1st - 9 CRESPO
2nd - 12 PRETTY MAN
3rd - 8 FAVORFOOT DANON

Non Runner: Komeos.

Distances: 3½l, 10l
Winning Owner: Olga Laznovska
Winning Trainer: Helga Dewald
Winning Jockey: Olga Laznovska


RACE 7 - SATELLITE INFORMATIONS SERVICES (SIS) - RENNEN
1950 metres (1 mile 1¾ furlongs)
3,950 Euros 9 Runners

A Peter Schiergen trained horse at 7-1 in an all weather Class 4 Handicap?? This was the case in the last race of the day, however the reason for Erlian being sent off a such a generous price may have been down to a rather interesting jockey booking. 20 year old apprentice jockey Malika Fehr had never ridden in a race before, however the coolnees she displayed here marked her out as a certain star of the future. With Olga Laznovska setting the pace on Al Punto in pursuit of a quick double, Fehr was content to race in mid division on the 5 year old gelding Erlian, and coming wide into the straight, the young rider kept her head to push Erlian out to win from Leu, who was unable to provide Maxim Pecheur with his fourth victory of the day.

RESULT:
1st - 6 ERLIAN
2nd - 4 LEU
3rd - 7 LEWIS CHESSMEN

Non Runners: Lips Devil, Cosinus, Robbery Reward.

Distances: 1¾l, 9l
Winning Owner: Stall Michigan
Winning Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Winning Jockey: Malika Fehr

Posted on 22 Jan 2012 by Darren


MORE JOY FOR GERMAN RAIDERS IN CAGNES

The last couple of days have seen further success for German trained runners at the winter festival at Cagnes sur Mer on the French Riviera. Following on from the victory of the Werner Baltromei trained Wise Boy on Wednesday (see report below), the Mario Hofer trained Chimes of Light was a 1 3/4 length winner of the Prix des Coquelicots on Friday, a claiming race for 3 year old horses over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs). Ridden by trainers daughter Stefanie Hofer, Chimes of Light took the 15,000 Euro contest from the locally trained Questor.

Saturday saw the third German victory at Cagnes this year, and it was win number two for trainer Werner Baltromei as Kardo defied top weight in the Prix Charles de Breil, an amateur riders race over 2400 metres (1 ½ miles). Given a fine ride by 21 year old rider Pierre Fertillet, Kardo took the 17,000 Euros contest by 1 ½ lengths with the Robert Collet trained Casa Battlo in second. Although trained in Germany, Kardo ran exclusively in France in 2011, winning a decent handicap at Deauville in August. With another two runners at Cagnes on Tuesday, Baltromei will be looking to build on his current run of good form.

Posted on 21 Jan 2012 by Darren


GERMAN HORSES IN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

There was success for German trained horses in two overseas meetings on Wednesday. The Mario Hofer trained Barosch was a 2 length winner of the Prix Stella Polaris, a claiming race over 1600 metres (1 mile) at Mons in Belgium, however the performance of the day must surely go to the 5 year odl Wise Boy, trained in Muelheim by Werner Baltromei. Despite being a 22-1 outsider in the 15,000 Euro Prix de Garavan at the southern French course of Cagnes sur Mer, Wise Boy was given an excellent ride by young rider Marc Lerner and came away for a 1 1/4 length victory from locally trained Flamsteed.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - NEUSS - SUNDAY 15TH JANUARY 2012

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THREE OF THE BEST FOR ANDRE AS DENNIS DOES THE DOUBLE

RACE 1 - AUF EIN NEUSS 2012
1100 metres (5½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 7 Runners

Neuss' first race of the season went to the 4 year old filly Diplomatie, who improved on her third place in a similar event last week at Dortmund. Ridden by popular lightweight jockey Andre Best, Diplomatie was the first winner as a public trainer for Uwe Schwinn, who was champion owner-trainer last season. 51 year old Schwinn is based in the small village of Honzrath in south western Germany near to the French border. Having saddled 11 winners as an owner-trainer last year, Schwinn is now looking to take on the top trainers in Germany, and Diplomaties success has given him the start he was looking for. The winner finished a length clear of World's Danger with Victoria S back in third. The disappointment of the race was Red Hot Chilly, owned and trained by Christian Peterschmitt, however, with all his best form having come over further, he could be one to watch next time when reverting back to a longer trip.

RESULT:
1st - 5 DIPLOMATIE
2nd - 3 WORLD'S DANGER
3rd - 2 VICTORIA S

Distances: 1l, 7l
Winning Owner: Stall Hufnagel
Winning Trainer: Uwe Schwinn
Winning Jockey: Andre Best


RACE 2 - PREIS DER KREFELDER RENNBAHN-RENNEN
2300 metres (1 mile 3½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 10 Runners

Mario Hofer only just missed out on the trainers championship in 2011 with only Andreas Woehler recording more winners, but he wasted no time in getting off the mark this year as Nautika Danon took this contest, providing jockey Andre Best with his second winner of the day. Having been surprisingly beaten at Dortmund last month on her debut for the Austrian born Hofer, Nautika Danon was far took good for her opponents this time round and romped home for an easy 9 lengths victory.

With Dutch raider Boshoevenscarlet setting a decent pace, the field were soon strung out, however Best was always going easy on the 1/5 favourite as he tracked the leader and the Christian von der Recke trained Come and Fight. As the leaders turned for home, Best eased Nautika Danon into the lead and went on to record a facile win, with Come and Fight living up to her name, getting the better of Boshoevenscarlet for second.

RESULT:
1st - 7 NAUTIKA DANON
2nd - 9 COME AND FIGHT
3rd - 8 BOSHOEVENSCARLET

Distances: 9l, 1 3/4l
Winning Owner: Guido Schmitt
Winning Trainer: Mario Hofer
Winning Jockey: Andre Best


RACE 3 - WWW.GERMANTOTE.DE-RENNEN
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
4,500 Euros 8 Runners

Andre Best recorded his hat trick in some style as the Jobst Overbeck trained Imondo romped away to win this class 3 handicap by 6 lengths. Never out of the top two in six previous runs at Neuss, Imondo showed just how much he likes the course as Best cruised past long time leader Zerzura in the home straight, and despite the best efforts of Belgian jockey Stephen Hellyn, the 7/4 favourite was simply no match for Imondo, whose victory meant that Overbeck became the first trainer to record two victories in Germany this year, with Senara recording the handlers opening success at Dortmund last week.

RESULT:
1st - 3 IMONDO
2nd - 4 ZERZURA
3rd - 7 TWIN STAR

Distances: 6l, 3/4l
Winning Owner: Annegret Overbeck
Winning Trainer: Jobst Overbeck
Winning Jockey: Andre Best


RACE 4 - WETTEN XXL - IHR BUCHMACHER AUF DER KOELNER RENNBAHN-RENNEN
1500 metres (7½ furlongs)
3,600 Euros 7 Runners

Cecilia Mueller recorded her first ever victory at Dortmund last week, and the talented young rider showed just what a prospect she is when getting Tees and Cees up in a photo finish from the Sabrina Wandt ridden Salesiano in this competitive class 4 handicap. Formerly trained in England by Richard Hannon, Tees and Cees is now in the capable hands of Katja Gernreich, who trains at the course in Neuss, and was having her very first runner of the season. Despite training no less than three of the seven strong field, the race turned out to be a disappointing one for Marion Weber, with Singha back in fourth the best of her trio.

RESULT:
1st - 2 TEES AND CEES
2nd - 4 SALESIANO
3rd - 1 ELGIN

Distances: Neck, 1 1/2l
Winning Owner: Stall Mara
Winning Trainer: Katja Gernreich
Winning Jockey: Cecilia Mueller


RACE 5 - WWW.GERMANTOTE.DE-WETTEN AUF FRANKREICH-RENNEN
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 8 Runners

In 2010, the Andreas Woehler trained Beagle Boy was one of the most promising horses in Germany. An easy winner of conditions races at Baden-Baden and Hoppegarten, Beagle bBy was well fancied to win the German 2000 Guineas, however he finished well beaten that day, and although victories in Deauville as well as a 30,000 Euro handicap at Baden-Baden augured for the best, Beagle Boys form dropped off alarmingly. Fast forward to November 2011: Having his first run for new owner-trainer Christian Peterschmitt, Beagle Boy was an impressive winner at Neuss over 1500 metres, and stepped up in distance today, was just as impressive today, coming home a comfortable 2 length victor under Dennis Schiergen, who will be looking to better his superb tally of 41 winners he rode last season on the way to becoming German Champion Amateur rider. Daring Sovereign, a first runner of the season for top trainer Andreas Loewe, chased the winner home, the pair 20 legths clear of the field. The big disappoinment of the race was the Andrea Bertram trained Ocareion, who was chasing a five timer but finished a well beaten last, however the horse was found to be lame after the race and can be forgiven this poor showing.

RESULT:
1st - 1 BEAGLE BOY
2nd - 7 DARING SOVEREIGN
3rd - 5 PERSONAL POWER

Distances: 2l, 20l
Winning Owner: Christian Peterschmitt
Winning Trainer: Christian Peterschmitt
Winning Jockey: Dennis Schiergen


RACE 6 - PREIS DER STADT NEUSS
1500 metres (7½ furlongs)
5,100 Euros 9 Runners

The richest race of the day went to one of the most talked about horses in training recently, Beacon Hill giving trainer Mario Hofer his second winner of the day. Having won his fifth successive race when a clear winner at Neuss on New Years Eve, Beacon Hill was subsequently disqualified when it was discovered that rider Martin Seidl weighed in light, and win number five on the trot was subsequently erased from the records. However, there were no issues this time around as Beacon Hill, partnered this time by Marian Falk Weissmeier himself returning after a 4 month ban, was always going easily on the 11/10 favourite as the field, led by the Katja Gernreich trained Los Cantos turned for home. However, as that rival weakened, Weissmeier sent Beacon Hill into an unassailable lead, with the Dutch trained Little Star just getting the better of Dirakh Shan in a photo for second.

RESULT:
1st - 2 BEACON HILL
2nd - 5 LITTLE STAR
3rd - 6 DIRAKH SHAN

Distances: 4l, Short head
Winning Owner: Guido Schmitt
Winning Trainer: Mario Hofer
Winning Jockey: Marian Falk Weissmeier


RACE 7 - SATELLITE INFORMATIONS SERVICE SIS CUP
1900 metres (1 mile 1½ furlongs)
3,950 Euros 14 Runners

After several near misses throughout the day, there was a welcome victory for the Dutch raiding party as Chaudoun took this class 4 handicap for owner-trainer Mary Berrevoets-Uivel, who trains a small string of horses at Duindigt near The Hague. Sent straight into the lead by Belgian rider Pascal van de Keere, Chaudoun was never seriously challenged and led all way for a comfortable 4 length victory over Everton, ridden by English born but Munich based Darren Moffatt.

RESULT:
1st - 10 CHAUDOUN
2nd - 12 EVERTON
3rd - 7 EAGLE CLIFF

Distances: 4l, 3l
Winning Owner: Mary Berrevoets-Uivel
Winning Trainer: Mary Berrevoets-Uivel
Winning Jockey: Pascal van de Keere


RACE 8 - WWW.RACEBETS.COM-RENNEN
2300 metres (1 mile 3½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 13 Runners

The final race of the day went to Anna Bellamy, providing jockey Dennis Schiergen with his second winner on the card, as well as a first ever winner for owner trainer Claus Thomas. The five year old Black Sam Bellamy mare came home 12 lengths clear of Princess Dumont, providing trainer Sascha Smrczek with his third runner up of the day.

RESULT:
1st - 4 ANNA BELLAMY
2nd - 3 PRINCESS DUMONT
3rd - 8 ESPATACO

Distances: 12l, Short head
Winning Owner: Claus Thomas
Winning Trainer: Claus Thomas
Winning Jockey: Dennis Schiergen

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 by Darren


MORE GERMAN SUCCESS AT MONS

Back in September, I wrote an article in the Racing Post regarding horseracing in Belgium receiving a major boost with the introduction of seven new winter cards at Mons racecourse that were carrying increased prize money thanks to a new partnership with France Galop and the PMU. Unfortunately, despite the article, no British horses were entered in any of the eight meetings, however from day one, German trainers would be crossing the border in search of the prize money of up to 11,000 Euros per race, and more often that not with success. Originally, the plan was for Mons to stage seven racedays between October and December, however they have kept the plan going into 2012, and today saw the first raceday of the year at Mons. As usual, there were 6 races on the card, and as usual, there was German success as the Obelisk, trained in Frankfurt by Wiefried Kujath ran out a convincing 4 length victor of the Prix Hilaire Spiers - Conditions Race over 2100 metres (1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs). Obelisk was ridden to victory by Jozef Bojko, who followed up a victory at Dortmund yesterday with this success.However, just half an hour later, it was win number 2 for the German contingent as Weipert took the Prix Maiden Newton claiming stakes for veteran trainer Hans Albert Blume. Formerly based at the Roettgen stud in Cologne, Blume moved to Krefeld on October 2010, and the 71 year old, one of the oldest trainers in Germany, has continued to enjoy success recently, especially on his forays into France. Indeed, Weipert had been campaigned mainly in France during his career, and it is also understood that Blume will be having several runners at the upcoming winter festival at Cagnes sur Mer over the next few weeks.

Posted on 09 Jan 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - DORTMUND - SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY 2012

RACE 1 - START IN DIE SAISON 2012
1950 metres (1 mile 1 ½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 12 Runners

The first race of the 2012 German racing season was won in emphatic style by the 13-8 favourite Sternenwind, who romped home for a 14 length victory with long time leader Frau Toepfer holding on for second with Anna Bellamy staying on for third. Appreciating the drop in trip, the Michael Blau trained Sternenwind was always travelling well under Czech rider Jiri Palik, and took up the running as the field entered the straight.


RACE 2 - WWW.GERMANTOTE.DE-RENNEN
1950 metres (1 mile 1 ½ furlongs)
3,400 Euros 13 Runners

This contest was won by the Jobst Overbeck trained Senara, who led all the way under Slovakian born jockey Jozef Bojko for a hard fought ¾ length victory over the Uwe Stoltefuss trained favourite Rocket Night. Bojko, who can count the German Derby among last years many successes, has an excellent record on the all weather courses at Neuss and Dortmnd, and despite a vailiant ride by promising apprentice rider Michele Klitsch aboard Rocket Night, Bojko and Senara held on with the Reiner Werning trained Frau Luna, prominent throughout the race, staying on for third.


RACE 3 - PREIS DER GLASTRIBUENEN DORTMUND MIT FREIEM EINTRITT
1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong)
3,400 Euros 13 Runners

With the first two races of the German season having gone to Czech and Slovak born jockeys respectively, you may have been forgiven for wondering when the first home success would take place. However, there was not long to wait as riding honours would go to Germany in the third race, although not many people would have chosen Cecilia Mueller as the jockey. Amateur rider Mueller, based with trainer Axel Kleinkorres at Neuss, had yet to ride a winner in public, however she gave the 6 year old Banyumanik gelding Mariston the perfect ride, opening her account in great style. Held up behind the leaders as Nadine Gratz cut out the pace on outsider Only For Joy, Mueller brought Mariston with a sweet run to grab the lead in the home straight. The race still wasn't won though, as Pearl of Danon was sent to challenge by Alexander Pietsch, who finished second to Filip Minarik in the 2011 German Jockeys Championship. However, Mueller was not fazed by having to deal with a top professional rider such as Pietsch, and kept Mariston, trained by Kleinkorres, up to his work for a 2 length victory over Pearl of Danon, with early leader Only For Joy holding on the third, 10 lengths back.


RACE 4 - WWW.RACEBETS.COM-RENNEN
1200 metres (6 furlongs)
3,400 Euros 13 Runners

Having won the previous race, jockey Cecilia Mueller found herself riding the odds on favourite here, the Uwe Schwinn trained Diplomatie. However, it was the 20-1 outsider Kepheus who caused a major upset here by leading from start to finish under Jan Palik, who joined brother Jiri in riding a winner on the first day of the 2012 German racing season. Kepheus, representing owner trained Manfred Tuerk, came away for a 3 length victory from the Marion Rotering trained Pink Please, who improved on her seventh place on her all weather debut at Neuss last month with Diplomatie back in third.


RACE 5 - WWW.GERMANRACING.COM-AUFTAKT-SPRINT
1200 metres (6 furlongs)
4,500 Euros 7 Runners

The richest race of the day was won by the 2-1 shot Kronerbe, one of two runners in the race for Hannover based trainer Karl Demme. 55 year old Demme returned to racing in 2009 after 11 years away from the sport, having taken out his trainers licence back in 1984. Although only racking up 7 success last year, Demme has tasted success at Dortmund in the past, with Kronerbe having won there last month, and once sent into the lead by Jozef Bojko, kept on in good style despite the efforts of runner up Super Eagle, with 6-4 favourite Millylovestobouggie in third.


RACE 6 - GALOPP 2011 - DER JAHRESRUECKBLICK AUF DVD
1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong)
3,600 Euros 14 Runners

This contest went to husband and wife team of Alexander and Sarah Weis as the 6 year old Areion gelding Input, trained by Sarah and ridden by Alexander, was a desicive winner of this Class 4 Handicap. A winner of a similar event on the grass at Krefeld last time out, Input proved just as adept on the Dortmund sand when taking up the running turning for home, and came away for a 3 length victory over both Acidici and Noblement, who tied for second place. The first three horses home had all won last time out, and we could well see them upped in class next time out.


RACE 7 - SATELLITE INFORMATIONS SERVICE SIS CUP
2500 metres (1 mile 4 ½ furlongs)
3,950 Euros 14 Runners

The final race of the opening days racing in the 2012 German Racing season went the way of the locally trained top weight Fresh Lady. Having finished in the first 3 in 7 of her last 8 races, the Uwe Stoltefuss trained favourite was the in form horse going into the race, and didn't let her supporters down, coming home 4 lengths clear under Nina Wagner from the Marion Rotering trained Fever Danon, providing both trainer and jockey Martin Seidl with their third runner up of the day.

This victory represented a return from the wilderness for jockey Nina Wagner. Having exploded onto the racing scene in 2009 by finishing runner up in the German Ladies Amateur Riders Championship in her first full season, Wagner then continued her good form into 2010 in the Fegentri World Amateur Riders series. However, 2010 and 2011 saw her winless in Germany, but todays victory could well see the Saarbruecken born rider go close to a repeat of her 2009 successes.

Posted on 07 Jan 2012 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - REVIEW OF 2011

As this website hasn't been updated since September, here is a review of the later part of last year, starting with the biggest success in German racing for many years:

OCTOBER

DANEDREAM DASHES TO AMAZING ARC SUCCESS

35 years after Star Appeal became the first German winner of Europes richest race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Peter Schiergen trained Danedream gave the country their second victory in the race with a scintillating performance at Longchamp. Although generally available at 25-1, Danedream had already won two Group 1 races in the year, the Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten, and the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden. Settled just behind the leaders by jockey Andreasch Starke, Danedream showed the same astonishing turn of foot that saw her take the spoils at Hoppegarten and Baden-Baden as she came home 5 lengths clear of the Aga Khans Shareta, with the Ed Dunlop trained Snow Fairy making it a 1-2-3 for fillies in the race.

Danedreams story really is one of rags to riches. Bought for just 9,000 Euros as a 2 year old. Danedream made her debut in June 2010 at the relatively unknown Wissembourg sound in western France, near the German border. Despite running out a comfortable winner of the race, Danedream was soundly beaten in her next race, a Listed event in Cologne. Disqualified after finishing first past post in a conditions race at Deauville, before a sixth place at Longchamp and third at Baden-Baden, there were still no clues to the phenomenon that was to explode onto the racing scene in 2011.

Danedreams three year old career began as her two year old one had ended - unremarkably! Fourth in a Listed race in Milan failed to make any impression on the racing world, however people did start to take notice following a fine third place in the Italian Derby at Rome in May, the first time she had raced beyond a mile. Danedream was to return to Italy three weeks later in the first of what were to be four spectacular victories. The Italian Oaks was the race, and her outstanding performance can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfslCRW_DMI


Despite this victory, Danedream was a 9-1 shot for the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten, a race which followed an unlucky fifth place in a Group 1 event in Saint Cloud. With German Group 1 winners such as Night Magic and Scalo in opposition in Hoppegarten as well as top English horses Cavalryman and Dandino, Danedream was sent off an unheralded 7th favourite, however produced a superb turn of foot to take the first of what would turn out to be three Group 1 contests, and the video of this superb performance can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le3Xm_kfJrI


With her first Group 1 success behind her, Danedreams next race was the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden, generally regarded as the biggest race in Germany. Sent off second favourite in the betting behind German Derby winner Waldpark, Danedream raced in second for most of the race behine Germanys Horse of the Year in 2010, Night Magic, who was making her last appearance on a racecourse. However, Night Magic, like her opponents, had no answer to Danedreams astonishing turn of pace of the home turn, a performance which owed as much to the perfect timing of jockey Andrasch Starke:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drww7fFoNLw


After this, it was time for the big one, the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe. Could Danedream, a Group winner in Germany and Italy,finally step up and take one the top races in the world? The answer was a resounding yes, and a video featuring commentary by the BBCs Australian commentator Jim McGrath as well as an interview with winning trainer Peter Schiergen can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb9K3oqp7FE


Danedreams season concluded when she was a fast finishing sixth in the Japan Cup in Tokyo. However, by then, history had already been written. A horse bought for just 9,000 Euros who started her career on one of the smallest tracks in Europe, who was soundly beaten in Listed races in Germany and Italy, came good throughout 2011 and proceeded to become one of the greatest horses the sport has ever known,

Posted on 03 Jan 2012 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - PLANS FOR 2012

As I'm sure you've noticed, things haven't been updated a lot in the last few months. There are a few reasons for that (apparently one of them is that I'm a lazy so and so who doesn't get off his backside enough!!), however the main issue is something that some of you will be aware of. As of July 2011, I've been writing for the Racing Post, covering racing in central Europe. Added to this the fact that I was also taking a management course at work, plus my day job...it all mounts up!! However, I'm hoping to find enough spare time throughout the year to bring you all enough updates, so keep your eyes on our website, and hopefully you won't have to wait 3 months for the next update!!

Finally, I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for 2012!

Posted on 03 Jan 2012 by Darren


MEETING REPORT - DORTMUND - SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

RACE 1 - PREIS DER DORTMUND AIRPORT
1600 metres (1 mile)
5,100 EUR 6 Runners

This 2 year old maiden race featured 4 debutants in the 6 strong field, and it was one of the newcomers, All Shook Up, who prevailed despite a lst minute change. With Terry Hellier running late, Andre Best was brought in at the last minute and pushed the Mario Hofer trained All Shook Up to an impressive 4 length victory. With the Peter Schiergen trasined Loivissa, then favourite Russian Song taking up the running, all 6 runners had chances as the field turned for home. However, Global Thrill soon took up the running under Belgian jockey Koen Clijmans, but was easily overhauled by the winner in the closing stages.


RACE 2 - PREIS DES PHOENIX SEES
1750 metres (1 mile 3/4 furlong)
5,100 EUR 16 Runners

The Christian Sprengel trsined Naaseh was sent off a warm favourite for this class D conditions race, and didn't disappoint after being produced with a perfectly timed run under Dutch star Adrie de Vries to win by 3 lengths from the Uwe Ostmann trained Ibolo and Hideki Danon, representing the powerfeul Andreas Woehler/Eddie Pedroza combination. As these three horses dominated the betting, it was no surprise to see them battle out the finish. Ibolo set out to make the early running along with outsider Tumbling Dice, however Hideki Danon was sent to the front by Pedroza as the field went down the back straight and was soon clear with only a couple of furloings to go. De Vreies was always going well of Naaseh though, and moved his mount through to take up the lead inside the final furlong and eased clear in the closing stages with Ibolo running on for second as Hideki Danon faded.


RACE 3 -PREIS VON DEW 21 - BBAG AUKTIONSRENNEN DORTMUND
1400 metres (7 furlongs)
52,000 EUR 10 Runners

Chapman, so named after top German racecourse commentator Manfred Chapman, was sent off a warm favourite to give trainer Peter Schiergen his first winner of the day, however although running prominently throughout, Chapman had no answer to the finishing burst of the Werner Hefter trainer Old Pal, giving Adrie de Vries his second winner of the day. English based Brazilian rider Silvester de Sousa, riding at Dortmund for the first time, was a fine third on the Manfred Hofer trained outsider Diamond Rock.


RACE 4 - HUGO AND JOHANNA KOERVER GEDAECHTNISRENNEN
1600 metres (1 mile)
6,000 EUR 12 Runners

This Class 3 handicap looked to be an open affair on paper, and lived up its billing with most of the 12 strong field holding chances as the field entered the final furlong with Andre Best looking for his second winner of the day, his ride For Pro bering prominent. However, the Waldemar Hickst trained Elkes Friends is one of the most consistant horses in training, and dashed clear under a determined drive from Alexander Pietsch to take the honours from Abrafax under top apprentice Maxim Pecheur with the Mario Hofer trained My Step showing improved form on his last three efforts to take third.


RACE 5 -PREIS VON DOKOM 21
1750 metres (1 mile 3/4 furlong)
4,950 EUR 14 Runners

Silke Brueggemann is what the Germans would call an 'echte Pferdemensch' - a real horse person. Owner, trainer, jockey - Brueggemann is a real all rounder, however not many people gave her horse, Sauber a chance in this class 4 handicap. Sent off a 35-1 rank outsider, the four year old was always in contention, and with Brueggemann a more that competent pilot, the pair held on from the Alexander Pitech ridden Titania for a 4 length victory to give the multi talented Brueggemann her fourth win of the season as a jockey.


RACE 6 - PREIS VON HOHENBUSCHEI
2000 metres (1 1/4 miles)
5,100 EUR 16 Runners

After the shock 35-1 winner in the previous race, the Norbert Sauer trined Russian Tigress caused another surprise by taking this class 3 handicap at 34-1 under a fine ride from young Nicol Oerlerking, who was landing here 8th winner of the season. Despite top weight of 63 kilos (reduced by 4 kilos thank to the riders allowance), Russian Tigress came home ahead of Win for Gold, who has now finished runner up in all his 4 races.


RACE 7 - 127TH DEUTSCHES ST. LEGER (GROUP 3)
2800 metres (1 3/4 miles)
55,000 EUR 7 Runners

The big race of he day saw 7 horses go to post following the defection of the Sarah Weis trained Rosello. Having finished 4th in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup back in July, the Mark Johnson trained Fox Hunt was sent off the heavily backed even money favourite, and proved to be too good for his German trained rivals, although the Waldemar Hickst trained Fair Boss made the Silvester de Sousa ridden winner fight all the way. With Dawn Twister setting a steady pace on testing ground in the famous colours of owner Baron von Ullmann, all 7 horses were still in touch as the field entered the final two furlongs. However, Fox Hunt, who had been in second place throughout was soon asked to challenge the leader by de Sousa, but then had to see off a determined challenge from the 3 year old Fair Boss, who went down by only a length under Alexander Pietsch. Winning trainer Mark Johnston is in stranger to Group success in Germany, having done so with Lady Jane Digby and Jukebox Jury recently, and todays victory underlined the Middleham based trainers knack of raiding the country successfully..


RACE 8 - PREIS DES DORTMUNDER HAFENS
2400 metres (1 1/2 miles)
4,000 EUR 16 Runners

With the late withdrawl of hot favourite Weissheit adding to the earlier defection of outsider Anatoli, 14 runners contested the final race of the day, and this highly competitive class 4 handicap went the way of Lord of the Dark under 17 yesr old amateur rider Dennis Schiergen. Son of trainer and ex champion jockey Peter, Schiergen junior is raplidly making a major name for himself, having landed Europes richest amateurs riders race back in May at the Kazan track in Russia. Having finished a fine third in the European Amateur Riders Derby in Ireland last week, Schiergen was seen at his best when getting Lord of the Dark up in a driving finish to deny top weight Gallido with the heavily backed Bonasera back in theird for Andrasch Starke.


Many thanks to Hayley Cutts and Steve Harrison of City Bookmakers Leicester for their support, and for letting me turn their betting shop into a press box for the day!

For more information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/citybookmakers

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 by Darren


Anglo German Racing - WE ARE BACK!

Yes folks, after what seems like a lifetime - ANGLO GERMAN RACING IS BACK! And just in time too - we've been gone FAR too long, and here's a snippet of the racing we will be covering in the next couple of weeks:

SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER - We will be providing in depth reports of ALL races at Dortmund including the 127th running of the German St. Leger. 8 horses go to post including the Mark Jonhston trained Fox Hunt providing British interest.

SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER - Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at Mannheim Racecourse covering all the races including three contests for the Fegentri World Amateur Riders Championships as top jockeys from Germany, Great Britain, France, Sweden and other countries do battle. Not only that, but Anglo German Racing are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of top photographers Stefanie Ihlenburg and Juana Rabenseifner, who will both be providing up with top photos throughout the day.

October - The NEW Anglo German Racing website will go LIVE! Our website designer, Ross McDermott of White Tree Design, has been hard at work on a great new design for our website with some super new features. Unfortunately, activities outside of Anglo German Racing have prevented us from going live with the before, however, as Darren has secured a couple of weeks away from his day job in October, this will go live on or before Saturday 15th October.

We hope to have more news very soon! Watch this space!

Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON!

Here at Anglo German Racing, we like to try and keep up with the times. Therefore, after two years, we've decided that the website is going to have a facelift. We'll be keeping the best bits of the website such as the News pagess, but there wll be some super new features - oh yes, and there will be a brand new logo too!! Please bear with us as we implement these new features, however we hope to have the new look website up and running very soon! Watch this space!!

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - 2011 GERMAN DERBY

The German Derby takes place on Sunday 3rd July at the Horn racecourse in Hamburg. Run over the classic Derby distance of 2400 metres (1 ½ miles), this years renewal sees 18 runners going to post. Let's look at this years competitors:

1 Arrigo (GER)
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Kieren Fallon
-121
The first of five runners from the all conquering Schlenderhan stud, Arrigo went into several notebooks when winning the Oppenheim Union Rennen at Cologne, one of the top German Derby trials. However, he ran wide on both bends at Cologne that day and was very green in the home straight, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the tight course at Hamburg. Prior to that victory, he was pipped at the post by another stablemate, Mawingo in the Bavarian Classic at Munich. Kieren Fallon is one of the best jockeys in the race, but flopped last year on the well fancied Monterosso, and Arrigo still looks to be learning his trade. Could it be that this may have come a bit too soon for him?

2 Ametrin (IRE)
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Filip Minarik
-322
Showed a marked improvement in form when running Arrigo close in the Oppenheim. That day, he was able to dictate the pace, however with so many runners today, he may well be taken on for the lead and could be vulnerable.

3 Lindenthaler (GER)
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Jockey: William Buick
11-15
The ante post favourite for the race a couple of months ago following his impressive victory in the Group 3 Dr. Busch Memorial at Krefeld in April, before finishing last of 5 when upped in distance at Longchamp. May not stay this trip, and it should be noted that all other four horses in the Longchamp race were beaten next time out. Trainer Peter Schiergen won the race in 2008 with Kamsin, but stable jockey Andrasch Starke has opted to ride Saltas.

4 Mawingo (GER)
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Adrie de Vries
32-131
Came with a late run to grab Arrigo on the line in the Bavarian Classic. Prior to that, he had both Earl of Tinsdal and Saltas ahead of him in the Group 3 Metzler Rennen at Frankfurt. However, that race was run at a slow tempo which didn't seem to suit Mawingo, and stable jockey Adrie de Vries has picked him over four other stablemates. However, de Vries has got it wrong is the past (turned down the winner in 2007 and 2009), and maybe he could have picked the wrong one again.

5 Ibicenco (GER)
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Tom Queally
6-132
Adrie de Vries' loss could well be Tom Queallys gain. The English based Irishman, who has ridden many times for the Schlenderhan stable in the past, partnered Ibicenco to third place in a Listed event at Longchamp over todays distance before the horse was edged out in a photo in a Group 3 at Chantilly when partnered by de Vries. One of the few horses in the race who is guaranteed to stay, Ibicenco is a tough battler and although not proven on soft going (rain is forecast for Sunday), he could turn out to be the best of the Schlenderhan team.

6 Gereon (GER)
Trainer: Christian Zschache
Jockey: John Murtagh
111-23
The story of Christian Zschache is one to bring a tear to the eye. A former jockey who has been in a wheelchair since a riding accident in 1999, Zschache has never made it big as a trainer based at the Hoppegarten course near Berlin, with a small string of half a dozen horses. That all changed last season when Gereon literally burst onto the scene, establishing himself as on of the top two year olds in Germany last season. Second in this seasons German 2000 Guineas followed by an unlucky third in the Oppenheim Union Rennen proved that he retained his class from last year, and with veteran Swiss jockey Georg Bosckai replaced by top Irish rider Johnny Murtagh, Gereon could have a chance. The manner of his staying on third in the Oppenheim Union Rennen (1m 3f) suggests the extra furlong here will not be a problem, and there will not be a more popular winner of the race, especially as Zschache still has yet to register a win this season as a trainer.

7 Saltas (GER)
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Jockey: Andrasch Starke
2-124
Had three of today opponents ahead of him in the Oppenheim Union Rennen at Cologne when seemingly holding every chance a couple of furlongs out. That run suggests he might not get hom over todays extended trip, however he is the choice of stable jockey Andrasch Starke, and did have Mawingo behind him when second to Earl of Tinsdal at Frankfurt.

8 Brown Panther (GB)
Trainer: Tom Dascombe
Jockey: Richard Kingscote
1-4111
Started his career by winning a low grade maiden race on the all weather course at Southwell in November, but has gone from strength to strength this season, with wins in handicap at Chester, Haydock and most impressively last time out at Ascot, all over todays distance. Handles any ground, and is so highly regarded by connections that he was nearly supplemented for the Irish Derby as well. The lack of Group form may raise question marks, but he looked something special at Ascot, and with the German form appearing quite muddling, Brown Panther is taken to be the second successive English trained winner of the German Derby following Buzzwords success last year.

9 Theo Danon (GER)
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Jockey: Andreas Suborics
215-415
Austrian born Andreas Suborics,one of the top riders around, has always been of the opinion that Theo Danon is a real Derby horse, however on recent form, it's difficult to understand his opinion. Soundly beaten in two attempts at group level, however did beat Ametrin in a Listed race at Hannover. Described by his jockey as 'a big baby with bags of promise', the formbook says he doesn't have much chance, however it would be foolish to dismiss the claims of former champion jockey Suborics.

10 Silvaner (GER)
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Jockey: Terry Hellier
11-43
Winner of the Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne, one of Germanys top two years old races last season, Silvaner was last seen when finishing third in the Bavarian Classic at Munich. Seemingly weakening some way from home, he stayed on again over the 2000 metre (1 ¼ mile) distance to finish third, and being by Lomitas out of a Monsun mare is bred to stay the extra distance of todays race. Reunited with Terry Hellier who rode him to victory at Cologne, Silvaner could go well at a big price.

11 Earl Of Tinsdal (GER)
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Jockey: Eduardo Pedroza
11-14
Lost his unbeaten record when running about all over the place in the Bavarian Classic at Munich, however with regular rider Eddie Pedroza not taking the ride that day, maybe that run can be forgiven. Had previously beaten both Saltas and Mawingo in the Metzler Rennen, and with his ability to handle any ground, Earl of Tinsdal could be an each way chance now reunited with four times champion jockey Pedroza.

12 Waldpark (GER)
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Jockey: Jozef Bojko
-111
The only unbeaten horse in the race, Waldpark stepped up on his maiden and handicap victories by landing the Derby trial at Baden-Baden last month. A wide margin winner in his first two races, Waldpark had 2 ½ lengths to spare at Baden-Baden despite running off a true line. Relatively unexposed, and still looks to be improving. A lively outsider, and not without a chance.

13 Sommernachtstraum (GER)
Trainer: Waldemar Hickst
Jockey: Stephane Pasquier
-222
Still yet to register a win, but only found Waldpark too ood for him last time. Top French jockey Stephane Pasquier has missed a big days racing at Chantilly for this, but the horse has it to do on the form book.

14 Ordensritter (GER)
Trainer: Horst Steinmetz
Jockey: Davy Bonilla
The oldest trainer in Germany, 78 year old Horst Steinmetz sent out Nicaron to win this race in 2005 for the same owners as Ordensritter, and Frenchman Davy Bonilla again takes the ride as he did in 2005. However, has finished 7th in his only two races at Group class and doesn't look up to winning this.

15 Tahini (GER)
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Michael Cadeddu
-133
The fifth and final Schlenderhan runner, Tahini started his career in impressive fashion at Cologne over todays distance in April, but has been beaten in two Derby trials since.

16 Appleby (GER)
Trainer: Sascha Smrczek
Jockey: Daniele Porcu
-3322
Consistent performer at a lower level but has it all to do on the form book having been well beaten by both Tahini and Mawingo.

17 Mi Senor (GER)
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Jockey: Steffi Hofer
25-2314
Bidding to become the first lady rider to win the German Derby, Steffi Hofer takes the ride of the third of trainer Andreas Woehlers horses, with race sponsor Albert Darboven being the owner. Looked impressive when an 8 length victor of a conditions race in Munich but had his limitations exposed when only fourth in the Bremen Derby trial, and can be passed over here.

18 Hoseo (GER)
Trainer: Erika Maeder
Jockey: Henk Grewe
8-94639
The rank outsider whose only foray into Pattern class saw hin finish tailed off last of nine in a Listed race at Bremen last time out. Erika Maeder trained Ransom O'War to finish second in this race back in 2003, however Hoseo is nowhere near that class and has no chance here.


VERDICT:

At first glance, this appears to be a trappy renewal of the German Derby, as a lot of the main protagonists have beaten each other. However, looking at overseas form, two candidates stand out. Ibicenco was only beaten a short head in a French Group 3 last time out, however BROWN PANTHER looked a class act when winning the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot by an impressive 6 lengths. Earl of Tinsdal and Waldpark from the Andreas Woehler yard have each way chances, whilst Peter Schiergen can never be written off in the German Derby, and his Silvaner could go well at a big price.

PREDICTION:

1ST - 8 BROWN PANTHER
2ND - 5 IBICENCO
3RD - 11 EARL OF TINSDAL
4TH - 10 SILVANER
5TH - 12 WALDPARK
6TH - 6 GEREON

Posted on 02 Jul 2011 by Darren


NEWS ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

NEWS FROM THURSDAY 23RD JUNE

NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE

NEWS FROM SUNDAY 19TH JUNE

NEWS FROM SATURDAY 18TH JUNE

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

....will appear on Wednesday, as I'll finally have some spare time then to collate all the results and information together!

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

NIGHT LEADS TANGO A MERRY DANCE IN BADEN-BADEN FEATURE

Night Magic, the German Horse of the Year in 2010, returned to the scene of her unforgettable victory in Germany biggest race, the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden back in September, to land the spoils in the Group 2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen, the feature race of the final day of the Baden-Baden Spring festival on Sunday. Having made all in the 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs) race, Night Magic was challenged by Russian Tango, however the six year old Night Magic, trained in Munich by Wolfgang Figge, held on for a head victory of the Andreas Woehler trained Russian Tango, who was unable to build of his impressive success at Hoppegarten last time out. Winning jockey, Hungarian born Karoly Kerekes, was quick to point out that as well as bieng a top class racehorse, Night Magic also possesses a real fighting sporit, which she showed in abundance to repel Russian Tango in the closing stages.


MAGIC WANDT THE GOLDEN GIRL AT GOTHA

If you were asked the name the longest racecourse in Germany, where would you thnk of? Baden-Baden? Duesseldorf maybe? Berlin Hoppegarten? No, the longest racecourse, a whole 2900 metres (1 mile 6 1/2 furlongs) round can be found in the eastern German town of Gotha, about 20 km east of Erfurt in the state of Thuringen. The only racecourse in Thuringen, Gotha has hosted racing since 1878, and although in recent years the famous steeplechase course is no longer in use, the racecourse under the direction of the Gotha-Boxberg Racing Club (Rennverein) now stages a couple of racedays per year, and Sunday saw the first racemeeting of the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the very firm ground that had blighted the raceday at Hassloch on Friday was in also evidence at Gotha, leading to several non-runners throughout the day. Despite the ground and the searing heat of around 27c, Sabrina Wandt kept a cool head to win four of the days seven races, Wandt, who celebrated her 20th birthday last month, is having a season to remember, and her four timer took her seasons tally to 26 victories, just one behind current championship leader and defending champion Eddie Pedroza. Wandt started her winning run when riding the Rudolf Storp trained Belle Zorro to an impressive 4 length victory in the Herzlichen Dank der Feuerwehr Gotha-Rennen maiden race over 2300 metres (1 mile 3 1/2 furlongs). Wandt followed this up with three victories for Christian von der Recke, whose stable she is currently attached to. Despite a protest from connections of second placed Nemo, Wandt kept the victory aboard Ciocco Sam in the joint riches race of the day, the 5,000 Euros Preis der Freunde und Foerderer der Galopprennbahn Gotha-Boxberg over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs), with her two remaining victories coming aboard Ishan, who returned to the scene of his only previous career success when taking the 2150 metres (1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs) Preis der GPM GmbH Merbelsrod Class 4 Handicap by a impressive seven lengths with the Sarah Weis trained Rega back in second, and Distinctive Image, who is rapidly turning into a bit of a superstar! Sent to trainer Christian von der Recke by Swiss owner Barbara Keller earlier this year, Distinctive Image is now unbeaten in four races on German soil, winning all four events by an aggregate of 30 lengths!

The second of Gothas two racemeetings this year takes place on Saturday 2nd July, and includes the longest Class 4 Handicap held in Germany, which takes place over a stamina sapping 3400 metres (2 miles 1 furlong).


NEWS FROM SATURDAY

Report will follow soon

Posted on 05 Jun 2011 by Darren


ALIANTHUS LANDS MEILE FOR VON ULLMANN

The Badener Meile, staged earlier today at Baden-Baden, is arguably the top mile race in Germany. First run in 1979, the race often attracts a top class field, and international raiders can often be seen, with both British and French horses having won the race in recent times. However, this years field of 11 only attracted one overseas entry, and despite stablemate Exciting Life winning the big race here on Saturday, the Polish trained Golden Tirol could only finish eighth as the honours went to Alianthus, trained in Cologne by Jens Hirschberger and ridden to victory in the famous blue and yellow silks of Georg Baron von Ullmann by the Dutch born jockey Adrie de Vries. One of the most consistent horses in training, the six year old Alianthus has finished in the top two in his last five races, four at Group level, and the 3.9-1 second favourite was 3/4 length too strong for the 6/4 favourite Sehrezad with the Peter Schiergen trained Neatico back in third. Despite having showed his best form on soft ground, Alianthus' trainer Jens Hirschberger remarked that the horse could also handle good ground as she showed today. The first two could again oppose in the Hamburger Meile next month.

More news from Baden-Baden as well as news from todays other meetings at Dortmund and Magdeburg coming soon.

Posted on 02 Jun 2011 by Darren


BEAUTY LANDS AMAZING VICTORY IN HANDICAP FEATURE

The third day of the Baden-Baden Spring festival on Tuesday saw a major surprise in the feature race, the 20,000 Euros Baden Racing Top Handicap Rennen mit der Superdreierwette Class 1 Handicap over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong). With several in form runners lining up in the 10 strong field, the Michael Figge trained Amazing Beauty was sent off the 30.1-1 outsider under rider Eugen Frank, having finished no better than eighth in four races this year. Thing looked even more as the field turned for home with Amazing Beauty last of the ten runners as the Waldemar Hicket trained Flat Eric led the way with the hot favourite Big Titus looking menacing under Andreas Helfenbein. However, Eugen Frank somehow conjured a breathtaking run from the four year old Amazing Beauty, passing every horse in the home straight to take the race by 1/2 length from the Christian Sprengel trained Tettman with early leader Flat Eric back in third. Despite being prominent for much of the race, Big Titus was a huge disappoinment, falling away quickly and eventually finishing last.

Posted on 31 May 2011 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

DANON DIGS DEEP TO REPEL RECKE RAIDER

The feature race on day 2 of the Baden-Baden Spring Meeting was the 55,000 Euro Oleander Rennen, a Group 3 event over 3200 metres (2 miles). Formerly known as the Betty Barclay Rennen, this race is one of Germanys top staying contests, and always attracts the countries top two milers. Despite only five horses going to post this year, the race produced a superb finish with odds on favourite and defending champion Tres Rock Danon having to pull out all the stops to get up on the line to defeat the Christian von der Recke trained Earlsalsa by a head with Flamingo Fantasy, winner of this race in 2009, 3/4 of a length back in third. With champion jockey Eddie Pedroza setting a steady pace aboard Cabimas, one of two runners in the race for trainer Peter Schiergen, all five runners were practically in a line as the field entered the final two furlongs. It ws at this point that Andreas Helfenbein made his move on Earlsalsa on the inside rail as the pair moved two lengths clear with Flamingo Fantasy being produced on the outside by Terry Hellier. However, Andreas Suborics timed his move on Tres Rock Danon to perfection as he brought the favourite between Earlsalsa and Flamingo Fantasy in the dying strides. Despite not winning in the manner of an odds on favourite, trainer Waldemar Hickst was far from downcast about his horses performance, stating that the slow pace of the race and unsuitable good ground contributed to the five year old Rock of Gibraltar colt only just scrambling home.

Although he has a way to go before he competes at that level, the Mario Hofer trained Fabulous Painter could well join the ranks of Germanys top stayers after the manner of his fine win in one the meeting supporting races, the Fukushima Trophy, a Class 3 handicap over 2800 metres (1 3/4 miles). Racing at the distance for the first time, the five year old son of Pentire looked every inch a decent stayer in the making under Terry Hellier when easing to a four length victory over the Andreas Woehler trainer Wells Wonder.

A very rare sight was a live TV broadcast from the Sport 1 channel, formerly known as DSF. With German horse racing recently having little or no TV coverage, it was good to see Sport 1 choose to boradcast a race live from Baden-Baden, and they chose to televise the Badener Roulette-Preis, a conditions race over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) sposored by the world famous Baden-Baden casino. Throughout the 30 minute broadcast, presenter Ulli Potofski set the scene live from the course, and also gave an in-depth introduction to the world of horse racing and betting. Despite suffering from the seemingly age old German problem of going off late, the race was eventually screeened live with victory going to the Waldemar Hickst trained Silencio, ridden by French jockey Anthony Crastus, who had already landed the Preis von Umweltpartner Vogel Class 2 Handicap over 1200 metres (6 furlongs) on the Elfi Schnackeberg trained Giant Step.


PALIK THE PICK AS CZECH CHECKS IN AT KREFELD

Aside from Baden-Baden, Krefeld held a very competitive meeting with an eight race card, 3 of the contests gonig the way of the jockey Jiri Palik. The first winner of the day for the popular Czech born rider came courtesy of the Andreas Loewe trained Daring Sovereign in the Preis der CGW GmbH - Full-Service-Kommunikation in Krefeld condition race over 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong). Having finished last of 10 in his only previous race on heavy ground at Dortmund last year, Daring Sovereign found the quicker going at Krefeld much more to his liking and belied his odds of 16.5-1 to ease to a 3 1/2 length win over Peleador, who just took second in a photo ahead of Ifightforkisses. Paliks second victory was for the former champion trainer Peter Schiergen, whose runners at other courses are always worth noting when the big races at Baden-Baden are taking place on the same day, and maybe the odds of 10.3-1 on the four year old Pentire gelding Nightdance Oscar were more than generous, and that proved the case as Palik brought the horse home 1 1/2 lengths clear of the field to win the Class 3 Preis der Rheinischen Post Krefeld Handicap. The jockey completed his hat trick in the Preis der YEH Moors Moden GmbH Krefeld Koenigstrasse aboard Guardian Angel, a second winner of the day for trainer Andreas Loewe, who just got the better of Laengen Voraus, who despite his very German name was originally trained at Newmerket by the legendary Henry Cecil.


'TRADITION RACEDAY' AT RASTEDE

The racecourse at Rastede, situated in the north of the country about 30 km north west of Bremen, sees a spectacle of varied equine sports once a year, and Sunday saw pony racing, trotting, races for halfbloods and two thoroughbred galopp races. This event, known as the 'Tradition Raceday' sees many visitors flock to this small but charming course. Both galopp races went the way of champion trainer Christian von der Recke, who saddled the South African bred Glow Star in the yoobet.de - Galopp - Die Internetplattform von Buchmacher Albers conditions race over 1600 metres (1 mile). Sent off the 8/13 favourite, Glow Star did not disappoint and came away for an easy 2 1/2 length win with Varimona back in second for owner-trainer-rider Anna-Doreen Zuraw. However, if Glow Stars victory was easy, the win for von der Reckes other success, Dancin' Dream, was anything but. Ridden like Glow star by top amateur Marian Weissmeier, Dancin' Dream was only 1/3 to repeat his stablemates success when taking part in the Preis der Oldenburgischen Landesbank AG conditions race over 2100 metres (1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs), however he was made to fight all the way by the Rainer Busch trained Saco, who gave the favourite a huge fright thanks to a detemined ride by amateur rider Susanne Rose, however Weissmeier pulled out all the stops to get Dancin' Dream home by a neck.

Posted on 29 May 2011 by Darren


NEWS FROM SATURDAY

EXCITING FINISH TO BADEN-BADEN FEATURE AS BRITISH RAIDER POLE-AXED!

The first days racing at the Baden-Baden Spring Festival saw an amazing finish to the feature race of the day, the 20,000 Euro Scherping Rennen, a Listed race for 3 year olds over 1200 metres (6 furlongs). The Ian Wood trained Button Moon, one of two British raiders, appeared to hold all the aces going into the final furlong, having led from the start of the race and was still well clear as the horses entered the final 100 metres. However jockey Martin Lane appeared to ease down on Button Moon, allowing the field to close, and in one of the tightest finishes imaginable, the Polish trained Exciting Life, who had himself been prominent throughout, got up by a nose from the favourite Lips Poison with Button Moon finishing third. The winning owner Sabina Plavac was naturally delighted with the victory, adding that Exciting Life would have his next run in the Hamburger Flieger Preis at Hamburg on June 29th. If Exciting Life goes on to win the Hamburg race, he will achieve the same double as the legendary Hungarian sprinter Overdose did in 2008. Ironically, Exciting Life was ridden today by Czech born Martin Srnec, who rode Overdose in his first ever race in Hungary back in 2007.

Elsewhere at Baden-Baden, the man of the day was reigining German champion jockey Eddie Pedroza, who rattled up an outstanding four timer. The Panamanian born star started off with victory aboard the Uwe Ostmann trained Oriental Fox in the Superstars-Trophy, a maiden race for 3 year olds over 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs). Despite being out of the frame in his two previous starts, the Lomitas colt, who holds a German Derby entry, showed improved form stepped up in trip, leading home a 1-2 for the Auenquelle stud with the Mario Hofer trained D'Artagnan just securing the runners up spot in a photo finish with the Peter Schiergen trained Serienschock. Pedroza notched his second winner of the day when Chica Loca made a pleasing debut in the 15,000 Euros Badener Jugend-Preis for unraced 2 year olds. Given an excellent ride by Pedroza, the French-bred Chica Loca accounted for her six rivals in fine style, coming home ahead of two Mario Hofer trained runners, Pakal and Get Happy. However, Pedroza was possibly seen at his best barely half an hour later when getting the Andreas Woehler trained Ever Strong up on the line to pip the Heinz Hesse trained Red Suede Shoes by a short head in a titanic finish to the German Thoroughbred Marketing-Cup Class 3 Handicap. Pedroza completed his four timer when Kahoon landed the Infront Hospitality-Cup Class 3 Handicap, securing a double for trainer Woehler in the process.

Woehler is having an excellent season this year, and the third winner of the day for the in-form trainer based at Guetersloh near Hannover came in Germanys other racemeeting on Saturday, which took place at Muelheim where the highly rated Monje Danon landed the Preis der S-Finanzdienstleistungs GmbH - FDL maiden race over 2000 metres (1 1/4 miles). Having lost all chance of victory at the start of his only previous outing at Hoppegarten, the three year old Lomitas colt made no mistake this time around, and won very cosily under Jozef Bojko. Although most eyes were on Baden-Baden today, Monje Danon could very well turn out to be a live outsider for the German Derby for which he is entered, and bookmakers Racebeats have reacted to todays victory by pricing the horse at 50-1 for the German classic.

Posted on 28 May 2011 by Darren


CELEBRATION TIME AS BOTTI STAR SPANKS THE OPPOSITION IN GERMAN GUINEAS

The English challenger Excelebration stormed to victory in sensational style in the German 2000 Guineas at Cologne today. Sent off the 31/10 favourite after his fine second to the all-conquering Frankel at Newburys Greenham Stakes last month, Excelebration moved into contention as the field turned for home, however with 2 furlongs to go, most of the 11 runners still held good chances with the Andreas Woehler trained Quinindo the marginal leader. However, as soon as Adam Kirby said go on Excelebration, the Marco Botti trained colt streaked clear of the field for a superb 7 length victory with the top two rated German trained horses, Gereon and Acadius, finishing second and third respectively. Richard Hannon, well known for training top class milers such as Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin relied on the lesser known Casual Glimpse here, he stayed on to finish sixth, one place ahead of the other British raider, the Willie Haggas trained The Paddyman. As for Excelebration, his Newmarket based Italian trainer Marco Botti mentioned that the horse will probably now go for the St. James Palace Stakes, a Group 1 mile race at Royal Ascot, where it is expected that he will once again take on the mighty Frankel.

Posted on 22 May 2011 by Darren


SPECIAL REPORT - MANNHEIM 15TH MAY 2011

Sundays meeting at Mannheim saw 9 races, including the 108th running of the top steeplechase in Germany, the Badenia Jagdrennen. The only pattern steeplechase left in Germany following Baden-Badens decision to cancel all their National Hunt races this season, the Badenia was the highlight of a card that also saw the Richard Grimminger Steeplechase, a hurdle race and six flat races.




Racecourse announcer Holger Schmid and president of Mannheim Racecourse Stephan Buchner set the scene for the days racing.

Here's a report of the days action:

RACE 1 - Kahl Bueroeinrichtungen Cup. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 1400 metres (7 furlongs). Prizemoney: 2,000 EUR. 12 Runners.

The first race of the 2011 season at Mannheim went to the ex English trained Fol Liam, now in the care of owner trainer Christian Peterschmitt, and ridden by reigning German amateur champion Marian Falk Weissmeier. The race was delayed however after first Kanzelerin, then Tom Sawyer broke through the rather flimsy looking starting stalls. With Kanzlerin withdrawn having ran two laps of the Mannheim course, the field of 11 were sent on their way and Fol Liam came away to record a second successive victory on German soil from De La Vista with Crossbill back in third.




Horses leave the stalls in Mannheims first race of the 2011 season, the Kahl Bueroeinrichtungen Cup.


RACE 2 - Goldener Wasserturm Class 4 Handicap. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 2500 metres (1 mile 4 1/2 furlongs). Prizemoney: 3,200 EUR. 12 Runners.

Trainer Werner Hefter has a decent record at Mannheim, and his 5 year old colt Flatley didn't disappoint here. Given a fine ride by the up and coming Rebecca Schumacher, Flatley inally broke his maiden tag at the 16th attempt by 3/4 length from the locally trained Mystery Spirit with Semicolon, representing reigning National Hunt champion trainer Elfi Schnackenberg back in third.




Miss Bellamy leads the field in the Goldener Wasserturm Handicap with eventual winner Flatley on the right of the photo (black colours with red cap).


RACE 3 - Preis der SfC GmbH und des Tribuenentischs Nummer 7 Class 4 Handicap. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 1400 metres (7 furlongs). Prizemoney: 3,500 EUR. 12 Runners.

The Czech raider Gallonofgas lived up to his name with an all the way victory in the keenly contested handicap. Ridden by the vastle experienced Czech jockey Hana Mouchova, Gallonofgas took advantage of being drawn right on the inside of this tight track and soon went into a clear lead, and although the field were closing at the finish, Gallonofgas held on by 3/4 length from Gold Prize, giving his trainer Horst Rudolph his second Runners up with Mystery Spirit having filled the same berth in the previous race. Gallonofgas is trained in the small village of Dymokury, some 40 km east of Prague by Pavel Kinsky, who has become a regular visitor to Germany in the last couple of years with horses such as the ex Irish gelding Heaven Bound, Patros, winner of a decent handicap in Baden-Baden back in 2009, and the ex Aga Khan gelding Zanndar, who ran in the sixth race here at Mannheim.




Trainer Pavel Kinsky and jockey Hana Mouchova receive their prizes following the fine performance from Gallonofgas in the third race of the day at Mannheim.


RACE 4 - Richard Grimminger-Preis Steeplechase. For 5 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 3600 metres (2 1/4 miles). Prizemoney: 7000 EUR. 6 Runners.

This was the first of three National Hunt races at the meeting, and if there is a more exciting steeplechase finish than the 2011 running of the Richard Grimminger Preis this season, I want to see it! Often portrayed as boring races with horses finishing well spread out, German steeplechasing has had a bad press recently, but the finish to this race would have done the Cheltenham Festival proud! With a steady pace ensured by the Elfi Schnackenberg trained Sandsturm, 5 of the 6 strong field were still in contention as they turned for home. However, The German Herman, in last place for most of the race, was given a superbly timed run by Fabian Weissmeier to just pip his brother Marian on Sekundant by a head in a thrilling finish, with the Elfi Schnackenberg trained Bankowitsch a neck back in third. The German Herman was a popular winner having been successful at the course in the past, and trainer Manfred Weber also celebrated being the owner of the horse, having recently purchased the 10 year old Acantenango gelding from former owner Hermann Schroer Dreesmann.




The horses negotiate the water jump in the Richard Grimminger Preis steeplechase with eventual winner The German Herman (green colours) at the back of the field as Sandsturm (number 5) leads the way.




The German Herman and Fabian Weissmeier are led in after their victory.




The winners presentation for the Richard Grimminger Preis with jockey Fabian Weissmeier and trainer Manfred Weber receiving their trophies.

You can watch the race here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mchc0UK1Bo


RACE 5 - Preis der Privatbrauerei Eichbaum Class 3 Handicap. For 4 years olds and upwards
Distance: 1,900 metres (1 mile 1 1/2 furlongs). Prizemoney: 6,000 EUR. 10 Runners.

The biggest flat race of the day was won by one of the biggest names of the day. Andreas Woehler has been one of the top trainers in Germany for many years now, however you could probably count the amount of runners he has had at Mannheim on one hand! Although Amouse Bouche is certainly one of his stables lesser lights, the 4 year old Royal Dragon gelding really appreciated the smaller course at Mannheim and was a 3/4 length victor over Spitzbube, having his first run in Germany for 10 months, having been campaigned in France by owner trainer Ralf Lambert.The Christian von der Recke trained Casilina was unable to repeat her victory at Bremen last time out, but ran a fine race to fill third. Amouse Bouches victory was a first at Mannheim for jockey Fernando Guanti, who moved to Germany four years ago, and like trainer Woehlers number one jockey Eddie Pedroza hails from Panama.




Amouse Bouche and jockey Fernando Guanti are led in after their victory in the big flat race.




Holger Schmid interviews winning rider, Panamanian born Fernando Guanti.


RACE 6 - Preis der Wettboerse Albers Hurdle. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 3200 metres (2 miles). Prizemoney: 5,200 EUR. 9 Runners.

With the defection of highly rated Barrel of Fun as well as outsider Prellwitz, a field of 9 took on the unusual hurdles course at Mannheim. The unusual thing about Mannheims hurdle course is that....there isn't one! Immediately after the previous race, several course workers sprang into action and quickly assembled 4 hurdles on the flat course. Following Barrel of Funs absence, most eyes were on the Elfi Schnackenberg trained Nuevo Leon, a horse so highly rated by his trainer that he actually ran in last years Italian Champion Hurdle at Merano. Although unable to land a blow there, Nuevo Leon found this race much easier, and being ridden for the first time by Czech born Vlastislav Korytar, was unchallenged after the final flight and romped to an 8 length victory over the Marian Rotering trained Romac with Zanndar running on into third, adding to trainer Pavel Kinskys victory with Gallonofgas earlier in the day.




Nuevo Leon and Vlastislav Korytar jump the final hurdle clear of Romac and jockey Mikael Mescam.




Winning jockey Vlastislav Korytar returns after being victorious aboard Nuevo Leon in the Preis der Wettboerse Albers Hurdle.

You can watch the race here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33C2SJqQKbE


RACE 7 - 108th Grosses Heinrich Vetter-Badenia-Jagdrennen Listed Race. For 5 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 3600 metres (2 1/4 miles). Prizemoney: 12,500 EUR. 8 Runners.

The richest steeplechase in Germany was won by the French challenger Deuxcentdixhuit, however things could have been so different if bad luck had not befallen the two big German hopes in the race, Supervisor and Major Key. With the eventual winner setting the early pace along with Gelon, one of four runners from the Elfi Schnackenberg stable, the field of 8 successfully negotiated the first two obstacles, a hurdle and water jump, however fence 3, the oxer, saw the departure of Supervisor. Cornelia Schmocks seven year old gelding is arguably the best steeplechaser in Germany at the moment and is usually a very assured jumper, however landed steeply here, giving rider Julian Marinov little chance of staying in the saddle. As the field continued to wind their way round the incredibly twisty steeplechase track, the Christian von der Recke trained Major Key made significant headway and looked to be going to the best of all as the field headed down the back straight 5 fences from home, however Major Key sadly broke down, and although an initial examination revealed that the horse was lame, X-rays showed that Major Key had broken a leg and tragically had to be put down. This was a double blow for Belgian owner Filip Caenepeel, who saw his hotly fancied Barrel of Fun miss the Preis der Albers Wettboerse hurdle race after going lame of the morning of the race.

With 6 of the 8 strong field now remaining, only trainer Elfi Schnackenberg and her four strong party could prevent an overseas victory, with Deuxcentdixhuit still leading the field turning for home, and the Czech trained Nella Bellamy making good headway. However, Deuxcentdixhuit was not going tobe denied despite joint top weight of 69 kilos, and held on for a comfortable win under Jean-Gilles Gueracague from two Schnackenberg trianed runners, Gelon and Alanco, with Miss Bellamy back in fourth, Although trained in France by Alphonse Kleindienst, the winner is owned by German Danny Rosport, brother of former top amateur rider Michael. Danny Rosport was naturally very pleased with the victory, adding that Deuxcentdixhuit will run in about a months time at one of the smaller French tracks, possibly Chatillon. At just 5 years old, the Irish bred Deuxcentdixhuit could turn out to be a very decent horse indeed.



Commentator Juergen Burk calls the horses home in the big race, the 108th running of the Badenia Steeplechase.




The field take the water jump in the 2011 running of Germanys top steeplechase, the Badenia at Mannheim.




Eventual winner Deuxcentdixhuit leads the field over the wall, three fences from home.




French challenger Deuxcentdixhuit and jockey Jean-Gilles Gueracague return to the winners enclosure.
For winning rider Gueracague, it was his second victory in the Badenia, having won the race aboard the
Pavel Vovcenko trained Ajesha in 2007.




Winning owner Danny Rosport receives the famous horse head trophy after Deuxcentdixhuits victory.

You can watch the race here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma2d2HFPBEU


RACE 8 - Preis der B. A. U. Bautraeger GmbH Goldener Wasserturm - Class 4 Handicap. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 2500 metres (1 mile 4 1/2 furlongs). Prizemoney: 3,200 EUR. 12 Runners.

Viktor Molls only has one horse in training, but he's doing a pretty good job with it! The horse in question is the 5 year old Monsun gelding Avis, who had only won one of his 15 starts before joining Molls. however his record for his new trainer is now two wins in three races after this contest, and to say he demolished the field here is an understatement! Sent off the 2.3-1 favourite after an impressive victory at Mannheim last time out, Avis was sent into the lead by his amateur rider Olga Lasnovska and sprinted away from his opponents to record an outstanding 9 length victory over Wellmondo with Sabia slightly unlucky in third having been denied a clear run coming into the straight.




Olga Lasnovska can afford to look over her shoulder as Avis canters to an easy success.




Winners ceremony for the Preis der B. A. U. Bautraeger GmbH Goldener Wasserturm Handicap.


RACE 9 - Preis vom Ministerium fuer Ernaehrung Amateurs Riders Race. For 4 years olds and upwards.
Distance: 1,900 metres (1 mile 1 1/2 furlongs). Prizemoney: 2,000 EUR. 11 Runners.

Just when you thought you had seen the easiest winner on the day, along comes champion trainer Christian von der Recke with the incredible Distinctive Image, whose astounding victory here today meant that the Gerald Butler trained 6 yeard old has won all three of his races in Germany by a total of 22 lengths! Sent off the 1/10 favourite here, Distinctive Image was never in danger under Kirsten Schmitt, and despite top weight of 69 kilos, romped away for an astonishing 12 length victory with another English import, Site Sentry back in second. It's clear to see that Distinctive Image has immense talent, and maybe we will see him at a much higher level very soon.




Distinctive Image in the parade ring before the race with stablelad Justin Nowara.




Distinctive Image first - the rest nowhere!




The easiest winner of the day, Distinctive Image returns to the winners enclosure with jockey Kirsten Schmitt.




Trainer Christian von der Recke and jockey Kirsten Schmitt after Distinctive Images victory in the final race of the day, the Preis vom Ministerium fuer Ernaehrung Amateurs Riders Race.


The next raceday at Mannheim is scheduled for Sunday 3rd July.

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

Coming soon.

Posted on 15 May 2011 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE FROM MANNHEIM!

Sunday sees the richest steeplechase in Germany, the Listed Badenia Steeplechase at Mannheim. This race, being run for the 108th time, sees challengers from France and the Czech Republic taking on the best of the current crop of German steeplechasers. Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at the course with a report and pictures, however as the racecourse does not have Internet access, the actual update might not appear until Sunday evening.

Posted on 14 May 2011 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

BREAKING NEWS - BRITISH JOCKEY INJURED IN FALL

We are getting a report that British jockey Luke Morris, who is riding at the Hoppegarten course near Berlin today, has taken a heavy fall from the Roland Dsubasz trained Abrafax in the Class 2 Deutsch-Russischer Freundschafts-Cup Handicap.

We will bring you more news as soon as we get it.

FANTASTIC FRANKIE SCORCHES HOME ON SCALO

The Group 2 Gerling Preis was the big race of the weekend in Germany. With a total prize fund of 70,000 Euros, the 2400 metre (1 1/2 miles) race attracted 7 high class horses including Germanys Horse of the Year in 2010, Night Magic. However, it was another one of the nationstophorses, Scalo, who took the honours. Ridden by the one and only Frankie Dettori who was deputising for injured French ace Olivier Peslier, Scalo was sent off the red hot 2/5 favourite. However, at one stage, Dettori an Scalo had it all to do as the pair were trapped in on the rails as the field surged for home. With Norwegian raider Sir Lando and British based Irish rider Eddie Ahern looking set for victory, Dettori somehow found a gap for Scalo and flew home to take the spoils from Sir Lando by 3/4 of a length with Uwe Ostmanns Val Mondo back in third. Night Magic was a disappointing fourth, with trainer Wolfgang Figge lamenting the slow pace of the race which contributed to the fillys disappointing show. Scalo, Val Mondo and Night Magic could reoppose each other in next months Group 2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen at Baden-Baden.

The supporting race on the card at Cologne was the Listed Excelsior Hotel Ernst-Meile run, as the name suggest over 1600 metres (1 mile). Although the winning horse Santino is trained in Germany, both trainer Jean Pierre Carvalho and rider Johan Victoire are natives of France, and they were able to take advantage of the absence of hot ravourite Alianthus as the beautifully bred Santino, by Rock of Gibraltar out of a Lomitas mare came home 2 1/2 lengths clear of nearest challenger Sanjii Danon with the Peter Schiergen trained Neatico back in third.

Elsewhere at Cologne, there was an impressive racecourse debut from the 3 year old Gestuet Schlenderhan filly Ladyluve. Sent off the 6/4 favourite for the Kingsi-Rennen Maiden race, Ladyluve did not disappoint under Dutch star Adrie de Vries and sauntered home 3 1/2 lengths clear of the field. Ladyluve holds an entry for the German Oaks, and on this form looks like a serious contender for the race.

The final race of the day, the Preis der Offset Druckerei A. Ollig Class 3 Handicap saw a victory for the ex English trained Red Suede Shoes, Formerly handled by Newmarket based Jeff Pearce, Red Suede Shoes won two races in Kempton back in 2009, but disappointed in five starts in England in 2010. After moving to Heinz Hesses Frankfurt yard earlier this year, the five year old has been in fine form, having found only one too good at both Cologne and Saarbeurcken recently. However, ridden for the first time by young Frenchman Regis Marchelli, the 9/2 shot opened his German account by coming home 1 1/4 lengths clear of 13/8 favourite Shining Glory.

Reports from other courses to follow on Monday.

Posted on 08 May 2011 by Darren


NEWS FROM SATURDAY

MARIO IN THE MOOD FOR MUNICH MUSIC

The big race of the day at Saturdays racemeeting in Munich was the 8,500 Euro Preis des Hotels Prinzregent conditions race run over the minimum distance of 1000 metres (5 furlongs). The race saw a rematch between the Christian Sprengel trained Shot to Nothing and Mario Hofers gelding Sapphire, who were second and third respetively to the Hungarian wonderhorse Overdose in Berlin last month. Although Overdose was not in opposition today. Hofer was double handed in the race with Mood Music joining Sapphire in the 5 strong line up. Despite not having won for two years, Mood Music was sent off the even money favourite, and did not disappoint under Andreas Helfenbein to win by 1 1/4 lengths from Sapphire with the loclally trained Saldanaera the same distance away in third. Shot to Nothing could only finish fifth on this occasion, however was only beaten 5 lengths in total, giving weight away to all of his rivals.

The opening race of the day went to Golden Riviera, trained by the Irish born John Hillis, now based in Munich. However this result was a major upset as the highly touted Le Francois, unbeaten in both his career starts was sent off a 2/5 favourtie to complete his hat trick. Having won a 52,000 Euro race at Bremen last time out, all eyes were on Wolfgang Figges four year old, however Golden Riviera clearly didn't read the script, and came away for a
comfortable six length victory over Le Francois with Sun Moon Royale making it a 1-2-3 for Munich trainers. 64 year old Figge didn't have to wait long for success on the day however, as Ramina, Running Home, Schachspieler and Patanos claimed a 4 timer for Figge, moving him into sixth place in this years German Trainers championship.

The eight race card saw six victories for Munich trainers with Krefeld based trainers taking the two other contests with Erida Maeder matching fellow Krefeld based Mario Hofer when saddling Waky Li to victory in the Preis der Muenchner Industriekultur Class 4 Handicap over 1300 metres (6 1/2 furlongs). Ridden by champion jockey Eddie Pedroza, Waky Li just prevailed in a driving finish to win by a neck from Dynamite Cat.


DANEDREAM FINE THIRD IN ITALIAN DERBY

The Peter Schiergen trained Danedream has finished a fine third in this years Italian Derby at Rome on Saturday. The thee year old Lomitas filly had never finished better than third in five previous races, but put up arguable her best performance today in her first race over further than a mile. Ridden by stable jockey Andrasch Starke, Danedream really seemed to relish the 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs) distance and ran on strongly in the home stright withough ever threatening the winner Crackerjack King.

Posted on 07 May 2011 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

ELECTRIC EDDIE IN FANTASTIC FRANKFURT FOUR-TIMER

Defending champion jockey Eddie Pedroza was in brilliant form at Frankfurt on Sunday, winning four races on the card at the Niederrad track. This included victory in the days big race, the 55,000 Euro Group 3 Fruehjahrs-Preis des Bankhauses Metzler over 2000 metres (1 1/4 mile) on the Andreas Woehler trained Earl of Tinsdal. This was the horses third win in as many races, and the three year old Black Sam Bellamy colt is now one of the favourites for this years German Derby, to be held at Hamburg in July. Encounterung quick ground for the first, Earl of Tinsdal led from the start on Sunday and the 3-1 shot was never headed despite a determined challenged from the Peter Schiergen trained Saltas, who went down by just half a length. German bookmakers Racebets reacted by making Earl of Tinsdal joint third favourtie at 12-1 for the German Derby with Saltas an 18-1 chance. For the Panamanian born Pedroza, winning the big race of the day was part of a four timer that also included victories aboard Beacon Hill, Kahoon and Warstein respectively. Indeed, Pedroza could have added a fifth victory on the Jean Pierre Carvalho trained Sandrino in the 10,000 Euros Metzler Equities-Rennen conditions race, however with one of the stalls opening after the others, the race was declared null and void despite most of the horses completeing the race.

Posted on 01 May 2011 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - BACK ON MAY 1ST!

After what has seemed like an eternity, Anglo German Racing is BACK!! From May 1st, we will once again be bringing you all the top news from the world of German horse racing, just in time for the start of the classics and top Group races. At the moment, the website will continue it the old format, however we are looking at bringing in some fantastic new features as follows:

GALLERY: Photos from some of the top races in Germany.

VIDEOS: Links to videos of races in Germany, from flat races to the interesting steeplechases and the wonderfully fantastic Lake Races.

FEATURES: Special reports on varius subjects, including the world of Trakehners - Germanys best kept secret!

and a possibility of bringing you a fantastic new feature of the website, however, we won't announce this until we know it's feasible!!

Check back with us from Sunday 1st May, when the site will now be updated regularly.


Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - A STATEMENT

You will have noticed that the website has not been updated recently. Unfortunately, there have been some technical glitches - I've written the report from the Trakehner Hengstmarkt FOUR TIMES, yet it disappeared each time! Added to this, the Anglo German Racing e-mail hasn't been working properly, and you can guess that things haven't been too straightforward! Indeed, this little posting has took 3 goes so far!

I do have another life outside of Anglo German Racing, and that is getting quite busy at the moment, so unfortunately, the website won't be updated this side of Christmas. I appear to be allergic to multitasking! However, the New Year promises lots. I'm already talking to my brilliant web designer, and the new year will see a new website! It will take a while, but I'm hoping to get everything sorted by the time the German flat season gets underway in March. The News section will be overhauled, other areas will be improved, the layout will be revamped - and if all goes well, there will be a revolutionary feature that promises to be one of the most exciting things to happen with regards to German horse racing! I can't say any more, because I simply don't know if it's going to happen yet, but watch this space, and Anglo German Racing will rise from the ashes in 2011!

As this site won't be updated for a while, may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Darren

Posted on 12 Dec 2010 by Darren


TRAKEHNER RACING - GERMANYS BEST KEPT SECRET

At Anglo German Racing, we have until now exclusively covered thoroughbred racing. However on Sunday 26th September, our Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell went to Mannheim to discover the world of Trakehner Racing. Here is his report:

There were 9 races on the card at Mannheim on Sunday, however one of them was different. The trainers were different. The jockeys were different. And more importantly, the horses were different. Welcome to the world of Trakehner Racing!

Now I know what you're thinking, what is a Trakehner? That was the same question I found myself asking Dr. Dirk Friedrich, the driving force behind the Mannheim Trakehner race, which was first run in 2008. Don't let this fool you though into thinking that the Trakehner is a new kid on the block. Far from it. The Trakehner horse breed dates from the 1700s, and before the outbreak of World War II, as Dr. Friedrich explained, Trakehner races were commonplace in Germany. Indeed, due to the Trakehner nature as excellent all round horses, cross country races were held, and these showed the Trakehner breed at their very best. Stoutly bred, able to take on any challenge, Trakehner horses seemed like the perfect alternative to their thoroughbred counterparts. However, just when the Trakehner breed seem to have the world at their feet, world developements were about to bring everything to a shuddering halt.

The Second World War almost brought about the total downfall and extinction of the Trakehner breed. In 1944, the invading Russian army reached the town of Trakehnen, where the bulk of the Trakehner horses were housed and took several hundred of the horses, never to be seen again. For the rest, a walk of several hundred miles ensued in a desperate attempt to escape the Russians. Private breeders in the north-eastern part of Germany rounded up their horses and fled to the West as the ever advancing Russians closed in. However, this was during the horrendously cold winter of 1944-45, and out of the thousands of Trakehner horses that existed before the outbreak of the Second World War, only a handful survived. It was a terrible, tragic incident, but one I feel that needs to be told to the world.

The rebuilding of the Trakehner breed has been a long and difficult process. Breeding programmes were soon established, and a breed once on the edge of extinction is now thriving again. With the town of Trakehnen having long gone and now renamed Yasnaya Polyana as part of the Russian Federation, Trakehner breeders can now be found in every part of Germany. From the Haemelschenburg Stud near the northern city of Hannover right down to the Meierhof Stud in Bavaria, the Trakehner breed is in good hands. However, it remains Dr. Friedrich who has been responsible for the resurrection of Trakehner racing. Based in the small south west German village of Kandel, Friedrich organized the first Trakehner race to be run after the Second World War two years ago, the von Goltz-Preis which saw the Guenter Regenbrecht trained 13 year old Testor take the spoils and enter into the history books. The pair repeated their victory 12 months later when the race was renamed the Preis des Fuersten zu Dohna-Schlobitten, and on 26th September 2010, the third running of the race took place at the Mannheim track under the name of the Rothe-Samonienen-Gedaechtnispreis. Not surprisingly, Testor and Regenbrecht started hot favourite to land the hat trick. However, things didn't exactly go to plan as Testor whipped round at the flag start and deposited the hapless Regenbrecht on the ground. In his absence, Lady Solo MG went one better that her second place last year to give her 57 year old owner-trainer-breeder Gisela Grigoleit an unforgettable victory in the race over 1900 metres (1 mile 1 1/2 furlongs), which, with prize money totalling 10,000 Euros, was the richest race of the day at Mannheim.



Photo: Gisela Grigoleit and Lady Solo MG (white silks) win the third running of the Rothe Samonienen Gedaechtnispreis for Trakehner breed horses at Mannheim on 26th September 2010 from the Marieke Daut ridden Feldstern DS (dark silks).

For the Dresden based Grigoleit, the win came as a surprise. Having grown up around the breed, Grigoleit, who speaks the eastern German dialect of Saechsisch, is very experienced in the saddle, having ridden Trakehner horses since childhood. Havivng resisted the temptation to become involved with the more established thoroughbred and has been a strong supporter of Trakehner races. However, Grigoleit doesn't stop at just racing the breed, for she is also a more than capable 3 day event rider as well as being involved with the breeding of Trakehners.



Photo: Gisela Grigoleit, winning jockey in the Rothe Samonienen Gedaechtnispreis for Trakehener breed horses, receives her trophy from Dr. Dirk Friedrich after her victory in a special gala event held at Mannheim Racecourse.

So what does the future hold for Trakehner racing? The man to ask is Dr. Friedrich. 'We'll have another Trakehner flat race at Mannheim next year, then the plan is to hold a Trakehner steeplechase over 2 miles (3200 metres) in 2012. Not only that, but Friedrich is hopeful of persuading World Cup 3 Day Eventing champion Michael Jung to take part. With interest in Trakehner racing increasing at a frantic rate and with Friedrich at the helm, the future looks bright for the world of Trakenher racing.

Photo: Gabi von Royen aboard Ebony in the Rothe Samonienen Gedaechtnispreis for Trakehner breed horses at Mannheim.




Photo: Wunderknabe and Daniela Hoermiller, competitors in the Rothe Samonienen Gedaechtnispreis for Trakehener breed horses.


Posted on 24 Oct 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

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Posted on 24 Oct 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN SALES AND RACING FESTIVAL - DAY 2

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Posted on 24 Oct 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN SALES AND RACING FESTIVAL - DAY 1

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Posted on 24 Oct 2010 by Darren


NEWS ROUND UP - SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2010

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Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Darren


NEWS ROUND UP - SUNDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2010

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Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Darren


NEWS ROUND UP - SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2010

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Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Darren


TRAKEHNER HORSES - GERMANYS BEST KEPT SECRET

A special report on Trakehner horses and the Trakehner race at Mannheim last Sunday will appear here soon.

Posted on 02 Oct 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT MANNHEIM RACECOURSE

Sunday sees racing in Germany from Cologne, Dresden and Mannheim, where a 9 race card includes the richest race in Germany for Trakehner bred horses. The Rothe Samonienen Preis sees 12 Trakehner horses competing for a prize fund of 10,000 Euros. Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondant Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at the course. However, please note that as Mannheim does not have a wi-fi connection, there may be a delay in updates.

RACE 1 - PREIS DE VORSTAENDE UNE BEIRAETE DES BRV
2500 metres (1 miles 4 1/2 furlongs).

RACE 2 - PREIS DER HANDWERKER DER B.A.U.
1900 metres (1 miles 1 1/2 furlongs)

RACE 3 - PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN KRANKENVERSICHERUNG FILIALDIREKTION MANNHEIM
Arab Breeds only
1900 metres (1 miles 1 1/2 furlongs)

RACE 4 - LEXUS CUP - ROUND OF THE SPORT WELT TALENT TROPHY
2500 metres (1 miles 4 1/2 furlongs).

RACE 5 - PREIS DER INTER VERSICHERUNG
1400 metres (7 furlongs)

RACE 6 - PREIS DER STOCKWERK GmbH
1900 metres (1 miles 1 1/2 furlongs)

RACE 7 - ROTHE-SAMONIENEN PREIS
Trakehner Breeds only
1900 metres (1 miles 1 1/2 furlongs)

RACE 8 - PREIS DER B.A.U. BAUTRAEGER GmbH
1900 metres (1 miles 1 1/2 furlongs)

RACE 9 - PREIS DER HANDWERKER DER B.A.U.
1400 metres (7 furlongs)

Posted on 26 Sep 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

DUTCHMAN FLIES TO BIG RACE SUCCESS

Adrie de Vries is without doubt one of the most consistent jockeys currently on the German circuit. The Dutch born rider has finished in the top 10 in the German jockeys championship for the last seven years, and two more victories at Duesseldorf today took him to 46 winners and fifth place in this years title chase. Starting off with victory in the opening race on joint favourite Topkapi Diamond for trainer Ertuerk Kurdu, de Vries want on to land the big race of the day, the 52,000 Euro BBAG Auktionsrennen Duesseldorf, a sales race for 2 year old fillies over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) on the Roland Dzubasz trained Kellemoi de Pepita. Having just got home in her only race at Gotha so far, the Hawk Wing filly was sent off a relatively unfancied 14-1 chance, but was produced with a perfectly timed run by de Vries for a comfortable 2 length success over Pennyprincess, one of four runners in the race for champion trainer Christian von der Recke. Uwe Ostmanns Miss Pearl was third, ahead of long time leader Blue Note, another von der Recke challenger.

Elsewhere at Duesseldorf, Lindenthaler showed his promise as a possible Classic contender next year when taking the Listed Junioren Preis over 1600 metres (1 mile). Lindenthaler went into many notebooks at Baden-Baden last month when beating Fly The Stars in good style, and that rival again had to play second best as Andrasch Starke sent the Azamour colt to the front in the home straight for a 1 1/2 length success over Fly The Stars, both horses well clear of the remainder. Lindenthalers trainer is Peter Schiergen, a man who knows what it takes to win a German classic, so it comes as no surprise that Racebets now make Lindelthaler 16-1 favourite for next years German 2000 Guineas with the Waldemar Hickst trained Fly the Stars a 25-1 chance.

The BMW Hans Brandenburg Preis Wertungslauf over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) was the latest round of the Sport Welt Talent Trophy. This series is open to all amateur riders, and todays race saw a furious pace set by Olga Laznovska on the Nina Bach trained Power Set. With the pair still clear enterting the home straight, it looked like they would hold on for victory, however Kirsten Schmitt conjured up an outstanding run from the Christian von der Recke trained Inheritor to overhaul Power Set in the final furlong for a comfortable 2 1/2 length victory. This was Schmitts 25th winner of the season, and the jockey, who combines race riding with working for a solicitors in the south west German town of Lebach has a very impressive 23% strike rate this season.

Posted on 19 Sep 2010 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - FEGENTRI WORLD SERIES

The northern German course of Bremen stages two races in the Fegentri World Series Championship this Sunday, a flat race over 2600 metres (1 mile 5 furlongs) and a steeplechase over 3200 metres (2 miles). The series is open to amateur jockeys throughout the world, and Sundays two races sees riders from Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France and Norway talking part. Let's have a look at the two races:

FEGENTRI CUP
2600 metres (1 mile 5 furlongs)

1. ESTIMA DIRECTA 672214
Owner: Pavel Bradik
Trainer: Pavel Bradik
Jockey: Pavel Bradik (Germany)
Weight: 76 kg
This locally trained horse has been in fine form this year, and was second over C&D in June, before winning a Class 4 handicap at Bad Harzburg last month. Is probably the best horse in the race but has a mammoth 76 kg in this race, and that could be his undoing.

2. PAOLO 582325
Owner: Martina Fechner
Trainer: Martina Fechner
Jockey: Brian Hayes (Ireland)
Weight: 71 kg
One of two replacement horses in the race (Surakarta is the other), and has a really good chance here. Has a fine record at Bremen and was second here last month. Is weighted up to his best, but in a very weak race, is expected to be a major player.

3. AL PUNTO 403040
Owner: Maria Nienstaedt
Trainer: Maria Nienstaedt
Jockey: Florent Guy (France)
Weight: 67.5 kg
Did finish 3rd over C&D in this grade last year but is very inconsistent and not really one to trust.

4. SWEET EAGLE 768896
Owner: Gundula Kulbe
Trainer: Fritz Kulbe
Jockey: Andrew Doyle (Ireland)
Weight: 64.5 kg
Has a light weight, but has been well beaten by several of these and can be expected to struggle again in this race.

5. AIREEN 005068
Owner: Stall Blue Sky
Trainer: Frank Fuhrmann
Jockey: Kjetil Kjaer (Norway)
Weight: 64 kg
Hasn't finished nearer than 17 lengths behind the winner in 8 races, mostly in this grade, and doesn't have a realistic chance here. Has never run on soft however, and give in the ground would be her only hope.

6. CARRELL 2986-47
Owner: Angela Page
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
Jockey: Mark Scallan (Ireland)
Weight: 64 kg
A veteran of 105 races and does have bits of form in this grade. Has never raced beyond 2000 metres (1m 2f), so this distance is a complete unknown, but in such a weak race may be able to squeak a place.

7. MORGENGLANZ 493588
Owner: Heinrich Nienstaedt
Trainer: Heinrich Nienstaedt
Jockey: Harry Challoner (Great Britain)
Weight: 64.5 kg
Never better than 6th here in 6 races at this course, and although he did win at Verden back in June, that was a very weak race, and having his 11th race since May might also be feeling the effects of a long season.

8. SURAKARTA 8-95499
Owner: Erich Lenz
Trainer: Erich Lenz
Jockey: Dick Goossens (Netherlands)
Weight: 64 kg
Ninth in a Fegentri race at Duesseldorf in May, and although had some decent for for this trainer a couple of years ago, seems to be past her best now at the age of 8.


VERDICT:
My original top three horses in this race have all been declared as non runners, leaving this race wide open, and also vert short on quality. Out of the 8 remaining runners, Aireen, Al Punto and Sweet Eagle can be immediately discounted. There are question marks over Morgenglanz, Surakarta and Carrell, which leaves just two horses. Estima Directa has been in fine form but is badly handicapped, however PAOLO, although having to concede weight to several of his rivals, may prevail is what is a very weak race.

PREDICTION:
1st - PAOLO
2nd - ESTIMA DIRECTA
3rd - CARRELL

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DEUTSCHER AMATEUR-PREIS FEGENTRI STEEPLECHASE
3200 metres (2 miles)

1. ALANCO 42-1221
Owner: Stall Steintor
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
Jockey: Florent Guy (France)
Weight: 74 kg
Has been in fine form this season, winning two regulation chases including a Fegentri chase at Mannheim as well finishing second in two lake race steeplechases. Was also second in a Fegentri chase at Baden-Baden in October where he had Gelon 2 1/2 lengths back in 4th. However, that rival is now 4.5 kg (9 lbs) better off here, and although Alanco is probably the best chaser in the field, the fact that he has to give lumps of weight all round here might prove too much.

2. SEKUNDANT UP-4P3
Owner: Peter Gehm
Trainer: Petra Gehm
Jockey: Dietrich Ehlen (Germany)
Weight: 67 kg
This five year old Czech bred gelding is owned by former German jump jockey champion Peter Gehm, and has some fine form on the flat this year. Indeed, were he running in the flat race, he may well have been my selection!! However, has failed to finish in three of his five races over obstacles, and although he ran respectably at Quackenbrueck last time out, he really needs to clean his act up over fences.

3. SANDSTURM 83/P-524
Owner: Stall Steintor
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
Jockey: Andrew Doyle (Ireland)
Weight: 64.5 kg
Competed in a hurdle race at Pardubice in the Czech Republic a couple of years back, but athough he was pulled up in a chase at Quackenbrueck last year (nosebleed), he has run respectably in all three chases this season, notably when only half a length behind Alanco in a Fegentri chase at Mannheim back in April, and now being an amazing 10.5 kg (1 st 8 lbs!) better off with that rival here, must be given a leading chance here. Was well beaten last time out, but hadn't run for five months that day and looked to need the race. Race fit now and with Alanco anchored by his huge weight, Sandsturm could well be the one to beat.

4. ALANA PRINCESS 3/5FR
Owner: Cornelia Schmock
Trainer: Cornelia Schmock
Jockey: Brian Hayes (Ireland)
Weight: 64 kg
Cornelia Schmock is responsible for Supervisor, one of the best chasers in Germany at the moment, but Alana Princess is nowhere near that standard. Had some really good form when trained by Pavel Vovcenko a couple of year ago, but that form seems to have tailed off this season. Was fifth in a hurdle race at Hannover in may but has failed to complete in her two chases.

5. BARGELLA R2U42
Owner: Maria Klein
Trainer: Elfi Schnakenberg
Jockey: Dick Goossens (Netherlands)
Weight: 64 kg
Failed to complete in two hurdle races this year but was a fine second in a Quackenbrueck chase last month, and may have got in lightly with just 64 kg. One to watch, but jumping a slight issue for this five year old novice.

6. STIEGLITZ F/
Owner: Stall Matterhorn
Trainer: Dr. Norman Albers
Jockey: Harry Challoner (Great Britain)
Weight: 64 kg
Has only competed once over obstacles, and that was in a hurdle race in 2006! However, things didn't quite go to plan as he fell despite being sent off a warm favourite. Has been in good form on the flat this year, finishing in the top four in 7 of his 8 races, however chasing inexperience may well count against him here.

7. STRINDBERG 5657-47
Owner: Birgit Lenz
Trainer: Birgit Lenz
Jockey: Mark Scallan (Ireland)
In a race with several inexperienced chasers, Strindberg stands out here, having completed his last NINETEEN chases, and this 12 year old is one of the best jumpers in Germany. However, he hasn't won since May 2007. Almost guaranteed to get round, but as usual will find a few too quick for him.


VERDICT:
Seven runners here, but it's quite easy to narrow this down to a three horse race. Alana Princess can be easily discounted, and although Strindberg is the best jumper in the field, he will struggle to get competitive here. Sekundant on the other hand still has much to learn over fences, and although Stieglitz could provide a shock, he has no chasing experience, which leave the three representatives from Elfi Schnakenburg. At level weights, Alanco would probably be the one to beat, however this decent chaser has to give weight all round, giving chances to Bargella and most notably SANDSTURM, whose second place at Mannheim in a similar event copled with his light weight makes him the selection here.

PREDICTION:
1st - SANDSTURM
2nd - ALANCO
3rd - BARGELLA

Posted on 17 Sep 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

MAGIC MONDO GRABS LEGER SPOILS

The final classic of the German season, the St. Leger, has gone the way of the Uwe Ostmann trained Val Mondo. Unplaced in the German Derby at Hamburg in July, Val Mondo stayed on in really good style to score by half a length from Burma Gold, the best of trainer Peter Schiergens three runners, with favourite Brusco back in third. Val Mondos victory secured a second St. Leger win in three years for trainer Ostmann, Valdino having taken the honours in 2008.

BRAVE SOVERNESS THIRD IN ITALIAN FEATURE

The Elfi Schnackenberg trained Soverness finished a fine third in the Merano Champion Hurdle, held at the northern Italian course today. Ridden by Italian based German Dirk Fuhrmann, Soverness was always prominent in the 82,000 Euros Group 1 event, as Furhmann tracked the Czech trained leader Chaccari. However, it was another Czech trained horse, Royal Mougins who forged ahead as he leaders jumped the last to repeat his victory of last year from Chaccari with Soverness, who looked to be fading as the field turned for home, running on for third after producing a strong run under Furhmann. Despite the assitance of Italian champion jockey Raf Romano in the saddle, Schakenbergs other runner Nuevo Leon failed to sparkle and trailed in last.

Posted on 12 Sep 2010 by Darren


MAGIC SHOW FROM SUPERSUB MINARIK IN GROSSER PREIS

The Wolfgang Figge trained Night Magic has won the Grosser Preis von Baden, the feature race at Baden-Baden on Sunday, the final day of the 'Grosser Woche' festival. Second to the Mark Johnston-trained Lady Jane Digby in the Group 1 Dallmayr Preis at Munich on her last start, Night Magic went one better today, quickening past all six of her of rivals for a decisive victory under replacement jockey Filip Minarik, who deputised for regular rider Karoly Kerekes who suffered a sprained ankle whilst out jogging on Thursday. The Peter Schiergen trained Quijano finished runner up on his final ever start ahead of Cavalryman who despite being sent off 11-10 favourite under Frankie Dettori, was unable to add to Godolphins excellent record in German group races this year. This was the second Group 1 win for Night Magic, following her victory in the German Oaks last year, and she benefitted from a decent galopp from the pacemaker, stablemate Northern Glory.

Despite finishing only sixth with Wiener Walzer in the big race, it was otherwise an excellent day for the Schlenderhan team, with trainer Jens Hirschberger and jockey Adrie de Vries notching up a hat trick of victories including that of Indian Breeze in the Listed Preis der Baden-Badener Hotellerie & Gastronomie over 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs). Despite being pushed along in midfield as the field entered the straight, de Vries managed to conjour a superb effort out of the three year old Monsun colt to prevail by a head in a terrific finish from the Peter Schiergen trained Hasay. The English raider Totally Ours was sent off the 3-1 favourite, but Frankie Dettori could only guide the Willie Muir trained filly into fifth. The Schlenderhan/Hirschberger/de Vries team completed their hat trick with victories for Mountain Rose and Guiana.

The day began with most people waiting to see if jockey Andrasch Starke could maintain his record of winning the opening race of each day, however his intended ride, Nightdance Honour, was declared a non runner, leaving Stark Danon to cruise to a 4 length victory under Alexander Pietsch, who was having his first ride since partnering Vanjura to a big race victory in Istanbul the previous evening.

HELENA OFF THE MARK IN DRESDEN FEATURE

The racing at the east German course of Dresden featured an 8 race card on Sunday, the highlight being the 19th running of the Gelos Triumph Class 3 Handicap over 1400 metres (7 furlongs), and it produced a grandstand finish with the Christian Zschache trained Pachominus, who was ridden to victory by Helena Hryniewiecka, recording her very first win of the season. In a titanic tussle, Pachominus just held on by a head from the Roland Dsubasz trained Abrafax, with Big Laguna back in third.

QUAKENBRUECK FEATURE FIT FOR A QUEEN!

While most eyes were on Baden-Baden on Sunday, the final Lake Race (Seejagdrennen) was taking place at the tiny north German track at Quakenbrueck. A course that is used only once a year, Quakenbrueck staged an 8 race card, with the feature race the 13 Altes Artlander Seejagdrennen lake race over 3400 metres, which, with prize money of 12,500 Euros, is actually the joint richest National Hunt race staged in Germany this year. This years renewal saw a field of seven compete, and unlike last year, when half the field fell in the lake, five horses got round this time. This included the triumvirate of Gluesckstag, Schattenqueen and Allegan, all trained by lake race specialist Elfi Schakenberg. However, as the field approached the final fence, it was the Regine Weissmeier trained Privo who seemed to hold all the aces by having a useful lead over his rivals, This all changed in the final 100 metres as Cevin Chan brought Schattenqueen with a teriffic run to catch Privo on the line and take the honours by a short head with the 11 year old mare Allegan, who won both lake races at Bad Harzburg this year, back in third.

Posted on 05 Sep 2010 by Darren


VAN-TASTIC! GERMAN FILLY WINS TOP TURKISH PRIZE

The German filly Vanjura has won the 200,000 Euros Istanbul European Capital of Culture-Trophy on the first day of the International Racing Festival held at the Veliefendi track at Istanbul on Saturday evening. Ridden by regular pilot Alexander Pietsch, the 3 year old Areion filly was settled with the main pack in the Group 2 contest as local hope Chi went clear. However, as that rival weakened turning for home, Pietsch brought the 6-4 favourite with a perfectly timed run, and although French raider Evading Tempete tried to follow, Vanjura quickened away in really good style for a 3 length victory over Evading Tempete with English hope Kinky Afro a fast finishing third, just ahead of the second German trained runner in the race, the Ralf Rohne representative Ravenel. Speaking after the race, winning breeder Matthias Barth, representing trainer Roland Dzubasz said 'It was a very exciting and fast race. We were a little bit worried, but Alex (Pietsch) gave her a great ride'.

Posted on 05 Sep 2010 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN

Sunday sees the final day of the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' festival, the highlight being the most prestigious race in Germany, the Grosser Preis von Baden. This year sees the 138th renewal of this great race, which is run over the classic distance of 1 1/2 miles (2400 metres). Let's have a look at the runners:

1. Allied Powers 27-0115
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Trainer: Michael Bell
Although trained in Newmarket by Michael Bell, Allied Powers landed a pair of French Group races earlier in the season, however was behind both Wiener Walzer and Quijano at Hamburg last time out over the distance and similar ground conditions that he will face today, and needs to improve to figure here.

2. Cavalryman 3-75504
Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori
Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
With nearly 650,000 Euros in prize money, Godolphin are the clear leaders in this years German Owners championship following several Group victories in Germany, including that of Buzzword in the years German Derby. This time, Godolphin rely on the 4 year old Halling colt Cavalryman, whose third place behind the great See the Stars in last years Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe is arguably the best form on offer here. With Godolphin manager Simon Crisford stating on the Godolphin website that the colt is in very good form and that they are hopeful that he can run a big race, Cavalryman could well be the one to beat here, especially as he will appreciate the return to 1 1/2 miles (2400 metres) after running over a shorter distance at York in the Group 1 Juddmonte International last time out where he finished fourth to Rip van Winkle.

3. Northern Glory 536534
Jockey:Marvin Suerland
Trainer: Wolfgang Figge
One of two runners for the Munich based trainer Wolfgang Figge, the 7 year old Northern Glory has been a fine servant to his trainer, and has beencampained at longer distances this year. However, the fact that he could only manage fourth in a Listed race at Cologne last time out coupled with the fact that stable jockey Karoly Kerekes prefers Night Magic gives an indication of just how tough todays task will be for him.

4. Quijano 370434
Jockey: Andrasch Starke
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Winner of three Group 1 contests in his career including this race back in 2007, Quijano had been one of the top German horses at middle distances over the last few years, however having won the Gran Premio di Milano in 2008 and 2009, Quijano could only finish a well beaten fourth in this years renewal, a sign maybe that age is finally catching up with this grand old warrior. Has never been beaten in 3 runs at this course, but the fact that he has not won in his last ten races points to the fact that his best days are probably behind him now.

5. Wiener Walzer 114-352
Jockey: Adrie De Vries
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Winner of last years German Derby, Wiener Walzer has mixed it with the very best in Europe this season, finishing third to the incredible Goldikova at Longchamp in May over an insufficient distance before running a respectable fifth in the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot, where Cavalryman finished last of the 12 runners. With grounds conditions set to suit, Wiener Walzer is a worthy favourite, however with a lack of pace in this event evident coupled with the fact that Wiener Walzers best form is in truly run races, Jens Hirschbergers Dynaformer colt may be forced to make the running under Dutch ace Adrie de Vries, a tactic that may see him vulnerable at the business end of the race.

6. Night Magic 102-712
Jockey: Karoly Kerekes
Trainer: Wolfgang Figge
Although Night Magic has yet to compete at this distance, she has run over 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs) three times in her career, all at Group level - and she's won the lot! Has an excellent record going left handed, will love the ground, and having finished second in a Group 1 contest at Munich last time out, Night Magic could be the one to provide a surprise result should anything be amiss with the chief protagonists in the race.

7. Russian Tango 3-11313
Jockey: Eduardo Pedroza
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Third in both this years German 2000 Guineas and German Derby (finished fourth but promoted to third), Russian Tango is the one three year old in the race, and represents the champion trainer/jockey combination of last season. Three year olds have a decent record in this race (won in 2006 and 2008), however Russian Tango lacks the big race experience and true international class form of some of his rivals, and might find a couple too good here.

VERDICT:

With no confirmed front runner in the race, Wiener Walzer might once again be forced to make the pace, something he had to do at Hamburg last time out when just touched off by the Godolphin challenger Campanologist. This time around, he may be vulnerable to another runner from the 'boys in blue' with Cavalryman bringing genuine international Group1 form into the race. Russian Tango brings top domestic three year old form to the table, however Night Magic could be an outsider to watch, having been in fine form recently.

DARREN THRUSSELLS PREDICTION

CAVALRYMAN - WIENER WALZER - NIGHT MAGIC

Posted on 04 Sep 2010 by Darren


NICE VICTORY FOR DANON IN TOP 2 YEAR OLD RACE

Although no less that four of the six strong field in the big race on the penultimate day of the Baden-Baden festival, the Group 3 Zukunfts Rennenwere defending unbeaten records, it was the Andreas Woehler trained Nice Danon, one of only two horses in the race to have tasted defeat before, who made all under champion jockey Eddie Pedroza for a 1/2 length victory over Salona, ironically the other horse to have been beaten in the race. However, Woehlers grey Sakhee colt had to survive an objection from the runner up, but the placing remained altered. The Zukunfts Rennen is regarded as one of the top 2 year old races in Germany, however recent winners have not got a great record in German classics. Despite this, bookmakers Racebets have introduced Nice Danon into their betting for next years 2,000 Guineas at 30-1.

Elsewhere on the card, jockey Andrasch Starke kept up his record of winning the opening race of the day when Soochow landed the Japan Racing Association-Trophy conditions race over 2800 metres (1 mile 6 furlongs). This victory meant that Starke had won the opening race on 4 out of the 5 days of this years festival. As Starke didn't have a ride in the other race, he is defending a 100% record on the final day of the festival on Sunday, where he partners Nightdance Prince for trainer Peter Schiergen.

Posted on 04 Sep 2010 by Darren


SHADOW DANCES TO VICTORY IN BELMONDO

Elle Shadow, one of three runners in the race for trainer Peter Schiergen has won the Group 3 Belmondo-Preis, the big race on day 4 of the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' festival. Second in the German Oaks last time out, Elle Shadow made no mistake today when taking the honours by two lengths from Empire Storm, with another Schiergen runner, Neatico, back in third. This victory complete a double for Schiergen and jockey Andrasch Starke, who took the opening race of the day, the 8,000 Euros Tattersalls Winterkoenigin Trial with the Peintre Celebre filly Aigrette Garzette, the third time Starke has won the days opening race of this years festival.

Elsewhere on the card, the Jens Hirschberger trained Next Vision made his handicap debut a winning one when running out a comfortable 1 3/4 length winner on the Class 2 Made in Baden Trophy Handicap. Having finished 6th in the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp earlier this year, Next Vision was without doubt the class horse in the race, and was an unsurprising winner, with Salonnaehe back in second.

Posted on 04 Sep 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN FESTIVAL - DAY 4 PREVIEW

An eight race card awaits on day 4 of the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' festival tomorrow with the Group 3 Belmondo Preis the highlight of the days racing. Run over the popular distance of 1 1/4 miles (2000 metres), this race features several Classic runners looking at getting their campaigns back on track. Both Neatico and Keep Cool were well beaten in this years German Derby, however, the former will be suited by the soft ground, having won a Group 3 race at Krefeld in similar conditions last year (Keep Cool third). Neatico is one of three runners in the race for trainer Peter Schiergen, who also runs German Oaks second Elle Shadow and Altair Star, whose second in a decent Listed race at Compiegne on soft ground gives him a chance here. Mulan has won 2 of his 3 races but it untried on soft, whilst the form of both Wuhan and Wild Danger falls short of what is required here. However, the joker in the pack could well be the Andreas Woehler trained Empire Storm, who has shown remarkable consistency to finish in the first two in 6 of his 7 races. Ironically however, his best form was when finishing third here last year in a 200,000 Euros race behind German Derby second Zazou and Vanjura, recognized as one of the best filles in Germany at the present time. That form alone gives the Woehler horse a massive chance here.

DARREN THRUSSELLS PREDICTION:
Empire Storm-Neatico-Altair Star

Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Darren


FANTASTIC FRANKIE ON FORM AS EMERALD COMMANDS IN BIG RACE

The Godolphin trained Emerald Commander lived up his his tag of odds on favourite in todays big race at Baden-Baden, the Group 2 Darley Oettingen Rennen. A full report on the race can be found on the Godolphin website:
http://www.godolphin.com/NewsArticle.aspx?id=5255

Elsewhere on the Baden-Baden card, the Mario Hofer trained Terra di Tuffi took the honours in the Listed Kronimus Rennen, a 6 furlong (1200 metres) Listed race for 2 year olds. With the heavily backed favourite Darnell running no sort of race, finishing last, jockey Terry Hellier galvanised Terra di Tuffi to a 1 3/4 length victory over Polish challenger Exciting Life, with Caesarion back in third. The winner was bred in England by Elaine Burke, wife of former trainer Karl.

You may have noticed in my preview of the class 4 Preis von Party Rent Stuttgart Handicap, that the Jutta Mayer horse Maji Moto would have been a very apt winner, as his sire, Lomitas, has died the previous day. And didn't you just know it - ridden by champion jockey Eddie Pedroza, Maji Moto battled on in terrific style to land an emotional victory by a head from Dutch raider Silver Dragon, with 40-1 outsider Sambuca back in third. Therefore, Maji Moto has the distinction of being Lomitas' first winner since his death.

GERMANS GO CLOSE IN WAREGEM

It was a case of 'so near, so far' for the four strong German raiding party at the prestigious Waregem Koerse meeting in Belgium on Tuesday. The first race with German interest on the card, the Prijs Felix de Ruyck Hurdle, saw a two-pronged German raid, the Christian von der Recke trained Our First Chesnut being joined by Cornelia Schmocks Supervisor, who has been in excellent form this year, having won 5 out of 7 races. And it was nearly 6 from 8, however Supervisor had no answer to the Yann Fertillet trained Jakiloup, who romped home by 9 lengths from Supervisor, with jockey Fabian Weissmeier stating that the horse rean really well, but the ground was too soft for him. The locally trained Buontalenti third with Our First Chesnut, ridden like all of von der Reckes runner by top English jockey Jamie Moore, coming home in fourth.

Next up was the big race of the day, the 100,000 Euros ING Grote Steeple Chase van Vlaanderen, the biggest steeplechase in Belgium. Run over 4600 metres (2 miles 7 furlongs), the race sees a variety of obstacles to negotiate, including an Irish Bank, and the largest water jump in Europe, jumped right in front of the stands. The German representative here was the von der Recke trained Our Hero, but his starting price of 25-1 gave an indication just how tough this would be, however the German challenger finished a respectable fifth on his first run for the Weilerswist based trainer. The honours went to the seven year old Alpha Speed, trained in France by Jerome Follain, coming home well clear of Royal Verrie, winner of this race back in 2007.

The final race of the day, the Prijs Baron Casier, a steeplechase for 4 and 5 year olds resulted in a second place for the Christian von der Recke trained Maxwil, who like Our Hero was having his first run for von der Recke after being bought by the German handler at the recent Doncaster Sales. Victory here went to the 4 year old Bretaye, giving trainer Yann Fertillet and jockey Gregory Adam a double in the meeting after the earlier success of Jakiloup.
Despite leaving Waregem without a victory, it wasn't a bad day for the German party, Maxwils second place meaning that they came away with nearly 20,000 Euros of prize money.

Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN FESTIVAL - DAY 3 PREVIEW

Tuesday sees the third day or the prestigious Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' meeting, with Group 2 Darley Oettingen-Rennen the main event. Many of Germanys Groups races this year have been plundered by Sheikh Mohammeds Godolphin, and they are represented here by Emerald Commander, the mount of stable jockey Frankie Dettori. However, in a really hotly contested race, he may not have things all his own way. The Andreas Loewe trained who Fabiana was second in last years German 1000 Guineas, and last time out was only four lengths behing the brilliant Goldikova in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville last month. Win for Sure has 2 lengths to find with Abbashiva on their running at Hannover earlier this month but met trouble in running that day and can be expected to reverse the form with that rival. The Uwe Ostmass trained Rock My Soul has been excellent for this season, however has been well beaten in both forays at Group level,. whilst the improving Rockatella and recent winner Prakasa appear best of the rest.

DARREN THRUSSELLS PREDICTION
Fabiana - Emerald Commander - Win for Sure

Elsewhere at Baden-Baden, the Listed Kronimus-Rennen for 2 year old can sometimes produe a star of the future, and this years 'talking horse' is the Pater Schiergen trained Darnell. Schiergen came close to winning this race last year when Aslana was caught in the last strides by the Hans Blume trained Diatribe. Aslana went on to land a very hot Group 3 race at Hamburg last month, and although running very green, Darnell showed plenty of ability and fight to land his only race of his career to date at Duesseldorf earlier this month. The Hofer Family are triple handed in this race, with Mario saddling Noble Wind and Terra di Tuffi, whilst brother Manfred is responsible for Boliche, who beat Terra di Tuffi on his only start at Krefeld back in May. Swerving off a true line in the straight that day, Boliche nevertheless showed great acceleration, and could well prove the main danger to Darnell, whilst the Jean Pierre Carvalho trained Salona merits respect on her second place in a Listed race at Cologne last time out.

Six other races make up the card at Baden-Baden tomorrow, including a series of'Silver Handicaps, each worth 9,500 Euros. However, the class 4 Preis von Party Rent Stuttgart Handicap, despite having only prize money of 8,000 Euros may generate interest if the well fancied Jutta Mayer horse Maji Moto was to take the spoils. Ridden by champion jockey Eddie Pedroza, Maji Moto is sired by champion stallion Lomitas, who died earlier today at the age of 22. Second in a fantastic finish to the 1991 German Derby when Temporal (ridden by a very young Frankie Dettori!) defeated a well fancied Lomitas, the horse bred by the famous Faehrhof stud went on to dominate the German racing calendar later that year, his career reaching a pinnacle when landing the Grosser Preis von Baden in September, getting his revenge on Temporal by handing his Derby conqueror a 7 length beating.

Lomitas went to stud the following year, and many of his progeny went on to be superstars, just like their sire, such as Arlington Million winner Silvano, multiple Group winner Sumitas, and Belenus, who 1999 achieved what his sire was unable to do 8 years before when landing the German Derby.

GERMAN RAIDERS IN BELGIAN BID

With Baden-Baden not staging any National Hunt racing this year, several of Germanys top hurdles and chasers make their way to the small Belgian town of Waregem on Tuesday for a unique spectacle. With racing held only once a year at the Gaverbeek course, a crowd of 40,000 is expected for the mixed card of 4 trotting and 4 galopp races, culminating in the 100,000 Euros Grande Steeplechase de Flanders. The one hurdle race of the days sees two german trained horses, the Corneila Schmock trained Supervisor, and Our First Chesnut, this first of three runners for Christian von der Recke. The Weilerswist based trainer also saddles two English imports, Maxwil in the Prix Baron Casier, a chase for 4 and 5 years olds only often referred to at the 'Junior Grand Steeplechase', and Our Hero in the Grande Steeplechase itself. All 3 horses are set to be ridden by top English jockey Jamie Moore, who was aboards Our First Chesnut at Bad Harzburg last month.

We hope to bring you a report from Waregem sometime on Tuesday evening.

Posted on 30 Aug 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

FRITZ FIZZLES FOR FABRICE AS DOZI DOZES OFF

The 'Budapest Bullet' Overdose has lost his unbeaten record in his 15th race today. Running in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden, Overdose caused a delay to the race by refusing to go in the stalls for several minutes, unseating jockey Christophe Soumillon twice in the process, an event that caused the Belgian rider to miss the rest of his rides at the meeting. Once Overdose was loaded however, he seemed to show most of his speed that racing fans have associated him with. This all changed though 2 furlongs out as the Clive Cox trained Gilt Edge Girl, then the local hope Contat went by the Hungarian superstar. However, it was the French trained Amico Fritz who produced a storming run under jockey Fabrice Veron to claim victory by 1/2 length from Contat with Gilt Edge Girl a further 3/4 length back in the third. As for Overdose, known to his fans as Dozi, there was to be no fairytale 15th successive victory as he trailed in a well beaten seventh. However, reports from Baden-Baden describe Overdse as looking a bit lifeless in the parade ring, and coupled with his reluctance to go in the stalls, it could well be that something was severely amiss today. Ironically, Amico Fritz won the Group 3 Benazet-Rennen in the spring, a race that should have been run at Baden-Baden, but which was rerouted to Hoppegarten after Baden-Baden failed to get their course ready for the spring meeting.

Elsewhere at Baden-Baden, there was a terrific finish to the Listed Preis des Casino Baden-Baden with a three way photo needed to decided the winner, but it was the Waldermar Hickst trained Zaungast who prevailed by a nose from favourite Alianthus with Lyssio the same distance back in third. Zaungasts success completed a double for jockey Alexander Pietsch who steered the 43-1 Belgian trained outsider Lipanosie to victory just half an hour earlier. As well as guests from France and Belgium, the Dutch sent a raiding party and didn't leave empty handed thanks to the John Smith trained Mack Summerland, who prevailed under a fine ride from young Dutch lady amateur Jadey Pietrasiewicz to win by 1/2 length from the Claudia Barsig trainer Priora, with another John Smith trained horse, Princesse Rolex, back in third.

1000 UP FOR TRAINER GROESCHEL AT HOPPEGARTEN

Trainer Hans-Juergen Groeschel celebrated his 1,000th winner as a trainer at Hoppegarten today. Having been denied his landmark winner the previous day when Tosia was second in a sales race at Baden-Baden, Groeschel didn't have long to achieve the target when Fine Emotion carried off the opening race of the day, the Preis der Gemeinde Hoppegarten class D conditions race under Viktor Schulepov in excellent style, coming home 10 lengths clear of his three opponents.However, the Hannover based Groeschel was in no mood to hang around, and just an hour later had winner 1,001 on the board when another Schulepov ridden horse, Wellinda was a decisive 1 1/2 length winner of the Preis der Sparkasse Maerkisch-Oderland Class 3 handicap. Although that was it for winners as far at Groeschel was concerned, Schulepov went on the complete a hat trick of winners in the very next race on the Sarka Schuetz trained My Day.
You might have been forgiven for thinking that Groeschel would baeen trainer of the day. However, local handler Roland Dzubasz created headlines of his own when all 3 of his horses fought out the finish to the Preis der Envia Mitteldeutschen Energie AG Class 3 Handicap run over 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs), with the Patrick Gibson ridden Kocham Cie coming out of top by 3/4 of a length from Magellans, with Night Club completing the 1-2-3 for Dzubasz.

Posted on 29 Aug 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN - LATEST NEWS

Two of Overdoses main competitiors in the Goldene Peitsche today, War Artist and Triple Aspect, have both been announced as non runners. Triple Aspect has been re-routed to a group 3 race at the Curragh in Ireland, whilst it is understood that the ground is too soft for War Artist. With the defection of these two rivals, it is now likely that Overdose will start at odds on for todays big race.

With Triple Aspect and War artist non-runners, my revised selection is:
Overdose - Amico Fritz - Gilt Edge Girl

Posted on 29 Aug 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN - SUNDAY PREVIEW

THE BUDAPEST BULLET RETURNS!

Two years ago, the racing world finally took notice of the great Hungarian sprinter Overdose, when he landed the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' festival. Two years on, and the Budapest Bullet is back! Currently unbeaten in 14 races, Overdose returns to the scene of his 2008 triumph tomorrow with his career having been severely disrupted. Having been switched from Sandor Ribarski to new trained Josef Rozival earlier this year, Overdose continued his comeback at Bratislava earlier this year, just getting home in a Listed race before showing something near to his old form when winning a Listed contest in Budapest earlier this month. After being partnered by Czech based Englishman Gary Hind for those two victories, Christophe Soumillion has been brought in for the ride tomorrow. The French based Belgian partnered Overdose to win at Budapest last year, and with Hind riding in Bratislava, is reunited with Overdose. However, owner Zoltan Mihoczy has already stated that this years renewal of the Goldene Peitsche is much tougher that it was two years ago, especially as Overdose takes on several Group winners including the winner of the race last year, French trained War Artist. Amico Fritz, 5th in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this year is the second French challenger whilst British hopes rest with the Willie Haggas trained Triple Aspect, winner of a Group 3 race earlier this year and Clive Cox's progressive Gilt Edge Girl. Irish invader Rock Jock completes the overseas challenge, whilst the best of the home contingent may well be the Mario Hofer trained Smooth Operator.

DARREN THRUSSELLS PREDICTION
Overdose - Triple Aspect - Amico Fritz

There is an excellent supporting card tomorrow with 11 horses going to post in the Listed Preis des Casino Baden-Baden, along with 7 other races over a variety of distances. Racing begins at 13:30 CET.

Posted on 28 Aug 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SATURDAY

PIETSCH OF A RIDE FROM ALEX AS BUDAI LANDS BIG RACE

The 11/4 favourite Budai has won the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Rennen on the first day of the Baden-baden 'Grosse Woche' festival today. Always prominent under Alexander Pietsch, Budai struck the front in the home straight as the Polish challenger Ruten, who had led most of the race to that point, weakened. However, both scolari and Liang Kay were produced with late runs on the outside, but with Pietsch keeping Budai to the far rail, Waldermar Hicksts fast improving four year old held on for a 3/4 length victory with Scolari edging out Liang Kay for second by a head.

BLUE HITS THE RIGHT NOTE FOR VON DER RECKE

The richest race of the day, the 102,000 Euros BBAG Auktionsrennen Iffezheim Stutenrennen was won by the 23-1 outsider Blue Note, who led from start to finish under Marvin Suerland, son of trainer Ralf Suerland. Leading from start to finish, Blue Note proved that her lack of a previous run was no handicap as she stayed on in impressive style to win by 1 1/2 lengths from Tosia, one of two runners in the race for traier Hans-Juergen Groeschel. The well supported favourite Skagen was back in third with Groeschels other horse, Laric, back in fourth.

For the winning trainer and jockey, this has been a contrasting season. Whilst this was only Marvin Suerlands 6th winner of the season, von der Recke was clocking up victory number 57 for the year, extending his lead in the German Trainers Championship to 10 over nearest challenger Andreas Woehler. Despite not registering a victory in his trademark National Hunt races this season, von der Recke has tasted success at many of the smaller courses this year, however Blue Notes victory registers as a major coup for the Weilerswist based handler. As for Suerland, 6 nearly became 7 in the next race, the Preis der Sport-Welt Wettchance des Tages Class 3 Handicap, as Suerland came within a whisker of steering the Dutch trained Eastern Warrior to victory, however he was thwarted at the death by the Michael Trybuhl trained Merlo, who got up to win by half a length from Eastern Warrior, with another Dutch raider, Little Star, back in third.

The meeting began with an outstanding victory for the 8 year old Obelisk in the Baden-Racing.com Eröffnungsrennen Verkaufsrennen selling race over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong). Winner of his first five races of his career, Obelisk has since changed stables from Jens Hirschberger to Wilfried Kujath, and despite a career blighted by injury, was today recording his eighth victory from just 12 starts. Ridden by Andrasch Starke, Obelisk accelerated away from his rivels to record an impressive 8 lengths victory with the Roland Dzubasz trained Russian Tigress back in second.

Posted on 28 Aug 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN GOING REPORT

The ground at Baden-Baden has been reported as soft 4,8. This could well play into the hands on the expected favourite Budai. Although I originally dismissed his chances due to the fact that I expected the ground to be quicker, this softer going will really suit him. However, the horses I orignally predicted as my 1-2-3 have all won or soft ground, with Liang Kay having won group races in these conditions, so we could be in for a really thrilling race.
REVISED SELECTION
Miss Europa-Budai-Liang Kay

Posted on 28 Aug 2010 by Darren


BADEN-BADEN FESTIVAL - DAY 1 PREVIEW

Tomorrow sees the first day of the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche Festival'. The 9 race card begins at 13:40 CET with the highlight being the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Rennen over 2000 metres (1m 2f). A field of 12 compete with the Waldermar Hickst rained Budai the likely favourite after his excellent second in a Group 3 race at Deauville earlier this month. However, he may prefer softer ground than he is likely to encounter here. Querari needs to put a dissapoiting run at Munich last time out behind him, especially as the improving Scolari was ahead of Querari in that Munich race. Liang Kay is a consistent performer at this level and has a good record at Baden-Baden, however he has 3/4 of a length to find with the Peter Schiergen trained Miss Europa on their running in Berlin last month. However, as Miss Europa is now 2.5 kg (5 lbs) better off with Liang Kay, Peter Schiergens filly is taken to land the spoils.

DARREN THRUSSELLS PREDICTION:
Miss Europa - Scolari - Liang Kay

The richest race of the day however is the 102,000 Euros BBAG Auktionsrennen Iffezheim Stutenrennen. This sales race also sees 12 horses going to post, however with several of these fillies never having seen a racecourse before, it could prove tricky to pick a winner here.

Although no British trained horses take part on the first day, English jockey Royston Ffrench has several rides, including the Andreas Trybuhl trained Falun in the Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Rennen. However, the Englishmas four rides are all unfancied, and it could be that the man who rode Buzzword to win the German Derby last month may end up empty handed this time around.

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - BACK FOR BADEN-BADEN!

After a few weeks on the sidelines, Anglo German Racing is BACK! And just in time as well - the biggest racing festival in the German racing calendar, the 'Grosse Woche' at Baden-Baden is only two days away! After the cancellation of the spring meeting earlier this year, there has been a great deal of trepidation with the newly formed Baden Rading taking over the course from the now defunct Internationaler Club.

We will be previewing the big races over the 8 day festival, which concludes with the 250,000 Euro Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday September 5th.

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - A STATEMENT

Due to various things that have happened to me recently, both racing and non-racing, Anglo German Racing will not be updated for the forseeable future. I am hoping that things will not take too long to sort out however, and hope to be reporting on all the top racing news from Germany soon!

Posted on 25 Jul 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GERMAN DERBY - REPORT SOON

DOZIS UNBEATEN RUN ALMOST OVER AT BRATISLAVA

The Hungarian sprint sensation Overdose had an almighty scare in his comeback race at Bratislava today. Ridden for the first time by Czech based Englishman Gary Hind, Overdose was soon at the head of affairs, however, as opposed to previous races where he pulled clear of the opposition, the five year old nicknamed 'Dozi' didn't possess the lighting turn of foot seen before, and had to be galvanised under an excellent ride by Hind to fight for a half length success over outsider Boschka with Another True Story a further half length back in third.

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 by Darren


2010 GERMAN DERBY - PREVIEW

Tomorrow sees the 141st German Derby at Hamburg. After the defection of Kite Hunter and Godot, a maximum field of 20 horses go to post. Let's look at the runners and riders:

MONTEROSSO 1-12114
Jockey: Kieren Fallon
Trainer: Mark Johnston (GB)
The worthy favourite, Monterosso brings genuine Group from from England and Ireland, and although starting off his career in low grade all weather racing before moving onto handicaps, Monterosso blossomed into a top class horse when winning the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Fourth in the Irish Derby 9 days later showed his quality, and he is the one to beat here. Although regular pilot Frankie Dettori has chosen to ride in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, 6 times English Jockey champion Kieren Fallon has been flown in for the ride, and it is worth noting that both Monterosso and fellow English raider Buzzword have been supplemented for the race.

ZAZOU 413-161
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Trainer: Mario Hofer
The highest rated hme trained horse, Zazou want into many notebookes when winning Germanys richest 2 year old race, the 200,000 Euro Ferdinand Leisten Memorial at Baden-Baden in October. As in that race, he will be ridden by French ace Olivier Peslier,who was also in the saddle in the French 2000 Guineas, where Zazou was a fast finishing sixth. Any stamina doubts for the Derby distance were dispelled when Zazou won the 2 Oppenheim Rennen at Cologne over 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs), seen by many as the top German Derby Trial, despite not getting a clear run until late in the race. That form alone gives him a big chance here.

BUZZWORD 55-0403
Jockey: Royston Ffrench
Trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni (GB)
Alothugh now not rated as high as compatriot Monterosso, Buzzword was certainly the better 2 year old, winning the Group 3 Prix de la Rochette at Longchamp last year, before ending the campaign with a fine fifth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Fourth in the French 2000 Guineas (Zazou back in sixth), showed that Buzzword had retained at least some of his 2 year old form, and despite being beaten by Monterosso at Royal Ascot last time out, it could be said that he was given too much to do and maybe ridden closer to the pace, could put up a bold show. However, it must be noted that despite being a Godolphin horse, he is not ridden by one of their regular jockeys.

SCALO 1-115
Jockey: Eduardo Pedroza
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
The favourite for the race a couple of months ago after two very impressive Group 3 victories, Scalo was only fifth in the Group 2 Oppenheim Rennen at Cologne. Despite having Zazou, Lindentree, Baschar and Next Hight in front of him, it should be noted that Scalo suffered terrible traffic problems in the home straight with trainer Andreas Woehler adamant that his horse would have won with a clear run. However, with 20 runners in the German Derby compared to just 7 in the Oppenheim, could Scalo suffer trouble in running again? A horse that seems to be best held up, he may well find his way blocked once more, however, given a clear run, he must be one to watch.

RUSSIAN TANGO 3-1131
Jockey: Jozef Bojko
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Trainer Andreas Woehlers second string, Russian Tango has some excellent form, including winning the Bremen Derby Trail last time out. However, he was a doubtful runner due to an injury recently, and his interrupted build up means he is passed over here.

NEATICO 611-62
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Along with Scalo and Scorcher (who doesn't run), Neatico was the Derby 'talking horse' of the winter after an emphatic victory in the group 3 Ratibor Rennen at Krefeld, one of Germanys top 2 year old races. Although beaten in a Listed race at Munich last time out, Neatico could be a live outsider, and although never having raced beyond 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs), the assistance of French based Belgian ace jockey Christophe Soumillon is a massive plus.

LINDENTREE 132
Jockey: Yann Lerner
Trainer: Waldermar Hickst
Took advantage of a clear run to kick clear in the Oppenheim, however was caught by Zazous finishing burst and really had the race to suit then. Will probably not find things in his favour as much this time around.

USTILAGO 0-723
Jockey: Dominique Boeuf
Trainer: Werner Baltromei
Although Werner Baltromei is based in Muelheim, he runs most of his horses in France, and that is the case with Ustilago, who has run all four of his races there. Was a 3 length second at Chantilly to the Andre Fabre trained Lumineux (sixth in the French Derby) before a fine third in a Listed event at Saint-Cloud last time out. There are several good form lines here, and with French Listed form usually comparable to German Group form, Ustilago is not a horse to be underestimated and could run well at a big price.

BASCHAR 43-133
Jockey: Anthony Crastus
Trainer: Mirko Minchev
A second ever runner in the race for Bulgarian born Mirko Minchev, who took over the training of the Stall Litex owned horses from Peter Schiergen a couple of years ago. Burst into the Derby picture when a big priced third in the Oppenheim last time out, but took advantage of a clear passge in that race when some of his rivals (notably Scalo) had serious traffic problems.

NORDFALKE 21-26
Jockey: Andreas Goeritz
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Was second in a decent Listed event at Dortmund earlier this season, but was subsequently well beaten when only sixth to Zazou in the Oppenheim Rennen last time out, and that form gives him plenty to find here.

KEEP COOL 743-241
Jockey: Terence Hellier
Trainer: Andreas Loewe
Would be a popular winner for the likeable trainer Andreas Loewe, however despite winning by 6 lengths at Dortmund last time out, was over 6 lengths behind Scalo at Munich in May, and has plenty to find on that form.

NEXT HIGHT 5-2244
Jockey: Filip Minarik
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Still a maiden after 5 races which really sums up his chances, and although the Waldermar Hickst trained Sordino was second in last years German Derby whilst still a maiden, I can't see lightning striking twice.

SUPERSONIC FLIGHT 512
Jockey: Daniele Porcu
Trainer: Miroslav Rulec
Has a 3 kg (6 lbs) pull with Seventh Sky for a 1 1/2 lengths beating last time out, and before that won a conditions race at the tiny south western course of Hassloch. I can't recall any German Derby winners ever having raced at Hassloch prior to their big race victory, and it is difficult to see Supersonic Flight breaking that record.

NIGHTDANCE PAOLO 147-433
Jockey: Jiri Palik
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Consistent sort who has finished third in two Group 3 events this season, however both of those were won in clear cut fashion by Scalo, so has plenty to find wth that rival. Tends to front run in his races, so could well be up there for a while.

LAMOOL 21-555
Jockey: Adrie de Vries
Trainer: Mario Hofer
Finished behind Nightdance Paolo in both aforementioned Group 3 races this season, and despite Dutch ace Adrie de Vries stepping in for the ride, Lamool looks to have a massive task here.

SEVENTH SKY 2331
Jockey: Andreas Starke
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Peter Schiergen is sometimes known for being quite bullish about the chances of his horses, however the hype surrounding Seventh Skys debut at Hoppegarten in May was almost beyond belief as the horse was backed in from 5-2 to an incredible 1/2. Despite the optimism, the horse could only finish second, and didn't break his maiden tag until his fourth and most recent race, a Listed event at Hannover. However, that victory meant that Seventh Sky is the only horse in the field to have won over the Derby distance, and the fact that stable jockey Andrasch Starke has picked Seventh Sky over the five other Schiergen trained runners is a big plus. However, I still think the horse is short of top class and has plenty to prove, especially as Supersonic Flight, second in the Hannover race, has a 3 kg (6 lbs) pull for just 1 1/2 lengths.

VAL MONDO 44-312
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Trainer: Uwe Ostmann
Veteran trainer Uwe Ostmann has a fine recroed in the German Derby, and although Val Mondo is likely to be a big outsider, this horse should not be overlooked. Improved on his 2 year old form when winning a conditions race at Cologne (Seventh Sky 4 1/2 lengths back in third) before a short head second to Russian Tango in the Bremen Derby Trial. With that rival having had a less than ideal build up to the race, Val Mondo could be the surprise package of the race, and although regular jockey Andreas Helfenbein is injured, Ostmann has secured the services of top French based rider Ioritz Mendizabal. The German Derby has a habit of throwing up an outsider in the top 3, and Val Mondo could be the one this year.

JAMMY SHOT 3-13
Jockey: Mirco Demuro
Trainer: Andreas Woehler
Finishe behind Seventh Sky and Supersonic Flight in the Hannover Derby Trial, and although has a 3 kg (6 lbs) pull for 3 lengths with Seventh Sky, is unlikely to reverse the form with Supersonic Flight.

SIR LANDO 130-214
Jockey: Jimmy Fortune
Trainer: Wido Neuroth (NOR)
The third overseas raider, Norwegian trained Sir Lando is hoping to emulate stablemate Appel Au Maitre, who finished an excellent fourth in the 2007 German Derby. However, Sir Lando could only finish fourth in the Bremen Derby Trial behind Russian Tango and Val Mondo. Has won a couple of race in his homeland, but doesn't look up to this despite an interesting jockey booking.

LYSSIO 116
Jockey: Johan Victoire
Trainer: Peter Schiergen
Won two minor events at Cologne and Hannover before having his limitations exposed when a well beaten sixth in the Bremen Derby Trial and looks to have too much to do here.

VERDICT:
A terrific turnout for the 2010 German Derby, and with the exception of the unbeaten Jens Hirschberger trained Scorcher, all the top German trained middle distance 3 year old colts are there. However, they may have to play second fiddle to the Mark Johnston trained Monterosso, whose fourth in the Irish Derby gives him a huge chance here. Zazou looks to be the best of the home contingent whislt the previously unbeaten Scalo could go close if given a clear run, someting he didn't get last time out. Val Mondo and Ustilago are interesting outsiders, whilst Neatico could be interesting if he stays the distance. Prediction:

1st - 1 MONTEROSSO
2nd - 2 ZAZOU
3rd - 18 VAL MONDO
4th - 4 SCALO
5th - 9 USTILAGO
6th - 3 BUZZWORD

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - BACK FROM THE DEAD!!!!

First of all, a HUGE apology for those of you who have been visiting the website but seeing it had vanished!! Basically, there has been a MASSIVE problem with the web hosting company which resulted in anglogermanracing.com going off line for nearly three weeks. But now - WE ARE BACK! And just in time too - Sunday sees the 141st running of the German Derby. A maximum field of 20 has been declared for the race (along with 3 reserves) as horses from Britain and Norway take of the best of Germanys current crop of middle distance 3 year old. Top jockeys are also in attendance - Kieren Fallon, Christophe Soumillon and Olivier Peslier are just some of the big names riding. A FULL Preview of the race will appear here on Saturday evening.

One downside to the website being down is that the mailserver has lost ALL my e-mails!! So if you have sent us an e-mail recently, I won't have it anymore, but I'm delighted to say that all is well again with the mail server, so please feel free to send us an e-mail.

Posted on 15 Jul 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - INTERNET ISSUES

Due to internet issues beyond our control, this site will not be updated before 28th June 2010. We apologize fo any inconvenience caused.

Posted on 20 Jun 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

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Posted on 13 Jun 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

MAGIC SHOW FROM NIGHT IN HOPPEGARTEN FEATURE

Night Magic, winner of last years German Oaks, took another major prize when winning the Group 2 Preis der Hauptstadtregion, todays major event at Hoppegarten today. Trained by veteran handler Wolfgang Figge, Night Magic held off the challenges of Sordino and Miss Europa in a terrific finish. Terry Hellier set a furious pace on Orderstreuer, however the pair were swallowed up as the field entred the home straight, with several still in with a chance. For a moment it looked like Sordino would go one better that last years German Derby, where he finished second, however the fact that he was having his first race since showed as first Miss Europa then Night Magic passed him in the final 100 metres.

The other big race at Hoppegarten was the Group 3 Benazet-Rennen, named after Edouard Benazet, found of Baden-Baden racecourse back in 1859. Benazet was a Frenchman, and it was his countryman Henri Alex Pantall, trainer of race winner Amico Fritz who was to take the honours today. With Walero setting a strong pace over the 1200 metres (6 furlong) distance, the favourite Contat looked to have every chance as jockey Rastislav Juracek made his move approaching the final furlong. However, Fabrice Veron got an extra effort out of French raider Amico Fritz, who who took the honours by a length from the fast finishing Indomito with Contat back in third making a 2-3 for trainer Pavel Vovcenko. Having rattled up a hat trick of victories in France earlier this year, Amico Fritz, a four year old Fasliyev colt was gaining his fourth success of the season and may now be aimed at the Hamburger Flieger-Trophy at Hamburg next month for which he holds an entry.

Elsewhere at Hoppegarten, there was welcome victory for apprentice jockey Tobias Brenner who survived a horrific looking fall at Frankfurt on Thursday. Riding Smarten Die for trainer Erika Maeder, Brenner, who has been race riding for less that a year, secured the 5th victory of his career on the 7 year old Dieses gelding, coming home a length clear of the Nina Bach trained Liszt with Eastern Eagle completing the first three home.


LADIES DAY AT HASSLOCH AS STEFFI CONTINUES FINE FORM

With the scheduled meeting at Baden-Baden falling victim to the economic climate and the major races being moved to Hoppegarten, the small countryside venue at Hassloch provided south west Germany with todays racemeeting, with female jockeys victorious in 5 of the 7 races. The feature race of the day was the 8,500 Euro Wettenleip Class 3 Handicap over 1600 metres (1 mile), which went the way of Primera Vista, ridden by Steffi Hofer for her father Mario. Having won a Listed race for trainer Peter Schiergen at Muelheim yesterday, Steffi Hofer is without doubt turning into one of the successes of the season, and her victory on Premiera Vista took her two clear at the top of the jockeys championship on 39 victories this season with defending champion jockey Eddie Pedroza on 37. However, despite several other fancied rides, Hofer was unable to add to her total.

The other big race of the day was the Preis der Firma St. Hippolyt Class 3 Handicap over 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs), and it was Mantino, ridden by Czech born Hana Mouchova who took victory by 3/4 length from the Gerald Geisler trained Winwitsch, with Perfect Courtesy back in third. Having dead heated with the Christian von der Recke trained Prime Aspiration last time out, Mantino, trained by ex jumps jockey Wolfgang Guelcher was well fancied to repeat the course and distance success, however it was another previous course and distance winner, the Markus Klug trained Akazie who was sent off the odds on favourite. However he was the disappointment of the race and on the very firm ground could only finish fourth.

'TRADITION RACEDAY' AT RASTEDE

The racecourse at Rastede, situated in the north of the country about 30 km north west of Bremen, sees a spectacle of varied equine sports once a year, and today saw pony racing, trotting, races for halfbloods and two thoroughbred galopp races. This event, known as the 'Tradition Raceday' sees many visitors flock to this small but charming course, and with temperatures of 28c, a hot summers day racing was to be expected. The first of the two galopp races went the way of Easytango, who clocked up his third victory of the season in a race called the *deep breath here*, the 'Preis vom Anhaegerzentrum AZO, Oldenburg, gefoerdert durch die Besitzervereinigung fuer Vollblutzucht und Rennen'. Despite the considerable title however, this class F conditions race is only worth 1,200 Euros, yet top trainers such as Christian von der Recke, Elfi Schnakenburg and Pavel Vovcenko were all represented. However, it was Matthias Trantel, who only has four horses in his yard, who saddled Easytango for a 4 length victory under apprentice rider Janine Beckmann from the von der Recke trained Elle Desert with Palm Leaf back in third. Ironically, von der Recke trained Easytango before Trantel, and the Weilerswist based Champion trainer went one better in the Preis der Oldenburgischen Landesbank AG, another class F conditions race, as Patek finally broke his maiden tag at the seventh time of asking. Ridden by the talented Sabrina Wandt, the 4 year old Sholokhov gelding galopped away from the rest of the field for an easy 5 length victory with the Regine Weissmeier trained favourite Ovojomela back in second.

CLASSIC NO HERO AS VEGA LAND SPOILS IN CHANTILLY SPECTACLE

The Hans-Werner Hiller trained Classic Hero failed to belie his outsider tag when finishing well beaten in the French Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly today, run over a distance of 2100 metres (1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs). The William Mongil ridden Koenigstiger colt was well beaten as victory went to the Andre Fabre trained Lope de Vega, owned by the Munich based Ammerland stud. After a furious tempo set by Vivre Libre, setting the pace for stablemate Planteur, Max Guyon sent Lope de Vega to the front as the field entered the home straight and was soon clear, coming home ahead of Planteur with the Frankie Dettori ridden Pain Perdu getting up for third in the three way photo. Lope de Vega was adding the French Derby to his French 2000 Guineas success last month. This performance has surely marked him as one of Europes top 3 year olds, and it will be intersting to see what his target is after this.

Elsewhere at Chantilly, the Waldemar Hickst trained Kali was an excellent second in the Group 2 Prix Sandringham over 1600 metres (1 mile). The impressive winner of this years German 1000 Guineas, Kali raced in second under Max Guyon until taking up the running 2 furlongs out. However, the Christophe Soumillon trained Joanna showed an impressive turn of foot to sprint clear of her rivals with Kali just grabbing second in a photo finish from Evaporation.

Posted on 06 Jun 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - A STATEMENT

You're probably wondering what's happened to the site in the last couple of weeks as there have been no reports whatsoever. Unfortunately, a mixture of illness and lack of time have meant that there have been no updates recently, and I would like to apologize to anyone who has been on the site in the last couple of weeks hoping to catch the latest reports and news from German racing. Having to balance a full time job as well as Anglo German racing whilst fighting the illness has become a bit of a battle. However, I aim to put everything back on track tomorrow with reports from the big meeting at Hoppegarten near Berlin, as well as smaller meetings at Hassloch in south west Germany and Rastede in the north of the country. Not only that, but there will also be a report on the Hans Hiller trained Classic Hero as he bids to live up to his name in the French Derby at Chantilly.

I have been in discussion with the hugely talented Ross McDermott of White Tree Design who made this site, and he's come up with some really great ideas to improve things on the site. Not only will it make life easier for me, but some of the new features could really make a huge improvement to our news service. Watch this space for further details!

Posted on 05 Jun 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

LOPE LANDS FRENCH CLASSIC FOR MUNICH OWNERS

Lope de Vega, owned and bred by the Munich based Ammerland Stud, has won todays French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp.

More news soon.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT HOPPEGARTEN RACECOURSE

It's a warm, sunny day here at Hoppegarten Racecourse, some 15 miles east of the centre of Berlin. Nestling in a beautiful location amongst leafy woodland, I can categorically state that this course really is one of the nicest you will find in Germany.

Photo: The main grandstand at Hoppegarten, with a 10,000 crowd eager to see some top racing action:



A 9 race card awaits us - let's head to the action:

Race 1 - Preis der Neuenhagener Trainierbahn
Distance: 2000 metres (1 1/4 miles)
Prizemoney: 4,500 Euros
Although as mentioned previously, Overdose was a non-runner at todays meeting, his trainer Sandor Ribarski saddled two runners in the first race at Hoppegarten in outsiders Douxelia and Love Child. However, it was the favourtie Nadescha who prevailed for local trainer Roland Dzubasz, getting up under Polish rider Piotr Krowicki to win from Love Child. Directa Comtessa, who seemed to have every chance 2 furlongs out, filled third place with another Ribarski trained runner, Douxelia, back in fourth.

Race 2 - Preis der Berlin Recycling GmbH
Distance: 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs)
Prizemoney: 5,100 Euros
I had the pleasure of watching this race with the aformentioned Sandor Ribarski, and for a moment, it looked like he would go one better than Love Child as the Ribarski trained Tishko appeared to have every chance under William Mongil as the field turned for home. However, Peter Schiergen is not a trainer to underestimate, especially when he makes the long trip to Hoppegarten from his Cologne base, and his unraced German Derby entry Seventh Sky seemed to be the one to beat, the 8/13 favourite leading into the straight under Andrasch Starke and seemingly repelling the challenge of Tishko, who appeared to be the only danger. This all changed in the final furlong though as the Hans Juergen Groeschel trained newcomer All Gentleman came with a terrific run on the outside under Russian born Vladimir Panov to take victory at a rewarding price of 16.5-1 from Seventh Sky and Tishko. Like Seventh Sky, All Gentleman holds a German Derby entry and bookmakers Racebets have introduced both horses into their betting for the big race with All Gentleman 39-1 and Seventh Sky 21-1.

Race 3 - Preis der Tele Columbus
Distance: 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong)
Prizemoney: 5,100 Euros
A field of 11 fillies lined up for this race, 7 of which were making their racecourse debuts. The heavily backed favourite, from 9/4 into 11/10 was the unraced Peter Scheirgen trained Amanjena, who like Seventh Sky in the previous race, ran in the colours of owners Stall Blankenese, who also owned Amanjenas sire, German Derby winner Samum. However, one horse also well supported was Lady Fortune, trained by Munich based Wolfgang Figge. As he showed when winning the big race in Bremen with Le Francois last week, Figge is a man to be watched on his raids north, however, his horse lost all chance by being unruly at the start and swerving violently right as the field left the stalls. This was despite jockey Andreas Helfenbeins best efforts to keep the horse straight. However, with her main danger out of the way, Amanjena had to settle for second as the Andreas Woehler trained Astia led from start to finish under Slovakian born Jozef Bojko for a 2 1/1 length victory over Amanjena, with the Torsten Mundry trained Nevis running on for third under top French rider Franck Blondel, who had a handful of rides at Hoppegarten today.

Photo: Winning jockey Jozef Bojko with his trophy after the race.



Race 4 - Preis der Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH
Distance: 1000 metres (5 furlongs)
Prizemoney: 8,000 Euros
The race that would have seen the appearance of Overdose. In his absence, 7 runners contested the race with the 12 year old Sacho was made favourite. Despite his advanced years the Wilfried Kujath trained Sacho, who holds a quite amazing record of won a Pattern race every year since 2002, eased to victory by 4 lengths from Storm Swede, who himself had shown good form in Scandinavia recently. This was the first winner of the day for jockey Andrasch Starke, who had finished second in the two previous races.

Photo: Sacho (green and red colours) wins the Preis der Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH with Storm Swede back in second.



Race 5 - Deutsch-Russischer-Freundschafts Cup
Distance: 1200 metres (5 furlongs)
Prizemoney: 7,000 Euros
There was a surprise in this Class 3 Handicap as the 17-1 outsider Kung Hei stormed to victory under Jozef Bojko. Top weight Roque was second with Saldenloewe in third. This race marked a milestone for the 39 year old Bojko as Kung Heis success was the 800th winner of his career.

Race 6 - Preis von Dahlwitz
Distance: 2000 metres (1 1/4 miles)
Prizemoney: 22,000 Euros
The big race of the day was the 22,000 Euros Listed Preis von Dahlwitz. 12 horses went to post with many holding chances. A strong pace was set by William Mongil on Ordenstreuer, the jockey employing similar tactics to those applies by Alexander Pietsch who rode him to finish 6th in last years German Derby. As the field turned for home, the locally trained Ordenstreuer still held a 3 length advantage, however as the pack closed 2 furlongs out, it was the Jens Hirschberger trained Illo who emerged under a terrific ride from top French jockey Franck Blondel, the 9-4 chance getting home by a length from the Andreas Woehler trained Derwisch with Panyu third for the Peter Schiergen / Andrasch Starke combination. Early leader Ordenstreuer held on for fourth, with the 'local hero' White Lighning never really figuring.

Photo: The presentation for the big race of the day, the Preis von Dahlwitz, with winning jockey Franck Blondel and representatives from the Schlenderhan Stud. Gerhard Schoeningh, owner of Hoppergarten Racecourse, is second from left in the photo.



NEWS FROM SATURDAY

STEADY EDDIE GRABS HAT TRICK AT GOTHA

At 2900 metres (1 mile 6 1/2 furlongs), Gotha is the longest racecourse in Germany, and today saw the first of three meetings at the track this year. Situated in the suburb of Boxburg, Gotha racecourse is surrounded by rolling hills and forest, and is regarded as one of Germanys most picturesque racecourses. However, champion jockey Eddie Pedroza wasn't sitting back admiring the scenery as he rattled up a hat trick on the 7 race card.The first winner for the Panamanian born rider was Le Berlin in a Class 4 handicap, trained by Karl Demme, who returned to the training ranks last year after retiring in 1998. Pedroza then rode to victory in the Watzdorfer Traditions- u. Spezialitaetenbrauerei - Ihre Erlebnisbrauerei conditions race for his boss and joint champion trainer Andreas Woehler, before completing his hat trick on the highly rated Christian von der Recke trained High Severa in the Preis der Galopprennbahn Boxberg GmbH conditions race.

The big handicap of the day was the 5000 Euros 10 Jahre Rennverein Gotha-Boxberg 2000 e.V.-Rennen Class 3 Handicap over 1400 metres (7 furlongs). The race, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Gotha Race Club, which was reformed in 2000, was won by Feelin Irie, who has been a credit to his owner trainer Guido Speiser. Ridden as usual by Laura Gabriel, the 7 year old Key of Luck gelding came home by 1 1/2 lengths from Chawan, who was unable to give Eddie Pedroza a fourth winner of the day.

Posted on 08 May 2010 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT HOPPEGARTEN RACECOURSE

Despite the absence of the Hungarian trained sprint superstar Overdose, there is an excellent 9 race card at the Hoppegarten track near Berlin tomorrow, and Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondant Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at the course, reporting on all the races. The big event of the day is the Preis von Dahlwitz, a Listed race over 2000 metres (1m 2f), which sees the 8 year old local star White Lightning take on 11 rivals, including Panyu, Glad Panther and Ordenstreuer, all of whom ran is last years German Derby. Racing at Hoppegarten begins at 2:10 pm local time, with meetings also at Munich, Karlsruhe and Cologne, where the Group 2 Gerling Preis sees the Mark Johnston trained Eastern Aria take on just four rivals, however those include top middle distance performer Flamingo Fantasy and Getaway, winner of last years Grosser Preis von Baden.

Posted on 08 May 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

SCALO SCALES THE HEIGHTS IN DERBY TRIAL

The Andreas Woehler trained Scalo leapt to front of the German Derby betting market after an impressive display in the Group 3 Metzler Preis at Frankfurt on Sunday. Impressive winner of his only race as a 2 year old, Scalo proved that 14 length win at Dresden was no flash in the pan as he stormed away to win by 2 1/2 lengths under champion jockey Eddie Pedroza from the Andreas Loewe trained Keep Cool with Nightdance Paolo back in third.

Although 400 metres (2 furlongs) shorter than the German Derby, the Metzler Preis has long been regarded as one of the top trials for the big race. The Peter Schiergen trained Kamsin won the Metzler Preis in 2008 before going on to land the Derby, and bookmakers Racebets have reacted by making Scalo their new 10-1 favourite for this years big race at Hamburg on July 18th.

LONG JOURNEY PAYS OFF AS FRANCOIS TAKE BREMEN EVENT

Anyone with a reasonable geographical knowledge of Germany will know that it's a long way from Munich in the south east of the country all the way to Bremen in the north east - almost 600 kilometres!! However, the long trip did not deter Munich based trainer Wolfgang Figge from taking just one horse up to the Bremen course on Sunday. That horse was Le Francois, who took the richest race on the day in German, the 52,000 Euros BBAG Auktionsrennen Bremen, a sales race for horses bought at the BBAG sales. Ridden by Hungarian jockey Karoly Kerekes, Le Francois was brought with a perfectly time run to overhaul long time leader Govinda who had to settle for second with fast finishing outsider Sir Oscar grabbing third.

The 63 year old Figge was responsible for the outstanding filly Night Magic, last years Horse of the Year in Germany, and Le Francois could well be on his way to becoming another stable star.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

VOLCANO CAN'T STOP DE VRIES AS KALI ERUPTS IN GUINEAS

Kali, one of three horses in the race for trainer Waldemar Hickst, has won the 2010 German 1000 Guineas at Duesseldorf on Saturday. The Park Wiedingen owned filly was ridden by Dutchman Adrie de Vries, who only recently managed to fly back from Qatar, and had been unable to fly back to Germany due to the volcanic ash that engulfed most of Europe recently. However, he was given to all clear to fly in time to take the ride on Kali, and settled in second behind the Christian von der Recke trained Genovesa for most of the race, de Vries made his move 2 furlongs out. Despite several horses coming out of the pack in an attempt to challenge, none could get to Kali, who won by 1 1/2 lengths from the Uwe Ostmann trained Reine Heureuse with the favourite Neon Light back in third. British challenger Kinky Afro ran on from the rear to finish fifth. Kalis victory completed a big race double at the Duesseldorf meeting for Hickst, who had earlier took the big handicap of the day, the RaceBets.com-Tophandicap with the even money favourite Sanjii Danon.

Despite only finishing 9th in the big race on the fancied Peter Schiergen trained Aslana, Guineas apart, it was a good day for jockey Andrasch Starke. The Cologne based rider opened proceedings by taking the first race of the day, the Stall Litex Preis maiden race for 3 year old fillies over 1400 metres (7 furlongs) on the Mario Hofer trained Sun Moon Royale. The dresdnerfonds.de-Nachhaltigkeitspreis Class 3 Handicap soon followed on the 9-2 chance Hurryboy, trained in the south west German village of Hassloch by the up and coming 29 year old Nina Bach. Starke secured a hat trick of victories on the Uwe Stoltefuss trained Birthday Lion in the final race of the day at Duesseldorf, the Preis der ARAG Rechtsschutz AG - ARAG Series Class 3 handicap over 1400 metres (7 furlongs), the pair coming home 3 lengths clear of the Erika Maeder trained Festspiel.

SALSA DANCES AWAY FOR SUPERB MUNICH SUCCESS

As May 1st is a public holiday in Germany, there are usually several meetings held, and in addition to Duesseldorf, there was also racing at Leipzig and Munich, where the big race of the day was the 20,000 Euro Grosser Preis der Nuernberger Versicherungsgruppe Handicap over 2800 metres (1 3/4 miles). A small but select field of 6 turned put for the race including the Andreas Bolte trained Caudillo, winner of last years Italian St. Leger, local star Northern Glory and Slovakian trained Ryan, one of the best flat horses to come out of Eastern Europe in recent years. However, it was the Christian von der Recke trained Earlsalsa who led his rivals a merry dance in a most impressive display under Steffi Hofer, coming away for a superb 12 length victory over Caudillo with Frantic Storm a further 6 lengths back in third. The closing stages of the race can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t54qYYsH8fM. This was trainer von der Reckes 1002nd winner on the flat, the Weilerswist trainer having celebrated win number 1000 earlier in the day with the ex-English trained Readymade securing victory at the French provincial track at Wissembourg before Piccolo took the trainers tally to 1001 under the British born but Czech based rider Gary Hind in the Preis der Nuernberger Krankenversicherung, one of the supporting races of the Munich card.

FOUR FOR PANOV AND GROESCHEL AT LEIPZIG

Over at Leipzig, the man of the day was the Russian born jockey Wladimir Panov. The 28 year old, who is now based near Berlin, rode 4 winners at the course, three for trainer Hans Juergen Groeschel. Having landed the second race of the day, the Ur-Krostitzer Cup over 1600 metres (1 mile) on the Groeschel trained 4-5 favourite Kalypso King, Panov won the Preis der Leipziger Giesser handicap over the same distance on Zollchow, trained by rookie handler Stefan Richter. However, Panov was back in tandem with Groeschel as the pair took the big race of the meeting, the 10,000 Euro Audi Cup Class 2 Handicap with Glentire, who prevailed in a terrific finish from the Andreas Woehler trained favourite Loewenherz by a short heas with the Christian Sprengel trained El Vettorio a head back in third. Panov rounded things off with victory in the Preis der Plattform von Leipziger Wohnungsgenossenschaften Class 3 Handicap with El Okawango also providing trainer Groeschel with his fourth winner of the day, Ocean Chat having won the Preis der HDI Direkt Class 3 Handicap under Jan Palik.

Posted on 03 May 2010 by Darren


GERMAN 1000 GUINEAS - PREVIEW

Tomorrow sees the first German classic of the season, the German 1000 Guineas at Duesseldorf. 14 fillies go to post for this Group 2 race worth 150,000 Euros, run over the classic Guineas distance of 1600 metres (1 mile). Favourite is expected to be Neon Light, one of two horses in the race trained by joint champion handler Andreas Woehler. However, Neon Light has won both her races, whilst very impressively, in very soft ground, and with quicker ground expecting at Duesseldorf tomorrow, she may not have things all her own way, with one possible threat coming from her stablemate Mi Rubina. Winner of her only race at Cologne a few weeks ago, Mi Rubina is a half sister to Mi Emma, who won this race in 2007. Vanjura, trained at the Hoppegarten course near Berlin by Roland Dzubasz, was arguably one of the stars of last season, rattling up a hat trick of victories before finishing second to top colt Zazou in the Ferdinand Leisten Memorial at Baden-Baden in October, the richest 2 year old race in Germany. However, regular partner Alex Pietsch instead rides the Waldemar Hickst trained Ronja, who won the official trial for this race over course and distance earlier this month. Ronja is one of three runners for Hickst, who also trained the Wiedlingen Stud pair Prakasa and Kali. One trainer never to be underestimated in Classic races in Peter Schiergen, who relies on the Stall Nizza owned Aslana, who being by Rock of Gibraltar out of a multiple winning Royal Academy mare looks to be one of the nicest bred horses in the race, and unlike some of her rivals, will not be troubled by the predicted quicker going. She will be partnered in the big race by stable jockey Andrasch Starke, and at forecast odds of 14-1, could well be the value of the race. Diatribe, who beat Aslana by a head at Baden-Baden in September, is now 1 kg (2 lbs) worse off, but this Hans Blume trained filly out of Diacada, herself winner of the 2003 German 1000 Guineas, is another outsider with a decent chance. Reine Heureuse represents trainr Uwe Ostmann whilst Kinky Afro travels over from the English stable of Stan Moore. Darvalla is a first Classic runner for Bulgarian born Mirko Mintchev whilst joint champion trainer Christian von der Recke relies on Genovesa.

A full report on the race as well as the supporting races and the meetings at Munich and Leipzig will appear here tomorrow.

Posted on 30 Apr 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

ZAZOU ON CUE FOR HOFER 1-2

The big race of the day in Germany was the 50,000 Euros Dr. Busch-Memorial at Krefeld over 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong) for 3 year olds only. This is often a pointer for the German classics, with last years winner Irian going on to win the German 2000 Guineas. Having won the richest 2 year old race in Germany last year before going on to finish third in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint Cloud, Zazou had gone into many notebooks, so it was no surprise to see him go off at 1/2 favourite as he eased to a 3 length victory under Terry Hellier over stable companion Kite Hunter with the Sascha Smrczek trained Wuhan back in third. Not surprising, bookmakers Racebets make Zazou 4-1 favourite for the German 2000 Guineas whilst also giving the horse a quote of 14-1 for the German Derby, however Hofer is also favouring a possible crack at the French classics with this hugely talented Shamardal colt.

Apart from Zazou, Hofer surely has another star on his hands in the shape of the ex Godolphin colt Combat Zone, who took his unbeaten record in Germany to four when hacking up under trainers daughter Steffi Hofer in the Preis des Champagnerhauses Taittinger conditions race over 1200 metres (6 furlongs). Having started his German career on the all weather tracks, Combat Zone looks to be blossoming into a Group horse and this 4 year old Refuse to Bend gelding must be one to follow this year.

OSTMANN OFF THE MARK IN HANNOVER FEATURE

The north German course of Hannover staged an entertaining 10 race card today with the feature event the Listed Grosser Preis der VGH-Versicherungen fillies race over 1600 metres (1 mile). The favourite was the strongly fancied 6-4 shot Rock my Soul, however trainer Uwe Ostmann was surprisingly yet to enter the winners enclosure this year. That all changed as Rock my Soul under Italian rider Daniele Porcu prevailed in a terrific finish with the Waldermar Hickst trained Rubiana, Rock my Soul passing the post 1/2 length ahead.

Elsewhere at Hannover, there was a first victory for North Star, who shot to fame in 2007 when, at 710,000 Euros, he became the most expensive horse ever to be bought in a German sales ring when agent Rudiger Alles bought him for Georg Baron von Ullmann at the BBAG Sales at Baden Baden. Two surprising defeats later, the horse reappeared today for new trainer Torsten Mundry in the Preis der VGH - Vertretung Uwe Graf Eicklingen maiden race over 2200 metres (1 mile 3 furlongs). Although the second horse home, Ocean Peace, was previously unplaced in all his five starts, this victory is hopefully the beginning to North Star fulfilling his undoubted potential.

SUPERVISOR IN CHARGE AT MANNHEIM

The six year old Supervisor prevailed in a terrific finish to the Heinrich Vetter Badenia Jagdrennen at Mannheim today. With a prize fund of 12,500 Euros, this Listed chase is the richest steeplechase in Germany and the field of 8 included all of Germanys top chasers. It was maybe due to the class of the opposition that Supervisor was allowed to be sent off at a very generous 9-1 - not bad for a horse who won 4 chases last year including the Listed Badener Steeplechase at Baden Baden in October, and was second in this race last year. Despite the strong home challenge, it was Czech raider Gilmore who gave Supervisor most to do, getting within 3/4 length of the victor at the finish. Gilmour himself was third in a Group 2 chase in Italy last year, so this result was maybe not a total surprise. Last years winner, Deesee d'Arabie was a nose further back in third. The big disappoinment of the race was the Christian von der Recke trained Australian bred Onajet, who despite arriving with a big reputation and benefitting from the assistance of top English amateur rider Harry Challinor in the saddle, was well beaten on his chase debut and finished in last position.

Although out of luck in the big race, von der Recke broke several personal landmarks today. Our First Chesnut is probably the most consistent hurdler in Germany right now, and his victory in the Preis der Albers Wettboerse Hurdle under the aforementioned Challinor was his TWENTIETH in his career, a feat unlikely to be match by any German horse soon. Not only that, but the win brought von der Reckes career victories to 1500. However, the Weilerswist based handler didn't stop there, as Bound by Honour, formerly trained in England by Gary Moore, presented von der Recke with his 999th winner on the flat. It was also win number 100 for owners Stall Saarbruecken, who have had regular success with von der Recke trained horses such as Silex at Mannheim in the past. Three of von der Reckes winners, Glow Star, Prime Aspiration and Bound by Honour, were all ridden to victory by amateur rider Kirsten Schmitt, whose hat trick of victories took her into the top 10 in the German Jockeys championship.

Posted on 25 Apr 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

MAITRE TOUCHES OFF HAWK FOR NORWEGIAN 1-2

The big race of the day in Germany, the Group 3 yoobet.de-Grand Prix Premiere at Cologne saw a win for the Norwegian trained Appel Au Maitre, who held off stable companion Touch of Hawk in a driving finish.

More news soon.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

FRENCH STAR CLAIMS OPENING GROUP HONOURS

The four year old Enzio, German bred but trained in France by Nicolas Milliere, has won the first Group race of the German racing season, the Group 3 Frankfurt Meile this afternoon. In an international field that saw runners from Germany, France, Norway and Poland competing, the 7-1 chance Enzio got the better of home trained Sehrezad and Beltanus in a driving finish with the Polish hope Golden Tirol running a big race to finish fourth. Enzio completed a hat trick for French jockey Dominique Boeuf, who had earlier ridden the Waldermar Hickst trainer pair Golden Whip and Weststern Mystic to victory in maiden races.

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 by Darren


EASTER ROUND UP - COMING SOON

Due to ill health, this site has not been updated for a few days. However, we hope to bring you all the news from the Easter meetings in Germany over the next couple of days.

Posted on 05 Apr 2010 by Darren


BREAKING NEWS

It has just been announved that the world famous Baden-Baden Spring Meeting, scheduled for late May/early June, has been abandoned. With a dispute still going on over ownership of the course, the prospective new owners have announced that due to the amount of work required to get the course up to standard, the meeting will be abandoned. It is however hoped that both the 'Grosser Woche' in September and the Sales and Racing Festival a month later will both go ahead.

Thanks to Stephan Vogt for this information.

Posted on 23 Mar 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY - REPORT FROM MANNHEIM

CHAMPION VON DER RECKE TAKES YEARS FIRST TURF HONOURS

Despite torrential rain a few hours before Germanys first turf meeting of 2010 was due to take place on Sunday, thing went ahead at the Mannheim circuit as planned. Situated in beautiful countryside about 6 kilometres (4 miles) for the centre of town in the suburb of Seckenheim, Mannheim Racecourse is unlike any track one would see in England. A tight right handed oval of about 1200 metres circles a quite wonderful figure of eight steeplechase course housing various obstacles such as oxers, bullfinches and a stone wall.

Mannheim is one of a number of small racecourses located in the south west of Germany, and one is always guaranteed of a warm welcome. Run by the Badischer Rennverein (Baden Racing Club), the high rollers of the organizing committee rub shoulders with members of the public, with jockeys, trainers and even stud farm managers to be found enjoying a drink in the beer tent. In a world where we seem to be obsessed with corporate hospitality ruining the actual sporting event itself, the team at Mannheim appear to have got everything spot on. Yes, there is a small corporate section near the winning post, but both grandstands are open to all members of the public unlike certain other courses one could mention, and the feeling is one of total 'gemuetlichkeit'. This is a word used primarily in the south of Germany to describe a feeling of belonging, of enjoying oneself free from any hassle or stress, of generally having a wonderful time. If you want to experience 'gemuetlichkeit', a day at Mannheim races is for you!

At precisely 2:00 pm on a dry March afternoon, the 2010 German Turf season got underway with the Preis der Teambank AG-easyCredit Class F conditions race over 1400 metres (7 furlongs). This saw a fascinating clash of several small local based trainers taking on Christian von der Recke, the 16 times German champion trainer. Not surprisingly, the von der Recke trained Giant Gino was sent off the 1/2 favourite to repeat his recent success on the all weather course at Neuss. Ridden once again by young Sabrina Wandt, one of a number of excellent young jockeys nurturned by von der Recke, Giant Gino took up the running as the field turned for home and was driven out by Wandt for an easy 3 1/2 length success from the Martin Schu trained Katakana, piloted by another of von der Reckes talented youngsters, Caroline Fuchs.



The field leave the stalls for the first race of the 2010 German Turf season. Eventual winner Giant Gino (Sabrina Wandt) is prominent with seconds place finisher Katakina (Caroline Fuchs) also showing well in red colours with yellow hoop.



Winner Giant Gino with trainer Christian von der Recke (left) and rider Sabrina Wandt.

The big race of the day was the Richard Grimminger Preis Steeplechase. First run in 1985, the race is staged over a distance of 3200 metres (2 miles) with 11 obstacles to be jumped. With the aforementioned von der Recke having won the race for the last four years but without representation this time around, the way seemed clear for the Cornelia Schmock trained Supervisor to go two better than his third place in the race last year. Ridden by regular jockey Julian Marinov, Supervisor was having his first run since contesting the Group 1 Grand Prix d'Automne at Auteuil where he was pulled up. However as he was expected to show far better form this time around, Supervisor was sent off the 4-5 favourite, but despite the confidence behind him, he could only finish third on this occasion. At the business end of the race, a terrific tussel ensued between course winner The German Herman and the Werner Therre trained Artec, winner of the Hamburg Lake Race steeplechase in 2008. Despite The German Herman seemingly hoding all the aces under Swiss rider Urs Wyss, Cevin Chan galvanised a final effort from Artec to take the hnours by a head from The German Herman with Supervisor a further 15 lengths back.



Artec and Cevin Chan (yellow colours) just get the better of The German Herman in a superb finish to the Richard Grimminger Preis steeplechase.



Connections of Artec receive the winners prizes after the big race of the day, the Richard Grimminger Preis.

Although well beaten in the race, an interesting runner in the race was the ex English trained Jorveybrook. Winner of a chase at Newcastle last year, Jorveybrook spent his English racing career in the care of Cumbrian based Nicky Richards, known for his sucesses with top chaser Monets Garden. Although Jorveybrook never quite hit the heights of his more illustrious stablemate, his defeat of Seek The Truth in the Newcastle race showed that he does have some ability. However, that ability seemed to be missing in his next two races as he was pulled up in both. A trip to the Doncaster sales followed, where he was bought by Belgian owner trainer Thierry de Vlaminck. Not having run for nine months seemed to show as Jorveybook was well beaten, however bright things are expected from the eight year old Alderbrook gelding, with de Vlaminck commeting that the horse will run next month in a steeplechase at the French track of Orleans. A top four finish will guarantee him entry into the Grande Steeplechase de Flanders, the biggest race in Belgium. Held at Waregem over 4600 metres (2 miles 7 furlongs) in September, the Grande Steeplechase de Flanders carries total prize money of 100,000 Euros, and recent renewals have seen raiders from France, Germany and England fighting for the prize money. With rider Pascal Allaert mentioning that the horse jumped well over the fences at Mannheim, maybe Jorveybrook could develop into Belgiums best hope of keeping the Grande Steeplechase de Flanders trophy at home for another year.



Jorveybrook, now trained in Belgium by Thierry de Vlaaminck, on his way to the unsaddling enclosure under jockey Pascal Allaert after competing in the Richard Grimminger Preis steeplechase at Mannheim on Sunday.

The big flat race of the day was the Preis der Karlsruher Lebensversicherung AG Class 3 handicap over 1400 metres (7 furlongs). A field of 7 competered for the 4,400 Euros prize money, with the Guido Speiser owned and trained Feelin Irie notching up yet another victory in the hands of Laura Gabriel. The combination have an excellent record at the course, having won 3 times from 5 attempts, and number 4 was soon in the bag as the pair galloped to a 2 length victory from the Czech raider Patros.

As the sun finally went down on Germanys first turf meeting of the season, it was clear that everyone had seemingly had a great time at this wonderful course. The course stages a further four meetings during 2010, and if you haven't been to this great little racetrack, then this year offers you several possibilities to do so!

Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Darren


GERMAN TURF SEASON BEGINS AT MANNHEIM

As the all weather racing season in German draws to a close, the 2010 turf season begins tomorrow at Mannheim in the south west of the country. With last Sundays meeting at Frankfurt cancelled due the low number of entries, all eyes will be on the Seckenheim racecourse which on Sunday offers an 8 race card, the highlight being the 6,500 Euro Richard Grimminger Preis steeplechase over 3200 metres (2 miles). Anglo German Racings Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at the course, bringing you all the latest news and photos.

Posted on 20 Mar 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

All the news from todays action at Neuss, including victory for a 23 year old owner-trainer-rider will appear here soon.

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 by Darren


TWO IN TWO DAYS FOR TERRIFIC TIGRESS

The ex Uwe Stoltefuss trained Sworn Tigress has continued her sensational start to her English racing career by winning 2 races in 24 hours at Worlverhampton.

More soon.

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

HOFER STAR IN THE ZONE AT NEUSS

The former Godolphin inmate Combat Zone continued his impressive start to his German racing career with victory in the big race at Neuss on Sunday, the Class 3 SIS-Rennen Handicap over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs). Carrying what appeared to be a rather lenient bottom weight of just 52.5 kg, the Mario Hofer trained Combat Zone took up the running as the field of seven entered the home straight and simply pulled away from his rivals under trianers daughter Steffi Hofer in exhilaring fashion for a 9 length victory from Los Cantos, who himself has won no less that three races this year. Bearing in mind that he got within 2 lengths of top English horse Kite Wood (2nd in the 2009 English St Leger) at Leicester last year, Combat Zone, now unbeaten in two races in Germany, could turn out to be one of the stars of the forthcoming German turf season.

SCHMITT CROWNED QUEEN OF THE PEARLS

Kirsten Schmitt has won the 3 race 'Perlenkette' (Pearl Necklace) series after her second place in the final race of the series was good enough to see her lift the title. Having won the first race on Nightdance Honor two weeks ago, this were looking good for the rider from Lebach in the south west of Germany. However, with the former Gary Moore trained Glow Star apparently failing to stay 2300 metres (1 mile 3 1/2 furlongs) on his debut for Christian von der Recke and trailing in a disappointing sixth, it was all to play on the last leg with several jockeys all within touching distance of the Perlenkette. However, Schmitt used all her 15 years race riing experience to bring the Christian Peterschmitt trained Ibn Al Nature home in second place to secure her first ever Perlenkette with 16 points ahead of Czech born Olga Laznovska, whose victory in the final race of the series on the Dirk Baltromei trained Crespo helped her into second place behind Schmitt with 12 points, a fantastic effort considering that Laznovska only had her first race ride a few months ago.

ATAMANE SECOND AT AUTEUIL - OR IS HE??

Having seen the race at Auteuil on a TV monitor, I was all ready to report that the Mario Hofer trained Atamane had finished a superb second to Questerabad in the Group 3 Prix Juigne on Sunday. However, there just happened to be two horses in the race in incredibly similar colours, and I am rather disappointed (and embarrassed!!) to say that for most of the race, I appear to have been following the wrong horse!! I can report however that Atamane could only finish 10th in the race after weakening in the home straight, whilst the locally traned Vitray was second. Reports are that Atamane may switch to chasing for his next run at Auteuil, and if so, I hope to be folowing the correct horse next time!!

ADELAR FAILS TO SHINE ON BRITISH DEBUT

Despite being sent off the 2-1 joint favourite, the Venietia Williams trained Adelar failed to finish in his first race in England at Kempton on Saturday. Tackling hurdles for the first time, things initially looked good for Adelar as he swpet into the lead halfway down the back straight. However, as the field turned for home, jockey Aiden Coleman was already sending out distress signals, and as his rivals pulled away, an exhausted Adelar parted company with Coleman at the final hurdle. Victory went to the other 2-1 joint favourite Captain Chris.

Posted on 08 Mar 2010 by Darren


ADELAR SET FOR BRITISH DEBUT

The German bred Adelar makes his eagerly awaited British debut today when he runs in a novice hurdle race at Kempton. Formerly trained by Muelheim based Werner Baltromei, Adelar spent most of last season being campaigned at Group level in both Germany and France, whre he regularly took on some of the top middle distance horses in Europe.

As a 3 year old, Adelar won his first ever race, however as can often be the case with a Baltromei trained runner, his debut was not in Germany but France, and was a winning one as he raced to victory at the Cagnes sur Mer Winter festival in January 2008. Three more efforts in France followed before Adelar lined up for the 2008 German Derby. Held up at the back by regular rider Dominique Boeuf, Adelar made up some ground in the home straight to finish 7th. However, it was as a 4 year old that Adelar went on to deliver arguably his best performances, despite having some bad luck.

Once again starting the season in France, Adelar started off with a respectable 4th in an amateur riders race at Compiegne before finishing second in a conditions race at Longchamp. His next appearance saw him pass the post first in a Listed handicap at Maisons Laffitte, however the French stewards took a dim view of his victory and placed him last after he was adjudged to have interfered with Watergate, who was awarded the race. However, that performace must have pleased Baltromei who decided to up Adelar to Group class in his next race, where he returned to Germany. Running in a Group 2 contest at Baden-Baden, Adelar looked all set for victory when he was badly hampered by French raider Tres Rapide in the final furlong and crossed the line third, only for the stewards to intervene again, this time in Adelars favour, promoting him to second. However, as the general concensus was that he would surely beaten Ambassador, (placed first by the stewards) with a clear run, it could be argued that Adelar was turning into the unluckiest horse in training! Sixth in a hotly contested Group 2 at Hamburg followed before Adelar ran arguably his best race in a Group 3 contest at Deauville, going down by only a neck to the higly rated Andre Fabre trained Crossharbour. He then returned to Germany for the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden-Baden. Although last of the 6 runners, it has to be noticed that Adelar was only 3 lengths adrift of Youmzain at the finish. His final run for Baltromei was in the Group 2 Prix Dollar at the Arc meeting in Longchamp back in October, where he was a disappointing 12th of 13.

In my opinion, Adelar is an exciting recruit to the British novice hurdling scene, especially as his trainer is none other than Grand National winning handler Venetia Williams. Adelars half brother, Armand, was a useful hurdler/chaser in Germany, beating the legendary Fiepes Shuffle in a chase at Krefeld in 2006, Armand also won the greatest equine prize on snow, the Grosser Preis von St Moritz, in 2005, so proved his versatility in a variety of disciplines. It remains to be seen if Adelar is as versatile, but he certainly has got the class to be a major force as a novice hurdler, and todays race at Kempton should give us a major clue as to just how good he could be.

Posted on 05 Mar 2010 by Darren


GERMAN IMPORT SCORES ON DEBUT FOR FOOTBALL BOSS

Sworn Tigress, last seen when well beaten at Baden-Baden in October, has made a stunningly good start to her career on British soil when winning the Enjoy The Lincoln Trial - 13th March Handicap (Div II) over 1900 metres (1 miles 1/2 furlongs) at Wolverhampton tonight. Formerly trained by Uwe Stoltefuss, the five year old Tiger Hill mare is now trained in Warwickshire by George Baker and owned by no less a person that Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of top English football club Manchester United. Ferguson is no stranger to racing ownership, the classic winning Rock of Gibraltar being just one of his successful horses. Although it is unlikely that Sworn Tigress will ever scale those heights, she nevertheless was most impressive on her British debut tonight, taking up the running three furlongs out under jockey Jimmy Quinn and coming away from the opposition to record a 6 length win from Join Up and Barodine.

Posted on 04 Mar 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

HOFER AT THE DOUBLE IN SUPER HANDICAP SUCCESS

Despite some of the worst weather seen in Germany for some time, Sundays meeting at Dortmund went ahead as scheduled, and the first two Super Handicaps to be run on the all weather surface both went the way of the in-form Krefeld trainer Mario Hofer. With prize money for the class 3 and 4 handicaps of 12,000 and 8,000 Euros respectively, there was a maximum field of 12 for each race, with the class 4 race taking place first. Victory here went to the 4-1 shot Count Lucien, making his handicap debut. Ridden by trainers daughter Steffi Hofer, the English import formerly trained at Newmarket by John Gosden coped admirably with the muddy Dortmund surface to win the class 4 Super handicap, run like the Class 3 race over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong) by a comforable 2 1/2 lengths from the Christian von der Recke trained Giant Gino with Orsum a further 2 lengths back in third.

By the time the 12,000 Euros Class 3 Handicap was held, conditions had detiorated so much that it was not possible to get the starting stalls onto the course, so the race had to be started by flag. This however didn't deter Intercom, another Hofer import from England. Ridden by top jockey Filip Minarik, the former Henry Cecil trained Dansili gelding adapted to the the horrendous weather and despite being a relative outsider at 10.3-1, won by 2 1/2 lengths from the Norbert Sauer trained Denango with the pair well clear of the remainder headed by Feather Cloud.

The next Hofer runner could well be the Eckhard Sauren owned Atamane, who holds an entry in the Group 3 Prix Juigne at Auteuil this Sunday, the first raceday of the year at the prestigious French course. Having been second on the all weather track at Neuss last month, Atamane will return to the scene of his greatest triumph if he runs at Auteuil, as he won the Group 2 Prix Leon Olry Roederer there in November. The seven year old was almost exclusively campaigned at Autetuil last season, and it could be expected that Hofer could follow a similar plan this year. If Atamane does run on Saturday, he is expected to face some of Frances top hurdlers including the Marcel Rolland trained Questerabad, regarded by many as the best hurdler in the country last season. With final declarations expected on Friday, top French rider Jacques Ricou will be in the saddle of Atamane for the first time.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

SMARTEN FIFTH ON BRITISH RAID

Smarten Die, trained in Krefeld by Erika Maeder, has finished fifth in the Cleves Stakes, a Listed race staged at Lingfield Park in southern England today. Ridden by Steffi Hofer, who has won twice on the horse recently, Smarten Die was sixth in this corresponding race last year, and although at home over the 1200 metres (6 furlongs) distance, was no match for the David Barron trained favourite Jaconet, who sped away from his rivals to win by 3 1/2 lengths from Green Manalishi with the fast finishing Mullionmilesanhour in third.

Posted on 27 Feb 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GERMAN HOPE ROLLS HOME IN SWISS HIGHLIGHT

The Andreas Woehler trained Rolling Home has won the Grosser Preis von St Moritz, the big race of the White Turf festival at the famous Swiss ski resort on Sunday. Sent off as a 15-1 outsider, Rolling Home showed that his victory at the course the previous week was no fluke, and despite trying the 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs) distance for the first time, ran on in impressive style under regular jockey Eddie Pedroza to take the 115,000 Euros event by 2 lengths from local challengers Ziking and Winterwind with the Christian von der Recke trained favourite Bucked Off dead heating for fourth place with British raider Mannlichen, trained by Mark Johnston. A surprise visitor to St. Moritz was legendary jockey Frankie Dettori, however he could finish 10th in the big race on Vlavanius, trained by multiple Swiss champion trainer Miro Weiss. Things got off to a flying start for Dettori and Weiss when Sweet Venture won the opening race of the day, the Listed Hotel Soldanella Grand Prix over 1100 metres (5 1/2 furlongs). Despite the highly fancied German challenger Florentiner being sent off the odds on favourite, Dettori never looked in danger on the 5-2 chance Sweet Venture, who comfortably held off Florentiner by 1 1/4 lengths.



CANTOS CANTERS TO NEUSS SUCCESS

The relatively unknown trainer Wolfgang Sonntag Jr continued his excellent start to 2010 when his Los Cantos carried off the honours in the big race of the day at his local course at Neuss, the Class 3 Racebets.com Rennen handicap over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs). Kicked clear by Hana Mouchova as the field turned for home, Los Cantos was soon in control of the race, and landed the spoils in impressive fashion by 4 lengths from Royal Salsa and hot favourite Berlino. This was Sonntags fourth winner of the year, putting him equal second in the trainers championship alongside more illustrious names such as Mario Hofer and Andreas Bolte.

A tradition during the winter all weather season in Germany is a series of 3 races for the 'Perlenkette' (Pearl Necklace). Open to all lady riders, the first race in the series took place at Neuss on Sunday, and resulted in a fantastic finish between two riders at different points in their career. The 22 year old Caroline Fuchs seemed to have things under control on the 11/8 favourite Ocareion as the pair entered the final furlong with a healthy advantage over the field. However, Kirsten Schmitt is one of the most experienced riders on the womens amateur circuit and conjured up one of her best rides in a 15 year career on the 12-1 shot Nightdance Honor to pip Ocareion by a short head.



The grey Nightdance Honor under Kirsten Schmitt just gets home in a superb finish from Caroline Fuchs on Ocareion (nearest rails) with Rassima (Steffi Hofer, right) back in third. (Photo copyright Thorsten Danz - www.rennreiter.de).

The final two runs in the Perlenkette series will take place at Neuss on Sunday March 7th.

Posted on 24 Feb 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

FANTASTIC FUCHS STORMS TO SUPERB HAT-TRICK

Despite the appearance of many top professional riders, it was apprentice jockey Caroline Fuchs who stole the headlines at todays meeting at Dortmund. The Munich born 22 year old who works for champion trainer Christian von der Recke piloted 18-1 outsider Cesare to victory for her employer before taking the ride on the von der Recke trained Prime Aspiration in the 'www.germantote.de - Wir erhoehen die Quoten' conditions race over 2500 metres (1 mile 4 1/2 furlongs). Despite the Andreas Bolte trained Captain Camelot being sent off the 1-3 favourite, it was Fuchs who brought home Prime Aspiration home for an easy 5 length victory from stable companion Mayta Capac, making a pleasing German debut under Sabrina Wandt, another discovery from the von der Recke stable. Favourite Captain Camelot could only finish third. Fuchs sealed her hat trick on the Axel Kleinkorres trained Little Doc, holding off the Henk Grewe ridden favourite Showboy Arrogance in a driving finish. This was a superb achievement for Fuchs, especially as she only started race riding 15 months ago. Not to be outdone, Wandt herself piloted Bredbo to victory in the Preis der Glastribuenen Class 4 handicap, a result that also provided trainer von der Recke with three winners at the meeting.


GERMAN STAR ROLLS HOME AT ST. MORITZ

The second weekend of the St. Moritz White Turf Festival saw a victory for the Andreas Woehler trained Rolling Home in the big race of the day, the GP Christoffel Bau Trophy over 1600 metres (1 mile). Despite a strong home challenge including three horses from Swiss champion trainer Miro Weiss, Rolling Home was sent off the 4-5 favourite and eased to a 2 1/2 length victory from the ex French trained Saphir Bere with Bailey the best of the Weiss horses back in third.


DELIGHT FOR DIRK AS FRAMMASSONE FLOORS 'EM

The Italian racing calendar sees no less than three 'Champion' Hurdles staged each year, at Milan, Merano and Rome, and the last named held their 'Champion' Hurdle, the Gran Corsa di Siepi di Roma, this afternoon. All eyes were on the 5 year old Frammassone, unbeaten in all 8 hurdles races so far in his career. In the saddle for the race today, as he has been for all of Frammassones wins over hurdles, was the German born Dirk Fuhrmann. Formerly based in his home city of Hannover, Fuhrmann moved to Italy a few years ago following the lack of National Hunt racing opportunities in his homeland, and although he has registered some big successes in recent years, the exciting Frammassone may well be the best horse he has ridden.

Tackling the distance of 4100 metres ( 2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs) for the first time, Frammassone was settled in second behind French challenger Le Plessis, until Fuhrmann made his move on the 11-10 favourite entering the home straight. After that, Framassone never looked in danger of losing his unbeaten record over hurdles, coming home clear of Wycherley, himself unbeaten over hurdles until today, with Le Plessis fading into third.

It's now 9 out of 9 for the incredible Frammassone, and it could be that trainer Francesco Contu may have to look overseas for the horses next race. With the season at Auteuil starting again in a couple of weeks, the French 'mecca' of National Hunt racing may well be an alternative, however, there is always the possibility that one day, this brilliant horse may well grace one of the top courses in the UK.

Posted on 14 Feb 2010 by Darren


NEWS FROM SUNDAY

SABINE RUNS WILD IN NEUSS FEATURE

The Irish bred Sabine Wild was a decisive winner of the main race at Neuss today, the Class 3 German Tote handicap over 2300 metres (1 mile 3 1/2 furlongs). Having finished fourth over course and distance back in December, the four year old High Chapparal filly trained by Christian von der Recke showed improved form to come home by 3 1/2 lengths under Andreas Helfenbein from Led Zeppelin with the in form Recomendia unable to complete a four timer in third.

The meeting began with a clean sweep for Belgian trained horses in the Wetten XXL - auch per Telefon wetten Class 4 Handicap race over 1100 metres (5 1/2 furlongs). Despite a massive top weight of 69 kilos (10 st 12 lbs!), the Willy Beetens trained Quambona got the better of compatiots The Jay Factor and Sound Domino in a thrilling finish, the 11/4 second favourite scraping home by 3/4 length under Eddy Schepers, with a short head separating second and third. The 13/8 favourite Absalom was the best of the home trained contingent, finishing a further neck back in fourth.

Having finished a career best fifth in the 2009 German Jockeys Championship, Steffi Hofer continued her excellent form by picking up the last two races at Neuss today. Having ridden the Uwe Schwinn trained veteran Sir Bechstein to victory in a Class 4 handicap, Hofer followed up the success in another Class 4 handicap when riding the 4/5 favourite Berlino to victory by 3 1/2 lengths from the Christian von der Recke trained Call for Liberty with Franziska Keuthens Man Power back in third. Hofer was partnering Berlino for her uncle, Manfred Hofer, better known as a bloodstock agent, but who is enjoying a purple patch as a trainer at the moment, having had both Titurel and Walzertraum placed in valuable races at the prestigious Dubai Festival at Meydan last Thursday.

WHITE TURF BEGINS WITH GERMAN SUCCESSES

The unique White Turf meeting began in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz today. For three Sundays in February, a frozen lake in the town becomes a hotbed of equine activity, with standard horse races taking place alongside trotting events and the fascinating Skijoering, where skiers ate literally towed behind racehorses at breakneck speeds. Each raceday sees 6 races staged, 3 horse races, 2 trotting races and one Skijoering event. The first race, a standard horse race over 1100 metres (5 1/2 furlongs) went to Florentiner, trained in Cologne by Andreas Trybuhl. Ridden by German Champion jockey Eddie Pedroza, Florentiner sprinted away to win by 8 lengths from the locally trained Sweet Venture, ridden by top Scottish rider Robert Havlin, a regular visitor to the White Turf meeting over the years. Waterstown, trained in Bremen by Pavel Vovcenko ensured a 1-3 for German horses.

If Florentiner looked impressive, then the manner of victory by his compatriot Bucked Off was nothing more than sensational! Having won both his races in Germany by wide margins since joining the Christian von der Recke stable from English trainer Tom Tate, the six year old South African bred Bucked Off showed no fear on the snow surface, literally romping away until Italian rider Mirco Esposito for a ten length victory with home trained Paradise City and Cotswolds filling the minor places. With the trainer looking after things at Neuss, it was left to Claudia von der Recke, representing her husband, to oversee the victory. Having now proven himself on the surface, Bucked Off is sure to be a warm order for the Grosser Preis von St Moritz, the feature race of the White Turf festival in two weeks time.

There were astonishing scenes at the start of the Skijoering event when the von der Recke trained Baileys Best crashed out at the start and badly hampered stablemate Peredur. However, despite losing many lengths at the start, Peredur stayed on for a fine second but was no match for 9 length scorer King George, the first winner at the festival for multple Swiss trainer champion Miro Weiss.

For more information on this fascinating racing festival, the official White Turf website can be found at http://www.whiteturf.ch/ and is available in English and German.

Posted on 07 Feb 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

Due to unforseen circumstances, a review of todays action at Neuss will appear here tomorrow.

Posted on 31 Jan 2010 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

FAN BLOWS AWAY OPPOSITION

2008 was the year of the Dirk Baltromei trained New Fan. Going into the year still a maiden after 9 races, this Dashing Blade gelding came of age by winning an astonishing 8 races in the latter part of the year, four of them over 1200 metres (6 furlongs) on the all weather course at Dortmund in the space of just 35 days. However, he was unable to repeat that success last year,winning just once from 8 attempts, although it must be said that he was much more highly tried, running in Group races at Longchamp and Baden-Baden as well as a couple of Listed races at Cologne. However, back on the Dortmund track that he so loves, New Fan was unstoppable today, winning the meetings big race of the day, the Class 3 Racebets.com handicap over his favoured 1200 metres (6 furlongs) distance. Having left Baltromeis stables in the winter, New Fan was having his first run for Cologne based Sarah Weis, and she looks to have this horse back to his best as he came away under Steffi Hofer to win by 3 lengths from Free Angel, trained by British born ex top jockey Kevin Woodburn, a German resident for over 30 years. For the in form Weis, this was her second winner of the day after the Alexander Pietsch riden Orsum had won the Preis der DBV Buchmacher, a class 4 Handicap over 1950 metres (just under 1 mile 2 furlongs).

The day started with an expected vistory for the Andreas Woehler trained Rolling Home in the first round of the Amateur Riders Winter Championship Conditions race. However, tackling the 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong) distance foe the first time, the 16-10 chance didn't have things all his own way as second favourite Owentuo kept tabs on him as the duo drew clear of the remainder of the field. It was left to jockey Clarissa Werning to guide Rolling Home to a 3/4 length victory of his main rival with Crespo back in third.

Woehler was looking for a quick double with Solapur, running in the famous black and yellow colours of the Faehrhof Stud. 9th in the 2008 German Derby, Solapur is one of the highest rated horses to run on the all weather Dortmund course this season and not surprisingly was sent off evens favourite, however with doubts about his fitness, the 5 year old Ekraar gelding could only finish fifth in the oneXtwo-Rennen Conditions race over 1950 metres (just under 1 mile 2 furlongs). Victory went to the Norbert Sauer 8-1 shot Denango, gaining his third victory at the course with Libon and The Lemonpie filling the minor places.

The final race of the day, the Class 4 Preis der IfEB Buchmacher Handicap went the way of the Christian von der Recke trained Giant Gino, ridden by up and coming apprentice rider Sabrina Wandt. Having stayed in the starting stalls when hot favourite last time out, the duo made no mistake today, and despite top weight, stayed on strongly over the 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong) distance, for an impressive 7 length victory over outsider Montani.

Posted on 24 Jan 2010 by Darren


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BUCKED BEST IN HOT DORTMUND RACE

The South African bred Bucked Off continued his impressive introduction to German racing when winning the hotly contested Glastribuenen-Rennen over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong) at Dortmund today. Having easily overturned odds on favourite Nasibow on his German debut at Neuss last month, Bucked Off was sent off 11-10 favourite to repeat the victory, despite a field that included the Andreas Woehler trained Loewenherz, a winner of a Listed race at Duesseldorf, top handicapper El Vettorio, dual course and distance winner Charitonas and chasing superstar Fiepes Shuffle. Ridden by in form Andreas Helfenbein, Bucked Off showed his Neuss win was no fluke when easing clear of the field to win by 4 1/2 lengths from El Verttorio with Charitonas a further 7 lengths back in third. It was a disappointing return to action for Fiepes Shuffle, best known for winning the Group 2 Desert Orchid Chase when trained by Bucked Offs current handler, Christian von der Recke. Now trained by Mario Hofer, Fiepes Shuffle failed to make any impression on his return from injury and was tailed off in 5th place, 40 lengths behind the winner. As for Bucked Off, there is no doubt that this horse is an exciting recruit to German racing, and his next race could well be the Grosser Preis von St. Moritz on the famous snow course in Switzerland next month.

Elsewhere on the Dortmund card, there was a hat trick for top lady rider Steffi Hofer. Having partnered Smarten Die to victory earlier in the day, Hofer went on to ride the ex Godolphin horse Combat Zone for her father Mario to win the RaceBets.com-Rennen maiden race over 1800 metres (1mile 1 furlong). Having finished just over a length behind the top class Kite Wood in his last race in England, Combat Zone showed no ill effects of being off the course for 15 months when holding off the challenge of the Christian von der Recke trained Easypenny, making her debut in the colours of new owners, the Galopp Club Deutschland. Hofer completed her hat trick on another of her fathers horses, Barosch, in the richest race of the day, the 5,100 Euros SIS-Rennen Traloppo - Wettchance des Tages, a Class 4 handicap over 1700 metres (just over 1 mile). Indeed, the jockey could well had had a four timer when riding the favourite Coldplay in the last race of the day, however the pair lost out in a photo to the Rudolf Storp trained Laudro.


FLORA SECOND IN SPRINT SNOW HURDLE

Although St. Moritz is the most famous 'snow' course where horses run over a variety of distances and disciplines on the frozen lake at the exclusive ski resort, Switzerland does have another snow course, and Arosa hosts a meeting on the last three Sundays in January, before the snow race season moves on to St. Moritz. Today saw the first day of racing at Arosa, with the main race of the day being the Heineken Preis, a hurdle race over 2200 metres (1 mile 3 forlongs), making it possibly the shortest hurdle contest in world horse racing. However, as the course itself is only 850 metres round (just over 4 furlongs), Arosa is not the kind of course designed for stamina sapping contests! With a prize fund of 8000 Swiss Francs (just under £5000), a field of 6 assembled with the German challenger Miss Flora, trained at Sonsbeck by Regine Weissmeier taking on 5 locally trained horses. At the finish, Miss Flora had to settle for second behind the Karl Klein trained Anastasia, ridden by Vaclav Janacek, currently reigning jockey champion in his native Czech Republic.

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 by Darren


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CLASSICAL HITS THE RIGHT NOTE AT NEUSS

There will be few easier winners this season than the Christian von der Recke trained Classical Song, whose breathtaking demolition of the field in the 'www.germantote.de - Wir erhoehen die Quoten-Rennen' conditions race was the highlight of todays racemeeting at Neuss. Owned and bred by the Dutch based Biesdeel Stud, Classical Song has won the two biggest races in the Netherlands, the Dutch Derby and the Grote Prijs der Nederlanden, winning the latter for the last two years. An impressive winner on his German all weather debut at Dortmund last month, Classical Song was sent off at 1-2 to repeat the success, and turned the race into a procession, drawing clear of his field over the 2300 metres (just under 1 /2 miles distance) to come home an astonishing 18 lengths clear of stablemate The Lemonpie, who in turn was 19 lengths clear of third place Led Zeppelin. Despite Classical Song holding an entry in a similar race at Dortmund next week, it can be expected that von der Recke will up the ante with this exciting 5 year old Volfonic gelding, the Listed Grosser Preis von St Moritz next month understood to be the main target.

You would probably have not have got rich backing Classical Song, however Lesina, the 137-1 winner of the www.German-Racing.com-Rennen Class 4 Handicap was another matter entirely! Despite never having achieved a top 3 placing in 5 years and 22 races, Lesina took full advantage of the unfortunate fate of hot favourite Giant Gino, who stayed in the stalls and refused to race. This left the race wide open, but it was Anna-Katharina Bromann who brought the Heike Rosenbach trained Lesino with a perfectly timed run to outbattle Western Heart with Singha back in third. With the second placed horse an unfancied 14-1 shot himself, the forecast paid an incredible 1208-1. Nice work if you can get it!

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 by Darren


SUNDAY ROUND UP

STEFFI STARS ABOARD STUNNING STARCOS IN SEASON OPENER

The 2010 German horse racing season got underway at Dortmund today with first race honours going to the Mario Hofer trained Starcos, ridder by his daughter Steffi. Formerly trained by Christian von der Recke for owners Stall Jenny, Starcos moved to Hofers stable in November last year, and won todays opener sponsored by the Faehrhof stud by 1 1/4 lengths from the von der Recke trained Cresta Gold. This completed an interesting double for Steffi Hofer who also won the last race of 2009 aboard the Wolfgang Sonntag trained Los Cantos. Indeed, it was Sonntag who won the big race of the day, the Class 3 Koenigstiger-Rennen Handicap, named after one of Germanys top middle distance horses of the last few years, with the 5 year old Rolling Arrogance. Ridden by Alexander Pietsch, Rolling Arrogance was the 9-2 outsider of the four runners, however never looked in danger once Pietsch made his move in the home straight, coming home 9 lengths clear of the 5-4 favourite Fiftys Brother.

2009 ended on a sour note for the Werning family, when Kathi Werning was seriously injured in a fall at Dortmund. Happilly, she is now recovering, and her family were able to celebrate some more good news when Frau Luna justified her favourite tag to win the www.RaceBets.com-Rennen, a conditions race over 1950 metres (just under 1 mile 2 furlongs). Ridden by Kathi's sister, Clarissa Christina Werning for trainer father Reiner Werning, Frau Luna stormed to a 10 length success from Zannabar Red, one of three runners in the race for trainer Andrea Bertram.

DEAUVILLE DELIGHT FOR FANTASTIC FLORENTINER

Over in the northern French town of Deauville, the strong German raiding party were rewarded when the Andreas Trybuhl trained Florentiner took the 19,000 Euros Prix de l'Hamonerie over 1300 metres (6 1/2 furlongs). Ridden by rising star Romain Perruchot, Florentiner handled the snowy conditions to win by 2 lengths from outsider Mary Read, with the Sascha Smrczek trained Fareion ensuring two German trained horses would finish in the first three.

ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR BROODMARE PRINCESS

There was a 6 race card on the all weather course at Kempton in the south of England today, and the Ralph Beckett trained Avenuesandalleyways was a decisive winner of the Betdaq The Betting Exchange Maiden Stakes. Ridden by Jim Crowley, Avenuesandalleyways is out of the German bred mare Princess Mood, who ran several times for Christian von der Recke on the all weather surfaces at Neuss and Dortmund. Despite not registering a victory during her career, Princess Mood has had notable success with some of her offspring, including Captain Ramius, winner of a 40,000 Euro Listed race on the all weather course at Dundalk in Ireland.

Posted on 03 Jan 2010 by Darren


IT'S A DRAW! 2009 GERMAN TRAINERS CHAMPIONSHIP IS SHARED!

There was a sensational finish to the 2009 German racing season at Neuss this afternoon. Going into todays final meeting, Andreas Woehler led Christian von der Recke 70-67 in the race for the trainers title. With von der Recke represented in seven of todays eight races however, the Weilerswist based handler wasn't going to his up his title easily, and although all three of his representatives were well beaten in the first race, English imports Criticize and Bucked Off recorded impressive victories to make the score 70-69, and with Woehlers only runner of the day, Altano, finishing unplaced, it was left to the evergreen Our First Chesnut to give von der Recke a share of this years championship when taking the days main race, the Preis der Stationaeren Wettvermittlungspartner, a Class 3 Hancidap over 2300 metres (just under 1 1/2 miles). Ridden like Criticize and Bucked Off by Andreas Helfenbein, Our First Chesnut came home unchallenged by 8 lengths from the Andreas Trybuhl trained favourite Godfreyson. Indeed, there was almost a twist in the tale when von der Reckes final runner, Giant Gino nearly gave him the championship outright, however despite another fine ride by Helfenbein, he found the Wolfgang Sonntag trianed Los Cantos 3/4 of a length too good.

Posted on 31 Dec 2009 by Darren


WEBSITE PROBLEMS

Anglo German Racing apologize to those people who have been trying to access our sire recently. We have been experiencing some rather nasty technical issues in the last few days, however we now hope these have now been fixed for good. Fingers crossed!

Posted on 31 Dec 2009 by Darren


HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Anglo German Racing is now on a Christmas break, but we wish all our friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We will be back in a couple of days time, and hope to finally bring you a report on last Sundays racing at Dortmund, where the 14-1 outsider Sentimento, owned by the Galopp Club Sueddeutschland, won the big race of the day.

Posted on 24 Dec 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

Apologies for the delay, but a report of the weekends action at Dortmund will appear here on Monday.

Posted on 20 Dec 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

BRAZILLIANT RUBACUORI PREVAILS IN THRILLER

Two weeks ago, the Christian von der Recke trained Rubacuori sped to his fourth victory on German soil at Neuss, and today, the Brazilian bred colt repeated the feat when prevailing in a fantastic finish to the big race of todays meeting at Neuss, the Aktuelle Infos zur Strukturreform unter www.german-racing.com Rennen, a Class 3 Handicap over 1900 metres (1 mile 1 1/2 furlongs). However, despite being sent off the 11-8 favourite, regular pilot Andreas Helfenbein had to use all his experience and class to catch Almano, ridden by 20 year old conditional rider Rebecca Schumacher, who despite having only had her first ride 14 months ago, rode an excellent race as Almano led into the final furlong. However, not many jockeys are as good in a finish as the 42 year old Helfenbein, and he galvanised Rubacuori to pip Almano by a short head, with Tremolo, trained by Welsh born Dave Richardson, back in third. Rubacuoris win moved trainer Christian von der Recke to within 5 wins of Andreas Woehler in the fight for this years German Trainers Championship.




Photo: Rubacuori (right) under Andreas Helfenbein gets the better of a determined Rebecca Schumacher aboard Almano (centre).

(Photo copyright Thorsten Danz)


Elsewhere on the Neuss card, there was a hat trick for jockey Eugen Frank. The 30 year old, who is second jockey to trainer Andreas Woehler, moved closer to his first even top ten Jockeys Championship finish when steering Amadou, Nasibow and Storming Wind to victory.

The final race of the day was the XXL-Gewinne bei XXL-Wetten auf der Koelner Rennbahn, a Class 4 Handicap over 1100 metres (5 1/2 furlongs), a race which almost saw a clean sweep for Belgian trained horses. The winner was the 5 year old Kingsalsa filly Quambona, who was sent off 6-4 favourite to repeat her victory last time out on the Belgian all weather course at Mons-Ghlin. Ridden by Belgian jockey Toon van der Troost, Quambona led from start to finish, coming away in impressive fashion to win by 4 1/2 lengths from the Reinhart Schmidt trained Posidonas, still yet to win in 27 races. Two more Belgian trained horses, The Jay Factor and the 13 year old Sound Domino, were third and fourth.

Posted on 13 Dec 2009 by Darren


NO CAGNES DO! NUEVO A NO-NO IN CHASE

There was no fairytale ending to Nuevo Leons steeplechase debut at Cagnes sur Mer today. Ridden by former German champion amateur jockey Oliver Schnakenberg for his mother Elfi, the multiple hurdle winner didn't seem completely at ease over the larger obstacles, and after making another mistake he was duly pulled up. Victory went to the 5-2 favourite Mercelin.

At Cheltenham, the highly rated Ghizao, bred in Cologne by Baron Georg von Ullmann, was aiming to protect his unbeaten record in the EBF National Hunt Novice Hurdle Qualifier. However, despite being sent off the 10-11 favourite, Ghizao was outbattled by the Nicky henderson trained General Miller, going down by a length.

Tomorrow at Doncaster sees the British debut of the 2008 German Derby runner up, Ostland. An easy winner of his hurdles debut at Baden-Baden before disappointing in France, Ostland runs tomorrow for the first time in the care of Charlie Longsdon. It will be very interesting to see how he runs, and a report will follow here tomorrow. However, just 20 minutes later, a 3 year old filly called Lilac Belle makes her racecourse debut in the first race at Lingfield, a National Hunt Flat race run on the all weather surface. Trained near Banbury by the up and coming Alex Hales, Lilac Belle is owned by a ten strong syndicate, one of whom is no other than Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell. Lilac Belles dam, Lilac Dreams, was trained in Germany by Andreas Schuetz and is related to many top German performers.

Posted on 11 Dec 2009 by Darren


HAWK SWOOPS TO LAND DEAUVILLE SPOILS

Although many German trainers descended on Deauville today for another 12 race card at the northern French course, only one came away victorious. However, Christian von der Recke is no stranger to success. German champion flat trainer for the last two years, von der Recke was having his first runners at Deauville this season, having already tasted success at top French courses such as Chantilly and Saint Cloud earlier this year. Despite things not going to plan when von der Reckes Readymade was withdrawn at the start of the first race of the day, the Prix De Genets, the Weilerswist based handler was not going to be denied, and just two hours later, Swinging Hawk, who like Readymade runs in the colours of Andrea Lippert, came home under young Romain Perruchot to land the 17,000 Euros Prix de Brehal over 2400 metres (1 1/2 miles) despite being relatively unfancied in the betting and being sent off a 14-1 shot.

Tomorrow at the all jumps meeting at Cagnes sur Mer, the mother and son team of Elfi and Oliver Schnackenberg team up with the highly rated Nuevo Leon in the Prix Jean Gailly De Taurines, a steeplechase over 3800 metres (2 miles 3 furlongs) worth an impressive 40,000 Euros. Although never having run over fences before, Nuevo Leon has developed into an outstanding hurdler this year, and could be very interesting if taking well to these larger obstacles.

Posted on 10 Dec 2009 by Darren


GERMANS AT THE DOUBLE IN DEAUVILLE BUT NO LUCK IN ETOILE

Despite the big race of the day at Deauville today, the 55,000 Euros Prix Petite Etoile going to the locally trained Savoie with both German runners, The Only Key and All Annalena well beaten, there was German success in two of the supporting races at the meeting. The first contest of the main meeting today, the Prix Nonoalco over 1300 metres (6 1/2 furlongs) saw a victory for the 2 year old Big Shuffle colt Otou, trained at Duesseldorf by Sascha Smrczek. Ridden by the rising star of French racing Maxime Guyon, Otou ran out an impressive 2 1/2 length winner to complete a hat trick of French wins this year, having tasted success at Fontainebleu and Strasbourg in his last two runs.

Half an hour later, Germany were celebrating another victory when the Peter Schiergen trained Vianello, who was second last time out at Krefeld,went one better today under Vincent Vion in the Prix de Malicorne, a claiming race over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs).

A hat trick of German victories was almost accomplished in the Prix de Balme, another claiming race over 1500 metres (7 1/2 furlongs), when both the Mario Hofer trained Agura and Nina Bachs recent Dortmund winner A Special Dream looked to be possible winners as the race neared its closing stages, however both were thwarted by the Carlos Laffon-Parias trained Libia, with agura 1/2 length second and A Special Dream another 1.2 length away in third.

Posted on 09 Dec 2009 by Darren


SOVERNESS SUPREME IN CAGNES CRUISE

Today saw the opening meeting of the Cagnes Sur Mer winter season in the south of France. The 8 race National Hunt card saw just one German trained representative make the trip. However, Elfi Schnakenberg who last month was crowned German National Hunt Champion Trainer, wasn't just going for a day out. Her 5 year old gelding Soverness has,along with stable conpanion Nuevo Leon, been one of the top horses on the German National Hunt scene this year, having won a Listed hurdle at Baden-Baden last time out. Today, Soverness competed in the 36,000 Euros Prix du Col de L'Isoard,and ridden by trainers son Oliver Schnakenenberg, Soverness repelled the challenges of Young Poli and hot favourite Tzarine de la Mone to hold on for victory by 2 lengths.

Wedensday sees another raid by German trainers on French prize money as several of Germanys top handlers including Peter Schiergen, Mario Hofer, Andreas Loewe and Sascha Smrczek send horses to Deauville for an all weather meeting which includes the Prix Petite Etoile, a Listed race which sees the Schiergen trained The Only Key and Loewes All Annalena take on some top French trained fillies as well as the Hidden Brief from the Michael Jarvis stable in Newmarket. Check out this site for all the news of Wednesdays meeting!

Posted on 07 Dec 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

WOEHLER IN POLE POSITION AFTER BRUSCO BREEZES IN

Andreas Woehler moved one step closer to his first ever German Trainers Championship today when the three year old Brusco won the germantote.de-Rennen at Dortmund this afternoon. Despite being a maiden after 10 races and having no experience of the sand surface, Brusco was sent off the 1-2 favourite under champion jockey elect Eddie Pedroza, however Pedroza had to be at his best to repel the challenge of Malkovich, ridden by English born but Munich based Kenny Pattinson. Brusco prevailed by half a length in a terrific finish, with Saira back in third. Christian von der Recke, who is the only challenger to Woehler for the trainers title, saw his debutante Sabine Wild finish fourth. There was another Woehler-von der Recke clash in the Preis der Besitzervereinigung fuer Vollblutzucht und Rennen e.V. EBF-Rennen, however neither trainer could improve their championship chances with the win going to the Nina Bach trained Ohne Tadel, who romped to victory by an impressive 24 lengths from the von der Recke trained Fantastic Prince in second. Woehlers hope, Rock of India, could only finish sixth despite being sent off the 15-8 favourite.

The richest race of the day, the 5,700 Euros SIS-Rennen Traloppo - Wettchance des Tages, a class 3 handicap over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong) was won by the 18-1 outsider Big Tagula. Carrying bottom weight of 50.5 kilos thanks to rider Manuela Murkes allowance, Big Tagula led for most of the way and won by 5 lengths, giving trainer Claudia Barsig her 10th winner of the season.

Elsewhere on the Dortmund card, there was victory for the somewhat temperemental Ibris in the Nikolaus-Preis des AUDI Zentrum Dortmund Class 4 handicap. Formerly trained by both Uwe Ostmann and Christian von der Recke, Ibris hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in May 2008 at Fakenham when non other that Anglo German Racing Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell, representing trainer von der Recke, was unable to control the horse in the parade ring, with Ibris subsequently running riot and dumping jockey Jamie Moore to the ground several times before being withdrawn from a novice hurdle. However, now in the care of owner trainer Helga Hobitz, Ibris was on his best behaviour today and won his first race for over 3 years when running out a 4 1/2 length winner at 16-1 under Andreas Helfenbein from the Peter Hirschberger trained favourite Au Backe.

Posted on 06 Dec 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

HAT TRICK PUTS PEDROZA ON COURSE FOR TITLE

Eddie Pedroza strengthened his claim for a third successive German Jockeys title with three wins at Neuss today. With nearest rival Filip Minarik only registering a single victory, the Panamanian born Pedroza took his total for the season to 90 with wins on Sacho, Godfreyson und Il Divo, opening up an eight point gap over Minarik, who moved on to 82 wins following victory on A Special Dream in the Preis der Besitzervereinigung fuer Vollblutzucht und Rennen.


Although Andreas Helfenbein isn't challenging for the top honours this year, the 42 year old from Cologne still remains one of the most popular and consistent jockeys in Germany, and he showed his class when riding the Christian von der Recke trained Rubacuori to victory in the www.german-racing.com-Rennen, sponsored by the new movement aimed at improving horse racing in Germany. The Brazilian bred Rubacuori was scoring his fourth victory in Germany since moving to von der Reckes stable earlier this year, and is proving to be yet another shrewd purchase from the sales in England for the Weilserswist based trainer. Although not getting the best of starts, Helfenbein used all his experience to ease Rubacuori away from the inside rail where the conditions were quite muddy, and brough the five year old with a perfectly timed run on the outside in the home straight to land the spoils by a comfortable 2 lengths from Dutch outsider Gran Senor with the well backed Tomato Finish in third. Rubacuoris win took Helfenbeins tally for the season to 44, keeping the jockey on track for his fifth successive top ten championship finish.

Posted on 29 Nov 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

GERMAN TRAINERS OUT OF LUCK IN NANCY

With no racing in Germany today, several German trainers made their way to the French racecourse in Nancy, some 90 km (55 miles) from the German border. The meeting comprised five horse races intermingled with trotting races throughout the day, and although none of the trainers that had travelled over the border form Germany came back with a win, there was a victory for the Dieter Fechner trained Pegmalion in the Prix De Consolation, a handicap over 1950 metres (just under 1 mile 2 furlongs). German born Fechner trained until last season at Baden-Baden but moved his operation to France earlier this year, and Pegmalion held on to win under Jean-Michel Breux by 1/2 length from Broquette, with Antartica, trained by Baden-Baden based Manfred Weber in third.

The best result for Germany came in the final race of the day, the Prix Leonard Ermann, a conditions race over 2400 metres (1 1/2 miles), when the Horst Steinmetz trained Tansanit finished 2 lengths second to locally trained Bedouin. Steinmetz, who at 75 years of age is currently the oldest active trainer in Germany, has had a relatively poor season by his standards, having only had 2 winners from 66 runs this year in Germany. However, Tansanit, who being by Peintre Celebre out of a Nashwan mare is beautifully bred, could well signal a return to better times for the Neuss based Steinmetz, who in 2005 trained Nicaron to win the German Derby at Hamburg. Although it can be argued that Tansanit is not in that class, he may be worth keeping on eye on if Steinmetz decides to run him at his local course, which holds a series of meetings on the all weather track this winter.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

MAGIC MILLENIUM IN DORTMUND DODDLE

The 1-2 favourite Little Millenium cantered to victory in the big race of the day in Germany, the Class 3 SIS Handicap, run over 1800 metres (1 miles 1 furlong) on the all weather course at Dortmund. Ridden by Filip Minarik, the four year old Tertullian colt, trained in Frankfurt by Axel Kleinkorres never looked in any danger on landing his fifth race of the season, and carrying bottom weight of just 51.5 kg, Little Millienium eased to a 10 length win over the 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong) distance from Jermyn Street, with the Mario Hofer trained Intercom in third. Little Milleniums victory was the second winner on the card for both jockey and trainer. Kleinkorres took the openeing race of the day when Charitonas, having his first run for the trainer since moving from Andreas Trybuhls yard last month, ran out an easy 7 lengths winner under champion-elect jockey Eddie Pedroza. As for Minarik, he managed to close the gap in the jockeys championship to 4 in his battle with Pedroza when partnering the ex Henry Cecil trained Samara Valley to victory in the XXL-Wetten auf der Koelner Rennbahn-Rennen, a conditions race over 1200 meters (6 furlongs).

Posted on 21 Nov 2009 by Darren


TURF SEASON FINISHES AT DRESDEN

The last turf meeting of the year in Germany took place in Dresden today, and the main race of the day saw the 88th running of the Dresden Stayers Cup, a Class 3 handicap over 2950 metres (just under 1 mile 7 furlongs). Despite trying the distance for the first time, the Marion Rotering trained Salontaenzerin eased to a comfortable 6 length victory in the hands of Filip Minarik, currently second in the German jockeys championship. Eddie Pedroza, who led the championship by five wins going into todays racing, maintained that lead by galvanising Talisman to a short head victory in the Preis des Ostdeutschen Sparkassenverbandes, a conditions race over 2000 meters (1 mile 2 furlongs). Talismans victory also strengthened the chances of winning trainer Andreas Woehler taking the trainers championship. as he now has a lead of 5 over nearest challenger Christian von der Recke. Despite having four runners as opposed to Woehlers one, von der Recke left Dresden empty handed with third placed Giant Gino his best result of the day.

Posted on 18 Nov 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

NEWS FROM SUNDAY

CHIEF IN CHARGE AT CHELTENHAM

Well Chief, bred by the Norina stud in the small German village of Huenstetten about 30 miles from Frankfurt, has become only the second horse to defeat the great Master Minded on a British racecourse when racing to victory in the £50,000 Connaught Chase at Cheltenham today. Ridden by Timmy Murphy for top English handler David Pipe, Well Chief has been trained in Britain since 2002, after performing at Group level on the flat in Germany, winning a Listed race at Dortmund. However, he has since blossomed into one the top 2 mile chasers in Britain, and despite injury restricting his racing appearances to just 4 runs over the last 4 1/2 years, he finished a superb second to Master Minded in the Queen Mother Champion chase at Cheltenham back in March, and with the combination of soft ground and a 10 lbs (almost 5 kilos) weight pull with Master Minded, Well Chief stormed up the famous Cheltenham hill after racing primarily in the first three with Master Minded and Irish challenger Newmill for most of the 2 mile (3200 metres) trip. Mahogany Blaze stayed on for second as Master Minded could do no more and coule only finish third,

Elsewhere at Cheltenham, there was an emphatic win for Ghizao, bred by Georg Baron von Ullman at his Schlendernhan stud in Cologne. Having never raced in Germany, Ghizao looks to have an excellent future ahead of him, and he created a favourable impression when winning by no less that 24 lengths on his debut at newton Abbot in August. Today, running as before in a National Hunt Flat Race, Ghizao was sent to the ftont in the home straight by jockey Ruby Walsh and quickened clear to beat hot favourite Lidar by 6 lengths. Could German breeding produce another superstar? On this evidence, it's certainly possible!

HAT TRICK FOR PEDROZA AT NEUSS

The German winter season kicked off on the all weather course at Neuss today. Despite over 7 million Euros being invested on the course in the last 18 months, the course itself was waterlogged in parts with jockeys returning to the weighing room covered in mud. One man abel to master the conditions was Eddie Pedroza whose 3 winners today moved him one step closer to winning this years jockeys championship. Pedrozas wins came on Led Zeppelin, Sacho and Remera, the latter being trained by Andreas Woehler who maintained his lead over Christian von der Recke for the trainers title However, the first glory went to 46 year old amateur lady rider Baerbel Schreiner-Bohlen, who despite only having had a handful of rides in her career steered 16-1 outsider Lovely Girl to victory for the popular Cologne based trainer Hartmut Steguweit. Despite the Christian von der Recke trained Noble War challenging in the closing stages under top lady rider Kirsten Schmitt, Schreiner-Bohlen kept her nerve and composure to hold off Noble War by 2 lengths.

The big race of the day, the Class 3 Preis der Sparkasse Neuss was won by the Czech raider Patros, following up his win at Baden-Baden last month. Ridden as usual by German based Czech rider Filip Minarik, the Pavel Kinsky trained four year old made the most of a 14 lbs (6 1/2 kilos) weight concession from runner up Valhillen, coincidentally also ridden by a German based Czech rider, top lady jockey Hana Mouchova.

UNLUCKY CAUDILLO LOSES OUT IN ROME THRILLER

The Andres Bolte trained Caudillo was unable to follow up in win in last months Italian St Leger when a desperately unlucky loser in the Premio Roma Vecchia at Rome over 2800 metres (1 mile 6 furlongs) today. Ridden by regular pilot Henk Grewe. Caudillo looked to have a prevailed in a titanic finish against the locally trained Montalegre, however Umberto Rispoli managed to get Montalegre home by a short head.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

ENGLISH RAIDER ZAFISIO IN HESSEN GLORY

The final Group race of the German flat reacing season, the Group 3 Hessen Pokal, has been won by the English raider Zafisio. Run over 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs) at the Niederrad course in Frankfurt, the Roger Curtis trained horse prevailed in conditions that had seen the ground change from soft to heavy during the course of the afternoon. The race developed into a duel between the Graham Gibbons ridden Zafisio and the Uwe Ostmann trained Liang Kay, with the talented French rider Yann Lerner aboard. For a while, it seemed that Liang Kay would hold on for victory, however Gibbons brought Zafision with a perfectly timed run in the closing stages to take the honours by 2 lengths from Liang Kay, with the Waldemar Hickst trained Schiller Danon 4 lengths back in third.

NEUSS TO SEE YOU, TO SEE YOU NEUSS!

After a break of 20 months due to work at the course, Neuss returns to the racing calendar with a nine race programme tomorrow that also heralds thestart of the all weather season in Germany. From now until March, Neuss and Dortmund will stage alternative meetings on Sundays on their sand courses. Although the previous meetings at Neuss saw a hurdle race run on the grass track in addition to the sand races, these appear to have been dropped for this season. The course at Neuss now boasts a spectacular new grandstand and a totally relayed and landscaped area on the inside of the track, as well as the course being renamed 'Rennbahn Park'. However, despite spending 7.5 million Euros on improvements, the track itself has been beset by problems, and the planned tests on the course had to be cancelled last week. With rain currently falling in the Neuss area, and more predicted tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how the track itself holds up.

Although the standard of racing is quite low, with 5,100 Euros being the top prize money, top trainers and jockeys will be at Neuss tomorrow. Christian von der Recke and Mario Hofer, both within a chance of winning this years Trainer Championship, each have several winning chances, whilst Eddie Pedroza, currently leading the race for the jockeys title, has no less than six rides. In addition to the horse racing, a race for camels will also add to the entertainment.

The first race is at 14:30 CET (13:30 GMT) tomorrow, and entry is free.

Posted on 14 Nov 2009 by Darren


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NEWS FROM SUNDAY

SCHIERGEN 1-2 AS NEATICO LANDS RATIBOR

The 15-8 favourite Neatico led home a 1-2 for trainer Peter Schiergen in the big race of the day, the Group 3 Herzog von Ratibor Rennen over 1700 metres (1 mile 1/2 furlong) at Krefeld this afternoon. Running in the famous white and red colours of the Ittlingen Stud, Neatico was produced with his run by Andrasch Starke in the home straight to collar long time leader Eternal Power, and as that rival faded, it was left to Neaticos stable mate Cabimas to chase the winner home. For jockey Starke, this completed an international Group 3 double over the weekend as this success followed his win on Le Big in the Premio Chisura at Milan on Saturday.

Elsewhere on the Krefeld card, there was a major shock in the Bombardier Light Rail Vehicle Rennen also over 1700 metres. Despite the Torsten Mundry trained All The Winds being sent off the 1-10 favourite in the 11 strong field, he had no answer to the 18.5-1 shot Fireside, who home under veteran lightweight rider Norman Richter to win by 1 1/2 lengths from All The Winds, the pair finishing 12 lengths clear of thirs placed Oceana Platina.

NEWS FROM SATURDAY

NO SHOCK FOR SCHMOCK AS QUEST PROVES THE BEST

The German challenger Supervisor failed to finish todays big race in France, the Group 1 Prix d'Automne at Auteuil this afternoon. Starting at odds of 43-1, the Cornelia Schmock trained five year old was unable to provide a shock result and wa sunsequently pulled up by jockey Julian Marinov. Victory went to the Marcel Rolland trained odds on favourite Questerabad, generally regarded as currently the best hurdler in France. Ridden by regular pilot Regis Schmidlin, the 5 year old Questerabad eased to a 3 length triumph over Grande Haya with utsider Worldbest back in third.

Posted on 07 Nov 2009 by Darren


NO JOY FOR JUNIA IN JUVENILE

Junia Tepzia, the only German trained contender at this years Breeders Cup meeting, finished last after almost running out in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita tonight. Ridden by six times British champion jockey Kieren Fallon, Junia Tepzia pulled hard throughout the early stages of the race as Fallon sought in vain to get an inside position from her tricky number 11 draw. Still in contention as the field rounded the home turn, the Peter Schiergen trained filly then lost all chance of victory by running wide enterting the straight and nearly running out. By this time, the American trained Tapitsfly and Rose Catherine had struck for home, with the former just getting up in a driving finish. Sound of Grace completed a 1-2-3 for the home team with the Irish trained Lillie Langtry a huge disappointment, finishing well beaten.

Thanks to Alan Spragg for the above information.

Posted on 06 Nov 2009 by Darren


GERMAN RAIDER SET FOR BREEDERS CUP CHALLENGE

The greatest flat race meeting in the world, the Breeders Cup, takes place tomorrow and Saturday at the Santa Anita race track in the USA. Hosting some of the richest races in the world including the USD 5 million Breeders Cup Classic on Saturday, the Breeders Cup is a sreies of 14 races run on both turf and the Pro-Ride artificial dirt surface. Although German runners have been few and far between since the inception of the Breeders Cup back in 1984, there is German interest this year in the shape of Junia Tepzia, who runs in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over 1 mile (1600 metres). Trained in Cologne by Peter Schiergen, this two year old Rock of Gibraltar filly has yet to race in her homeland, having been campaigned exclisively in Italy, where she has won both her races. Last time out, she showed an excellent turn of foot to land a Listed race in Milan by 3 1/2 lengths from stablemate Padana. Although drawn wide in stall 12, Junia Tepzia will benefit from the considerable assistance of six time British champion jockey Kieron Fallon, returning to the saddle this season following a lengthy suspension. The dangers include the other European raider in the race, Lillie Langtry trained by Irishman Aidan O'Brien, winner of a big race in Newmarket last time out. The home team is led by House of Grace who, like Junia Tepzia, in unbeaten in two starts.

Our North American correspondant Alan Spragg will be bringing us all the news from the race tomorrow, which is due off at 22.04 CET / 21:04 GMT.

Posted on 05 Nov 2009 by Darren


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NEWS FROM SUNDAY

HOFER THE SALES KING IN MUNICH

The richest race of the weekend in Germany was the 50,000 Euros Charly Seiffert-Memorial BBAG Auctions race at Munich, and as in the BBAG Auctions race at Halle the previous day (see report below), Krefeld based trainer Mario Hofer took the honours, this time with the Mamool colt Lamool. This was a race for 2 year olds and Lamool had made a pleasing racecourse debut finishing second at Frankfurt last month, and his rivals had no answer to him here as he raced clear to win by 4 lengths from the Peter Schiergen trained Good Hope, a first ride in Germany for Irish rider Michael Hussey.

Elsewhere on the Munich card, there was a double for local trainer Werner Glanz who took his tally for the season to 13 with wins for Sophia Gardens and Margaux Magique, owned by the Galopp Club Sueddeutschland. a small racing syndicate with 5 horses in training with both Glanz and Baden-Baden based Manfred Weber.

PASCAL PERFECT ON PERSEFONA

Last week, Pascal Jonathan Werning gained his first ever Group success when riding Walero to victory in the Group 3 Badener Cup at Baden-Baden, and the 26 year old from Dortmund followed that up today by riding the 23-1 outsider Persefona to victory in the 20,000 Euros Grosser Preis der AWD Holding AG, a Listed race over 2200 metres (1m 3f). Despite being challenged by the well fancied Bolivia in the closing stages, Persefona held on to win by 1/2 length with the Sheikh Mohammed owned Hawsa a further 4 lengths back in third.


NEWS FROM SATURDAY

HOFER HAPPY IN HALLE HIGHLIGHT

The small racecourse at Halle, in the former East Germany, is usualy known for racing of a lower grade. However, today saw their big race, the 36,000 Euros BBAG Auctions race, sponsored by the Roettgen stud. Ths race, one of a series of BBAG auction and sales race held throughout the season was run over 1750 metres (just under 1 mile 1 furlong) for 3 year olds. and went to the Mario Hofer trained outsider Agura. Despite being the least fancied of the three Hofer runners, Agura stayed on well in the closing stages under a fine ride from Filip Minarik to win at rewarding odds of 18-1 from two other outsiders, A Special Dream and Swadesh.

GERMAN 1-2 IN ITALIAN ST LEGER

The Andreas Bolte trained Caudillo has won todays Italian St Leger in Milan. One of five German runners in the 8 strong field, Caudillo was produced with a strong run on the outside of the field by jockey Henk Grewe to take up the running inside the final furlong when most of the field still had a chance of glory. The Christian von der Recke trained Tarkheena Prince completed a German 1-2, just holding off the challenge of Slovakian raider Ryan for second.

GERMAN CHASER IN POSSIBLE SHOCK AUTEUIL RUN

The Grand Prix d'Automne is on of the biggest hurdle races in France. Run over 4800 metres (3 miles), this race is generally regarded as the French Champion Hurdle. Last years race saw a superb second place finish for the Mario Hofer trained Atamane, who found only the Phillippe Peltier trained Monoalco too good. Neither of these two horses are entered for this years renewal next Saturday, 7th November, however a shock entrant is the German trained Supervisor. bred, owned and trained by Cornelia Schmock, Supervisor was last seen when winning the Badener Steeplechase, a Listed race at Baden-Baden last weekend. After the race, Schmock mentioned that the horse may well have his next race overseas. However, few could imagine he would be entered in such a major race, but it is not yet known if Supervisor will take his chance for definite.

Posted on 31 Oct 2009 by Darren


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LIGHT SHINES IN WINTERKOENIGIN

Neon Light has won todays big race in Germany, the Group 3 Preis der Winterkoenigin on the final day of the Sales and Racing Festival at Baden-Baden. Ridden by Jozef Bojko for trainer Andreas Woehler, Neon Light was never headed in the race, and won by 3/4 of a length from odds on favourite Elle Shadow. Although stable jockey Eddie Pedroza opted for Woehlers other runner Tech Exceed, Neon Light relished the soft conditions, and was part of a hat trick for Slovakian born Bojko. This race for 2 year old fillies is usually seen as a top trial for next years German 1000 Guineas, however Neon Light may need both soft ground and further than todays 1600 metres (1 mile) next season.

The other Group race on the card, the Group 3 Badener Sprint-Cup went the way of the Uwe Ostmann trained Walero. Despite never having run in a Pattern race before, the 3 year old Big Shuffle colt was produced with an excellent run by Pascal Jonathan Werning to collar long time leader Le Big near the winning post for a head victory. Third place went to Irish raider Rock of Rochelle, second in this race last year. The Ed Dunlop trained Chantilly Tiffany, a winner on her previous visit to Germany was adisappointing sixth, with the rain softened ground a possible factor.

PATROS CZECHS IN FOR VICTORY

With the exception of Hungarian superstar Overdose, Eastern European horses don't have a great record in Germany in recent years. However, the 3 year old Patros, German bred but trained in the Czech Republic by Pavel Kinsky, prevailed in a terrific finish against favourite Saldenloewe in the Class 3 Preis von Muggensturm Handicap at baden-Baden today. Ridden by Filip Minarik, himself born in the Czech Republic, Patros was losing his maiden tag in his 17th race after near misses in races in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Posted on 25 Oct 2009 by Darren


17 YEAR OLD CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION

17 year old Marian Falk Weissmeier, from Sonsbeck in Germany, has won the Fegentri World Amateur Riders championship after todays races at Baden-Baden. His horse Alanco finished second in the steeplechase, which was won by Alancos stablemate, Schattenqueen, ridden by German guest jockey Oliver Schnakenberg. Second place was enough for Weissmeier to win the trophy, especially as his nearest challenger, French rider Florent Guy, could only finish last of the 5 finishers on Monkstown. The race ended in painful circumstances for two other riders however. Inoui, the mount of Swiss jockey Matej Rigo, fell at the final fence, whilst Amidyan, ridden by Irish representative Andrew Doyle crashed through the wing of the second last fence after swerving sharply right. The 20 year old Doyle was attended to on the scene by paramedics, and was taken to the courses medical room. However, despite feeling stiff and suffering cuts and bruises, the jockey was hoping to ride at Wexford the following day.

The first Fegentri race of the day, the Damen Preis run over 2400 metres (1 1/2 miles) was won in emphatic style by Guy riding the Christian von der Recke trained Noble War. Having his first race for von der Recke, Noble War came away in impressive style to win by 5 lengths from outsider Ami Rouge, ridden by Swiss jockey Matej Rigo.

Elsewhere at Baden-Baden, the Mario Hofer trained Zazou won the 200,000 Euros Ferdinand Leisten-Memorial BBAG Auktionsrennen, the richest 2 year old race in Germany. Zazous win completed a double for French jockey Olivier Peslier, who had earlier ridden Scolari to victory in the class 2 Premio Capanelle Rom Handicap. Zazou was ending the unbeaten run of the Roland Dzubasz trained Vanjura, winner of all her previous three races, who had to settle for the runners up spot this time around.

Posted on 23 Oct 2009 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT BADEN-BADEN

Anglo German Racing will be bringing you the very latest news from Fridays meeting at Baden-Baden, which features the richest 2 year old race held in Germany, worth a staggering 200,000 Euros. Also, the final round of the 2009 Fegentri World Series for Amateur Riders is held, with one flat race and one chase. Local favourite Marian Weissmeier is set to clinch the title, however any slip ups could leave the way clear for Frenchman Florent Guy to take the championship. Although not with a chance of overall glory, the talented Irish rider Andrew Doyle could well claim the Fegentri National Hunt title if his horse, Amidyan can take the steeplechase and Weissmeiers ride, Alanco, finishes down the field.

A really exciting day is expected, and Chief Correspondent Darren Thrussell will be LIVE at the Iffezheim racecourse with all the latest news. Racing starts at 1:00 pm CET (12:00 pm BST).

Posted on 21 Oct 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

TIGER ROARS BACK TO CLAIM COLOGNE GLORY

In one of the best finishes of the German racing season, Glad Tiger fought back under a superb ride from French jockey Yann Lerner to win Germanys big race of the day, the Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne. Run over 1600 metres (1 mile), this race for 2 year olds is often seen as a pointer to next years classic, and there can't be many who were impressed with the fighting spirit of the Uwe Ostmann trained winner. Having led for the whole of the race, Glad Tiger was passed over a furlong out by the Mario Hofer trained favourite Noble Alpha, who appeared set for victory under Andreas Suborics. However, Lerner didn't give up on Glad Tiger when all seemed lost, and brought his horse back up the inside rail to score by a neck in a pulsating finish.

Elsewhere on the Cologne card, the Lerner-Ostmann combination also landed the spoils in the Listed Wetten-Sieberts-Neuss-Wuppertal-Stutenpreis, also run over 1600 metres (1 mile) with the joint favourite Rock my Soul, who ran out an easy 3 length winner of the race from Masquenada and the Michael Jarvis trained Red Dune, one of three English trained runners in the race.

FUCHS AT THE DOUBLE IN MUNICH

Caroline Fuchs is quickly establishing herself as one of the top lady riders in Germany, and this talented rider further enhanced her reputation with a double at Munich today. Although attached to the Christian von der Recke stable, Fuchs rode Rohan to victory for Angelika Glodde in the Preis von ATA - Der Hochzeitsplaner Class 4 Handicap before coasting to victory on Floribundus in the Max Janich-Memorial Handicap. Floribundus is owned and trained by Stephan Buchner, who mixes training duties with his main job as Clerk of the Course at the Mannheim track.

The big race of the day at Munich, the Listed Nereide-Rennen saw a rare German runner for top Irish trainer Dermot Weld. the three year old Sadlers Wells filly Precious Gem. However, despite being sent off the 6-4 favourite under jockey Eddie Ahern, she could only finish third behind Elle Gala, one of two winners on the Munich card for trainer Peter Schiergen and jockey Filip Minarik.

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP - VELKA PARDUBICKA SPECIAL

LEGEND VANA WINS HISTORIC VELKA
23 years after his first win as a rider in the Velka Pardubicka, the incredible Josef Vana has done it again!! At the age of 57, Vana brought home the 8 year old Polish bred gelding Tiumen to win by 3 1/2 lengths from the hot favourite Sixteen, making it a 1-2 for Vana the trainer. Two other fancied runners, Numero Due and Mandarino completed the first four, with another Vana trained runner, the German owned Pocci, finishing a creditable fifth place. Jan Korpas, the German based rider of Pocci said that the horse tired after the last, the fact that Pocci has only run three times year being possible factor.

It wasn’t a great day for the British runners, with the unheralded Super Lord doing best of them, finishing 7th. The well fancing Mr. Big was 16th, whilst Lucky Luk got rid of Jason Maguire early on. However, spare a thought for Ferdy Murphy. After seeing Ivoire de Beaulieu take the wrong course under Keith Mercer last year, Murphy saw Lucky Nellerie run out just after the Irish Bank. ‘He cocked his jaw just running to the 6th, and there was nothing Keith could do. It's just one of those things'.

The full interview with Ferdy Murphy will hopefully be available as an audio file soon.

Altogether, 18 horses completed the course - a record for most finishers.

MY DAY AT THE 2009 VELKA PARDUBICKA – PARDUBICE, CZECH REPUBLIC

If You have never been to the Velka Pardubicka, my advice is simple – GO!! As soon as you arrive, you are aware this is a very special day. Yes, you might b forgiven for thinking you have gone through the wrong entrance and have landed in a car boot sale by mistake, but don’t let the rows of market stalls confuse you! These are merely part of a supporting act to the main attraction of an 8 race card, of which every race is a championship one. Although the Velka Pardubicka is of course the main event, there is international interest in almost every other race. The Paramo Gold Cup, a steeplechase over 4400 metres (2 miles 6 furlongs) sees the appearance the Swedish trained Oranais, the only ride of the day for the top amateur rider Henrik Engblom. Apart from riding Marath in the Velka Pardubicka, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin is also in the saddle on the ex-Irish trained Heaven Bound in the Lata Brandisova Memorial Hurdle, a race commemorating the only woman rider to have won the Velka Pardubicka, a feat she achieved back in 1937. Top Italian rider Raffaelle Romano , unsuccessful in last years Velka on Fatal Mac, returns again to Pardubice, but as well as riding local hope Red Dancer in the big race, he also has two other rides at the meeting. Imbir was to have been his mount in the Paramo Gold Cup, however this horse has been withdrawn. As usual, horses from nearby Slovakia have made the trip, and although they have no representative in the Velka Pardubicka, three Slovak horses have made the trip, two of which, Flambion and Rain Man contest the Lata Brandisova Memorial Hurdle. One jockey with numerous rides throughout the card is Jan Faltesjek, is well known in Britain thanks to his partnership with British trainer George Charlton, winning on horses such as the talented Knockara Beau. Another Jan, Korpas, is like Faltejsek Czech born, however he has been German based for many years now, and is currently stable jockey to German champion trainer Christian von der Recke. Apart from riding the German owned Pocci in the big race, Korpas also rides in two other races, including the very fancied Gawain in the Labe Gold Cup, a cross country chase over 5200 metres (3 ½ miles).

I’m writing this now just after the 4th race, and a torrential downpour is currently enveloping the course! The 4th race on the card was the Lata Brandisova Memorial Hurdle, and of particular interest to German racing fans was the appearance of Makalde, a 7 year old bay gelding by Alkalde. Bred by the popular German owner and breeder Wilhelm Fasching and formerly trained by Andreas Woehler, Makalde is nowadays owned by Stall Wrbna and trained by Cestmir Olehla, the same combination who had Velka Pardubicka success in 2003 and 2004 with the brilliant German bred mare Registana. Although Makalde has yet to scale those heights, he put in a fine performance here after the German owned and bred Picador was an early casualty. Although looking like he might challenge long time leader Life is Life over the final hurdle, Makalde was no match on the run in for the Frantisek Holcak trained 5 year old and had to settle for second place. Life is Life was completing an early hat trick for jockey Jiri Kousek, having won the first two races of the day on Puntarenas and Clemonceau respectively. The third race, won by the Jiri Janda trained Teviot, saw a fine third place finish for Karlsbad, bred in Germany by the Roemerhof stud.

Posted on 11 Oct 2009 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT THE VELKA PARDIUBICKA

Anglo German Racing is pleased to annouce that we will be bringing you all the latest news from the Velka Pardubicka tomorrow, the world famous steeplechase held in the town of Pardubice in the Czech Republic. Chief correspondent Darren Thrussell will be reporting on the big race, as well as an excellent supporting card. Although no German trained horses appear on the 8 race card, the Velka Pardubicka itself features Pocci, owned by coffee magnate and owner of Hamburg Racecourse, Albert Darboven, and ridden by Czech born Jan Korpas, who now lives in Germany where he is stable jockey to champion trainer Christian von der Recke.

Don't forget to check out www.anglogermanracing.com tomorrow for all the latest news and pictures direct from the course! However, we haven't forgotten about events in Germany tomorrow, where the action includes a Group 3 race at Frankfurt, and we will be bring you that tomorrow too!

Posted on 10 Oct 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GETAWAY WELL BEATEN AS STARS SHINES

The only German trained representative in this years Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, Getaway, was a well beaten 13th behind the brilliant Sea the Stars at Longchamp this afternoon. Held up towards the back of the field by Stephane Pasquier, Getaway never seemed at home on this quick ground and although he was slightly bumped by the winner entering the home straight, he was never going to trouble the leaders.

Elsewhere at Longchamp, the German Oaks winner Night Magic finished last in the Group 1 Prix de L'Opera despite leading for much of the race. Adopting the same tactics that landed the classic victory at Duesseldorf, jockey Karoly Kerekes sent Night Magic into the lead, however she weakened in the home straight and finished last of the 9 runners. Winner of the race last year, the ex-German trained Lady Marion, was a well beaten 6th. Victory went to Shalanaya, one of several winners at the two day meeting for owner Aga Khan.

CLASSIC GLORY FOR SASSOALORO

The Hans Blume trained Sassoaloro has won the German St. Leger at Dortmund this afternoon. Ridden by Terry Hellier, the five year old Acatenango colt won by two lengths from Italian Oaks winner Night of Magic, despite neither horse having ran over the 2800 metres (1m 6f) distance before. Tarkheena Prince, one of the few horses in the race with no stamina worries having won a Listed race at Hamburg over 3200 metres (2 miles) in July, stayed on for third.

Posted on 04 Oct 2009 by Darren


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JUKEBOX A BIG HIT IN COLOGNE

Jukebox Jury has won the big race in Germany today, the Group 1 Europa Preis in Cologne after a terrific finish with the Godolphin trained Eastern Anthem. Always in touch on the outside of the 10 strong field, Royston Ffrench sent Jukebox Jury into the lead 2 furlongs out, and despite Frankie Dettoris best efforts, Eastern Anthem couldn't catch the Yorkshire trained grey challenger who held on by a nose, with Eliot, fourth in this years German Derby, going one better here to finish third. This win was the second German Group success in just over a month for trainer Mark Johnston, whose Lady Jane Grey won the Group 3 Walther J Jacobs Stutenrennen in Bremen in August.

LOCO LANDS GROUP 2 DOUBLE

Elsewhere on the Cologne card, there was a British winner in the form of Premio Loco, trained by Chris Wall in Newmarket who stormed away to win the Group 2 Europa Meile over, not surprisingly, a mile (1600 metres). Held up in last place by regular jockey George Baker, Premio Loco was produced with a strong run inside the final furlong to collar long time leader Earl of Fire, trained by Werner Baltromei and ridden by Frenchman Dominique Boeuf. Premio Loco went off the 17/10 favourite, and this was his second German Group 2 success over a mile this month, having also landed the Darley Oettingen Rennen at Baden-Baden four weeks ago.

Posted on 27 Sep 2009 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - EUROPA PREIS, COLOGNE, SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

Sundays Europa Preis at Cologne is a Group 1 race worth a total of 155,000 Euros. 10 horses have been declared, and here's our preview of all the runners:

AMBASSADOR: Has perfomed respectably at Group level for first season trainer Torsten Mundry, and showed great spirit to win a Group 2 event at Baden-Baden back in May. as been well beaten since however, and was only 5th of 7 in his only previous Group 1 race. Looks to have plenty to find.

BRONZE CANNON: One of four English challengers in the field, this four year old Nureyev colt, trained in Newmarket by John Gosden, won the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting back in June (Enroller well beaten). Rather surprisingly turned up in Moscow for his last race where he could only finish fourth, but has chances if that form is ignored.

EASTERN ANTHEM: Represents the Godolphin stable, with stable jockey Frankie Dettori making the journey over to Germany. Won the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Nad al Sheba which was part of a hat trick of wins at the Dubai course earlier this year. Runs for the third time in Germany after finishing second last time out in Germanys biggest race, the Grosser Preis von Baden, and that form alone gives him a massive chance here.

ENROLLER: The third English challenger is a rare runner in Germany for Lambourn based William Muir. Took the honours in the Group 3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury earlier this season but has been well beaten at Group 2 level since and looks the weakest of the four English challengers.

POSEIDON ADVENTURE: Formerly trained in Ireland by Aiden O'Brien for the Coolmore team, Poseidon Adventure has been in the care of Munich based Wolfgang Figge for the last couple of years. Was last seen when harshly disqualified when first past the post in a 95,000 Euros race in Switzerland. Is a consistent type but lacks the class to win a race of this quality.

GUANTANA: Won a couple of Listed events at Cologne and Hamburg this season, but was well beaten in a Group 2 race at Saint Cloud in July. Has the considerable assitance of top French rider Stephane Pasquier, but unproven at this distance and level and is passed over.

ELIOT: Ran a fine race to finish fourth in this years German Derby before running away to win a minor event at Hoppegarten last time out. Has a bit to find with Toughness Danon on German Derby form however, and might just lack the class to trouble the favourites here.

JUKEBOX JURY: This improving Mark Johnston trained 3 year old colt was supplemented for this race after winning the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville. Is entered in the Group 1 Canadian International at Woodbine next month, which gives an indication what the trainer must think of him. 3 year olds have a good record in this race (3 wins in the last 4 years), and he has to have a major chance here.

SCHILLER DANON: Would be an appropriate winner of this race as he was bred by Benedikt Fassbender, the Managing Director of Cologne Racecourse. Holds Poseidon Adventure on his last run when 4th in the Rheinland Pokal over course and distance, but was behind Eastern Anthem that day and unlikely to reverse the form with the Godolphin challenger.

TOUGHNESS DANON: Third in this years German Derby at Hamburg whilst still a maiden, but lost that tag in his next race, the Group 3 Fuerstenburg Rennen at Baden-Baden. Looks to be the best of the home contingent and is the best hope of stopping an English clean sweep.

VERDICT:

A very open race, and very difficult to predict, with the English trained horses seemingly holding the best chances. Enroller seems held on all known form, but Eastern Anthem has been running well at this level recently, whilst Jukebox Jury has been improving all season. Bronze Cannon has chances if his run in Moscow can be forgiven, whlist Toughness Danon seems Germanys bext hope of keeping this race at home. It really is tough to predict the winner, but EASTERN ANTHEM ran so well when second in the Grosser Preis von Baden. Jukebox Jury and Bronze Cannon are very closely matched on form with the Goldolphin trained Campanologist.

PREDICTION:

1st- 3 EASTERN ANTHEM
2nd - 8 JUKEBOX JURY
3rd - 2 BRONZE CANNON

Posted on 26 Sep 2009 by Darren


DEESSE DOMINATES IN DIEPPE BUT OSTLUND OUT OF LUCK

The six year old mare Deesse d'Arabie, trained in Cologne by Hartmut Steguweit, was a shock winner of the Grand Steeplechase de Dieppe yesterday. Run over a distance of 4200 metres (2 miles 5 furlongs), the 30,000 Euros race attracted a field of 10 runners, 9 of which were trained in France. However, the German raider proved too much for the home contingent, and came away in impressive fashion under English born rider Paul Johnson to score by 2 1/2 lengths from the Guillaume Macaire favourite Noeud Papillion.

Unfortunately things weren't quite as good for another Johnson-ridden German raider tackling French obstacles, when the Peter Scheirgen trained Ostland competed in the 48,000 Euros Prix Tournay hurdle over 3600 metres (2 miles 2 furlongs) today. Having been a most impressive winner of his only previous hurdle race, a Listed event at Baden-Baden, Ostland was well fancied to produce a big run today, however last years German Derby second faded badly in the home straight and could only finish seventh, with victory going to the 41-1 outsider Nouvelle Roi.

Posted on 23 Sep 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

QUIJANO PROMOTED TO SECOND IN CANADA

The Peter Schiergen trained Quijano has been involved in a controversial finish to the Group 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine in Canada this evening. In second place approaching the final furlong, the seven year old, ridden as usual by Andrasch Starke, made his move on the inside of leader Marsh Side when that rival veered into Quijano, causing the German raider to hamper the staying on Champs Elysees. Marsh Side passed the post first with Quijano in third behind the fast finishing Just as Well, runner up in last months Arlington Million. However, the stewards took a dim view of Marsh Sides victory, finding jockey Javier Castellano guilty of causing the interference, and relegated the winner to fourth place, with Just as Well awarded the win ahead of Quijano and Champs Elysees.

Thanks to Alan Spragg for this story.

JOHAN VICTOIRE-OUS AS QUERARI ROMPS TO FRANKFURT SUCCESS

The big race of the day in Germany was the Group 3 Euro Cup over 2000 metres (1 mile 2 furlongs) in Frankfurt. Despite never having raced at further than a mile, the Andreas Woehler trained Querari was highly fancied for the contest, and didn't disappoint, leading all the way and sprinting clear of his rivals under top French rider Johan Victoire to score by a very easy 2 1/2 lengths, with outsider Adolfina staying on for second.

BRITISH RAIDER DISAPPOINTS IN DUESSELDORF

The British raider Pallantes Cross could only finish fourth in the Listed Wettenleip Junioren Preis over 1600 metres (1 mile) at Duesseldorf today. Ridden by Robert Winston, the Mark Johnston trained colt was no match for the Peter Schiergen trained Go Country, who scored by 3/4 length under Filip Minarik from the Uwe Ostmann trained Barzini.

Duesseldorf also staged the 50,000 Euros BBAG Auktionrennen, a race open to 2 year olds who were purchased at a BBAG auction in Germany. This keenly contested affair went to Nocturna, who took the lead from long time leader Glamourous approaching the final furlong. However, the Waldermar Hickst trained filly, who was sent off the 15/8 favourite had to withstand a determined challenge from Genovesa, one of two horses in the race from champion trainer Christian von der Recke. Genovesa, partnered by stable jockey Alexander Pietsch held on for second with the fast finished Anking claiming third spot.

RECORD FOR RECKE AS RUBACUORI RUNS 'EM RAGGED

Champion trainer Christian von der Recke is well known for picking up success at some of the smaller courses in Germany, particularly those in the south west of the country. This season, von der Recke has tasted success at many of these courses such as Zweibruecken, Miesau, Mannheim, Saarbruecken and Erbach. However, there was just one course in the whole of Germany where the trainer had yet to saddle a winner. This was at the Karlsruhe track, and given von der Reckes success rate at the south west tracks, it may be surprising to learn that he was still looking for his first winner here. However, the course at Karlsruhe only sees racing once a year, and with only two races held among a mainly trotting card, the chances looked slim. This was until Sunday, when von der Recke sent the Brazilian bred Rubacuori to contest the Class 4 Preis der Firma Moebel Rivo handcap over 1800 metres (1 mile 1 furlong). Ridden by the talented 16 year old amateur Marion Weissmeier, Rubacuori held on to win by 1/2 length from the Rudolf Storp trained Schonacher, giving von der Recke the win he needed to complete this fantastic achievement. With many top German trainers such as Peter Schiergen and Mario Hofer usually choosing to stay away from the smaller racecourses in Germany, it could be some time before we see von der Reckes historic feat repeated.

Posted on 20 Sep 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GERMAN HOPES OUT OF LUCK IN VERMEILLE
The two German trained runners, Umirage and Soberania, were both out of luck in todays Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, regarded as one of the main trials for next months Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The Hans Blume trained Umirage, running in the famous colours of the Roettgen stud, had a dreadful start, and despite some headway at the beginning of the home straight, was never able to put in a challenge. However, Soberiana from the Andreas Woehler stable proved that her second place in the German Oaks last time out was no fluke as she finished an excellent fifth at odds of 83-1. However, the race stewards declared that winning horse Dar Re Mi had interfered with Soberania in the home straight, and placed the John Gosden filly fifth, with Soberania elevated to fourth, winning 20,000 Euros for her connections. As a result of the amended finishing order, the Jean Claude Rouget trained Stacelita was declared the winnier, extending her unbeaten run to six races.

FAVOURITES IN LISTED SUCCESS

With no Group races in Germany this weekend, action was focused on two Listed races - the Bayerisches Fliegerpreis at Munich over 1300 metres (6 1/2 furlongs) and the Grosser Preis der Metallbau Burckhardt GmbH held at Hannover over 1600 metres (1 mile), and both races saw victories for the favourites. Over at Munich, Le Big followed up his fine third in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden last month with an impressive 3 length victory under Filip Minarik. Another 3 length vctory was secured by Antara, trained by Berlin based Roland Dzubasz, who landed the spoils at Hannover under a fine ride from Alexander Pietsch. The three year old Antara was a really impressive winner of a 50,000 Euros sales race at Munich last time out, and this daughter of Platini could go on to be a top class horse.

DOUBLE DUTCH FOR CLASSY CLASSIC

The Christian von der Recke trained Classical Song has won the Grote Prijs de Nederland, one of the most prestigious races in Holland, for the second successive year. Owned and bred by the Dutch based Biesdeel Stud, Classical Song swept all before him last year, winning both the Dutch Derby and St Leger, and today, under Rene Piechulek, he continued his domination of the major races in the Netherlands with a decisive victory from Kasarion, with German trained Soum back in third.

ADVENTURE ENDS IN DISQUALIFICATION FOR POSEIDON

The former Aiden O'Brein trained Posiedon Adventure, now in the care of Munich based Wolfgang Figge, was first past the post in Switzerlands big race, the 100,000 CHF Grand Prix LGT Jockey Club at the Dielsdorf track near Zurich. However, following a stewards enquiry, Posiedon Adventure was disquafied and placed last with victory going to the locally trained Pont des Arts.

Posted on 13 Sep 2009 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING ON TOUR

In the next few days, we at Anglo German racing hope to announce that we will be covering one of the major horse races of the autumn. We are currently awaiting accreditation for one of our correspondents but hope to bring you more new soon!!

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 by Darren


YEARLING FOR SALE

Trainer Christian von der Recke has the following yearling for sale:

KASANRUF, bay colt by Big Shuffle (USA) out of Kafana (GB) (Lion Cavern (USA)).
Kasanruf is a lovely looking bay colt by the top stallion Big Shuffle, and is the third foal of Kafana, a daughter of Lion Cavern. Kafana is a half sister to State of Play, one of the top long distance chasers in the UK who finished fourth in this years Grand National at Aintree. You can views some photos of Kasanruf at the trainers website here:

http://www.rennstall-recke.de/de/news-fotos/newsarchiv-rennstall-recke-details.php?meldung=164
(Click on either photo to enlarge).

For more details, please call Trainer Christian von der Recke on 0049 171 542 50 50.

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 by Darren


GETAWAY IN GROSSER PREIS VICTORY

The Jens Hirschberger trained Getaway has won Germanys most prestigious horse race, the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden, sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Settled in third place for most of the race by jockey Adrie de Vries, Getaway was always going well in the home straight and eased past stablemate and long time leader Wiener Walzer two furlongs out. Frankie Dettori brought Eastern Anthem with a strong run to capture second place ahead of the Kieren Fallon ridden Youmzain, however was no match for the 2-1 favourite Getaway, who won by a comfortable 3 lengths. Getaway and Youmzain may cross swords again in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp at the beginning on next month, whilst Eastern Anthem has an entry for the Champion Stakes at Newmarket a couple of weeks later.

FOUR YEAR OLD IN LAKE RACE SENSATION

Today saw the final lake race steeplechase of the German season, and the 10,000 Euros Artlaender Seejagdrennen held in the north west German course of Quakenbrueck is the richest of the four lake races this year. Despite lake race regulars such as the highly rated Supervisor, winner of last years race Forfeiter and recent Hamburg lake race winner Bernaar taking part, the result was a massive turn up, as Aquateca stormed to victory under Czech born rider Vlastislav Korytar from the Swedish trained High Country. What made this result such a shock however was that not only is the winner just four years old, but this was her first raceover obstacles of any kind!! Another incredible statistic from this race was that the third place horse Kolja was, like Aguateca, a four year old making their jumps debut! No surprise then that the tricast for this race paid over 2000 Euros!

Posted on 06 Sep 2009 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN

The 137th running of the biggest race of the German season, the Grosser Preis von Baden, takes place on Sunday 6th September. Although only 6 horses are declared following the withdrawal of German Derby second Sordino, the contest sees the return of former British champion jockey Kieren Fallon to mainland Europe, having resumed race riding on Friday in Lingfield following a lengthy ban for drug use. Sunday sees him make the trip to Baden-Baden along with another former British champion jockey, star rider Frankie Dettori. Anglo German Racing now previews the race:

1. ADELAR 420262
Trainer: Werner Baltromei
Jockey: Dominique Boeuf
The outsider of the six runners declared for the race, Adelar has, like most horses trained by Muelheim based Werner Baltromei, been competing in France of late, finishing second in a Group 3 race at Deauville last month. Seventh in last years German Derby, Adeler was second in a Group 2 race over this course back in May, however the opposition is much stronger this time around, and a case cannot really be made for him.

2. EASTERN ANTHEM 111653
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Represents the Godolphin stable, with stable jockey Frankie Dettori making the journey over to Germany. Won the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Nad al Sheba which was part of a hat trick of wins at the Dubai course earlier this year. Hasn't quite been able to repeat that success since, and was a well beaten third behind two of todays opponents, Wiener Walzer and Getaway in the Group 1 Rheinland Pokal at Cologne last month. May have to settle for minor honours again here.

3. GETAWAY 100-212
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Adrie de Vries
Was beaten last time out in one of the most thrilling finishes seen on a German racecourse for some time as he duelled with stablemate Wiener Walzer down the home straight at Cologne in a superb finish to last months Group 1 Rheinland Pokal. However, with soft going predicted following recent heavy rain, Getaway can be expected to turn the tables on his stablemate, and may well be the one to beat here. The only question mark against him is him being unproven on left handed courses (all wins right handed), however, he has yet to be out of the first two in three races this year, and looks to be the one to beat.

4. KAMSIN 10-1544
Trainer: Peter Schirgen
Jockey: Andrasch Starke
Kamsin was an emphatic winner of this race last year, beating the odds on favourite Adlerflug by 2 1/2 lengths. At that stage in his career, Kamsin, who had already won the German Derby, appeared on the verge of being one of the best German trained horses of all time, However, despite a seasonal debut victory in the Group 2 Gerling Preis in Cologne back in April, three subsequent efforts have fallen well short, and unless he can recapture his form of old, a repeat of last years stunning success may not be on the cards.

5. YOUMZAIN 132-423
Trainer: Mick Channon
Jockey: Kieren Fallon
Youmzain is sure to be the centre of attention, as he is ridden by 6 times British champion jockey Kieren Fallon, returning to racing this week after an 18 month ban for a positive drugs test. Arguably the most consistent horse in training, Youmzain is having his SIXTEENTH successive Group 1 race here, and second in last years Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to the brilliant French filly Zarkava makes him the form horse of the race. However, Youmzain ran in this race in 2007, and could only finish fourth, with trainer Mick Channon citing a lack of pace for the horses defeat, and with no confirmed front runner in the field, he might not get the quickly run race that he needs.

6. SORDINO is a non runner

7. WIENER WALZER 5-1111
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Filip Minarik
Winner of this years German Derby at Hamburg, Wiener Walzer is hoping to go one better than stablemate Adlerflug, who was second to Kamsin in this race last year. With regular jockey Fredrik Johansson unavailable due to riding commitments in Denmark (Danish Oaks meeting), top Czech born pilot Filip Minarik comes in for the ride. On decent ground, I would be going for Wiener Walzer, especially as he accounted for Getaway and Eastern Anthem last time out. However, with the going already softened by a downpour on Friday, it is unlikely that Wiener Walzer will get his favoured fast ground.

Current Prices: 13-8 Youmzain, 7-4 Getaway, 3-1 Wiener Walzer, 6-1 Kamsin, 15-2 Eastern Anthem, 20-1 Adelar.

VERDICT:

With the ground riding on the soft side of good, it may well pay to go with GETAWAY, who is proven on this going. It would appear that Wiener Walzer is going to take his chance in the race, however with conditions less than ideal, he may have to settle for second best today. Eastern Anthem has the considerable assistance of Frankie Dettori in the saddle, whilst Youmzains chances have been boosted by the fact that Wiener Walzer (led all the way last time) is in the race and hopefully will ensure that this contest is not run at a snails pace. However, I'm not expecting the tempo to be too quick, which may scupper the chances of Kieren Fallons mount.

PREDICTION:

1st - 3 GETAWAY
2nd - 7 WIENER WALZER
3rd - 5 YOUMZAIN

Posted on 04 Sep 2009 by Darren


BIG RACE DOUBLE FOR FRENCH ACE PESLIER

You're most likely to see top French jockey Olivier Pesiler plying his trade on the Parisian racecourses such as Longchamp or Saint Cloud, but today, the 36 year old rider was the star of the show on the penultimate day of the Baden-Baden festival, riding a big race double for English based trainers. His first win came on the Eoghan O'Neill trained La Sylvia, who took the Coolmore Stud Baden-Baden Cup, a Listed race over 1200 metres (6 furlongs) by 1 1/2 lengths from the Uwe Stoltelfuss trained Bella Platina. Even better was to come for Peslier as he teamed up with the odds on favourite Hearts of Fire in the Group 3 Zukunfts Rennen, a race for 2 year olds better known by its former title of the Maurice Lacroix Trophy, a race that has seen several British trained victories in recent years. Hearts of Fire was a first German runner for former British champion jockey Pat Eddery, and his charge was produced with a perfectly timed run by Peslier to deny Noble Alpha, one of three horses in the race for trainer Mario Hofer, and long time leader Eternal Power, representing champion handler Christian von der Recke, who commented that he was pleased with the way his horse ran, but that the better horse won on the day.

CHESNUT ROASTED BY LIVELY LEON

The 6 year old Nuevo Leon has won the Listed Preis des Foerderkreis Hindernissport, one of Germanys most prestigious hurdle races. Run over a distance of 4150 metres (2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs), the Christian von der Recke trained Our First Chesnut was sent off 21-20 favourite for the contest, but despite getting 2 kilos from Nuevo Leon, the Elfi Schnackenberg trained 7-2 shot was a comfortable 6 length winner. Although having never run over a distance further than 3400 metres (2 miles 1 furlong) before, Nuevo Leon stayed on really well in the rain softened going, and could well turn out to be one the top hurdlers that Germany has produced in recent years.

Posted on 04 Sep 2009 by Darren


DASHING DANON FIRST IN FUERSTENBERG

Nearly two months ago, Toughness Danon ran the race of his life to finish third in the German Derby when still a maiden. Today, he lost his maiden tag when landing the spoils in this afternoons big race at the Baden-Baden festival, the Group 2 Fuerstenberg Rennen over 1 1/4 miles (2000 metres). With regular jockey Eddie Pedroza sidelined by injury sustained at Baden-Baden on Saturday, trainer Andreas Woehlers second string jockey Josef Bojko stepped in for the ride, and the experienced Slovakian made no mistake, getting the 5/2 shot home by just over a length from Palermo, who was making his Group race debut, and Falun, who despite being trained in Cologne by Andreas Trybuhl, has been racing mainly in France this season. Disappointment of the race was the Mario Hofer trained favourite King of Sydney, however, he was attempting this distance for the first time and seemed not to get home, so it would be no surprise to see him returned to a mile, the distance at which he won the Group 2 Henkel Trophy at Duesselodrf last month.

Posted on 02 Sep 2009 by Darren


PREMIO SENDS 'EM LOCO IN OETTINGEN

Premio Loco, a multiple winner on the all weather surface at Lingfield, proved that he is just as adept on grass when winning todays big race at the Baden-Baden festival, the 65,000 Euro Darley Oettingen Rennen, a Group 2 race over a mile (1600 metres). Ridden by regular pilot George Baker for Chris Wall, Premio Loco was a comfortable winner of the race, completing a big race double for Newmarket based trainers at the festival after the James Eustace trained War Artist won the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche on Sunday.

Sent off the joint 13/8 favourite after the defection of the highly fancied Sehrezad and Saturday winner Wiesenpfad, Premio Loco never looked in danger of being beaten, and came home a comfortable 2 1/2 length winner from the Christian Sprengel trained Koenig Concorde. Joint favourite Aspectus finished a disappointing fourth.

LANDMARK 500TH VICTORY FOR VON DER RECKE

Trainer Christian von der Recke has gained his 500th victory over obstacles when Jenissej won todays Preis von Rhein Maiden Hurdle for 3 year olds at Baden-Baden. Ridden by the Italian based German Dirk Fuhrmann, Jenissej was, like several horses in the race having his first ever run over hurdles, however put in a fine round of jumping in driving rain to hold off the Peter Schiergen trained Zypriot by 1 1/2 lengths. Jenissej was also the 100th winner in the colours of Bernd Raber, famed for owning horses such as Helmac, Handy Ben, and Our First Chestnut, who is entered the Listed Preis von Murgtals at Baden-Baden on Friday.

Posted on 01 Sep 2009 by Darren


SUPER SUBORICS DECLARES WAR ON PEITSCHE RIVALS

The English trained War Artist has won todays big race at the Baden-Baden Grosse Woche festival, the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche worth 65,000 Euros, regarded as the top sprint race in Germany. Held up in the early stages, the South African bred War Artist was produced late in the home straight by Andreas Suborics to collar Smooth Operator. This was trainer James Eustaces first win at the Iffezheim course, however winning here is familiar territory to German owner Rupert Plersch, who won the other big race of the day, the 50,000 Euros BBAG Yearling Auction race with the Werner Hefter trained Superstition.

ALLEGAN IN REPEAT BADENER SUCCESS

The listed Altes Badener Jagdrennen, one of the top steeplechases in Germany, saw a thrilling finish with last years winner, Allegan, gaining a hard fought victory by half a length fron the Czech trained Belmont. Although only five horses contested the race, four were in with a chance approaching the final obstacle, the Polish challenger Kalmar tailed off by this point. Allegan hit the front, but the fast finishing Belmont was gaining with every stride over the 5100 meter (3m 1 1/2f) distance. Third place went to Allegans stablemate Glueckstag, with the Christian von der Recke trained Grey Image in fourth, just over three lengths behind the winner. Both Belmont and Grey Image have entries in the 380,000 Euros Gran Premio di Merano in Italy at the end of September, however Allegan and Glueckstag could well reappear at Baden-Baden in the Badener Steeplechase at the October meeting, a race that saw the two stablemates finish second and third last year, with Glueckstag on that occasion ahead of Allegan. Trainer Christian von der Recke was happy with the performance of the fourth placed Grey Image, who was prominent for most of the race under French rider Emmanuel Cardon, wih the trainer adding that he may have done even better if the final two obstacles in the race were fences and not small hurdles.

Posted on 30 Aug 2009 by Darren


DERBY SECOND IN OPENING DAY HURDLES TRIUMPH

The opening day of the Baden-Baden 'Grosse Woche' festival today saw a hurdles debut for the Peter Schiergen trained Ostland, second to Kamsin in last years German Derby. Arguably the best ever German horse to race over obstacles, Ostland eased to victory under English jockey Paul Johnson in the Listed Markgraf Berthold-Rennen, leading home an international 1-2-3, with Czech raider Seenixe finishing second ahead of the Polish trained Dzudoka. As there are no Group races over hurdles in Germany, it could be that Schiergen will be forced to run Ostland overseas if he is to pursue a hurdles career.

Elsewhere on the card, the big flat race of the day, the Group 3 Sparkassen Finanzgruppe Spreti Rennen was won by course specialist Wiesenpfad, notching up his fifth success at the Iffezheim track. Winner of the race in 2007 and third last year, the Waldemar Hickst trained six year old went on to win by a length under Andreas Suborics from the favourite Walzertraum. Third place went to the Andreas Woehler trained Il Divo, with Josef Bojko desputising in the saddle for regular rider Eddie Pedroza, who was stood down for the day after a fall from Eldoriza in the 100,000 Euros BBAG Auction race for 2 year old fillies. That was won by the Andreas Loewe trained outsider Devilish Lips, who put her previous form well behind her as ran out an easy winner under Terry Hellier.

Posted on 29 Aug 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

DIGBY DIGS DEEP TO LAND FIRST GROUP RACE

The English trained Lady Jane Digby has won todays big race in Germany, the 50,000 Euros Walther J Jacobs Stutenrennen in Bremen, winning her first ever Group race in the process. Trained by Mark Johnston at Middleham in Yorkshire, Lady Jane Digby was providing Johnston with his second victory in the race in the last three years, Majounes Song landing the spoils in 2007 from the Jens Hirschberger trained Ioannina. Ths time around, it was another Hirschberger trained horse, the hot favourite Guantana who had for settle for second behind the Johnston repsrsentative. Ridden by regular jockey Greg Fairley, Lady Jane Digby held on in a driving finished from the Adrie de Vries ridden Guantana, with the Andreas Woelher trained La Bamba back in third.

LOADING LAMENT FOR LIPS AS SARABIA STEALS SHOW

Sarabia, representing the powerful team of trainer Andreas Woehler and jockey Eddie Pedroza, has won the Listed Grosser Sparkassenpreis at Duesseldorf today. However, the 15-8 favourite benefitted from her main rival, the Andreas Loewe trained Lips Arrow suffering an injury when being loaded into the starting stall and having to be promptly withdrawn from the race. This left the way clear for Sarabia to get home in a thrilling finish from Topkapi Diamond and Whispered Dreams, with just 2 lengths seperating 7 of the 8 runners at the finish.

DEAUVILLE DODDLE FOR SLICK SCHIAPARELLI

The 2006 German Derby winner, Schiaparelli, continued his impressive form for the Godolphin training operation by easing to victory in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville today. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the pair were never headed and came home clear from both opponents, Mojave Moon and Candy Gift.

Posted on 23 Aug 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

WALZER EDGES STABLEMATE IN RHEINLAND THRILLER

Todays big race, the 155,000 Euros Rheinland Pokal in Cologne was won by last months German Derby winner Wiener Walzer in a dramatic driving finish against his stablemate Getaway. On a warm summers day at the Weidenpesch course, Wiener Walzer was sent into the lead early on by Swedish in-form jockey Fredrik Johansson and was still in front until challenged by Getaway early in the home straight. At one stage, it looked like the Adrie de Vries ridden Getaway would go on to win, however the three year old Wiener Walzer, having his first run against older horses, responded under a superb ride under Johansson to win by a short head with the Godolphin horse Eastern Anthem back in third. Both Wiener Walzer and Getaway are trained by the locally based Jens Hirschberger, who could now send both horses to contest next month Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden. Wiener Walzer's win completed a big race double for 38 year old Johansson, who had earlier won the 50,000 Euros BBAG Auktionsrennen on the Mario Hofer trained Zazou, once again beating the luckless Dutchman de Vries, who was aboard the Christian Sprengel trained Tettmann.

IRIAN FINE FOURTH IN GOLDIKOVA PROCESSION

Irian, like Wiener Walzer trained by Jens Hirschberger and owned by the Schlenderhan Stud finished fourth in todays Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville behind the brilliant French filly Goldikova. Having finished third in his only previous run in France at Chantilly last month, this years German 2000 Guineas winner stayed on well behind Goldikova and the British trained Aqlaam and Virtual.

Posted on 16 Aug 2009 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - RHEINLAND POKAL, COLOGNE, SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST

Sundays Rheinland Pokal at Cologne is a Group 1 race worth a total of 155,000 Euros. 7 horses have been declared, and here's our preview of all the runners:

EASTERN ANTHEM: Represents the Godolphin stable, who have really hit form in recent weeks. With Frankie Dettori in France to ride the stables Gladiatorus in Deauville, the Dubai born Ahmed Ajtebi comes in for his first ever ride in Germany. Won the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Nad al Sheba with todays pilot on board, and excuses can be made for two below par performaces since (course at Epsom and distance at Ascot). Could go close today with course expected to suit.

FLAMINGO FANTASY: The success story of 2009, this four year old son of Fantastic Light hasn't stopped impoving since winning a Listed race back in May, and beat Getaway at Hamburg last month. Although that rival turned the tables in Munich a few weeks ago, the soft ground could well have been in Getaways favour, and with forecast quicker going on Sunday, Flamingo Fastasy must be expected to go close here.

GETAWAY: Has only his third run for current trainer Jens Hirschberger, having been with Andre Fabre before, where he notched up several wins in Group company. However it wasn't until last time out in the Deutschland Preis at Duesseldorf that he claimed his first ever Group 1 victory. That performance showed that Getaway retained his ability from his Fabre days, however like most Monsun progeny, he does prefer a bit of cut, and he might find the going a bit on the quick side on Sunday.

POSEIDON ADVENTURE: Formerly trained in Ireland by Aiden O'Brien for the Coolmore team, Poseidon Adventure has been in the care of Munich based Wolfgang Figge for the last couple of years, and was last seen when finishing second in a 90,000 Euros race in Switzerland. Is a consistent type but lacks the class to win a race of this quality.

SAPHIR: Won a Group 3 race in Munich at the start of the season, but appeared not to get home in the German Derby, his only attempt at this distance so far, and is not expected to figure.

SCHILLER DANON: Would be an appropriate winner of this race as he was bred by Benedikt Fassbender, the Managing Director of Cologne Racecourse, however this three year old only just got home in a sales race at Hamburg last time out, and much more is required here.

WIENER WALZER: Winner of this years German Derby at Hamburg, Wiener Walzer takes on older horses for the first time here, but is hoping to follow in the footsteps of stablemate Adlerflug, who won this race last year. Like Adlerflug, Wiener Walzer will be ridden by the Swedish jockey Fredrik Johansson, who arrives here bang in form after a 5 timer at the Swedish Derby meeting last Sunday, and finishing runner up in the Shergar Cup jockey competition at Ascot the day before. Winner of the Group 2 Oppenheim Rennen at this course before going on to Derby Success, this son of Dynaformer is the one for me that they all have to beat.

VERDICT:

A superb line up for this Group 1 event. Getaway and Flamingo Fantasy are closely matched through their two meetings this year, however preference is for the latter with the predicted quick ground. Eastern Anthem must go close if anywhere near his Sheema Classic winning form, however I'm sticking with WIENER WALZER and the in-form Fredrik Johansson to land the spoils.

PREDICTION:

1st - 7 WIENER WALZER
2nd - 1 EASTERN ANTHEM
3rd - 2 FLAMINGO FANTASY

Posted on 14 Aug 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

DERBY DOUBLE FOR FANTASTIC FREDDIE

Swedish jockey Fredrik Johansson, who piloted Wiener Walzer to win last months German Derby at Hamburg, has won the Swedish equivalent today on Handsome Hawk, trained in Norway by Wido Neuroth. Run on the all weather track at Jaegersro near Malmo, the race worth 2,000,000 Swedish Krone (approx 200,000 Euros) was contested by 15 runners, with Norway, Sweden and Denmark all represented. Handsome Hawk, sent off the 2.8-1 favourite, won from the locally trained Sligo Star with Handsome Hawks stablemate Touch of Hawk completing the first three home.

For the 38 year old Johansson, this victory has capped a superb last few weeks. Apart from his German Derby success, he also finished second in the Shergar Cup at Ascot yesterday, an international riders competition which saw some of the worlds top jockeys compete at the famous English course. Apart from his big race victory today, Johansson also rode four other winners on the card, including Tertio Bloom, last seen out when finishing sixth in the Group 3 Silbernes Peitsche in Cologne two weeks ago. It may not be long before we see Johansson riding in Germany again as the Neuroth trained Apple au Maitre holds on entry in next Sundays Group 1 Rheinland Pokal at Cologne.

HOFER HAPPY AT HANNOVER AS THE QUO FLIES

With no Group races in Germany today, all eyes were on the 50,000 Euros BBAG Sales Race at Hannover. The 34:10 favourite was Quo Dubai, last seen out when finishing fifth under Ted Durcan in the German Derby. This time he was ridden by Andrasch Starke, who brought the horse with a perfectly timed run to land the spoils from the Andreas Wohler trained Derwisch, despite Quo Dubai carrying a hefty 60 kilos. The winner was bred by the Bruemmerhof Stud, whose manager, Gregor Baum, is also president of the Hannover Racing Club.

Posted on 09 Aug 2009 by Darren


SELECTION OF HORSES FOR SALE

German champion trainer Christian von der Recke currently has the following horses for sale:

CALL FOR LIBERTY (IRE) - 4yo bay colt by Statue of Liberty (USA) out of Give a Whistle (USA) (Mujadil (USA))
This first foal from a good sprint pedigree won over 6 furlongs in Dubai last year. He is a half brother to the exciting Pasar Silbano, a Listed and Graded Stakes winner in Ireland and the USA at up to a mile.

DUKE OF MILAN (IRE) - 6yo chestnut gelding by Desert Prince (IRE) out of Abyat (USA) (Shadeed (USA))
This gelding is a half brother to 3 winners in Ireland, Poetical, Lonesome Maverick and Indian Belle. Duke of Milan is a very consistent sort, having been placed on no less than 7 occasions this year.

PRIME ASPIRATION (USA) - 4yo bay colt by Tale of the Cat (USA) out of Bank on Her (USA) (Rahy)
Lighly race American bred 4 year old who has been placed in decent company, most notably when 4th to Corryborough as a 2 year old. Prime Aspirations half brother, I'm In Love, was a winner both here and in the USA.

RUBACUORI (BRZ) - 5yo bay gelding by Dodge (USA) out of So Cosas (BRZ) (So Blue (BRZ))
First foal from a good Brazilian pedigree, this lovely looking light bay colt is a real stunner. Dual winner back in Brazil on dirt, and looks sure to improve on his recent UK placings now acclimatised to the Northern Hemisphere.

WILTSHIRE (IRE) - 7yo brown gelding by Spectrum (IRE) out of Mary Magdalene (Night Shift (USA))
This 6 time winner on both turf and sand is a full brother to dual winner Angie and Liz, and half brother to three time winner Naughty Girl, Wiltshire has been, like Duke of Milan, a model of consistency this year, being placed in no less that 9 races. Still possessing plenty of speed at the age of 7, and sure to give his new owners a lot of fun.

For further information, please call Trainer Christian von der Recke on 0049 171 542 5050.

Posted on 07 Aug 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GO FIGGE! MUNICH TRAINER GRABS FIRST GROUP 1 WIN IN GERMAN OAKS

The 6-1 shot Night Magic, trained by Wolfgang Figge in Munich, has won todays German Oaks at Duesseldorf in stunning style. Always at the head of affairs under Hungarian jockey Karoly Kerekes, Night Magic went clear 3 furlongs out, and the race was all but over, with the daughter of Sholokov easing to victory by 4 1/2 lengths. Outsiders Soberana and Andrea stayed on from the rear of the field, finishing second and third respetively.

This was 62 year old Figges first Group 1 success in a training career spanning 33 years, and although he has trained Group winning horses such as Noroit and Flamingo Paradise, Night Magic was a first Classic winner for Figge, whose son Michael is also a trainer based in Munich.

The big disappoinment of the race was the 11-10 French trained favourite Celimene. Ridden by Yann Lerner for his trainer father Carlos, the French Oaks fourth was already in trouble at the top of the hill and was soon eased by her jockey, practically pulling up in the closing stages.

Elsewhere on the Duesseldorf card, the Mario Hofer trained King of Sydney won a thrilling finish to the Group 2 Henkel Trophy. With two furlongs to go, the race was a wide open affair with favourite Aspectus and Querari holding every chance along with the Norwegian raider Tertullus. However, under a determined ride from Andreas Suborics, King of Sydney prevailed from 3/4 of a length from Aspectus and Querari, who dead heated for second place.

EUGEN FRANKS THE FORM AT DOBERAN

The four day festival at Bad Doberan, on Germanys north east coast, came to an end today with jockey Eugen Frank notching four victories with wins on Rose Run, Heart Forever, Salonnaehe and Durani, the first two for Duesseldorf trainer Ralf Rohne. It was however a day of mixed fortunes for champion trainer Christian von der Recke. Having seen his Irish import Be Fantastic cruise to victory in the Preis des Grand Hotels Heiligendamm Handicap under stable jockey Alexander Pietsch, he then had the misfortune of having Finca disquilified in the very next race, handing victory to the Uwe Stech trained Soledad.

Bad Doberan is the oldest racecourse in Germany, with racing being held there as early as 1822. Now only used for a few days each summer for the 'Ostsee Meeting'. The course itself is a right handed oval of about 1 mile, and only flat races are held here. You can find out more about Germanys oldest racecourse at http://www.ostseerennbahn.de (in German only).

Posted on 02 Aug 2009 by Darren


SCHIAPARELLI IN CUP GLORY

Schiaparelli, the 2006 German Derby winner, has won the Goodwood Cup on only his second start in Britain. Racing over the distance of two miles for the first time, the six year old son of Monsun who was demoted from second to third in his previous race at Newmarket took up the running five furlngs out and was never headed, despite a valiant attempt from the Gary Moore trained Mourilyan who was a length back in second. Schiaparelli holds an entry in Germanys biggest race, the Grosser Preis von Baden, run on the final day of the Baden-Baden festival in September. However, both his previous appearences at the course have ended in him being well beaten, and maybe the Group 1 Europa Preis run later in the month at Cologne (which Schiaparelli won in 2007) would be a more suitable target.

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

MUNICH: PRESSING GOES ONE BETTER TO LAND DALLMAYR PREIS

The Michael Jarvis trained Pressing, second in the race last year, has won todays Group 1 Dallymayr Preis at Munich. In a race run at a dawdling pace, outsiders Assahib and Integral led the way, but Neil Callan brought Pressing with a smooth run in the home straight to take up the running. He was pursued by fellow English raider Trincot, ridden by Frankie Dettori, and although Pressing did appear to edge slightly across that rival, he stormed away for a comfortable 3/4 length victory, with Precious Boy repelling all doubts about his stamina by staying on for second place ahead of Trincot. The disappointment of the race was last years German Derby fourth Liang Kay, who trailed home last of the eight runners.

BAD HARZBURG: ALLEGAN SWIMS TO HAT TRICK IN LAKE RACE

The 10 year old mare Allegan has won the big race of the day at Bad Harzburg, the Preis der Bad Harzburger Wirtschaft Seejagdrennen (Lake Race), where the competitors must swim through a lake. Allegan, trained by Elfi Schnakenberg and ridden by her son Oliver took the honours for the third successive year. Completing a 1-2 for the stable was Glueckstag, winner of last months Swedish Grand National. The progressive five year old Supervisor, trained by owner breeder Cornelia Schmock, didn't travel through the lake too well and was a well beaten third.

Away from the Lake race, it was a day to remember for the Galopp Club Deutschland. The syndicate, based in Cologne saw both their horses win today. Donna Roberta took the honours in the Preis des Hotels Braunschweiger Hof over just under a mile, whilst later in the day, the five year old son of Observatory, Skin Man, won the 1m 6f Junicke-Bening-Rennen Handicap. Both horses were part of a treble for rider Steffi Hofer and trainer Christian von der Recke. Asked what the plans are for the two horses, von der Recke commented that he'll see how they are on their return to his stables at Weilserswist near Cologne before making any further plans, although Donna Roberta does hold an entry at Duesseldorf next weekend. As for Skin Man, he has improved for the step up in distance in his recent races, however it may be a challenge to find the right contests for the horse as stayers races on the flat are very few and far between in the German racing season.

There was drama in the Preis der Salzgitter AG Handicap when the well fancied Merlino suddently jinxed right in the home straight and collided with the running rail. In the rear at the time of the incident, jockey Cevin Chan pulled his whip through to his right hand, but there was nothing he could do to stop the Uwe Stotelfuss trained four year old gelding crashing into the rail about 1 1/2 furlongs from the finish. Both horse and jockey were fine, however Chan was forced to give up his rides for the rest of the day.

COLOGNE: CONTAT POWERS TO GROUP SUCCESS
The Pavel Vovcenko trained Contat has won the Group 3 Silberne Peitsche (Silver Whip) at Cologne today. Second in last years race to Abbadjinn, Contat was always prominent under regular jockey Rastislav Juracek in this 6 furlong event, and the Czech born rider made his move with 2 furlongs to go and held on for a 3/4 length victory from fast finishing outsider Zaya. The winner has an entry in next months Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden, the richest sprint race in Germany.

Posted on 26 Jul 2009 by Darren


BIG RACE PREVIEW - DALLMAYR PREIS, MUNICH SUNDAY 26TH JULY

Sundays Dallmayr Preis at Munich is a Group 1 race worth a total of 155,000 Euros. 8 horses have been declared, and here's our preview of all the runners:

ASSAHAB: Has won a couple of decent handicaps at his home course of Hoppegarten this season, however was outclassed last time out at Hamburg on his first appearance in Group company and makes no appeal here.

INTEGRAL: Never in the first 3 on his forays at Group level, and although he won a Listed race in Rome back in May, all his wins have been at distances shorter than todays trip, and is another horse who is easliy passed over.

LIANG KAY: The first of the serious contenders, Liang Kay started favourite for both last years German 2000 Guineas and German Derby, finishing third and fourth respectively. Has been racing over a mile this season, and will appreciate a return to the distance that saw him win the Group 3 Furstenburg Rennen at Baden-Baden last season. Renews rivalry with old foe Precious Boy, however, both horses may have to settle for minor honours here.

NORTHERN GLORY: One of two runners for local trainer Wolfgang Figge, this six year old son of Rainbow Quest has run over a variety of distances, including finishing second in last years Austrian St Leger over 1m 6f. Has won a couple of decent handicaps this season, however his only foray into Pattern racing saw him well beaten in a Listed race at Hannover, and he is hard to fancy in such a quality field.

PRECIOUS BOY: Never out of the first three in all eight of his races, six of which have been at Group level. Won last years German 2000 Guineas, and has been placed in two starts in France this season. However, Precious Boy has never raced at beyond a mile, and the question is if he will stay this trip. If so, he must have a good chance here, but I feel the petrol tank might be showing empty at the business end of the race.

PRESSING: Top class challenger trained in Newmarket by Michael Jarvis, Pressing aims to make amends for his defeat in this race last year when beaten by the Sir Michael Stoute trained Linngari (turned the table on that rival two months later in Istanbul). Like several of these, has been racing at a mile this season, however has won a Group 1 race over this distance in Italy, and for me, he looks the one to beat.

TRINCOT: Formerly trained in France by Philippe Demercastel, Trincot won the Group 2 Prix Harcourt in Longchamp on his last start for Demercastel before being bought by Godolphin, after which he finished second in a Group 1 race in Rome before trailing in seventh, beating only the German trained Estejo home, in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot. Will no doubt be aided by the formidable Frankie Dettori in the saddle, however may find fellow British challenger Pressing too tough to crack.

LADY ALIDA: The second of trainer Wolfgang Figges two representatives, this exciting British bred Tobougg filly is seeking a four timer, having notched up her hat trick in impressive style in a Group 3 race at Milan last month. Still looks to be improving, and could well be the surprise package here, especially if the ground turns soft.

VERDICT: An exciting and competitive renewal of the Dallmayr Preis. Precious Boy brings German classic winning form to the table but there are doubts about him over this trip. Liang Kay will have his supporters, however I predict a British 1-2 with last years runner up Pressing going one better here, with the Frankie Dettori ridden Trincot to follow him home. Anyone looking for an outsider could do much worse than the progessive Lady Alida, who coud well sneak a place.

PREDICTION:

1st - 6 PRESSING
2nd - 7 TRINCOT
3rd - 8 LADY ALIDA

Posted on 24 Jul 2009 by Darren


WASP STINGS RIVALS ON GERMAN DEBUT

The ex William Jarvis trained Wasp has made a winning start to his new career in Germany. Now in the care of champion trainer Christian von der Recke, the seven year old Australian bred son of Octagonal was sent off the 4-9 favourite in the Preis des Wolfenbuetteler Schaufensters at Bad Harzburg on day three of their five day meeting and didn't disappoint under talented apprentice rider Caroline Fuchs, coming home 4 1/2 lengths clear of second favourite Easytango.

The richest race of the day, the Class 3 Luciano-Rennen Handicap went to the four year old Fun Fire, trained in nearby Hannover by Harald Grube, and ridden to victory by Russian born Wladimir Panov in the colours of owner Evelyn Winkler. This win completed a double for the owner/trainer/jockey combination, who had landed the previous race with Princess Dragon.

As usual with the Bad Harzburg meeting, today saw a steeplechase held among the programme of flat races, and although this chase didn't involve going through the infamous lake, the race was no less exciting. Schattenqueen, making her debut for trainer Elfi Schnackenberg and ridden by her son Oliver, led for most of the race until headed by eventual winner Deesse d'Arabie, winner of the Listed Badenia Steeplechase at Mannheim in April. The six year old Deesee d'Arabie, trained in Cologne by Hartmut Steguweit and ridden by English born Paul Johnson was getting back to winning ways after disappointing at Baden-Baden last time out, with Boccatus pipping Schattenqueen for second. However, the result could have been different had the favourite Grey Image not slipped on the flat when still holding every chance. After the race, Grey Images trainer Christian von der Recke, who was denied his 500th winner over jumps, felt the horse would have won if staying upright. For von der Recke, this was a feeling of deja vu after top chaser Fiepes Shuffle also slipped and fell on the flat in a chase at Bad Harzburg last year.

Posted on 23 Jul 2009 by Darren


FRANKIE GOES TO MUNICH!

The world famous English based Italian jockey Frankie Dettori will ride at Munich racecourse on Sunday. The 38 year old will ride Trincot for the Godolphin operation in the Group 1 Dallmayr Preis at the south west German course. Formerly trained in France by Philippe Demercastel, Trincot won the Group 2 Prix Harcourt in Longchamp on his last start for Demercastel before being bought by Godolphin, after which he finished second in a Group 1 race in Rome before trailing in seventh, beating only the German trained Estejo home, in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Apart from Trincot, Dettori is also being lined up to partner the Mario Hofer trained Whispered Dreams in the Listed Riemer Fillies Mile at the meeting. Second in a Group 3 race at Hamburg earlier this month, Whispered Dreams has won 3 of her 5 races, and is likely to be sent off a warm favourite for this fillies only race, worth 20,000 Euros.

A full preview of the Dallmayr Preis will appear here on Friday, as well as a preview of the unique Lake Steeplechase at Bad Harzburg, also taking place on Sunday.

Posted on 22 Jul 2009 by Darren


WEEKEND ROUND UP

GETAWAY GETS AWAY TO WIN DEUTSCHLAND PREIS

The 6 year old Getaway, in the colours of Georg Baron von Ullmann, has won todays big race, the Group 1 Deutschland Preis at Duesseldorf. Having only his second race for trainer Jens Hirschburger having joined him from French ace Andre Fabres yard, Getaway was settled towards the rear of the 7 strong field by Belgian jockey Stephen Hellyn as last years German Derby winner Kamsin, under regular pilot Andrasch Starke led the way. Turning into the home straight, all but the Rainer Gross trained Download (gambled in from 150-1 to 25-1) held chances, and with 2 furlongs to go, Kamsin was challenged for the lead by Norwegian raider Appel Au Maitre, bidding to give Swedish rider Fredrik Johansson his second German Group 1 success inside 3 weeks, having already landed the German Derby on Wiener Walzer earlier this month. However, inside the final furlong, Hellyn made his move on Getaway and came away to score by three quarters of a length from the fast finishing Flamingo Fantasy, with Appel Au Maitre a head back in third. For Stephen Hellyn, this was his first ever Group 1 success, and the rider, born in Belgium but based with Jan Pubbens stable in the Netherlands, may well have earnt himself some more big race rides in Germany after this fine display.

Away from the big race, champion trainer Christian von der Recke introduced a nice looking two year old in the shape of Genovesa. Running in a race where all 6 fillies were making their racecourse debuts, Genovesa was sent straight into the lead by Andreas Suborics and was never headed, despite coming under pressure inside the final furlong from several of her rivals, most notably the Schlenderhan runner Mountain Rose.

LIFE'S A BEACH AT CUXHAVEN

Every year on the third Sunday in July, the beach at the small North Sea resort of Duhnen near the town of Cuxhaven comes alive with the sound of clattering hooves. The 'Duhner Wattrennen' as they are known are a series of horse based events such as pony races, trotting races, and thoroughbred races. This year saw two thoroughbred races, the first of which was run over 7 furlongs and went to the former Peter Rau trained Happy Royal, who was giving Karin Niester her first success as a trainer this year. Happy Royal went on to score under amateur rider Annika Rosenbaum in good style from the Christian von der Recke trained favourite Be Fantastic. However, the second thoroughbred race saw von der Recke gain compensation for this defeat as the evergreen 10 year old Orlik went on to score under Fabian Weissmeier. Having done most of his racing recently in France, Orlik was sent off as the 1-2 favourite and didn't disappoint in the Preis des Landkreises Cuxhaven over 1 mile 1 1/2 furlongs, with the 11 year old Dunmore following him home.

The 'Duhner Wattrennen' is a quite unique event, and more information can be found at their official website (in German only):

http://www.duhner-wattrennen.de/renntag/

If you click on 'Aktuelles', you can see photos of this years event. There is also a short video trailer on the Duhnen website:

http://www.duhnen.de/html/cux-impressionen/duhner-wattrennen/duhner-wattrennen.htm

Posted on 19 Jul 2009 by Darren


DUTCH DERBY DELIGHT FOR VON DER RECKE

Classic Sun, trained by German champion handler Christian von der Recke has won the 20,000 Euro Dutch Derby held today at Duindigt, in the hands of stable jockey Alexander Pietsch. This was just reward for the three year old Monsun son, who was harshly disqualified in the Dutch Derby Trial at the same course last month. Classic Sun was emulating last years winner, stablemate Classical Song, who like Classic Sun is owned by the Dutch based Biesdeel Stud.

Posted on 12 Jul 2009 by Darren


QUIJANO FINE THIRD ON US DEBUT

The Peter Schiergen trained Quijano has tonight finished third on his debut on American soil. Running in the USD 500,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park in New York, the seven year old, partnered as usual by Andrasch Starke, was in fourth position on the rails for much of the race until being produced with his run by Starke once in the home straight. Despite moving into a challenging position, Quijano had no answer to the finishing kick of favourite Gio Ponti, who stormed away to win the race in impressive style. Musketier, like Quijano German bred, stayed on for second with Quijano coming home third at a starting price of 10-1.

Thanks to Alan Spragg for this information.

Posted on 11 Jul 2009 by Darren


EX GERMAN DERBY WINNER SECOND AT NEWMARKET

Schiaparelli, who won the 2006 German Derby for the Andrasch Starke/Peter Schiergen combination, has today finished second in the Group 2 £100,000 Princess of Wales Stakes at Newmarket. Now running for Sheikh Mohammeds Godolphin operation, the six year old was sent into the lead by Ted Durcan, and remained there until challenged in the final furlong by Doctor Freemantle. This was an excellent first race of the season for Schiaparelli, last seen when well beaten in last year Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

AMENDMENT: After I posted the above news, Schiaparelli was demoted to third place by the judges following interference in the final furlong. Despite this, is was still a fine perfomance by the horse, and I for one am looking forward to seeing more of him this season.

Posted on 09 Jul 2009 by Darren


SWEDE DREAMS FOR JOCKEY JOHANSSON

For the second time in three years, Swede Fredrik Johansson is the winning rider of the German Derby. Johansson won the race on Wiener Walzer, who, like his 2007 winner Adlerflug was trained by Jens Hirschberger and owned by the all-conquering Schlenderhan stud.

On a very warm afternoon in Hamburg, Johansson brought the 7-2 second favourite with a perfectly timed challenge on the rails to come home 1 1/2 lengths ahead of outsider Sordino, the best of trainer Waldermar Hicksts four runners.

There was a scare for Johansson just after the race had finished, when he was thrown from Wiener Walzer and looked to have been kicked by the horse. However, the Swede was uninjured, stating that Wiener Walzer appeared to be scares by the two grey horses who each year accompany the winner in the Derby post-race parade.

After the race, I chatted to Fredrik Johansson, who was naturally delighted with the win. When asked the question if Wiener Walzer was as good as Adlerflug, he replied 'We'll have to wait and see, but this was only his fourth race. He could be a really good horse.

It wasn't a great day for the British jockeys, however Ted Durcan did a fine job in getting the 51-1 outsider Quo Dubai home in fifth place. As for the other riders, Daryll Holland (Frantic Storm), Richard Hughes (Egon) and Frankie Dettori (Hansom) finished in eighth, ninth and tenth places respetively.

Picture: 2009 German Derby winner Wiener Walzer after the race with trainer Jens Hirschberger and jockey Fredrik Johansson.


Posted on 05 Jul 2009 by Darren


ANGLO GERMAN RACING - LIVE AT THE GERMAN DERBY

On Sunday July 5th, 2009, the 104th German Derby takes places at the Horn racecourse in Hamburg. Currently 17 horses are entered for the race, worth a staggering 500,000 Euros. Unfortunately, the withdrawal of the Godolphin trained Peligroso means that there are no overseas challengers this year, however the race looks to be an excellent renewal with the top domestic 3 year olds in Germany lining up. The two likely favourites are Suestado and Wiener Walzer, both trained by Jens Hirschberger, who won the Derby in his first season as a trainer with Adlerflug in 2007. Aiming to emulate Hirschberger s feat of two years ago is Torsten Mundry, who retired from the saddle at the end of last season to take over the reins at the stable of his long time boss, Peter Rau. Mundry relies on the maiden Eliot, who could well be the surprise package in this race, especially if the ground turns soft. Eliot was only beaten a head by Suestado in Cologne in May, and is now 1 kilo better off at the weights. As for the others, Waldemar Hickst saddles no less than four runners, including the exciting filly Bolivia, who was the only horse supplemented for the race. Two of his other horses are set to be partnered by English based jockeys - Egon with Richard Hughes and Frantic Storm with Darryl Holland respectively. Last years winning trainer, Peter Schiergen, is responsible for Panyu and Saphir, winner of the Bavarian Classic at Munich earlier this season. Mario Hofer is usually a name to watch out for in the Derby, but this year, the Krefeld based handler sends out two rank outsiders in the shape of Quo Dubai and Marlow. His Krefeld colleague, Erika Maeder relies on the Ranson O’War colt Hansom, who hit the headlines in recent days when it was announced he would be ridden in the Derby by none other than Frankie Dettori. Ordenstreuer represents the Berlin based Roland Dzubasz, whilst outsider Double Handful makes the long journey from Munich for his trainer Wolfgang Figge. The field is completed by the Uwe Ostmann trained Glad Panther, winner of the Group 3 Metzler Preis at Frankfurt in May, and Toughness Danon, second in all his three races so far for trainer Andreas Woehler.

Check out anglogermanracing.com for all the latest news on Derby Day at Hamburg - Sunday 5th July.

Picture: Kamsin after winning the 2008 German Derby.

Posted on 03 Jul 2009 by Darren


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