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Trainers in Germany.

Christian von der Recke
Better start with Christian, hadn’t I!! Born in Cologne in 1960, Christian joined the training ranks in the mid 1990s and has since gone on to be 14 times champion National Hunt trainer in Germany, as well as winning the flat title for the last two years. He is based at Weilerswist, south of Cologne and has over 100 horses in his care. Not only is he a top class trainer, but he’s a great guy, and on a personal note, I feel privileged to have both known him and worked with him for the last couple of years.

Mario Hofer
Born in Austria in 1956, Mario Hofer moved over the border to Germany some 20 years later to become a top rider, turning his hand to training in 1985. Based in Krefeld, Mario Hofer, like Christian von der Recke, has been successful with several English purchases, such as the Galopp Club Deutschlands Aljaarif, winner of over 300,000 DEM in his career. However, Mario is not the only Hofer in racing. His brother Manfred, a former jockey, is now a highly successful bloodstock agent, and Marios daughter Steffi is one of Germanys top female amateur riders, and can often be seen riding for her father.

Peter Schiergen
Without doubt one of the top jockeys in Germany throughout the 1990s, where his many successes saw him set a European Record of 273 wins in a season in 1995, Peter Schiergen has become a very successful trainer, beginning in 1998 with his very first runner, Tertullian, who went on to be a star both on the track and at stud. Some of Germany top horses of the last 10 years have been trained by the 44 year old Schiergen, including German Derby winners Boreal, Schiaparelli and Kamsin, as well as Group 1 scorers Soldier Hollow and Quijano. These successes have helped Schiergen become the only German trainer to pass the 1,000,000 Euros prize money barrier every year since 2005 – a quite incredible feat. Like Hofer and von der Recke, Schiergen is also an excellent National Hunt trainer, and this was seen to good effect in 2007 when Nestor stormed home to win the 50,000 Euros Prix Varaville at Auteuil in only his third race over hurdles.

Jens Hirschberger
Having taken over the training of the Gestuet Schlenderhan horses from Peter Schiergen in 2007, Jens Hirschberger wasted no time in getting major success on the board as Aviso won the German 2000 Guineas at Cologne in May, a success that was added to when Adlerflug eased to victory in the 2007 German Derby under Swedish jockey Fredrik Johansson. Since then, the famous red blue and black silks of the Schlenderhan stable have been regularly in the winners enclosure since, including with this years German 2000 Guineas winer Irian, and although some of their horses have ended up in France with Andre Fabre, the Schlenderhan-Hirschberger team, with Georg Baron von Ullmann at the helm, remain probably the strongest team in German racing.

Andreas Woehler
Never a trainer to be underestimated, Andreas Woehler followed his father into the training ranks, and has consistently finished in the top 5 in the German Trainers Championship in recent years. One of Woehlers major successes of recent times came with the filly Mi Emma, who, after winning the 2007 German 1000 Guineas was sent to Royal Ascot, where she finished a fine second in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Woehlers consistency at the top level has been a major factor in stable jockey Eddie Pedroza winning the German Jockeys title for the last two years.

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Jockeys in Germany

Andreas Suborics
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1971, Andreas Suborics has since gone on to be the top jockey in Germany. Champion is 2002, 2004 and 2006, Suborics had a particularly successful year in 2004, wining group 1 races in Germany, France and Italy. Recently, he has been associated with the ‘Budapest Bullet’, Overdose, who he rode to victory in Groupe races at Baden-Baden, Hamburg and Rome, as well as the ‘void’ Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

Andrasch Starke
This Cologne-born jockey has been German champion 4 times, and is currently stable jockey to Peter Schiergen, which makes him a prime candidate for the big races. Starke won the 2008 German Derby on Kamsin in the colours of Stall Blankenese, for whom he also won the German Derby on Schaparelli in 2006. Around the globe, Starke has been the regular partner of Quijano, having ridden him to Group victories in Germany, Italy and Dubai.

Eduardo Pedroza
Champion in 2007 and 2008, Eduardo Pedroza was born in Panama but moved to Germany in the mid 1990s, where he slowly but surely turned into one of the top jockeys around. Third place in the 2oo5 German jockeys championship only served notice to show what a talented rider Pedroza is, and he followed this up with second place is 2006. Backed by the powerful Woehler stable, many would not bet against the 34 year old Pedroza landing a hat trick of championship victories.

Filip Minarik
Despite only finishing 6th the previous year, Filip Minarik stormed to the Germany Jockeys Championship title in 2005 after a titanic duel with Dutch born Adrie de Vries. Czech born Minarik has a major advantage over his rivals in that he can ride at just 51.5 kilograms. A terrific rider in a tight finish, Minarik has a knack of winning races in the former East Germany at places such as Leipzig, Dresden and Halle.

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