RACING IN GERMANY

The German flat season revolves around an English style Classic set-up, with the 1000 and 2000 Guineas taking place early on in the season, the Derby and Oaks in high summer, and the St Leger towards the end of the season. The most prestigious race in Germany is however the Grosser Preis von Baden, run at Baden-Baden on the first Sunday in September, the last day of the ‘Grosse Woche’ (Great week) festival. This race often has international participation, with English trained horses having won the race 5 times since 2001. Away from Baden-Baden, top class Group races are held at many tracks, including Munich in the south, Hamburg, Bremen and Hannover in the north, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt and Dortmund in the west, and Hoppegarten in the east. Although not quite of the same grade, there are several small courses in south west Germany such as Saarbruecken, Zweibruecken, Erbach, Lebach and Mannheim, which offer a great fun day out with horse races interspersed with pony and trotting races to create an enjoyable spectacle for all the family.

If you would like to know any more about racing in Germany or are thinking of a day at the races in this wonderful country, feel free to contact us or alternatively check out the racecourse section in the Links section of this website.

The home straight at Saarbruecken.
Horses jump the wall at Mannheim.
Frankfurt with the skyline in the background.
The Grandstands at Muelheim.

 

Trainers in Germany

Christian von der Recke

Born in Cologne in 1960, Christian joined the training ranks in the mid 1990s and has since gone on to be 17 times champion National Hunt trainer in Germany, as well as winning the flat title on three occasions. Based at Weilerswist, south of Cologne, von der Recke is not just a top class trainer, but also has an eye for a bargain, as many of his successful purchases at racehorse sales throughout England will testify.

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 over the years, 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 jockeys, 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 Germanys top horses of the last 15 years have been trained by Schiergen, including German Derby winners Boreal, Schiaparelli and Kamsin, as well as Group 1 scorers Danedream, Soldier Hollow and Quijano.

Roland Dzubasz

In 2012, Roland Dzubasz became the first Berlin based trainer since the Second World War to win the German Trainers Championship, and although his total of 59 winners is the lowest ever to win the title, his victory once again put the German capital city well and truly on the horseracing map. To prove his victory was no fluke, he was then runner up to Peter Schiergen in 2013, and can be expected to challenge for top honours again this year.

Andreas Woehler

Never a trainer to be underestimated, Andreas Woehler followed his father into the training ranks, and won the German Trainers Championship,in 2011 and 2013. Although having had many top horses in his care, Woehler is probably best known for training Novellist, winner of the Grosser Preis von Baden and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in 2013, the same year he was chosen as Germanys Horse of the Year. Woehlers consistency at the top level was a major factor in stable jockey Eddie Pedroza winning the German Jockeys title in 2009 and 2010.

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Jockeys in Germany

Andrasch Starke

This Cologne-born jockey has been German champion 5 times, and is currently stable jockey to Peter Schiergen, which makes him a prime candidate for the big races. Starke  has also won the German Derby 6 times, most recently on Lucky Speed in 2013. Around the globe, Starke is probably best known for riding Danedream, whose big race wins include the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Eduardo Pedroza

Champion every year from 2007 until 2010, 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 2005 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 Andreas Woehler stable, there is every chance that Pedroza could add to his four championship titles.

Alexander Pietsch

Probably the best jockey currently riding never to win the German Jockeys Championship, Alexander Pietsch was runner up in the championship in both 2011 and 2013, and is one of the most consistent jockeys in Germany at present. Indeed, the ability of Pietsch to get the best out of a horse was a key factor in his trainer Roland Dzubasz winning the German Trainer Championship in 2012, with many of his winners being ridden to victory by Pietsch.

Filip Minarik

Runner up in the German Jockeys Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Filip Minarik went one better in 2011 to add to his title victory in 2005. Despite suffering with illness last year, Minarik has bounced back to form in 2014, thanks to several rides from trainer Christian von der Recke. 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 courses such as Leipzig, Dresden and Halle.

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