In an effort to broaden your horizons form the usual UK horse racing covered on our blog we’re now exploring sports around the world. Today we’ll explore German Horse Racing Trainers:
Arnull may be a blast from the past when it comes to German Racehorse Trainers, but he remains the winning most trainer of both the Deutsches Derby and the Grosser Preis Von Berlin. He trained the winner of the Deutsches Derby an amazing 9-times between 1927 and 1949, with his list of victors comprising: Mah Jong (1927), Alba (1930), Sturmvogel (1935), Orgelton (1938), Wehr Dich (1939), Schwarzgold (1940), Magnat (1941), Allgäu (1943) and Asterblüte (1949). He bettered that number of winners by one in regard to Germany’s Grosser Preis Von Berlin, winning it an amazing 10-times between 1925 and 1940, including two dual winners of the race in Oleander (1928, 1929) and Sturmvogel (1935, 1936), whilst his other winners were Weissdorn (1925), Mah Jong (1927), Alba (1930), Wolkenflug (1932), Blinzen (1934) and Schwarzgold (1940).
Schiergen’s biggest claim to fame is being good enough in and out of the saddle to achieved the feat of riding 1,000 winners and training 1,000 winners. During the 1990’s he was one of the best jockeys in Germany, and in 1995 he rode an amazing 273 winners in a season. His training career began where his riding career had ended, and his first runner Tertullian was a superstar on the track before enjoying a prosperous second-career at stud. Amazingly, he never rode a German Derby Winner, but has trained 5, and bettered that feat by saddling Danedream to win the 2011 Arc De Triomphe and the 2012 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Christian von der Recke
Von der Recke has a reputation for having a brilliant eye for a bargain, and many of his purchases have been sold-on for much bigger money, especially in England. However, what he is most famous for is winning a brilliant 17 National Hunt German Trainers Titles, and 3 Flat German Trainer Titles.
Woehler followed in his father footsteps by becoming a trainer of racehorses, and he has saddled plenty of top-class ones in his career. The classiest of all was arguably Novellist who won the 2013 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, after which he was named as Germany’s Horse of the Year. However, a year later, Woehler topped that feat by becoming the first German Trainer to win the Melbourne Cup as Ryan Moore steered Protectionist to victory. 2016 was also a stellar year for Woehler, as Protectionist (Grosser Preis Von Berlin) and Isfahan (Deutches Derby) landed him a big-race domestic double.
Roland Dzubasz is especially celebrated by Berliners, as in 2012 he became the first Berlin-based trainer to claim the German Trainers Championship since before the Second World War. He may have won the title with the lowest recorded number of winners ever in 59 – but that has at least cemented his place in the record books.