2017 German Deutsches Derby Ante-Post Betting Preview

The 2017 G1 Deutsches Derby takes place on Sunday July 2nd, at Hamburg-Horn Racecourse. German horses currently dominate the betting, particularly Windstoss, Colomano (who are both trained by Marcus Klug) and Andreas Wöhler’s Langtang.

Our ante-post market features 3 British-trained horses, all expected to run. Don’t forget that RaceBets will pay you out a 10% win-bonus, if you back a British/Irish-trained horse that wins a race outside of the British Isles. Let’s take a look at the prospects of this UK trio…

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Wolf Country

Age: 3 (Foaled April 8th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Dubawi (IRE) – (Black Sam Bellamy (IRE))

Trainer: C Appleby

Owner: Godolphin

The Dubawi colt began the current campaign with victory in the Listed De L’avre Stakes, at Saint Cloud (France), taking the notable scalps of both Sand Fox and Falcon Wings. Disappointed in the Dante at York though, finishing a well-beaten 5th and with no obvious excuses.

Humble Hero (IRE)

Age: 3 (Foaled April 3rd, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: High Chaparral (IRE) – Alamouna (IRE) (Indian Ridge)

Trainer: W J Haggas

Owner: Mrs S Magnier

Unraced, as a 2-year-old, but has been out on track 3 times already in the current campaign. 2nd on debut at Haydock, after starting very slowly, he repeated the error at Lingfield where he again finished runner-up and by just a short-head. Humble Hero dwelt again at Doncaster, but was still almost 4 lengths too good for Chief Craftsman. Could be a threat, if William Haggas has solved his starting issues, although this will be an enormous step-up in class.


Age: 3 (Foaled January 13th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Dubawi (IRE) – Moonsail (Monsun (GER))

Trainer: C Appleby

Owner: Godolphin

In his first 4 races, the Godolphin horse has finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st in that exact order, so few would argue that this one looks a progressive type. Victory came at York, in a hot handicap over 1m 4f, with none of the other 10 horses finishing within 5 lengths of Charlie Appleby’s inmate. Chance of at least placing, particularly if the ground softens.

The British horses do look up against it, overall, as there are many other good German horses expected to run. These include Warring States, Parviz, Sargas and Peter Schiergen’s Rosenpurpur.

Racing At Hamburg-Horn

This racecourse was built in the late 1860s and has the capacity to hold 50,000 spectators. The Deutsches Derby is by far the most famous and important race to take place here. Open to both fillies and colts, horses must be 3 years of age. The race distance is a mile and a half.

This G1 fixture is very much based on the Epsom Derby, in England. At the time of the venue’s inauguration, it was called the Norddeutches Derby. The name was shortened well over a hundred years ago.

Through times of peace, the race has always been staged at this racecourse. Brief spells at Gruneweld, Hoppegarten, Munich and Cologne only took place because of military considerations, during times of conflict.


Gerhard Streit is the leading jockey, with 8 victories between 1938 and 1961. George Arnull is the most successful trainer. His horses won the race on 9 occasions, between 1927 and 1949.

Some very famous horses have triumphed in the Deutsches Derby. Borgia was one of very few fillies to have done so. Her victory came in 1997. Sired by Acatenango and out of a dam called Britannia, she was foaled in 1994. She was first trained by Bruno Schutz and later by French legend, Andre Fabre.

She also won the Grosser Preis von Baden in 1997 and was named German Horse of the Year. As a 5-year-old, she triumphed in the prestigious Hong Kong Vase.

The 2004 Champion was Shirocco. The Monsun-sired German bay stallion was owned and bred by Baron Georg von Ullmann and earned almost $2.5m in a glittering career. His other notable victories included the Jockey Club Stakes, the Prix Foy, the Coronation Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club. Named the 2005 German Horse of the Year, he has now retired and resides at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket.

Sea The Moon won the race in 2014. The Gestut Gorlsdorf-trained horse was ridden by Cristophe Soumillon and romped home to win by 11 lengths. Isfahan scored for Andreas Wöhler, last year.

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