We have a huge weekend of action to look forward to, in Germany, where the Grand Prix Festival Meeting is taking place at Berlin-Hoppegarten!
On Saturday, the Listed Hoppegartener Steherpreis tops the bill. Peter Schiergen’s Sound Check is among the favourites.
On Sunday, Jackobo is up against Wojciech Olkowski’s Mourtajez in the Match-Race Cup. The race fans will really all be waiting for is the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin, though. British raiders Hawkbill and Racing History will be jetting-in to do battle with the likes of Sirius, Colomano and Dschingis Secret!
Grosser Preis Von Berlin Race Details
This is a 1.5 mile flat contest, open to horses aged 3 or more. First run in 1888, this race is somewhat unusual as evolution has simply taken it back to its roots. It was first run under the name it now has and at the same racecourse. However it has been given other names and venues, in the intervening years.
3 horses have won the race twice. They are Ticino – 1942, 1943, 1944 and Mercurius – 1963, 1964, 1965. The late great Otto Schmidt is the leading jockey, having bagged himself 8 victories between 1921 and 1950. George Arnull was similarly dominant, in the pre-war era and the trainer enjoyed 10 wins from 1925 to 1940. Incredibly, none of Schmidt’s triumphs in the saddle were for Arnull.
Famous winners of this race include Nebos, Abary, Acatenango, Le Glorieux, Ibn Bey, Lando, Mutafaweq, Danedream and the 2016 champion Protectionist. Sir Mark Prescott is the last British trainer to have won a Grosser Preis von Berlin. That victory was handed to him by Albanova, owned by Kirsten Rausing.
The Great Corrida
Perhaps the greatest of all winners was the 1937 champion, Corrida. The name, in Latin, means bullfight and this Coronach-sired mare met every challenge head-on.
Her incredible roster of successes also included the Prix Morny (1934), the Grand Prix de Marseille (1935 & 1936), the Prix du President de la Republique (1936), the Hardwicke Stakes (1936), the Prix d’Hedouville (1936), the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1936 & 1937) and the Grand Prix Prince Rose (1936 & 1937).
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