Gerling-Preis

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Gerling-Preis
Group 2 race
Location Köln-Weidenpesch
Cologne, Germany
Inaugurated 1921
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Gerling Group
Website Köln-Weidenpesch
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
1½ kg for Group 2 winners *
* since January 1 last year
Purse €70,000 (2012)
1st: €40,000

The Gerling-Preis is a Group 2 flat horse race in Germany open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles) at Cologne in late April or early May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1921, and it was originally called the Preis von Birlinghoven. Its distance frequently changed during the early part of its history.

Robert Gerling, an insurance entrepreneur, became the sponsor of the race in 1934. From this point it was known as the Gerling-Preis.

The race began its current period over 2,400 metres in 1969. It held Group 3 status from 1972 to 1974, and from 1984 to 1988. It was raised to Group 2 level in 1989.

The Gerling-Preis is Germany's oldest surviving sponsored horse race.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Niederländer – 1951, 1952
  • Lombard – 1971, 1972
  • Orofino – 1982, 1983
  • Acatenango1986, 1987
  • Monsun1994, 1995

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Johannes Starosta – Organdy (1941), Witterung (1956), Waidmann (1963), Spielhahn (1964), Wiesenklee (1965), Tajo (1969)

Leading trainer (12 wins):

  • Heinz JentzschBasalt (1970), Lombard (1971, 1972), Sebastiano (1974), Ebano (1978), Aschanti (1979), Abary (1984), Acatenango (1986, 1987), Monsun (1994, 1995), Laroche (1996)

Winners since 1970[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1970 Basalt 4 Fritz Drechsler Heinz Jentzsch 2:44.20
1971 Lombard 4 Horst Horwart Heinz Jentzsch 2:31.40
1972 Lombard 5 Fritz Drechsler Heinz Jentzsch 2:30.90
1973 Caracol 4 Harro Remmert Sven von Mitzlaff 2:31.90
1974 Sebastiano 4 Ralf Suerland Heinz Jentzsch 2:31.80
1975 Lord Udo 4 Edward Hide Theo Grieper 2:32.80
1976 My Brief 7 Manfred Kosman Theo Grieper 2:30.50
1977 Windwurf 5 Geoff Lewis Heinz Gummelt 2:36.20
1978 Ebano 5 Ralf Suerland Heinz Jentzsch 2:34.60
1979 Aschanti 4 Joan Pall Heinz Jentzsch 2:37.60
1980 Nebos 4 Lutz Mäder Hein Bollow 2:34.60
1981 Wauthi 4 Peter Remmert Theo Grieper 2:36.00
1982 Orofino 4 Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:29.10
1983 Orofino 5 Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:39.80
1984 Abary 4 Georg Bocskai Heinz Jentzsch 2:36.60
1985 Ordos 5 Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:31.70
1986 Acatenango 4 Georg Bocskai Heinz Jentzsch 2:34.40
1987 Acatenango 5 Georg Bocskai Heinz Jentzsch 2:29.30
1988 Wildvogel 5 Georg Bocskai Wido Neuroth 2:28.11
1989 Luigi 4 Billy Newnes Uwe Ostmann 2:35.76
1990 Mondrian 4 Kevin Woodburn Uwe Stoltefuss 2:27.65
1991 Taishan 5 Dragan Ilic Raimund Prinzinger 2:35.66
1992 Lomitas 4 Andreas Boschert Andreas Wöhler 2:34.73
1993 Protektor 4 Terence Hellier Andreas Löwe 2:31.45
1994 Monsun 4 Andrzej Tylicki Heinz Jentzsch 2:34.11
1995 Monsun 5 Peter Schiergen Heinz Jentzsch 2:32.20
1996 Laroche 5 L. Hammer-Hansen Heinz Jentzsch 2:29.88
1997 Wurftaube 4 Kevin Woodburn Harro Remmert 2:28.64
1998 Ferrari 4 Andreas Suborics Peter Lautner 2:36.28
1999 Tiger Hill 4 Andreas Suborics Peter Schiergen 2:26.57
2000 Catella 4 Terence Hellier Peter Schiergen 2:30.33
2001 Subiaco 4 Frankie Dettori Andreas Schütz 2:39.25
2002 Well Made 5 L. Hammer-Hansen Hans Blume 2:36.48
2003 Aolus 4 Andrasch Starke Andreas Schütz 2:27.58
2004 Olaso 5 Andrasch Starke Pavel Vovcenko 2:30.89
2005 Collier Hill 7 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank 2:34.29
2006 All Spirit 4 Eduardo Pedroza Norbert Sauer 2:37.50
2007 Saddex 4 Eduardo Pedroza Peter Rau 2:30.57
2008 Oriental Tiger 5 Terence Hellier Uwe Ostmann 2:26.44
2009 Kamsin 4 Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen 2:31.18
2010 Eye of the Tiger 5 Terence Hellier Jens Hirschberger 2:31.95
2011 Scalo 4 Frankie Dettori Andreas Wöhler 2:29.22
2012 Atempo 4 Adrie de Vries Jens Hirschberger 2:30.91
2013 Girolamo 4 Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen 2:32.71
2014 Ivanhowe 4 Adrie de Vries Jean-Pierre Carvalho 2:30.09
2015 Guardini 4 Filip Minarik Jean-Pierre Carvalho 2:28.52
2016 Ito 5 Filip Minarik Jean-Pierre Carvalho 2:25.33
2017 Dschingis Secret 4 Adrie de Vries Markus Klug 2:29.47

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1921: Liebhaber
  • 1922: Meergeist
  • 1923: Puella
  • 1924: Hausfreund
  • 1925: Salzig
  • 1926: Kabristan
  • 1927: Freigeist
  • 1928: Meteor
  • 1929: Truchsess
  • 1930–33: no race
  • 1934: Airolo
  • 1935: Athanasius
  • 1936: Elanus
  • 1937: Burgunder
  • 1938: Walzerkönig
  • 1939: Panheros
  • 1940: Graf Alten
  • 1941: Organdy
  • 1942: Lockfalke
  • 1943: Coroner
  • 1944: Patrizier
  • 1945–46: no race
  • 1947: Oberst
  • 1948: Angeber
  • 1949: Aubergine
  • 1950: Astral
  • 1951: Niederländer
  • 1952: Niederländer
  • 1953: Salut
  • 1954: Baal
  • 1955: Mio
  • 1956: Witterung
  • 1957: Windfang
  • 1958: Utrillo
  • 1959: Sommerblume
  • 1960: Adlon
  • 1961: Alarich
  • 1962: Amboss
  • 1963: Waidmann
  • 1964: Spielhahn
  • 1965: Wiesenklee
  • 1966: Marinus
  • 1967: Goldbube
  • 1968: Ilix
  • 1969: Tajo

See also[edit]

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