Hamburger Meile

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Hamburger Meile
Group 3 race
LocationHorner Rennbahn
Hamburg, Germany
Inaugurated1986
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
WebsiteHamburg
Race information
Distance1,600 metres (1 mile)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight55½ kg (3yo); 60 kg (4y+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
1 kg if not won €25,000 (4y+) *
2 kg if not won €12,500 (4y+) *
* since January 1
Purse€55,000 (2012)
1st: €32,000

The Hamburger Meile was a Group 3 flat horse race in Germany open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It was run at Hamburg-Horn over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and was scheduled to take place each year in June or July.

The race was last run at Hamburg-Horn in 2011, being moved to Hanover in 2012. However a very similar event, the Group Two Meilen Trophy, was run at the same course only three weeks later, and this race and the Hamburger Stutenmeile (restricted to fillies and mares), has since been kept at the expense of the Hamburger Meile.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1986, and it was initially called the Cognac Hennessy-Rennen. It was originally classed at Listed level and contested over 1,600 metres. It was extended to 1,800 metres in 1987, and reverted to 1,600 metres in 1989.

The race was known as the Hamburg Dresden-Pokal in the early 1990s. It lost Listed status in 1992, and had various sponsored titles thereafter.

The Hamburger Meile regained Listed status in 2000, and was promoted to Group 3 level in 2002. From this point it was called the Deutscher Herold-Preis. It was subsequently known as the JAXX-Pokal and the Franz-Günther von Gaertner-Gedachtnisrennen.

The race was held at Hanover under the title Grosser Preis der VGH Versicherungen in 2012.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Power Flame – 1997, 1998
  • Up and Away – 2001, 2003
  • Earl of Fire – 2009, 2010

Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Georg Bocskai – Babylonier (1986), Caracobi (1987)
  • Andreas SuboricsSinyar (1995), El Divino (2000)
  • Andrasch StarkeLa Blue (1996), Sambaprinz (2004)
  • Andreas Boschert – Power Flame (1997, 1998)
  • Lennart Hammer-Hansen – Up and Away (2001, 2003)
  • Dominique BoeufEarl of Fire (2009, 2010)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Bruno Schütz – Saphir (1988), Amarant (1993), Sinyar (1995), La Blue (1996)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1986 Babylonier 3 Georg Bocskai Heinz Jentzsch 1:39.60
1987 Caracobi 3 Georg Bocskai Heinz Jentzsch 1:53.20
1988 Saphir 3 Lutz Mäder Bruno Schütz 1:54.40
1989 Reason to Rock 3 Peter Alafi Harro Remmert 1:38.40
1990 Glayva 3 Lester McGarrity Bruce Hellier 1:41.90
1991 Waky Na 3 Olaf Schick Hans Blume 1:42.10
1992 Fleet for Europe 3 Alan Bond Peter Lautner 1:38.90
1993 Amarant 3 Andre Best Bruno Schütz 1:37.40
1994 Erminius 3 Kevin Woodburn Peter Rau 1:38.40
1995 Sinyar 3 Andreas Suborics Bruno Schütz 1:37.70
1996 La Blue 3 Andrasch Starke Bruno Schütz 1:40.30
1997 Power Flame 4 Andreas Boschert Andreas Wöhler 1:39.20
1998 Power Flame 5 Andreas Boschert Andreas Wöhler 1:44.70
1999 Kalatos 7 Alexander Brockhausen Heinz Jentzsch 1:40.20
2000 El Divino 5 Andreas Suborics Mario Hofer 1:42.20
2001 Up and Away 7 L. Hammer-Hansen Erika Mäder 1:40.70
2002 Zarewitsch 3 Filip Minarik Peter Schiergen 1:43.42
2003 Up and Away 9 L. Hammer-Hansen Erika Mäder 1:32.09
2004 Sambaprinz 5 Andrasch Starke Horst Horwart 1:41.44
2005 Areias 7 Terence Hellier Andreas Schütz 1:40.15
2006 Lateral 3 William Mongil Peter Schiergen 1:35.75
2007 König Turf 5 Torsten Mundry Christian Sprengel 1:45.30
2008 Sehrezad 3 Jiri Palik Andreas Löwe 1:38.24
2009 Earl of Fire 4 Dominique Boeuf Werner Baltromei 1:34.55
2010 Earl of Fire 5 Dominique Boeuf Werner Baltromei 1:35.60
2011 Alianthus 6 Adrie de Vries Jens Hirschberger 1:34.88
2012 Empire Storm [a] 5 Eduardo Pedroza Andreas Wöhler 1:44.84

a The 2012 running took place at Hanover.

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