Union-Rennen

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Union-Rennen
Group 2 race
Location Köln-Weidenpesch
Cologne, Germany
Inaugurated 1834
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Sal. Oppenheim
Website Köln-Weidenpesch
Race information
Distance 2,200 metres (1m 3f)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 70,000 (2015)
1st: €40,000

The Union-Rennen is a Group 2 flat horse race in Germany open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Cologne over a distance of 2,200 metres (about 1 mile and 3 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1834, and it was originally held at Tempelhof on the site of what became Berlin Tempelhof Airport. It was initially contested over 2,400 metres, and it was extended to 2,800 metres in 1837.

The race was transferred to Hoppegarten in 1868, and it was cut to 2,200 metres in 1888. It was staged at Grunewald for a short period after World War I, and it returned to Hoppegarten during the 1920s. It was abandoned in 1945 and 1946, and it moved to Cologne in 1947.

The Union-Rennen serves as a trial for the Deutsches Derby, and many horses have won both races. The first was Schwindler, a joint winner of the Derby in 1875. The most recent was Sea The Moon in 2014.

With its 182nd running in 2017, the Union-Rennen is Germany's oldest surviving horse race.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Tom Busby – Roman (1874), Oroszvar (1878), Picklock (1879), Tartar (1883), Fenek (1886), Bulgar (1887), Impuls (1895)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • George Arnull – Weissdorn (1925), Alba (1930), Aventin (1932), Sturmvogel (1935), Ad Astra (1940), Magnat (1941), Asterblüte (1949)
(note: the trainers of some of the early winners are unknown)

Winners since 1970[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1970 Oktavio Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:17.10
1971 Florino Harro Remmert Georg Zuber 2:27.60
1972 Arratos Brian Taylor Heinz Jentzsch 2:20.10
1973 Domador Peter Alafi Bruno Schütz 2:17.20
1974 Meinberg Horst Horwart Karl-Heinz Schultze 2:22.50
1975 Windwurf Jerzy Jednaszewski Heinz Gummelt 2:18.20
1976 Waltz Greville Starkey Theo Grieper 2:13.60
1977 Surumu George Cadwaladr Adolf Wöhler 2:15.40
1978 Limbo Bruce Raymond Oskar Langner 2:18.10
1979 Nebos Lutz Mäder Hein Bollow 2:16.60
1980 Navarino Dave Richardson Arthur-Paul Schlaefke 2:19.40
1981 Orofino Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:15.90
1982 Tombos Lutz Mäder Heinz Jentzsch 2:19.90
1983 Anatas Andrzej Tylicki Heinz Jentzsch 2:15.60
1984 Daun Pat Gilson Theo Grieper 2:18.00
1985 Acatenango Andrzej Tylicki Heinz Jentzsch 2:18.20
1986 Orfano Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:14.30
1987 Kondor Peter Remmert Hein Bollow 2:24.00
1988 Alkalde Manfred Hofer Peter Lautner 2:18.96
1989 Turfkönig Olaf Schick Uwe Ostmann 2:18.88
1990 Mandelbaum Georg Bocskai Uwe Ostmann 2:21.51
1991 Leone Michael Roberts Uwe Ostmann 2:17.25
1992 Zohar Kevin Woodburn Uwe Ostmann 2:15.58
1993 Kornado Andre Best Bruno Schütz 2:13.09
1994 Twen Kevin Woodburn Harro Remmert 2:20.86
1995 Lecroix Manfred Hofer Mario Hofer 2:19.70
1996 Lavirco Torsten Mundry Peter Rau 2:15.52
1997 Caitano Andrasch Starke Bruno Schütz 2:24.04
1998 Lanciano Terence Hellier Hans Blume 2:25.11
1999 Silvano Kevin Woodburn Andreas Wöhler 2:20.00
2000 Network Andrasch Starke Andreas Schütz 2:15.27
2001 Sabiango Andreas Suborics Andreas Wöhler 2:17.76
2002 Next Desert Terence Hellier Andreas Schütz 2:17.15
2003 Dai Jin Terence Hellier Andreas Schütz 2:19.79
2004 Malinas William Mongil Peter Schiergen 2:18.94
2005 Königstiger Andreas Suborics Peter Schiergen 2:16.83
2006 Aspectus Andrasch Starke Hans Blume 2:13.92
2007 Axxos Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen 2:21.90
2008 Liang Kay Terence Hellier Uwe Ostmann 2:19.97
2009 Wiener Walzer Adrie de Vries Jens Hirschberger 2:16.81
2010 Zazou Terence Hellier Mario Hofer 2:18.10
2011 Arrigo Adrie de Vries Jens Hirschberger 2:17.87
2012 Novellist Eduardo Pedroza Andreas Wöhler 2:14.10
2013 Ivanhowe Adrie de Vries Wilhelm Giedt 2:14.01
2014 Sea The Moon Andreas Helfenbein Markus Klug 2:17.76
2015 Shimrano Adrie de Vries Paul Harley 2:16.61
2016 Boscaccio Dennis Schiergen Christian Sprengel 2:21.03

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1834: Alba
  • 1835: Remus
  • 1836: Donna Maria
  • 1837: Mozart
  • 1838: My Lady
  • 1839: Mandarin
  • 1840: Kipfelnose
  • 1841: Prince Regent
  • 1842: Banquo
  • 1843: Madeline
  • 1844: John Bull
  • 1845: Minotaurus
  • 1846: Dolores
  • 1847: Whatstone
  • 1848: Meridian
  • 1849: Achaja
  • 1850: Black Prince
  • 1851: Lionel
  • 1852: California
  • 1853: Uriel
  • 1854: Koh-i-Noor
  • 1855: Carabas
  • 1856: My Hope
  • 1857: Verzug
  • 1858: Pizarro
  • 1859: Collingwood
  • 1860: Emilius
  • 1861: Rookeby
  • 1862: Wildrose
  • 1863: Last Pippin
  • 1864: Pauline
  • 1865: Bellario
  • 1866: Adalbert
  • 1867: Pocahontas
  • 1868: Gorgo
  • 1869: Ignorant
  • 1870: Flibustier
  • 1871: Stachel
  • 1872: Sonntag
  • 1873: Hochstapler
  • 1874: Roman
  • 1875: Schwindler
  • 1876: Good Hope
  • 1877: Zützen
  • 1878: Oroszvar
  • 1879: Picklock
  • 1880: Mereny
  • 1881: Orient
  • 1882: Taurus
  • 1883: Tartar
  • 1884: Czimer
  • 1885: Italy
  • 1886: Fenek
  • 1887: Bulgar
  • 1888: Burgwart
  • 1889: Aba
  • 1890: Dalberg
  • 1891: Alnok
  • 1892: Dorn
  • 1893: Geier
  • 1894: Adonis
  • 1895: Impuls
  • 1896: Rondinelli
  • 1897: Destillateur
  • 1898: Vollmond
  • 1899: Gastfreund
  • 1900: Pomp
  • 1901: Nicus
  • 1902: Prinz Hamlet
  • 1903: Laurin
  • 1904: Pathos
  • 1905: Festino
  • 1906: Parmenio
  • 1907: Rojestwensky
  • 1908: Bajazzo
  • 1909: Swirtigal
  • 1910: Wandersmann
  • 1911: Mondstein
  • 1912: Matterhorn
  • 1913: Majestic
  • 1914: Ariel
  • 1915: Languard
  • 1916: Taucher
  • 1917: Landgraf
  • 1918: Orilus
  • 1919: Eckstein
  • 1920: Nubier
  • 1921: König Midas
  • 1922: Lentulus
  • 1923: Augias
  • 1924: Fundin
  • 1925: Weissdorn
  • 1926: Ferro
  • 1927: Torero
  • 1928: Lupus
  • 1929: Graf Isolani
  • 1930: Alba
  • 1931: Agathon
  • 1932: Aventin
  • 1933: Alchimist
  • 1934: Travertin
  • 1935: Sturmvogel
  • 1936: Periander
  • 1937: Blasius
  • 1938: Frauenpreis
  • 1939: Organdy
  • 1940: Ad Astra
  • 1941: Magnat
  • 1942: Effendi
  • 1943: Panzerturm
  • 1944: Poet
  • 1945–46: no race
  • 1947: Volkstanz
  • 1948: Angeber
  • 1949: Asterblüte
  • 1950: Niederländer
  • 1951: Neckar
  • 1952: Grenzbock
  • 1953: Liebesmahl
  • 1954: Blumenprinz
  • 1955: König Ottokar
  • 1956: Kilometer
  • 1957: Windfang
  • 1958: Grind
  • 1959: Wettcoup
  • 1960: Mohikaner
  • 1961: Baalim
  • 1962: Amboss
  • 1963: Gladstone
  • 1964: Marinus
  • 1965: Fioravanti
  • 1966: Ilix
  • 1967: Luciano
  • 1968: Literat
  • 1969: Akari

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