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German Derby: The day Hamburg comes alive

Updated: Aug 8, 2023



A short history


First held in 1869, the race was originally known as the Norddeutsches Derby. It took it's all-German name twenty years later, and the Deutches Derby has (with some interruptions) been held annually at Horner Racecourse, on the outskirts of Hamburg (Germany's second city) ever since. With rails assembled from scratch each year, though the grandstand, weighing room and other infrastructure remain, the course is the domain of dogwalkers and joggers for the rest of the year.



What happened in 2023's edition?


The G1 feature went the way of Baden Derby Trial-winning Fantastic Moon for Rene Piechulek and Sarah Steinberg, delivering a fist success in the Derby for them both. It was also a first victory in this race for syndicate Liberty Racing, owned by Nadine Siepmann and Lars-Wilhelm Baumgarten, who welcomed members as far flung as Australia. As any owners had flown in to watch Fantastic Moon take the spoils, the air was lent a distinctly intercontinental feel.

 

In September 2024


 





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