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How the German Derby went

Horse Racing is a very popular discipline in many countries. There were a few surprises at the 151st edition of the German Derby in Hamburg-Horn: An outsider wins and a crash landing during the award ceremony. We report what exciting things there were to see at the match, which horses were the favorites and how the tournament ended.

Outcome of the tournament

The French outsider In Swoop with jockey Thomas narrowly beat the other outsider Torquator Tasso with jockey Jack Mitchell after 2400 meters. Co-favorite Grocer Jack, ridden by jockey Marco Casamento, finished third. In the race for the coveted Blue Ribbon, the big favorite Wonderful Moon was only sixth. Starke was unable to claim his eighth Derby victory and thus draw level with record holder Gerhard Streit. Especially for the horses Soul Train and Kellahen the Derby did not go well at all. Their owners paid 65,000 euros as an entry fee for the show with the hope of recouping it through the prize money. Unfortunately, they were not successful in the derby and finished far behind, in 10th and 15th place out of 19 participants. The second participant next to In Swoop who came all the way from France was Frohsim who could only get the 16th place. The outcome of the tournament was unpredictable for many, as all the favorites were beaten by In Swoop. Those who still bet on him would have won a lot of money. If someone now also feels like trying their hand at horse racing betting, they can use various online providers to place their bets. Comparison portals like ArabianBetting help to find reputable betting providers which have good conditions. The portals are free of charge and offer a good overview. Thus, even inexperienced users can find the best providers for horse racing betting with just one click and try their luck.

The winner

Jockey Ronan Thomas beat the favorites and crossed the finish line with In Swoop first. Shortly after, the Frenchman also fell off his horse during the award ceremony and had to protect himself from the hooves of his shy horse. Ronan proudly stated that his horse was getting better from race to race and that he had chosen the right pace to win the race for himself. The long journey of the stallion In Swoop from France was obviously worth it. The Derby winner originally comes from the Schlenderhans stud in Bergheim near Cologne which is run by the Ullmann family. In Swoop is the 19th Derby win for one of their horses which means they can collect a prize money of 390,000 euros. The total prize money for the second most important European gallop race after the Derby in France was 650,000 euros. In Swoop, trained by Francis Henri Graffard, made only his third career start in Hamburg, but once again showed a marked improvement. Schlenderhans' stud manager, Gebhard Apelt, stated that they had always known that In Swoop would have a steep career ahead of him. It is also in his blood because the sire of the winner is Adlerflug, the Schlenderhans Derby winner of 2007, a well-known stallion at the Cologne stud. Thus, after the sire, the son was able to win the Blue Ribbon a few years later. In addition to In Swoop, the runner-up Torquator Tasse also descends from Adlerflug which brings further prestige to Schlenderhans Stud. Trainer Francis Henri Graffard is also satisfied. Unfortunately, he could not be at the Derby, but he reported to be overjoyed. He explained that Jockey Thomas rode In Swoop perfectly and gave him the chance to win which the horse took. Even in the last meters In Swoop did not lose pace which makes Graffard very proud. In Swoop had been trained in Bergheim until the end of last year, before the private training facility of the Schlenderhans stud was dissolved and the horses were distributed among trainers in Germany and France.