“God save the Queen” in Weidenpescher Park – 6,000 visitors experience the Cologne classic for the 37th Mehl-Mülhens race

Cologne Racing Club 1897 eV


22. May 2022

Germany’s first classic of the turf season 2022 goes to the British Isles. The three-year-old stallion Maljoom confidently won the main event on the Cologne racecourse on Sunday. In the 37th classic Mehl-Mülhens race, German 2000 Guineas, over 1,600 meters, endowed with 153,000 euros in prize money, Maljoom, trained by William Haggas in Newmarket, England, got wings under winning jockey Stephen Donohoe. In the end, a safe 1 ¼ length success jumped out. Rocchigiani (Bauyrzhan Murzabayev) and Georgios (Sibylle Vogt), who were prepared by Peter Schiergen in Weidenpesch, put in strong performances in second and third place. The Toto paid 4.0:1 for the co-favourite-victory of Maljoom, owned by Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum. The favorite Milady (Andrasch Starke) was eighth.

Maljoom won for the third time in just his third start in life. He is now scheduled to move on to the St James’s Palace Stakes, Group 1 during the Royal Ascot meeting. His trainer William Haggas won the Cologne classic for the third time after Depont in 2002 and Brunel in 2004. Rocchigiani, who was still in the lead up to the 200 meter mark, also had a very strong performance. Georgios from Ebbesloh also finished third with a high top speed.


Stephen Donohoe (Rider von Maljoom): “He was still very green after only the third start. But I always had a good feeling in the race. In the end, my horse passed at great speed.”

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Peter Schiergen (Coach of Rocchigiani, Georgios and Fire Of The Sun): “We are very satisfied, even though I would have liked to have won the race for the third time. Rocchigiani has shown a huge improvement. Georgios is a great fighter. And Fire Of The Sun had the race against them.”

Dörthe and Mythicara shine in the three-year-old crop

Already in the opening test, Weidenpesch trainer Waldemar Hickst’s mare Dörthe (12.1:1) caused a big surprise. With jockey Alexander Pietsch in the saddle, Gestüt Wiesengrund’s three-year-old hope achieved a start-finish success worth seeing. The mare race for the Derby year went to Jean-Pierre Carvalho’s Mülheim training center with Mythicara (4.0). With the Swiss rider Sibylle Vogt in the saddle, Mythicara didn’t give their opponents a chance.

After a two-year break, the 2.2:1 favorite Near The Moon also showed great willingness to fight in the race with four-way bets. In the end, Eduardo Pedroza’s ride safely passed Larry Lobster, who had been in the lead for a long time. For the order Near The Moon, Larry Lobster, Violet Run, Prego, the foursome paid 147.10:1.

The Mehl-Mülhens-Foundation award for young talent to trainee Sean Byrne

The Mehl-Mülhens-Foundation has been supporting young riders for many years, true to the motto “Give the youngsters a chance”. In this year’s Young Talent Award, victory went to the Irishman Sean Byrne, who rode co-favorite Catenda (6.9) to success.

6,000 visitors at Germany’s first classic

20 degrees and sunshine again offered the best conditions in Cologne-Weidenpesch. More than 6,000 visitors provided typical Weidenpesch flair at the racecourse. Cologne’s classic finally experienced a much-noticed new edition on Sunday after two years of pandemic, this time for the first time with three guest horses from England. Philipp Hein, managing director of the Kölner Renn-Verein: “A special thank you goes to the Mehl-Mülhens-Foundation for the great support of this special race day. The jockeys working today also praised the well-groomed surface.”

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Outlook: The next gallop event in Cologne-Weidenpesch will take place on Sunday, June 6th with the Sparkasse KölnBonn – Union race, group 2. The “Cologne Union” is one of the most important preliminary derby tests in Germany and is endowed with 70,000 euros in prize money.

Source: Press release of the Cologne Racing Club 1897 eV