Spectators at Mülheim racecourse were not to be bothered by permanent clouds and cool temperatures on Monday evening when 3,268 visitors enjoyed exciting racing and a colourful food market atmosphere at Raffelberg’s after-work raceday.
Australin Bloodstock´s three-year old hopeful Revelstoke made himself the center of attention Monday with a must-win situation in preparation for the first German classic on May 19 at Cologne racecourse. The top three-year-old, named after a Canadian ski resort, is being prepared in Spexard near Gütersloh in Westphalia by successful coach Andreas Wöhler, and Revelstoke scored confidently under Jockey Bauyrzhan Murzabayev, a Kazakh with a tongue-twister name, with one and a quarter lengths advantage. Local hero Molly Massimo ran a strong race as runner-up for Gestüt Auenquelle (jockey Adrie de Vries/ trainer Jens Hirschberger) of the racing club´s president Karl-Dieter Ellerbracke. Dormio finished third in a tight finish.
Gold for Jockey Maxim Pecheur
His winning horse´s name in the race for three year old fillies was Gold and he rode with the golden armband symbolising that he is the leading German jockey. Maxim Pecheur (28) already won his 25th race of the current season with Gestüt Görlsdorferin and is the undisputed leader of the German jockey statistics. “Gold has a lot of class and could be a contender for the upcoming fillies classics.“ The winning Gold and runner-up Jetcologne gave champion trainer Markus Klug (Rath-Heumar) a flawless stable performance.
Skyful Sea recommends itself for better tasks
As expected, in the third race for the derby crop Skyful Sea from Peter Schiergen´s Asterblüte stables in Cologne had no problems showing her competition who is boss. As the 21:10 favourite, the Bona filly did not disappoint her supporters and landed an easy victory with Japan home comer Andrasch Starke in the saddle. It is quite possible that Skyful Sea is a candidate for this year's German Oaks.
The 32:10 favourite La Kabbale won the first leg of the Sport World Amateur Trophy with Ronny Bonk in the saddle for trainer Uwe Schwinn. Jockey Miguel Lopez, employed with trainer Jens Hirschberger´s Raffelberg stable, delivered quite a surprise. The Swiss rider won the €4,000 Turf King race over 2100 m with four-year-old gelding Fumerole (trainer Christian von der Recke, Weilerswist). The hot favourite Glady Mary (Gestüt Auenquelle) only placed second.
Jockey Rene Piechulek showed a perfectly timed winning ride with Gestüt Winterhauch´s Amon for Lengerich-based trainer Dr. Andreas Bolte in the Taishan race (level III handicap, 2100 m, €7,000).
Superfecta pays 66,671:10
That is what the lucky bettor, who correctly predicted the result of the 7th race with El Torito (Jockey Alexander Pietsch), Incorruptible, Princess Peaches and Forgo, won with the superfecta.
World Champion Rebecca Danz scores with Monte Cinq
Rebecca Danz from Oberhausen landed a special coup. The reigning world champion won her first race on her home track and the 90th race of her career (Shining Emerald Rennen, €5,000, 1300 m) with five-year-old Monte Cinq (trainer Janine Beckmann, Versmold) after a courageous ride.
The final race went to Mario Hofer´s Krefeld Stadtwaldquartier. Stall Margarethe´s Fair Hurricane under the Italian Michael Cadeddu held up the field in a medium handicap over 1400 m.
Expanded food market and colourful Kinderland
A relaxed atmosphere was the motto at Raffelberg racecourse at the evening raceday on Monday. The racing club presented its 3,268 visitors with a cosy atmosphere and culinary variety. “We are pleased that the big and small Mülheim racing fans have supported our venue with their visit. This of course motivates us for future events,“ summarised Günther Gudert, vice chairman of the racing club not without pride.
Our next event at the Raffelberg racecourse will take place on Saturday, May 18. The event will start at 10:30 and the first start of eight races is scheduled for 11:00 o´clock.