Second Step

SECOND STEP, trained by Luca Cumani from England,
beats the best German older horse ITO and the
German Derby winner NUTAN in the
125th Grosser Preis von Berlin 2015

The 2016 message from the owner of Berlin-Hoppegarten racecourse

Dear Madam/Sir,

In 2015 three top international sportsmen returned from their first visits to Hoppegarten victorious. Luca Cumani’s first ever German runner lifted the 125th running of the Berlin Grand Prix with the Jamie Spencer ridden SECOND STEP, Chantilly trainer John Hammond was thrilled to win a 1200 m Listed Sprint on the same day. Since its return to Hoppegarten in 2011 the 2400 m Group 1 Berlin Grand Prix went abroad for the second time – like Luca Cumani, Andre Fabre won the race at his first visit to Hoppegarten with MEANDRE.

Following decades behind the iron curtain we are making big strides putting Hoppegarten back on the map internationally. We offer attractive Owner and Trainer Benefits aimed at making your stay in Berlin and at Hoppegarten as comfortable and memorable as possible.

Our seasonal highlight, the Group 1 126th Grosser Preis von Berlin, €175,000, 2400 m, 3yo+ is the centerpiece of our two day Grand Prix Festival Meeting on 13th and 14th August. The meeting now features three Listed races over distance of 1200 m (Straight Course), 1600 m and 1800 m (fillies and mares only). Each carry prize money of €27,000 of which €16,000 is to the winner. On Saturday evening we will be holding our traditional Grand Prix Evening Reception at a stunning new location – the historic Swiss Embassy in the centre of Berlin.

The Group 3 Oleander-Rennen, €55,000, 3200 m on Whitsunday, May 15th is Germany’s best Cup race. Our Sponsor Comer Group International also sponsors the Group 1 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger on The Curragh on September 11th, 2016 and, in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland, has arranged free entries in the St. Leger for the first three in the Oleander-Rennen.

The Group 2 Diana-Trial, €70,000, 2000 m, for 3yo fillies at level weights is Germany’s leading Oaks Trail and will be run on Sunday, June 12th. Since 1990 Hoppegarten stages the only national sporting event celebrating the Day of Germany Unity, our National Day on October 3rd. Thousands of fans from all over Germany will come to Berlin for the 26th running of the Group 3 Preis der Deutschen Einheit over 2000 m. This race boasts prize money of €75,000 – higher than any other German Group 3 or Group 2 race for older horses. In addition to the three Listed races at the Grand Prix Festival Meeting mentioned above, we stage a further three Listed races, all with prize money of €27,000 (€16,000 to the winner).

In 2013 Hoppegarten was awarded the coveted status of a “Landmark of National Importance”. In April 2015 we announced the purchase of the historic 430 acre Neuenhagen training track located 2 km from the racecourse and 18 km from the center of Berlin. Together with suitable partners we intend to turn Neuenhagen into a unique and state of the art racehorse training facility. We are currently in talks with the authorities to obtain planning permission for stabling and the improvement of the gallops. Please find full details on the Neuenhagen training track on page 7 of this brochure.

I can assure you of a warm reception and a memorable race day experience at one of Europe’s most historic tracks and of a great time in Berlin, Germany’s reemerging capital with its wealth of attractions and its many fine yet affordable hotels and restaurants. Looking forward to welcoming you at Hoppegarten.

With kind regards,
Gerhard Schöningh