German Horse Racing

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Over the past decade, horse racing in Germany has flourished. The country now has some of the best racecourses in Europe, including the famous Iffezhiem Racecourse and Baden Baden, as well as some world-famous races. 

The biggest German horse racing event is the Deutsches Derby which is run in Hamburg each year and there are loads of German horse racing meetings to choose from if you are visiting the country.

In this guide, we will highlight the top racecourses in Germany and their most important races.

Find out more about German horse racing:

German horse racing

List of Group 1 Races in Germany

There are seven Group 1 horse racing events in Germany:

  • Deutsches Derby – 2400m, Hamburg
  • Grosser Preis von Berlin – 2400m, Hoppegarten
  • Bayerisches Zuchtrennen – 2000m, Munich
  • Preis der Diana – 2200m, Düsseldorf
  • Grosser Preis von Baden – 2400m, Baden-Baden
  • Preis von Europa – 2400m, Cologne
  • Grosser Preis von Bayern – 2400m, Munich

Find out more about Group 1 races in general.

List of Group 2 Races in Germany

Here is the list of all group two races in Germany:

Race Name Racecourse Distance Age Month
Gerling-Preis Cologne 2,400 4yo+ April
Oleander-Rennen Hoppegarten 3,200 4yo+ May
Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen Cologne 1,600 3yo c&f May
Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft Baden-Baden 2,200 4yo+ May
Diana-Trial Hoppegarten 2,000 3yo f May
Badener Meile Baden-Baden 1,600 3yo+ May
German 1,000 Guineas Düsseldorf 1,600 3yo f June
Union-Rennen Cologne 2,200 3yo June
Hansa-Preis Hamburg 2,400 3yo+ June
Meilen-Trophy (Rotates location) 1,600 3yo+ July
Goldene Peitsche Baden-Baden 1,200 3yo+ August
Oettingen-Rennen Baden-Baden 1,600 3yo+ August

Prize Money in German Horse Racing

The average prize money per Group 1 race is $306,815 which is why so many foreign trainers are starting to compete in Germany for the big prize money pots.

The total prize money of $2.14 million is a huge winning bonus.

Here are the biggest three prize money horse racing events in Germany:

  1. $684,319 – Deutsches Derby
  2. $526,399 – Preis der Diana
  3. $263,199 – Grosser Preis von Baden

German racing generally offers good prize money.

Best German Horse Racing Betting Accounts

Here are the best betting sites that allow bets on German horse races.

All of the bookies from the list of bookmakers above come highly recommended.

German Horse Racing Records

Here are the German records in horse racing:

  • Richest Race – Deutsches Derby – $684,000
  • Most successful jockey – Gerhard Streit
  • Most successful trainer – George Arnull

German Jockeys

Here are the most popular German horse racing jockeys:

  • Lutz Pyritz
  • Frederik Tylicki
  • Peter Schiergen
  • Andrasch Starke
  • Andreas Suborics

Popular Questions

Can you bet on Horse Racing in Germany?

Online sports betting is completely legal so you can bet on German Horse Racing.

In October 2011, the Interstate Treaty on Gambling was passed to allow all sport betting on German sports.

The law permitted 20 sportsbooks to apply for online betting licenses in Germany.

What betting apps work in Germany?

All the major bookmakers work in Germany like:

  • 888 Sport
  • Bet365 Sports
  • Mr Green Horse Racing
  • BetVictor Sport Betting
  • BetBull
  • Unibet Sports Betting
  • Ladbrokes
  • Betfred

How to Get German Horse Racing Live Streaming?

The biggest online bookies will allow your horse race in Germany to be live-streamed as nearly all German horse racing meetings are available.

Make sure your betting account is funded and wager a bet on the German horse race to allow the live streaming to be available.

Providing that you place a small bet on the race in question, you should be able to fire up the live streaming and get the race experience.

Summary of German Racing

Germany is home to some great races and beautiful racecourses.

The popularity of the sport has risen in recent years and some of their horses compete at the highest level across Europe and the World.

If you are in Germany, we definitely recommended visiting some of the racecourses that we have mentioned!

Subjects covered in our German horse racing guide – Munich racecourse and Berlin Hoppegarten, German horse racing meetings, horse racing in Germany history.