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Hamburger Meile

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Inaugurated  1986
Website  Hamburg
Surface  Turf
Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Distance  1,600 metres (1 mile)
Location  Horner Rennbahn Hamburg, Germany

The Hamburger Meile is a Group 3 flat horse race in Germany open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Hamburg-Horn over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June or July.



The event was established in 1986, and it was initially called the Cognac Hennessy-Rennen. It was originally classed at Listed level and contested over 1,600 metres. It was extended to 1,800 metres in 1987, and reverted to 1,600 metres in 1989.

The race was known as the Hamburg Dresden-Pokal in the early 1990s. It lost Listed status in 1992, and had various sponsored titles thereafter.

The Hamburger Meile regained Listed status in 2000, and was promoted to Group 3 level in 2002. From this point it was called the Deutscher Herold-Preis. It was subsequently known as the JAXX-Pokal and the Franz-Günther von Gaertner-Gedachtnisrennen.

The race was held at Hanover under the title Grosser Preis der VGH Versicherungen in 2012.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Power Flame – 1997, 1998
  • Up and Away – 2001, 2003
  • Earl of Fire – 2009, 2010
  • Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Georg Bocskai – Babylonier (1986), Caracobi (1987)
  • Andreas Suborics – Sinyar (1995), El Divino (2000)
  • Andrasch Starke – La Blue (1996), Sambaprinz (2004)
  • Andreas Boschert – Power Flame (1997, 1998)
  • Lennart Hammer-Hansen – Up and Away (2001, 2003)
  • Dominique Boeuf – Earl of Fire (2009, 2010)
  • Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Bruno Schütz – Saphir (1988), Amarant (1993), Sinyar (1995), La Blue (1996)
  • Winners

    a The 2012 running took place at Hanover.


    Hamburger Meile Wikipedia

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