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The Union-Rennen is a Group 2 flat horse race in Germany which is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Weidenpesch Racecourse, Cologne, over a distance of 2,200 metres (about 1 mile and 3 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

It was established in 1834 and is the oldest horse race in Germany still contested. It was originally held at Tempelhof on the site of what is now Berlin Tempelhof Airport. It was subsequently staged at Hoppegarten and Grunewald. Its distance was initially set at 2,400 metres, and this was extended to 2,800 metres in 1837. Its present length, 2,200 metres, was introduced in 1888. The race was transferred to its current venue, Cologne, in 1947.

The Union-Rennen serves as a major trial for the Deutsches Derby. The most recent horse to win both events was Wiener Walzer in 2009.

Winners since 1985





1985 Acatenango Andrzej Tylicki Heinz Jentzsch 2:18.20
1986 Orfano Peter Alafi Sven von Mitzlaff 2:14.30
1987 Kondor Peter Remmert Hein Bollow 2:24.00
1988 Alkalde Manfred Hofer Peter Lautner 2:18.96
1989 Turfkönig Olaf Schick Uwe Ostmann 2:18.88
1990 Mandelbaum Georg Bocskai Uwe Ostmann 2:21.51
1991 Leone Michael Roberts Uwe Ostmann 2:17.25
1992 Zohar Kevin Woodburn Uwe Ostmann 2:15.58
1993 Kornado Andre Best Bruno Schütz 2:13.09
1994 Twen Kevin Woodburn Harro Remmert 2:20.86
1995 Lecroix Manfred Hofer Mario Hofer 2:19.70
1996 Lavirco Torsten Mundry Peter Rau 2:15.52
1997 Caitano Andrasch Starke Bruno Schütz 2:24.04
1998 Lanciano Terence Hellier Hans Blume 2:25.11
1999 Silvano Kevin Woodburn Andreas Wöhler 2:20.00
2000 Network Andrasch Starke Andreas Schütz 2:15.27
2001 Sabiango Andreas Suborics Andreas Wöhler 2:17.76
2002 Next Desert Terence Hellier Andreas Schütz 2:17.15
2003 Dai Jin Terence Hellier Andreas Schütz 2:19.79
2004 Malinas William Mongil Peter Schiergen 2:18.94
2005 Königstiger Andreas Suborics Peter Schiergen 2:16.83
2006 Aspectus Andrasch Starke Hans Blume 2:13.92
2007 Axxos Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen 2:21.90
2008 Liang Kay Terence Hellier Uwe Ostmann 2:19.97
2009 Wiener Walzer Adrie de Vries Jens Hirschberger 2:16.81


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