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|
- galopp-sieger.de – Union-Rennen.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Union-Rennen (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Union-Rennen – Köln.