Shining Emerald is the star in top premiere

UNIA Racing crack opens 2019 racing season in Mülheim: Great attendance with 5,600 spectators on Monday evening

Top class sprinter Shining Emerald was the four-legged VIP in front of 5,600 spectators at the season premiere on Monday evening at Mülheim racecourse. The eight-year-old gelding, who four years ago scored big in Germany's most important sprint race, the Goldene Peitsche in Baden-Baden, brought Werner Krüger´s UNIA Racing (vice president of Rennclub Mülheim an der Ruhr e.V.) a fine victory in the opening race of 2019 at Raffelberg racecourse.cember, which will be part of the annual programme from now on again.

The hot 1.3:1 favourite had five-time champion jockey Eduardo Pedroza aboard, who has been very successful in Qatar over the winter, and together they romped home for a gate-to-wire win in the 1400 m race. The top galopper, who is trained by Andreas Wöhler in Spexard near Gütersloh and has amassed well over 200,000 euros in earnings in his career, had a confident one and a half lengths advantage over McQueen, trained by Yasmin Almenräder on site for Stall Mandarin around vice president Hans Bierkämper, and should soon set course again for bigger tasks.

The Mülheim Racing Club deeply regrets that UNIA Racing's A Train suffered a broken leg in a 2000 m race later in the day and unfortunately had to be euthanised.

Big money on big long shots

As the raceday progressed on the packed racecourse, which featured a large catering offer and a variety of entertainment options for children, there were some remarkable and several surprising winners at high odds:

The level III handicap over 2300 metres ended with a big surprise when Footloose (Bayarsaikhan Ganbat, 12,3:1) from the stables of Toni Potters from Großenkneten was greatly underestimated, and the favorised Ricardo and Valduro (Stall Mandarin) stood no chance against the mare´s enormous speed.

Italian jockey Michael Cadeddu, also a film and television star in his former homeland, took advantage of the moment in a 2400 m handicap, as he had only shortly before retained the mount on the 13.7:1 outsider Koonari for owner/trainer Janine Beckmann from Versmold, who had broken her arm in a spill in training. And, sure enough, with all his jockey ship, Cadeddu managed an upset. Here the trifecta with Sulphur and Piccadilly in second and third place was not hit. Hence, the next raceday will now feature a lucrative jackpot.

Classic talent in Sea The Moon-Rennen?

Three-year-old Mythica, who gave jockey Filip Minarik his first win after returning from a successful trip to Japan, paid a whooping 24.3:1 for bettors. Jean-Pierre Carvalho prepares the Adlerflug-daughter in Bergheim for Gestüt Schlenderhan; the filly is nominated for several top races, including the classic German Oaks.

International Arrival

The level III handicap over 1,300 m was quite an international affair when the Dutch horse Misty Birnam (10.2:1) with young Anna van den Troost in the saddle displayed a powerful late speed to score for last year´s owner/trainer champion Lucien van der Meulen from Holland ahead of the Austrian guest Do It In Rio.

New betting types and rich superfecta

The two new types of bets “2 out of 4“ and “Multi“, introduced on March 31, premiered at Mülheim´s season opener. Only one person correctly predicted the odds of the day (Rockwell Lloyd - Crouton - Seewolf - Thunder Light) and was paid out 10,000 euros, likely leaving the event very happy.

Pecheur: Wedding and golden armband - Double for Frank Fuhrmann

A special innovation from the year 2018 experienced its new edition on Monday: the current leading jockey Maxim Pecheur (28) wore the golden armband of the top rider. He scored with Casinomaster (8.7:1) in a 1,200 m handicap for Frank Fuhrmann´s Magdeburger Stall, which later celebrated Boy Charlton´s win (Marco Casamento, 9:1) in the final level III handicap over 1,300 m beating Yasmin Almenräder´s Part of Ireland. Pecheur is currently experiencing his very special private success—last Friday the jockey, who won the 2017 German Derby with Windstoß, married his partner, the former amateur champion Lena Maria Mattes (now Lena Pecheur).

Next raceday on 6 May

The next race event in Mülheim is an after work event and will take place on Monday, May 6. A total of seven racedays will be held at Raffelberg in the course of the 2019 season. With the Diana Trial on July 14 and the Silberne Band der Ruhr on November 2, we will present two Listed races at Raffelberg this year. A special event will be the Christmas race day on 26 December, which will be part of the annual programme from now on again.