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It’s by now a well-worn comedic cliché: the hapless customer to an public sale who scratches their nostril or waves to their buddy on the fallacious second, and by accident has a bid accepted on an costly merchandise they don’t need and probably can’t even afford.
The stuff of sketch exhibits and sitcoms is extremely unlikely in the true world, as auctioneers are usually clever to what’s happening within the auditorium and attuned to what constitutes a legitimate bid, however simply such a misunderstanding did truly happen on the BBAG Yearling Sale in Baden-Baden two years in the past.
Much more terribly, the chestnut colt who was the topic of that unplanned buy is none aside from Tünnes, who grew to become a sibling to a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner when half-brother Torquator Tasso scored at Longchamp the next yr, and who himself received the Grosser Preis von Bayern by a sensational ten lengths this month.
The person for whom mistakenly agreeing to pay €38,000 for the son of Giuliani has turned out to be a blessing in disguise is Cologne proprietor and breeder Holger Renz, famed in German racing circles for giving his inexpensively bred or purchased horses names impressed by his beloved dwelling metropolis on the Rhine.
Millowitsch, a homebred prolific Group 3 winner by Sehrezad who was a vendor buyback as a yearling at €17,000 and now stands at Gestüt Röttgen in Cologne on the eccentric charge of €1,111, is known as after a preferred native entertainer, whereas stakes scorers Aff Un Zo (purchased for €13,000), Bützje (€5,500) and Klüngel (€28,000) are regional dialect loosely which means ‘at times’, ‘a peck on the cheek’ and ‘a system of scratch my again and I’ll scratch yours’.
As you’ll be able to see from the preliminary values of these horses, Tünnes – named after a country determine in Cologne folklore – price a good bit greater than the proprietor would often pay for a yearling.
Holger’s English-speaking spouse Alexandra informed me this week: “He wished to purchase the horse, however for a extremely low-cost worth, and so he stopped bidding at €20,000. He hardly ever bids greater than that, as he likes looking for bargains on the backside of the market.
“He then known as a buddy on his cell phone, and was gesticulating or pointing as all of us do generally after we’re chatting, so the auctioneer thought he was nonetheless bidding. He ended up having the horse knocked right down to him for €38,000, utterly accidentally.
“Holger got here and informed me what had occurred and mentioned the worth was actually too costly, and that he didn’t need the horse at that worth, however that he additionally didn’t wish to trigger any upset by cancelling the sale. In fact, he is very relieved now that he didn’t!”
It didn’t take lengthy for it to develop into obvious that Tünnes was probably the most completely happy of accidents, after he had been renamed from his breeder’s alternative of moniker, Tijuan Hilleshage, and despatched into pre-training.
“He was initially educated in Hanover, and so they all the time mentioned he was a extremely good horse, after which he moved to Peter Schiergen initially of his two-year-old season and he instantly mentioned he was one thing very particular,” says Alexandra.
However certainly no-one may have foreseen that after ending second on his debut at Cologne he would stay unbeaten in 5 additional begins, together with a Group 3 at Krefeld at two and the German St Leger by eight lengths and the Grosser Preis von Bayern by ten lengths this season at three? Or that he would tackle the world’s greatest within the Japan Cup on Sunday, price a cool £2.5 million to the winner?
“Peter actually did all the time inform us that he had extraordinary expertise,” insists Alexandra. “He was certain about it. However as an proprietor you simply wait and see, as a result of very often you’re informed issues like that and an accident occurs, or they injure themselves and may’t present it.”
One other astonishing component within the story of Tünnes is that he’s the second Group 1 winner – after the good Arc winner Torquator Tasso, who was third within the defence of his title final month – from simply three runners to have been bred by Dutch interest breeder Paul Vandeberg from his solely mare Tijuana, a daughter of Toylsome.
Torquator Tasso: preceded Tunnes as a Group 1 winner produced by Dutch interest breeder Paul VandebergCredit score: Frank Sorge
Happy to report that the unassuming Vandeberg, a retired grasp butcher and breeder of warmbloods who beat native heroes to be voted Germany’s horseracing persona of the yr of 2021, is becoming a member of Holger and Alexandra Renz and Schiergen on the journey to Tokyo to assist the horse on the Japan Cup this weekend.
“We’re travelling with Mr Vandeberg, who has actually loved following Tünnes and was even pleased with our identify change,” says Alexandra with a chuckle.
“You received’t imagine it, however the journey to Japan would be the first flight he has made in his life, and I believe he’s in his 70s. An expertise like this, it simply exhibits you the place racing can take you.”
It additionally amuses me to suppose that every one these brokers and trainers who take themselves ever so critically within the gross sales ring, hiding behind pillars, concealing their mouths with their arms and signalling bids with an nearly imperceptible elevate of their catalogue, won’t ever purchase a horse pretty much as good as Holger Renz did when he waved his arms with a bit an excessive amount of animation throughout a cellphone name and had a number of bids accepted by the auctioneer accidentally.
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The five-year-old mare is educated by Mel Rowley for Sizzling To Trot Racing, having been knocked right down to Gerry Hogan for €46,000 on the Goffs December Nationwide Hunt Sale.
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