Story of The Proprietor Who Purchased a G1 Winner, By Accident

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Right here, he tells the intriguing story of how a telephone name throughout an public sale led to one of many luckiest and most uncommon breaks you possibly can think about.

It’s by now a well-worn comedic cliché: the hapless customer to an public sale who scratches their nostril or waves to their good friend on the fallacious second and by accident has a bid accepted on an costly merchandise they do not need and probably cannot even afford. 

The stuff of sketch reveals and sitcoms is very unlikely in the true world, as auctioneers are usually clever to what is going on on within the auditorium and attuned to what constitutes a legitimate bid, however simply such a misunderstanding did really 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 turned a sibling to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner when half brother Torquator Tasso  scored at Longchamp the next 12 months, and who himself received the Grosser Allianz-Preis von Bayern (G1) by a sensational 10 lengths this month. 


Torquator Tasso and Rene Piechulek win the G1 Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triommphe Paris Longchamps Oct. 3, 2021 Mathea Kelley
Photograph: Mathea Kelley

Torquator Tasso wins the 2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp

The person for whom mistakenly agreeing to pay €38,000 (US$45,037) 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 ($21,776) and now stands at Gestüt Röttgen in Cologne on the eccentric payment of €1,111 ($1,141), is known as after a preferred native entertainer, whereas stakes scorers Aff un zo , purchased for €13,000 ($14,523), Bützje—€5,500 ($5,987), and Klüngel—€28,000 ($31,355) are regional dialect loosely that means ‘at times,’ ‘a peck on the cheek,’ and ‘a system of scratch my again and I am going to scratch yours.’

As you possibly can see from the preliminary values of these horses, Tünnes—named after a country determine in Cologne folklore—value a good bit greater than the proprietor would often pay for a yearling.

Holger’s English-speaking spouse Alexandra informed me this week: “He needed to purchase the horse, however for a very 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 good friend on his cell phone and was gesticulating or pointing as all of us typically do after we’re chatting, so the auctioneer thought he was nonetheless bidding. He ended up having the horse knocked all the way down to him for €38,000, fully by chance. 

“Holger got here and informed me what had occurred and mentioned the worth was actually too costly and that he did not need the horse at that worth however that he additionally did not wish to trigger any upset by canceling the sale. After all, he is very relieved now that he did not!” 

It did not take lengthy for it to turn into obvious that Tünnes was essentially the most blissful of accidents after he had been renamed from his breeder’s selection of moniker, Tijuan Hilleshage, and despatched into pre-training. 

“He was initially skilled in Hanover, they usually all the time mentioned he was a very good horse, after which he moved to Peter Schiergen at first of his 2-year-old season, and he instantly mentioned he was one thing very particular,” says Alexandra. 

06.11.2022, Munich, Tunnes with Bauyrzhan Murzabayev up wins the Grosse Preis von Bayern at Munich racecourse, GER. Photo GALOPPFOTO/</p>

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Tünnes wins the Grosser Preis von Bayern at Galopprennbahn Munchen

However absolutely nobody might have foreseen that after ending second on his debut at Cologne he would stay unbeaten in 5 additional begins, together with a bunch 3 at Krefeld at 2 and the RaceBets – 138. German St. Leger (G3) by eight lengths and the Grosser Preis von Bayern by 10 lengths this season at 3? Or that he would tackle the world’s finest within the Japan Cup (G1) Nov. 27, 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 positive about it. However as an proprietor, you wait and see as a result of very often you are 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 protection of his title final month—from simply three runners to have been bred by Dutch pastime breeder Paul Vandeberg from his solely mare Tijuana , a daughter of Toylsome.

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 12 months of 2021, is becoming a member of Holger and Alexandra Renz and Schiergen on the journey to Tokyo to help the horse on the Japan Cup this weekend.

“We’re touring with Mr. Vandeberg, who has actually loved following Tünnes and was even pleased with our identify change,” says Alexandra with a chuckle.

“You will not consider it, however the journey to Japan would be the first flight he has made in his life, and I feel he is in his 70s. An expertise like this simply reveals you the place racing can take you.”

It additionally amuses me to assume 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 palms and signaling bids with an virtually imperceptible increase of their catalog, won’t ever purchase a horse pretty much as good as Holger Renz did when he waved his arms with a little bit an excessive amount of animation throughout a telephone name and had a number of bids accepted by the auctioneer by chance.

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