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19.12.2022 
 
Holiday greetings from the heathland: Finally, the Derby win! 
As 2022 draws to a close, a very special year comes to an end for us at Gestüt Park Wiedingen, a year that from now on will have a very special place in the history of the stud and its owner Helmut von Finck, because after 22 years on our own soil, the long cherished dream of all dreams came true. With SAMMARCO's triumph in the 153rd running of the German Derby, we celebrated our first victory in the most important race of the year, and this with a horse from our own breeding!

The Camelot colt, equipped with an extraordinary will to win, finished the season with a very strong second place in the Gr.1 Preis von Europa against the recent Breeders' Cup winner Rebel's Romance after his grandiose victory in the Gr.1 Großer Dallmayr-Preis, making us look forward to next year with anticipation.

The fulfillment of the Derby dream by SAMMARCO secured us the championship of owners, and we can also look at topping the breeders' ranking. With comparatively few starts and a winning rate of almost 28%, this result speaks for the high quality of our cracks, which without exception are home bred. Next to our Derby winner, we were especially pleased with the SOLDIER HOLLOW son WESTERN SOLDIER. Returning from France, the four-year-old found himself more and more and advanced to a serial winner who, with a total of six victories in top handicaps, probably decided the breeders' Championship in our favor.

WESTERN SOLDIER's sire, our three-time Champion Sire SOLDIER HOLLOW, finished the year third in the sire rankings and secured his first title as a broodmare sire, due in no small part to the fact that SAMMARCO's dam SALOON SOLD is by the In The Wings son. That SOLDIER HOLLOW would excel in this sector in the medium term was not only to be expected since NEPAL's victory in the Italian Oaks and became visible this year at the auctions in France and partly in Great Britain by a steadily growing interest in his offspring.

We reflect on the year 2022 with great joy and pride, as many years of hard work by our teams both at home and at the racing stable have come to ultimate fruition now. At this point our congratulations go to the trainer of our horses Peter Schiergen and his stable jockey Bauyrzhan Murzabayev, both may - more than deserved - also call themselves champions.

We wish all members of our team as well as all those who have cheered with us this year, who have been happy for us and with us, all breeders, owners, trainers, and friends of horse racing and thoroughbred breeding a blessed Christmas, a peaceful holiday season and a good start into a healthy and fulfilling year 2023.

In the following, you will find Helmut von Finck leading you through the year's review made possible by the cooperation of Sport Welt TV.
 
Jahresrückblick 2022 mit Helmut von Finck »      
 
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