Munich – Feuerblitz will be running to make history Sunday in Hong Kong.
The three-year-old colt is the lone race horse from Germany to run in this year’s LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious international races. The race will be run at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Last year, German horse Zazou won third place and took home HK$2 million of the HK$20 million prize money, the winner California Memory from the U.S. taking home HK$11.4 million. Total prize money increases this year to HK$22 million dollars and Feuerblitz will be looking to be the first German horse to win the race.
Owner Patrick Bertermann and trainer Michael Figge discuss Feuerblitz’s chances at the 2012 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup.
Feuerblitz was born in 2009, Big Shuffle from the USA is the father and Flamingo Island, his German mother. He’s been racing since 2011, winning twice this year, with the biggest victory coming in the Better Italian Derby on May 20th. That was a 2200 meter race. The other win was a 2000 meter race at the “Aufgalopp” race on April 9th. His total winnings this year has been 500,000 Euros.
Over the past three races, Feuerblitz has finished in second place each time, and is in tremendous form and health. The last race was at the “Premio Roma” on November 4th which was 2000 meters.
Feuerblitz is owned by Patrick Bertermann of Eivissa Stables and trained by Michael Figge of Figge Stables in Munich, Germany.
Past winners from Germany, prize money
2002 Paolini 2nd place, HK$ 4 million
2011 Zazou 3rd place, HK$ 2 million