TRC rankings star: Henk Grewe

• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings

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Henk Grewe: Group-race monopoly in Cologne with stable jockey Andrasch Starke.
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+11 Henk Grewe

Not an overabundance of qualifying contests last week with regard to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s global rankings – but still more than enough for the highly successful trainer-jockey partnership of Henk Grewe and Andrasch Starke to put down a serious marker for the coming season in Germany.

There were three Group races in Germany after the nation’s resumption of racing on Thursday at Hanover, and champion trainer Grewe teamed up with stable jockey Starke to win all three of them.

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Deutsches Derby prospect Wonderful Moon set the ball rolling in Friday’s G3 Cologne Classic with a comfortable victory and was followed an hour later by Be My Sheriff, who took the G2 Carl Jaspers-Preis. Then at Berlin-Hoppegarten on Sunday German horse of the year Rubaiyat kept his unbeaten record intact in the G3 Dr Busch-Memorial.

As regular partner of the Arc/King George winner Danedream, five-time German champion Starke is well known on the international stage. The 46-year-old earns a 14-point boost (#125 from #189) in the jockeys’ ranks.

Cologne-based former jockey Grewe, 37, is less well known outside his native country, where his sole G1 success came via Khan in the Preis von Europa in September 2018. He landed his first German training title in 2019. 

An 11pt boost for last week’s exploits catapult Grewe up the trainers’ list to #69 (from #116) – enough to earn the mantle of star of the week. Expect further climbs as the season progresses.

A notable mover among jockeys is John Allen (+9pts, #35 from #44), who hits the Top 40 after winning the South Australian Derby on the impressive Russian Camelot for trainer Danny O’Brien (+5pts, #67 from #85). Allen had earlier won a G3 on the same Morphettville card.

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Reliable Japanese-based Italian Mirco Demuro (+4pts, #19 from #11) enters the jockeys’ Top 20 after a shock victory on Lauda Sion in the G1 NHK Mile Cup.

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