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Uwe Ostmann announces retirement

Germany: Top trainer Uwe Ostmann has announced that he will bring an end to his illustrious career at the end of November.

The 72-year-old has trained at Mülheim for the past 27 years and has won every important race in the German calendar, including the Deutsches Derby in 1988 with Luigi.

In his younger days he was a highly successful jumps jockey (three times German champion) and in all he has sent out the winners of over 1,500 races.

His main owner has always been Gestüt Auenquelle, who currently own 27 of the 35 horses listed under his name.

Although he has a reputation as a specialist for speedy two-year-olds, Ostmann said: "I have had some fast two-year-olds because Auenquelle keeps breeding them!

"I am just as proud of the Group 1 successes and Classic wins with my three-year-olds and older horses, such as Turfkönig, Hollywood Dream and Gonbarda."

New trainer at the Mülheim stable, named Stall Diana, will be 43-year-old Jens Hirschberger, who was private trainer for Gestüt Schlenderhan and the Ullmann family for five highly successful years before his abrupt dismissal two months ago.

During that time Hirschberger won the German Derby twice and this year sent out Energizer to be the first ever German winner at Royal Ascot.

He said: "I have had a short break and am now looking forward to this new challenge."

Ostmann added: "We could not have found a better man to take over."

Karl-Dieter Ellerbracke, joint-owner of Auenquelle and also boss of Germany's leading sales company BBAG, said: "We would like to thank Uwe Ostmann for many years of outstanding success; we have been a great team and are delighted that Jens is now available to carry on the good work."

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