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Local Hero: his breeder, Dr Jobst Buhmann, died late last month

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Germany loses two prominent breeders

FRAU Hildegard Focke, the breeder of John Dunlop's 1998 Arc runner-up Leggera, died on November 28 at the age of 83.

Focke had a small but select breeding operation, based mainly in Ireland, and at various times had horses in training in England and Ireland as well as Germany. Her best horse was Leggera, the European champion 3yo filly of 1998 who won the Prix Vermeille and was runner-up in the Prix de l´Arcde Triomphe and the Preis der Diana.

Two days later, Dr Jobst Buhmann died suddenly at the age of 74. He was a member of a well-known North German racing family, and his father and uncle jointly owned the 1955 German Derby winner Lustige, who they raced under the name of Gebrüder (brothers) Buhmann.

His cousin owned Gestüt Evershorst, while he bred under the name of Gestüt (sometimes Hof) Benrode. He was famous for the idiosyncratic nameshe gave the horses he bred. His most successful broodmare in recent years was Lolli Pop, dam of Liquido (by Lomitas), winner of the German and Italian St Leger and now a stallion, and his own brother Local Hero, currently a highly successful hurdler withSteve Gollings.

Dr. Buhmann also served on numerous committees within the German racing and breeding industry.




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