White Turf St. Moritz 2020 - 113 years of international horse racing on snow in St. Moritz
Top class start to proceedings at White Turf
The international Jetset flies in to St.Moritz with its helicopters and private jets to be part of the famous horse race in the beautiful white scenery of the snowy Swiss alps.
So it was pure excitement and palpable enthusiasm in the air again this year, when the starting signal for the first race was given at 11:30 am on 2nd February 2020. White Turf’s power of attraction is undiminished as a particularly strong starting field is in store for the spectators on the first race Sunday: With 70 entrants, this event - the 113th International Horse Race on the frozen lake of St. Moritz - will be even better than the previous year’s excellent cast. The first two racing weekends lay already behind us, one still ahead.
Horses will be lining up to start in each discipline that have left their mark on the races on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz with outstanding performances in recent years. Horses such as Berrahri and Nimrod, winners of the last two LONGINES Grand Prix of St. Moritz. Berrahri, who has meanwhile competed in record-breaking 14 White Turf races, won this race last year with a crushing five-length lead. Moreover, the skijoring mare Uzbekia, who made Valerie Holinger Queen of the Engadine in 2017 and 2018, is back in the line-up. The trotting field is also well filled: The winners of last year's main trotting events will be in the field of starters in the form of Apollo San and Vladimir de Ginai.
Changing of the guard for the trotters and skijoring?
The cards are being reshuffled in the battle for the Credit Suisse Skijoring Trophy. Of the twelve horses at the start only Uzbekia, Acteur de l'Ecu and Sociopath are White Turf experts. It’s a similar situation for the trotting elite: In the shape of Apollo San and Vladimir de Ginai the two most successful snow trotters of 2019 will face new challengers such as Verrazano Bridge, Vicomte de Corveil, Volpone d'Argentan or Sonny Club.
Photo exhibition by Rolf Sachs and BMW
Exclusively on the three Race Sundays, BMW (Switzerland) AG will present the "Dynamic Focus" photo exhibition featuring works by Rolf Sachs. Photographically staged portraits of famous contemporary figures such as Stéphanie Czerny (top manager), Prince Leopold of Bavaria (former racing driver) or Tanja Grandits are presented in the exhibition tent alongside BMW 8 Series models. This creates an exciting interplay between the characteristic dynamics of large-format photo portraits and the powerful BMW design.
Photos: Impression of the third racing day of White Turf St. Moritz, the famous international horse races, taking place on the frozen lake of St. Moritz, Switzerland, February 17, 2019.
swiss-image.ch/Photo Andy Mettler
Excellent ice quality
It is not just the star line-ups in the individual disciplines that are offering the best prerequisites for great races, the ice quality also provides for a great atmosphere: "Thanks to the persistently low temperatures, the ice is excellent and already over 30 cm thick," says Thomas C. Walther, Chairman of the Board of the Rennverein St. Moritz. "The construction of the tent city is already in full swing and the snow-making facilities are running at full speed" - so it’s a green light for exciting sport and a cheery festival atmosphere on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz.