Novellist (horse)

Novellist is an Irish-bred, German-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He won major races in four countries including the Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Italy, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the United Kingdom and the Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany. He was rated the fifth-best racehorse in the world and was voted German Horse of the Year for his performances in 2013.

Novellist at Hamburg in 2012
DamNight Lagoon
Foaled10 March 2009[1]
ColourBay or Brown
BreederChristoph Berglar
OwnerChristoph Berglar
TrainerAndreas Wohler
Record11: 9-1-0
Major wins
Frühjahrs Dreijährigen-Preis (2012)
Union-Rennen (2012)
Gran Premio del Jockey Club (2012)
Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen (2013)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2013)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2013)
Grosser Preis von Baden (2013)
German Horse of the Year (2013)


Novellist is a dark bay or brown horse with a white snip and three white socks bred in Ireland by his owner Christoph Berglar. He was sired by Monsun (1990-2012), a dual winner of the Preis von Europa who went on to become a highly successful breeding stallion. His other progeny include Manduro, Stacelita and Shirocco.[2] Novellist's dam Night Lagoon won the Preis der Winterkönigin in 2003.

The colt was sent into training with Andreas Wohler at Ravensberg, between Dortmund and Hanover.[3] In his early races Novellist was ridden by the Panamanian jockey Eduardo Pedroza.

Racing careerEdit

2011: two-year-old seasonEdit

On his only appearance as a two-year-old, Novellist contested a minor race over 1500 metres at Düsseldorf and won by eight lengths from five opponents.[4]

2012: three-year-old seasonEdit

Novellist made his three-year-old debut over 1600 metres at Hoppegarten. He started at odds of 1/5 in a field of nine and won by five lengths. On 6 May he was moved up in class for the Group Three Frühjahrs Dreijährigen-Preis over 2000 metres at Frankfurt. Pedroza restrained the colt at the back of the field before moving up to challenge for the lead in the straight. He took the lead 300 metres from the finish and accelerated clear of his opponents to win by six lengths.[5]

On 10 June, Novellist was moved up to Group Two class for the Union-Rennen over 2200 metre at Cologne. In a repeat of his tactics at Frankfurt, Pedroza held up the colt among the backmarkers before moving forward in the straight. In the closing stages he broke clear of the field and won in "very impressive" style by five lengths.[6] On 2 July Novellist started 4/6 favourite for the Group One Deutsches Derby at Hamburg. He took the lead inside the last 100 metres but was overtaken and beaten half a length by the 25/1 outsider Pastorius. Wohler said afterwards: "Novellist ran a good race, but he was a bit phlegmatic today," while Berglar, said: "That's racing!".[7]

After a two-month break, Novellist was matched against older horses for the first time in the Grosser Preis von Baden. Ridden by the British-based Norwegian-born jockey William Buick,[8] he finished fourth of the seven runners behind Danedream, Ovambo Queen and Pastorius. On his final start of the season, Novellist was sent to Italy to contest the Gran Premio del Jockey Club over 2400 metres in Milan. He started 8/13 favourite and won easily by four and a half lengths from the Australian-bred Retrieve.[9][10]

2013: four-year-old seasonEdit

Novellist made his first appearance as a four-year-old in the Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen over 2200 metres at Baden-Baden on 12 May. He won by a head from the 2011 Deutsches Derby winner Waldpark, to whom he was conceding six pounds.[11]

On 23 June, Novellist was sent to France for the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Ridden by Ryan Moore he took the lead 400 metres from the finish and won by one and a quarter lengths from Dunaden, with the favourite Cirrus des Aigles in fifth place.[12] Commenting on his colt's victory, Wohler said: "That was great. He had a perfect run round and Ryan even said he got to the front a little bit too soon. Even though he was in front sooner than he wanted to be, he finished well and we are very happy."[13]

Novellist was then sent to the United Kingdom to contest Britain's most prestigious weight-for-age race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over one and a half miles at Ascot Racecourse. The colt was racing on firm ground for the first time but Wohler had no doubts about Novellist's ability to cope, saying: "He is a very good-moving horse, and his action was impressive in the gallop. If the ground is fast on Saturday, that is not really a concern. I expect him to run well".[3] He was ridden by the veteran Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh after Ryan Moore was claimed to ride the three-year-old Hillstar.[14] Novellist the 13/2 fourth choice in the betting behind Cirrus des Aigles, Trading Leather and Hillstar. He was settled in fourth place as fast pace was set by Ektihaam and Universal, before moving up to take the lead in the straight. He accelerated clear of the field and won easily by five lengths from Trading Leather in a course record time of 2:24.6.[15] The win was the second successive win in the race for Germany, following Danedream in 2012. After the race Wohler said "I used to come to Ascot to watch the King George as a kid on my holidays, now I'm here winning it. One of our strengths is we have horses who mature later and when stepped up in distance. I was confident as I knew he had improved since his last race but I didn't expect him to win by five lengths."[16] Wohler went on to indicate that the colt would next appear in the Grosser Preis von Baden before running in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.[14] Murtagh called the winner "a very high-class horse with a good engine" and said that his only difficulty came when attempting to pull the horse up after crossing the finish line.[17]

Novellist reappeared in the Grosser Preis von Baden on 1 September and started the 3/10 favourite against four opponents. He led from the start and pulled had against Pedroza's efforts to restrain him before he was overtaken by his stable companion Seismos at half way. He regained the lead from Seismos inside the last 200 metres to win by three-quarter of a length. Novellist was strongly fancied for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but was ruled out on the day before the race when he was found to be running an abnormally high temperature.[18]

Stud careerEdit

Novellist was retired from racing in October 2013 and was sold to the Shadai Corporation.[19] He currently stands at the Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. His 2015 stud fee was ¥4,000,000.[20]


In the 2012 edition of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, Novellist was given a rating of 118, making him the 89th best racehorse in the world and the fourth best three-year-old colt trained in Europe behind Camelot, Pastorius and Encke.[21] In the 2013 edition of the rankings, Novellist was rated the best four-year-old in the world, the best male horse in Europe and the fifth-best horse of any age or sex behind Black Caviar, Treve, Wise Dan and Orfevre.[22]

He was voted German Horse of the Year for 2013, taking 49% of the vote ahead of Lucky Speed (30%) and Neatico (21%).[23]


Pedigree of Novellist (IRE), dark bay or brown stallion 2009[1]
Monsun (GER)
Konigsstuhl (GER)
Dschingis Khan Tamerlane
Donna Diana
Konigskronung Tiepoletto
Mosella (GER)
Surumu Literat
Monasia Authi
Night Lagoon (GER)
Lagunas (GER)
Ile de Bourbon Nijinsky
Liranga Literat
Love In
Nenuphar (IRE)
Night Shift Northern Dancer
Narola Nebos
Nubia (Family 4-r)


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  2. ^ "Monsun Stud Record". Racing Post. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b J A McGrath (21 July 2013). "Andrea Wohler has Novellist in peak form for raid on Ascot's King George Stakes". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Preis Syoss Rennen result". Racing Post. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  5. ^ "Frühjahrs Dreijährigen-Preis result". Racing Post. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  6. ^ "Union-Rennen". Racing Post. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  7. ^ David Conolly-Smith (1 July 2012). "Pastorius upsets odds on Novellist in Derby". Racing Post. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  8. ^ Will Hayler (1 September 2012). "William Buick seeks to start a German chapter with Novellist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  9. ^ "Gran Premio del Jockey Club result". Racing Post. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  10. ^ Lewyn, Myra (23 October 2012). "Novellist Wins Italiano for Stonereath Owner". Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  11. ^ "Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen result". Racing Post. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  12. ^ "Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud result". Racing Post. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  13. ^ "Ryan Moore and Novellist land Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud". 23 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  14. ^ a b Greg Wood at Ascot (27 July 2013). "Ascot's King George won in record style by German-trained Novellist". The Observer. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  15. ^ Was für eine Titelverteidigung! Novellist mit Bahnrekord auf Danedreams Spuren (German)
  16. ^ "Novellist wins King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes". BBC News. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  17. ^ "Novellist claims dominant victory in King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot". Daily Telegraph. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  18. ^ Paul Eacott (5 October 2013). "Novellist ruled out of Arc with fever". Racing Post. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  19. ^ DRF Breeding Staff (October 17, 2013). "Novellist, Group 1 winner, retired and sold to Shadai Farm". Daily Racing Form. Daily Racing Form. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  20. ^ Staff. "Novellist (IRE)". Bloodhorse Stallion Register. Blood-Horse LLC. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  21. ^ "The 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  22. ^ "The 2013 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
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