ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Where the horses come first - and become winners!
Annike leading in top class sprinter Captain America, who was voted Sprinter of The Year in 2019.
Where horses come first - and become winners!
Annike's fourth Vårsprint win
General de Vega in full command
13 June 2021: General de Vega, sporting the white and green silks of Väsby Häst AB and perfectly ridden by Jacob Johansen, broke through at the top level by landing the prestigious Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) in Sweden this afternoon. He thus became Annike's fourth winner of this important event. She has also saddled Ragazzo and dual winner Captain America with success in the 'Vårsprint'. In General de Vega, Annike appears to have found the perfect replacement for the stable's sorely missed champion Captain America. General de Vega came from off the pace and he proved a length too good for the race favourite, Could Be King, who had to settle for second best, half a length in front of Dardenne, who pipped CJ Thoroughbreds AB's ultra consistent runner Abolish by a nose in a fight for third spot. With Ramone taking fifth, this became an absolute clean sweep for the Norwegian raiders. General de Vega, who beat Abolish by half a length as they prepared for this contest at Øvrevoll nine days ago, returned almost 5-1 on the Tote, while Abolish was overlooked by the punters and went off at 22-1.
We Got The Boss, another performer that always gives his all, took third in the Bobbie Killicks Minnesløpning, beaten 2 lengths behind last year's Swedish 2,000 Guineas winner Everest Voice, trained by Wido Neuroth. Swedish Dream finished sixth in the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), a race he was fourth in two years ago. With these results, Annike's strike rate in June is a healthy 29.4% winners to runners - pretty impressive, especially when we know that stable companions have been forced to take each other on a few times recently. GS
Swedish Dream, General de Vega,
Abolish and We Got The Boss off to Sweden
Top class Sunday menu at Bro Park
Super Sunday at Bro Park is certainly shaping up to be just that, as the Stockholms Stora Pris heads a programme where we will also enjoy Bro Park Vårsprint, Jockeyklubbens 2,000 Guineas, Svenskt 1,000 Guineas and Bobbie Killicks Minnesloepning - a race that gets We Got The Boss in the starting gate. Swedish Dream goes for 'Stockholm Stora', while Abolish and General de Vega are both set for the big sprint race on the day.
1,000 Guineas next
Takeko impressive in maiden breaker
10 June 2021: Takeko was the shortest priced favourite on this eight-race card but not many could have expected her to win the night's maiden event in the manner she did. Ninja Racing's filly, imported from England ahead of this season, absolutely bolted up under a confident Per-Ander Gråberg, beating My French Dream hard held by 2 1/2 lengths. She ran the 1600 metres in 1.39.7, exactly the same time clocked by Simply Minds as he took a good winners' race over the same distance half a an hour earlier. The ground was good, something that clearly suited the well actioned Takeko much better than the heavy ground she encountered on her seasonal debut. She advanced smoothly coming up by the stands' side rail at the finish and got to the lead 300 metres out, where she quickened right away. In a matter of strides, it was all over. Her stable companion Tambora Queen missed the break completely in the same race and was always trailing thereafter. She did make up some ground, however, and beat two home. Takeko's next start will be in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas on June 26, a race Annike won with Unwanted Beauty two years ago.
Seeyouincourt created a favourable impression when third in the sprint maiden on the night, while Calcaterre (fourth) and Meste dos Magos (fifth) were both a bit below form in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls Løp, won by Pirlo. GS
We are into June and the horses are running into form
Three winners, one runner-up on the night!
03 June 2021: Väsby Häst AB enjoyed a fine evening with a double at Øvrevoll Galopp, completed by General de Vega (above), as he ran out a game winner of the Hansinger Handicap over 1170 metres. Partnered by Jacob Johansen, he beat stable companion Abolish by half a length - giving Annike an excellent one-two in the sprint. Her four legged trainees are clearly running into very good form these days.
Mudjimba, ridden by Carlos Lopez, bounced back to form in the Holly Golightly Handicap over 1730 metres, beating Tatum readily by three parts of a length, with Hope And Glory in third place. We Got The Boss - who never runs a bad race - put up a tremendous fight in Hesteierforeningens Handicap, and shared the spoils with Face Of Energima as they ran a dead heat in this traditional contest. Swedish Dream, making his seasonal debut, ran a good second under top weight in a handicap over 1800 metres, and. A fine raceday for Skoganstallen's team! GS
Dead heat in Hesteierforeningens Handicap
Nora Hagelund Holm, on We Got The Boss, and Per-Anders Gråberg on Face Of Energima, put on a thrilling show in the valuable handicap, and in the end the judge could not separate the two.
Annike sends out nine runners
Swedish Dream returns to action
02 June 2021: Swedish Dream, getting his first run in 2021, heads a strong team of nine runners representing Annike Bye Hansen at Øvrevoll on Thursday evening. The seven-year-old son of Helmet has 7 wins and 1.194.721 kroner to his name. He is by far the most accomplished horse in the programme – and a hot contender for the Hovman Handicap, a turf event over 1800 metres set to go off as race five on an excellent card - with all eight races to be staged on the turf. Swedish Dream will come up against five rivals, getting Jacob Johansen on board. Johansen partnered him also when he ran such a fine race to finish second in last year's Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), also over 1800 metres on this turf course.
Three of his stable companions will clash in race three, Holly Golightly Handicap over 1730 metres. Mudjimba (Carlos Lopez) is ready for his second run of the campaign, while Mestre Dos Magos (Alan Wallace) and last year's impressive handicap climber Our Boy John (Jacob Johansen) will both me making a seasonal debut. A trio from Skoganstallen will also go to post for the sixth race, which is the first leg of Dagens Dobbel. The 1170 metres long Hansinger Handicap attracted Calcaterre (Elione Chaves), General de Vega (Jacob Johansen) and Abolish (Alan Wallace). This will be the second time this year they meet, as they all took part in a strong sprint won by Brian Ryan last week. Abolish, beaten just a length into second, did best of the three that day, while General de Vega was third, beaten a further half-length, and Calcaterre came home in sixth place. They meet on the same weight terms this week.
Last but by no means least, we will see We Got The Boss (Nora Hagelund Holm) and Noosa Prince (Elione Chaves) going for what looks a highly competitive renewal of Øvrevoll Hesteierforenings Handicap, a 1600-metres race Annike won with Minnie McGinn back in 2012. Noosa Prince and We Got The Boss were both given a prep run for this valuable contest when filling third and fifth respectively behind Kasai over the same distance in May. Kasai will once more be in opposition, as will his runner-up Ginmann be. GS
Abolish – consistency has its price
Imported from France ahead of the 2020 season, Abolish ran five times in Scandinavia last year – and produced solid form at three different venues. It almost beggars belief that he failed to win under Annike's management but the best horse does not always win in handicaps. Thoroughbreds rated as highly as on 85kg by the handicapper normally visit the winners' enclosure at least once through the campaign. Abolish was unlucky not to win last year and his consistency clearly had its price. When you keep on going close, time after time, you will not be dropped in the handicap list. Abolish is the type to keep up the good work as an older horse, however, and we can hope for success in 2021 with this horse. He ran a cracking good race when runner-up in Goteborg Stora Pris in Sweden in August, going down by just a neck to the smart filly Ramone, who carried 3kg less than Abolish. Accomplished horses like Match Maker, Shantou and Fiftyshadesfreed filled the places behind Abolish, making the form of the 1400-metres contest look particularly strong.
Calcaterre - age no hindrance
It is not at all unusual for sprinters to keep their form well as older horses. As we saw with our champion Captain America, age is no hindrance in this division. Calcaterre is another good example. Getting ready for this ten-year-old campaign, he is a tough, battle hardened fighter who recorded his 16th career win when landing the Giant Sandman Cup Sprint over 1170 metres on the turf at Øvrevoll last July. Ridden by Elione Chaves, Calcaterre produced a rock solid performance that day, pipping the smart filly Ramone while giving her 3kg. Backcountry finished third, with Martini filling fourth place. The win was worth 62.500 kroner. Calcaterre earned a bit more in the second half of the season and his career total now stands at 1.484.577 kroner. A look at his past two campaigns makes for interesting reading.
General de Vega - lightly raced talent
General de Vega is a lightly raced four-year-old, formerly trained in Sweden, who was sent to Annike Bye Hansen's stable last year. He made just the one start at Øvrevoll, finishing a game third behind Backcountry and Match Maker in the highly competitive New Options Handicap in late July. Eight runners went to post for this turf contest, staged over 1370 metres on soft ground, and General de Vega was a slight favourite, taking a little bit more money than Match Maker, a winner over the same trip on his preceding start. Backcountry beat them both, however, coming home 1 ¼ lengths in front of Match Maker, with General de Vega a length further adrift. London Rock, a winner of four races in 2020, was almost four lengths behind him in fourth place. Backcountry franked the form by beating Dardenne in an Eliteløp two weeks later. The reason for General de Vega's subsequent absence from the races was that he underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip in August.
I Rest My Case - related to Al Buraq
I Rest My Case, a juvenile filly by Deceptor out of the Special Quest daughter Sweety, is bred to be good. Out of a mare that was fast and precocious, I Rest My Case comes from the same family as the highly successful handicapper Al Buraq. It will be interesting to see how she gets on when her racing career gets underway. Her sire Deceptor enjoyed success with a number of good runners, amongst them high earners like Vortex, Working Class Hero and Dickie Dickens.
Deceptor, a beautifully bred Darley product, ran just twice, winning a Doncaster maiden before finishing fifth in Listed company at Newbury – both these outings were made when he was a juvenile. He was a son of top class miler and excellent stallion Machiavellian out of Satin Flower, whose finest moment came with a win against colts in the Jersey Stakes (G3) at Royal Ascot. She went on to be a successful broodmare. Her best son, Lujain, was a top class juvenile who won the Middle Park Stakes (G1).
Madame Krug - bred for speed
This two-year-old daughter of Intrinsic was purchased at the Tattersalls February Sale in Newmarket. Madame Krug's sire, a son of top class sprinter Oasis Dream out of Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Infallible, won the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood – one of the most valuable sprint handicaps in England. That was one of Intrinsic's four wins from ten runs. Intrinsic has sired a handful of nice winners, including the speedy duo Intrinsic Bond and Topper Bill, both of whom have won three races and achieved handicap ratings in the mid 90's in England. Intrinsic Bond ran third on his seasonal debut at Redcar this April. Topper Bill is also still in training, having won two good sprint races at Meydan in Dubai early in the year.
Mestre dos Magos, 54% top three
Mestre dos Magos was a winner also in 2020, having managed three visits to the winners' enclosure back in 2019. Representing Norwegian breeding, this tough and durable son of Academy Award has raced 74 times for 9 wins in his career – a career that will continue in 2021. Like Calcaterre, Mestre dos Magos is a runner that has been able to keep his form well with age. He is nine years old now and, with 909.107 kroner in earnings, Stall Isabel's pride and joy is within reach of becoming a millionaire this season.
Mudjimba – one explosive performance
Mudjimba joined Annike's team last summer, after having won one of his four races while trained by Lars Kelp in Sweden, and he revealed his talent when successful at Øvrevoll Galopp in early October. The son of Kodiac captured the Zimoni Handicap by almost seven lengths - while also clocking what appeared to be a very good time for the 1750 metres over the dirt track. Mudjimba looked a progressive type on the day and there's every reason to hope that he can build on this form in 2021 – though he did disappoint next time out, when finishing fourth in similar company over 1600 metres, well beaten by the winner, Buckybabe. We Got the Boss and Mestre dos Magos filled second and third in the same contest. Mudjimba was so much better in his winning race.
Noosa Prince – solid and versatile
A son of high profile stallion Kodiac from the family of a Breeders' Cup winner, Noosa Prince has already won six races in his career; four at Bro Park, one at Jägersro and one at Øvrevoll – where he was successful over 1600 metres in 2019. A new member on the team, he will be getting his first runs for Annike this season.
Our Boy John's three wins in 2020
Photos: Roger Svalsrød / hesteguiden
Our Boy John - tough as nails
Our Boy John enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2020, winning three of his twelve races and running placed four times. Having a horse with such consistency and and appetite for the game is any racehorse owner's dream. Our Boy John certainly brought a lot of fun to his connections. His first success of the season was in a handicap over 1600 metres on turf in late July, when he overcame a far from ideal trip to get up for a narrow win over My Cup Of Tea, who beat Sonriente for second place. Stable companion Karen From Finance finished fourth. Just over three weeks later, on Norwegian Derby day, Our Boy John was once more in action over the same course and distance. The task looked quite a bit tougher on paper but he was more than up for it. Earning 51.800 kroner, Our Boy John won the Energima sponsored event by 2 ¾ lengths from Sunbreak, with Seraphine third and the race favourite Alsimsaam back in fourth.
Possession - well bred son of Iffraaj
Possession, who moved across to Annike's stable after having raced twice for Niels Petersen last year, is a lightly raced four-year-old with potential to improve. Hen has made just four starts to date, all at Øvrevoll in 2020. Possession was third to Raspberry Beret over 1980 metres last July and fifth to Macjack over 1730 metres the following month. Both these races were on turf. He is a half-brother to Privilegiado, one of the best horses in Scandinavia in recent years. Privilegiado won the Norwegian Triple Crown in 2019, having been one of the best juveniles in Scandinavia the preceding year. He went on to win the Oslo Cup (G3) last season. Privilegiado is a son of Sea The Moon, while Possession is by the more speedy sire Iffraaj.
Seeyouincourt - from family of winners
Seeyouincourt, an unraced three-year-old filly bred by Christer Svanholm AB in Sweden, came to Annike's stable after being bought at the yearling sales at Bro Park in 2019. Seeyouincourt is by Juniper Tree (Galileo) out of the highly successful Fraam daughter Blusher (GB), who won 8 races in England and Sweden. Blusher developed into a serious runner in Scandinavia, blossoming after joining Claes Björling. Blusher began her career in England, where she was trained by Mick Channon and won over 7.5 furlongs at Beverley. That was useful form but Björling improved her no end in Sweden. He made her successful in the Amacitalöpning, Svealanadlöpning and Scania Sprint, and she was also placed 15 times, including when fourth in the Rosengårdlöpning. Her earnings grew to an impressive 750,164 SEK., and Blusher has done well also as a broodmare. She is the dam of the hardy runner Label, a gelded son of Layman who has 7 wins and and 30 placings on his cv.
Swedish Dream - keeping top company
Swedish Dream, who won the 2019 edition of Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), was mixing it with the very best again in 2020, when he produced two excellent performances to be placed behind Kick On; finishing second to him in Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) over 1800 metres at Øvrevoll in August, and third to him in Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), run over 1600 metres in early October. Swedish Dream was the 'forgotten horse' in the 2020 Marit Sveaas Minneløp. Going off at 47-1, he reminded us all of his talent by being beaten just 1 ¾ lengths by Kick On, with Square de Luynes 1 ¼ lengths behind him in third placed and Privilegiado filling fourth spot. These horses are in the absolute elite in Scandinavia. Square de Luynes went on to win his second Stockholm Cup International (G3) next time out, while Kick On took Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) by a length from Valence, when Swedish Dream was 2 ½ lengths off the winner in third place.
Prior to these big races, Swedish Dream's season had got off to a good start with a win first time out, comfortably beating Backcountry under top weight in a handicap over 1600 metres in late May.
Takeko - interesting young filly
Annike secured an interesting young filly at the 2020 Tattersalls December Sales as her agent Walter Buick got the final bid for Takeko on behalf of a racing partnership. Takeko, formerly trained by Henry de Bromhead in Ireland, she is a maiden but she has good form in the book - something her Irish handicap mark of 80 confirms. She ran third in maiden races over 6 furlongs at The Curragh and Dundalk. Her good run at The Curragh came in June, while the Dundalk performance happened in October. Takeko has run well when sent to the lead and when held up up, and she seems versatile. A well bred daughter of Mehmas, she is out of Ahd (Elusive Quality) - an unraced mare that has has also produced Hot Team (Zoffany), a smart gelding whose finest hour came when he captured the one-mile Grand Criterium de Bordreaux (LR) as a juvenile.
Tambora Queen - untapped potential
A half-sister to Nathless, a winning miler who ran third in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas, Tambora Queen raced three times as a juvenile last year, when she was trained by Tina Smith. All of her races came on turf, while she shortened up in distance each time. After a third behind Zeraphine and Ravaillac over 1370 metres in July, Tambora Queen ran fourth to Zeraphine in the prestigious Eivind Eckbo Legats Vandrepokal over 1170 metres the following month. Likeable performers No Lie and Yellow Submarine filled second and third that day. Tambora Queen's final outing at two, a maiden event over 900 metres, saw her taking fourth place behind Noble Justice, who passed the winning post three lengths in front of her.
We Got The Boss - keeps on delivering
We Got The Boss won twice at Øvrevoll in 2019 and he repeated the feat in 2020. Keeping busy through the season, he raced 12 times, won two races, finished runner-up four times and ran third once. This is the sort of consistency everyone connected with thoroughbred racehorses hope to experience. Every time We Got The Boss went to post one could expect a good effort. His first win of the season came when Ulrika Holmquist – who rode him to victory also in 2019 – guided We Got The Boss to a solid half-length win in a good handicap contest over 1600 metres / turf in June. Cockney Cracker, a winner on his subsequent outing, chased him home, while future stakes winner Match Maker finished third.
This year's highlights
Scandinavian Stakes 2021 - conditions
The conditions book presenting all 2021 stakes races in Scandinavia has now been released - and it looks like we have an excellent season to look forward. Please pick up your PDF-copy of the publication via the links below.
A small team flying high
Six of Annike's stars in historical Top 100
15 Jan 21: Renowned racing connoisseur Knut Trulsrud recently released a list of the Top 100 earners in races at Øvrevoll Galopp over the years. Bank Of Burden tops the list ahead of Appel Au Maitre. Representing big stables, these classy middle distance performers earned 3.6 million and 3.5 million kroner respectively on home soil. The list consists of unforgettable performers and as many as six of them represent Annike Bye Hansen. That's some achievement, by a trainer whose motto has always been 'quality before quantity'. Skogan Stallen is housing a small team, but it has been flying high on a regular basis. Ragazzo, one of the top earners among homebreds, sits neatly in 16th place on the list, while Calcaterre, Captain America, Majestic Max, Mestre dos Magos and Swedish Dream all also made it into this Top 100. Click this link to go to the complete ranking.
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Six-time winner transferred
Annike to train Väsby Häst's Noosa Prince
11 Dec 20: Väsby Häst AB, owners of Mudjimba, General de Vega and Murcia, have sent yet another interesting horse to Annike Bye Hansen's stable; the highly rated Noosa Prince, an Irish bred son of Kodiac with six wins to his name. Formerly trained by Lars Kelp at Bro Park, this talented gelding will meet the 2021 season on handicap mark 83 - one kilogram below his career best. The peaks of his 2020 form represented strong form, including an impressive 4 1/2-length win over 1750 metres / turf at Bro Park. That race was run on good to firm ground, while Noosa Prince encountered soft turf when successful over 1600 metres / turf at Øvrevoll back in 2019, when he also won twice at the same distance over dirt tracks in Sweden.
Back to Sweden for big task
We Got the Boss runs at Bro Park
10 Nov 20: We Got the Boss is a thoroughbred that has been flying different flags, and he is truly an example of how international breeding and racing has become these days. Bred in the US, he began his career in Sweden, before he ended up with Annike Bye Hansen in Norway last year. That proved to be a good move, as the son of champion sprinter Street Boss soon climbed up to a new level under Annike's care. With two wins in 2019 and two more in 2020, he has been a success story for his aptly named owners, Champagnegaloppen. This coming Sunday, he will be back at Bro Park, where he raced in his younger days, to run in the valuable SGS Stockholm Høsthandicap, a really hot 15-runner affair over 2100 metres on the dirt track. We Got the Boss is coming off three straight second place finishes, most recently when partnered by Nora Hagelund Holm over 1600 metres at Øvrevoll Galopp in October. Nora will ride him again on Sunday and the combination has been put up as the second choice by Bro Park's form expert Ulf Zeider. Drawn in stall six, "the Boss" is clearly in with a chance.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Bro Park's November 15 fixture had to be cancelled.
Girl power prevails on closing day
Al Buraq so strong, ninth career win
11 Nov 20: You can't keep a good girl down, never mind three - and when Al Buraq, Annike Bye Hansen and in-form apprentice Cornelia Hartsmar joined forces in the Elgar Handicap on Øvrevoll's closing day it became an unstoppable combination. Cornelia, who partnered two winners on the day, gave Al Buraq a confident ride. She placed the mare prominently, and advanced smoothly going down the back stretch. Al Buraq responded well to pressure through the home straight and she got to the lead 200 metres out, outstaying the pace setting favourite Macjack to beat him by a length. This was Al Buraq's ninth career win from 48 runs, she has also been second / third in seven of her races, and this result was a nice way for the stable to end the season - though 2020 isn't in the books quite yet. We Got the Boss travels to Bro Park on Sunday.
Al Buraq, Calcaterre, Mestre dos Magos all set for finale
Three of the sport's true cornerstones round out the season
10 Nov 20: Annike sends out three runners at Øvrevoll Galopp tomorrow, as the course will stage the last raceday of 2020. It has been a season that brought out the best in several players, as organisers, trainers, jockeys and owners have all worked hard to get through the fixture list without a single cancellation - an achievement in itself. Annike's three that take part before the curtain goes down are Al Buraq, Calcaterre and Mestre dos Magos.
Al Buraq, a winner of 9 races to date and crowned Handicapper of The Year in 2019, will be making her 14th start of the season as she meets seven rivals in the Elgar Handicap over 2400 metres. This fine daughter of Crocker Road will be ridden by Cornelia Hartsman. Al Buraq has won once in 2020 and the good news is that, although she could become an excellent broodmare, she stays in training for 2021. Calcaterre takes part in the Emilio Handicap over 1100 metres. He will be partnered by Willa Synøve Schou. She rode Calcaterre also in his two most recent starts, both resulting in runner-up efforts over this distance. Calcaterre's consistency is a joy, but also a bit of a burden, because his handicap mark (84) has become quite constant - and understandably so. A winner of 16 races, one this year (when he has been in the top three six times), he has six to beat on Wednesday. Mestre dos Magos, who has 9 wins to his name, takes up the challenge in the Ecuador's Dream Handicap, a tricky contest over 1600 metres. He will get Nora Hagelund Holm in the saddle. Like Calcaterre and Al Buraq, Mestre dos Magos has done a good job this year, winning once and finishing second or third six times.
It is quite fitting that it is this trio that will round out the season for Annike. The 2020 campaign has been difficult, in many ways, and these three horses, reliable cornerstones, certainly represent the fighting spirit of the team at Skoganstallen. GS
Annike to saddle winners of 38 races
13 Oct 20: We are coming up a fascinating lunchtime fixture this week, with two prestigious stakes races headlining the Wednesday programme. Annike will be busy of course, sending out five runners who have won no fewer than 38 races between them. They will all go to post with a chance - though these contests are naturally competitive.
Last year's "Handicapper of the Year", Al Buraq, will run in the Major Chr. F. Michelets Memorial over 2830 metres on the turf course - the day's opening race. She won over 2400 metres / dirt in August and it will be interesting to see her stretching out. Calcaterre will take his chance in Fearloeyloepet, an 1800 metres event for Norwegian breds. Very few of those are more accomplished than he is. The Advance Party Handicap, over 1370 metres, gets three runners from Team Bye Hansen; Abolish, We Got the Boss and Our Boy John - who is in the mix for the Handicapper of the Year title in 2020. Don't miss it folks - this looks a fine day for racing.
Kodiac son star of the show
Mudjimba's impressive stroll
08 Oct 20: This Thursday fixture at Øvrevoll Galopp may have been an ordinary run of the mill card but there was nothing ordinary about Mudjima's performance in the Zimoni Handicap, a race he won by almost seven lengths - while also clocking what appeared to be a very good time for the 1750 metres over the dirt track. He had unseated his rider at the start last month but Mudjimba broke perfectly this time, and jockey Maikel Narveaz Bravo sent him straight into a prominent role, chasing habitual front-runner Dickie Dickens. Mudjimba was travelling strongly just off the leader and he swooped past as they negotiated the home turn. Quickening right away, he opened up a clear lead and the result was never in doubt as he powered down the home straight. He won by 6 3/4 lengths from Beau Nuage, a contender with good recent form behind winners like We Got The Boss, Our Boy John and Cockney Cracker. Annike was understandably full of praise in the winners' circle, and Mudjimba could be an exciting horse for the future. His far more experienced stable companion Mestre dos Magos did his bit for the team by taking third in the same race - on a night when Aconcagua also ran a good race to get second in a sprint handicap. With Swedish Dream once more confirming his class by finishing third in the Listed Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp on Sunday, this has been a good week for the stable.
Mudjima, a three-year-old gelding owned by Vasby Hast AB, was completing only his second race in Norway. He stopped the clocks in 1.50.5, while having more up his sleeve. How good he might become is anybody's guess but it's well worth noting that Buffalo Soldier's time as he won over the same trip half an hour later was 1.54.2. The latter was 8kg below Mudjimba on the handicap list prior to this race day so perhaps one should not read too much into these times. Then again, 3.7 seconds equals about 18-19 lengths, and Mudjimba was without doubt the star of the show this evening.
Mudjimba is a half-brother to three winners in England, including the smart filly Lilly Rules, who was second in the Musidora Stakes (G3) at York a few years ago - beaten only by Kirsten Rausing's subsequent Group One winner Madame Chiang. GS
Going for second 'Arnfinn Lunds' win
Swedish Dream gets seven rivals
30 Sep 20: Swedish Dream, who won the 2019 edition of Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) is set to defend his title this coming Sunday, when the 1600 metres long turf contest heads an excellent card presented by Øvrevoll Galopp. We can look forward to eight races, with high class events in various divisions, and Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp has drawn a strong field of eight. Swedish Dream, to be ridden by Jacob Johansen, drew stall one and should get a good trip from the inside berth. Edging ever closer to the same prize money he earned last season (when he picked up 342,466 kroner), Swedish Dream bounced back to his best when runner-up to Kick On in the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Derby day. He meets Kick On again on Sunday. Annike will also be represented in Calcaterre in the Selmer Holding Sprint Handicap while win machines Our Boy John and We Got The Boss are both set for the Energima Mile Handicap. This Super Sunday begins at 12.00. Where will you be?
His third win this season
Our Boy John prevails in tight call
23 Sep 20: Our sport certainly has its highs and lows, and Team Bye Hansen experienced both extremes in the September Handicap on this Wednesday afternoon. While Our Boy John, one of the toughest handicappers in Scandinavia these days, prevailed in a very close finish to win from Ocho Rios, his stable companion Mujimba came riderless up the straight. Unfortunately, he unseated Nora Hagelund Holm as the stalls opened for the 1600 metres contest. The good news was that Nora was fine after the incident. She was actually back in the winners' circle after the following race, having had a more enjoyable ride on Topas Royal. That happened half an hour after Out Boy John's third win of the season had been celebrated. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, he travelled like a winner in fourth place going around the bend, advanced to grab the lead 200 metres out and kept on to beat Ocho Rios by a head. The two were on opposite sides of the course, with Our Boy John racing by the outside rail. His reward, 30,000 kroner, boosted his 2020 earnings to 173,375 kroner and his career total now stands at 635,932 kroner. Nice figures, for a horse Durant Racing Stables bought for just 3,500 guineas in England. Prolific winners don't have to cost a small fortune.
Lille My, in search of her first success of the year, produced a taking performance to finish second to odds-on favourite Eternal Flame in the Water Garden Handicap over 1100 metres. A somewhat sluggish start did not help Lille My's cause, but the winner was too good on the day in any case and Lille My finished by far the best of the rest. She's in good form at present.
Marquee Sunday in Sweden
Abolish to Herbert Sachs Memorial
15 Sep 20: Abolish, who ran such a big race in defeat when second in the Goteborg Stora Pris last month, will be on his travels again on Sunday - as he is set to take on eight rivals in the Herbert Sachs Memorial at Bro Park outside Stockholm. The Herbert Sachs is a traditional supporting even on the high profile Stockholm Cup International day, contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. Abolish, who will get a new rider in Oliver Wilson, was beaten just a neck by Ramone in Goteborg, while giving the winner 3 kg. It was a fine performance and local tipsters make CJ Thoroughbreds' French import their favourite on Sunday. Bro Park program
Handicapper of the year in 2019...
Al Buraq back where she belongs!
03 Sep 20: She won five times in 2019, when she was voted Handicapper of The Year, and Al Buraq was obviously not going to find things easy this season. She has been creeping gradually closer to the winners' circle though, and today she found he way - winning the last race on the card, the TANIEC Handicap over 2400 metres on the dirt track, a race she took gamely by a quarter of a length from Twisted, with Two Times well beaten back in third place. Jacob Johansen partnered Stall Jersey's incredibly versatile homebred mare, who went off favourite.
Our Boy John shines again and
Swedish Dream runs big race in defeat
23 Aug 20: Swedish Dream bounced right back to his very best, perhaps he even ran up to a level above what he has achieved previously, when running second to Kick On in the high quality Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Derby day 2020. He sweated up a bit before the big race but it could hardly have affected him too much. He performed with great credit and made the winner pull out all the stops at the business end of the 1800 metres long contest. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, Swedish Dream proved too good for high profile names like Square de Luynes and Privilegiado. One horse was even better than him but this really felt like 'half a win' for Stall Øvrevollkollen's incredible six-year-old. He is clearly back in form and the autumn weeks coming upp could be very interesting. His efforts on this annual racing feast was rewarded with 235.500 kroner.
Jacob Johansen has been a good team player for the stable on many an occasion, and earlier on the day he rode Our Boy John to a win in the Energima Løp, a tough 13-runner handicap over 1600 metres. Our Boy John was the only one capable of catching the longtime leader Sunbreak, and he ran out an authoritative winner, gaining his second success from eight starts so far this season. Seraphine came home in third place, while the Swedish trained favourite Alsimsaam was fourth past the winning post.
Unwanted Beauty also signalled a return to form, finishing well from off the pace to take third in Erik O Steen's Memorial, a race she was runner-up in last year.
Swedish Dream to Marit Sveaas Minneløp,
Possession to the Derby, as Annikes gets busy
16 Aug 20: Derby Day 2020 is just days away, and Øvrevoll Galopp present a really good ten-race card on Sunday, with highly competitive races in all divisions. Annike will send out five runners on the season's most important fixture. Swedish Dream goes for the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), Possession steps up in class as he goes for the Derby, Unwanted Beauty is a contender for the Erik O. Steen's Memorial - a race she ran second in last year - while Our Boy John and Aconcagua will both run in the Energima Løp.
Al Buraq and Mestre dos Magos will be in action in Norsk Forening for Fullblodsavl Hcap over 1750 metres on Saturday, bringing the number of Derby weekend runners up to seven for Annike, who has a busy few days ahead.
Karen From Finance flying the family flag
13 Aug 20: Karen From Finance, who is related to the ill-fated champion Captain America, gained an emotional win for everyone connected to Annike Bye Hansen's stable as she outbattled the favourite My Cup Of Tea to win Øvrevoll Hesteierforenings Hoppeløp over 1730 metres on the turf. Getting on top in the last few strides, she displayed some of the battling qualities we saw when Captain America was at his best. She is not in his league but this four-year-old daughter of Eishin Dunkirk certainly is a game performer. Stable companion Al Buraq, a winner of five races in 2019, added further joy by staying with great interest to finish third. She had Jacob Johansen on board, while Karen From Finance was ridden by Elione Chaves. This was Karen From Finance's second win in 2020 and she has earned 72.388 kroner so far this season.
Captain America has sadly left us
10 Aug 20: This is a sad week for Annike Bye Hansen, her entire team, and not least for owner / breeder Espen Ski, as we are all trying to come to terms with Captain America's passing after a race at Klampenborg on Sunday, when he lost his life due to complications caused by dehydration. He leaves fond memories and also a void that it will be extremely hard to fill - if not impossible. At the age of nine, he was Sprinter of The Year in Norway last season. Horses like him do not come around too often. Below is our presentation of this top class sprinter published leading up to the 2020 season.
Captain America - a true champion
11 Feb 20: Norway's Sprinter of The Year in 2019 is getting ready for another season, and it seems logical to assume he will be pointed to some of the same races he took part in last year. Captain America returned from an injury break to make his mark in the sprint division in 2019, and selecting him as Sprinter of The Year must have been an easy choice for the panel of experts.
The imposing son of Academy Award burst back onto the top stage when gaining an impressive off-the-pace win in the Zawawi Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) in Sweden in June. Winning the 1200-metres event going away at the finish, he was much too good for the likes of Riwaj, Brownie, Land's End and Sarookh. Captain America was coming off an eye catching third over 900 metres at Øvrevoll ten days earlier, beaten less than a length when trying to give 12kg to the in-form sprinter Story Minister. Captain America's season continued in fine style after the Bro Park Vårsprint, though Sarookh gained revenge on him when they ran first and second in the Challenge Stakes over 1400 metres two weeks later. Perhaps three tough races within the space of 24 days was his undoing, but Espen Ski's champion lost by just half a length and he was game in defeat. That was the case also when he went down by a length to Scandinavia's best miler, Duca di Como, in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (G3) over 1370 metres at Øvrevoll in August. Finishing strongly, Captain America snatched second from the Group 3 winner Brian Ryan in the dying strides. Getting second in this race was as impressive as it was frustrating but there were weeks left of the big race season and more to look forward to. Just under a month later, Captain America was back at Bro Park, to contest the Clarion Sign Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR) over 1200 metres. For whatever reason, Brian Ryan was sent off the 2-1 favourite for the 13-runner affair, while Captain America looked much better value at 11-2. He was actually 22-1 when taking the Vårsprint, and seems to be a horse the betting public underestimates. Now, both these Norwegian trained contenders lost on the day, but Captain America's fourth place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind the English trained Corinthia Knight, was a fine performance. Brian Ryan was unplaced. With one big sprint left in the calendar, the Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR) over 1170 metres back on home soil in early October, Annike freshened 'the Captain' up for another crack at Duca di Como. Brian Ryan was in the mix once more, as rain made the ground soft. The weather did not bother Captain America, who closed his season out with another big win. He took the race by a length from the surprise package of the race, Prime Red, who beat Duca di Como by the same margin for third. That Duca di Como went on to win the Peas And Carrotts Mile in Sweden a week later did the form no harm at all.
Captain America is now on handicap 92, as high as he has ever been through a career spanning 63 starts with 17 wins and 2.372.219 kroner in total earnings. (12 Feb 2020 / G Stabell)
Tiz not over till...
Our Boy John is past the post!
30 Jul 20: Anyone who backed Our Boy John, the favourite for the sixth race on this interesting Thursday card probably felt like losers for the best part of the contest while watching the 1600-metres handicap. Our Boy John was pulling hard going down the back straight, wasting precious energy - before settling better by the time the field turned for home. Then, as the chips were down, he came under serious pressure and appeared to be struggling. Perhaps he was, but he was nothing but game and as the leaders began to feel the heat, Our Boy John began to find his stride. He gradually wore them to down for a tenacious win from the Swedish trained raider My Cup Of Tea. Sonriente - with two recent wins at this venue - was a close third. This was Our Boy John's sixth career win and his first since joining Annike Bye Hansen ahead of the current season. He was ridden by Jacob Johansen, who certainly deserved his fee for the job.
New name on the training list
Possession joins Annike's team
28 Jul 20: Possession, a well bred three-year-old previously trained by Niels Petersen, has been bought by Champagnegaloppen and joined Annike's team at Skoganstallen. This half-brother to Triple Crown winner Privilegiado looks a really interesting recruit. The son of Iffraaj has had just two runs to date, and he was a promising third to Raspberry Beret in an eight-runner maiden over 1980 metres on the turf course earlier this month - beaten just a length. Possession's catalogue page, Arqana Sales 2018
Norwegian debuts for exciting names
Wraps come off Abolish and General de Vega
22 July 20: Norwegian racing fans will get to see two interesting new names in the programme on Thursday, as Abolish - an import with good, winning form in France last year - and General de Vega - who has impressed in Sweden and Dubai - getting their first run for Annike. They are both set for the New Options Handicap, to be contested over 1370 metres. Jacob Johansen has been booked for General de Vega and Abolish will have Elione Chaves on board.
Recent Bro Park winner Karen From Finance (again with Jacob Johansen as her partner), Lille My (Ulrika Holmquist) and Our Boy John (Dale Swift) all go for the Rikstoto Cup over 1600 metres - on what should be an interesting day for the stable.
Start to finish win over 1800 metres
We Got the Boss strikes again
16 July 20: Obliging for a second time this year, We Got The Boss stretched out to 1800 metres for a game, front-running, win under Ulrika Holmquist - who always rides him so well. We Got The Boss broke smartly to take command from the start. He raced with great zest throughout and ran on strongly when coming under pressure inside the final furlong to beat C'est la vie by 1 3/4 lengths. He has always shown great tactical speed but Annike now wonders how far this this four-year-old can go. "Perhaps he could stay even further?", the trainer commented, "remember, 1800 at this course is a tough distance". It is indeed, and We Got The Boss was not exactly tiring at the finish. He is a son of Champion US sprinter Street Boss, a stallion that has sired very smart winners at up to 1 1/4 miles, and We Got The Boss is out of the unraced mare We Got a Lemon, a daughter of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Lemon Drop Kid, a stallion with a strong influence for stamina - and also a stallion who has given quite a few high class turf horses capable of winning big races over 10 and 12 furlongs. GS
Calcaterre - he knows where the line is!
09 Jul 20: We all know how tough and game he is - but even his main admirers must have been impressed as Calcaterre stuck his nose first across the winning line after a battle with the smart filly Ramone on this Thursday evening at Øvrevoll Galopp. This remarkable nine-year-old has now won 16 races from 97 runs. Not just that, he has also finished second 15 times and third 19 times, for a deeply impressive 51% top three strike rate - and he has amassed earnings of 1.398.979 kroner.
CALCATERRE'S 16 WINS
Runners-up in brackets
2020: 1170 m dirt (Ramone)
2019: 1600 m dirt (We Got The Boss)
2019: 1170 m dirt (Pirlo)
2018: 1100 m dirt (Tertian)
2017: 1170 m turf (Vallance Road)
2017: 1100 m dirt (Barny)
2017: 1170 m turf (Backcountry)
2017: 1100 m dirt (Rossmos Secret)
2017: 1370 m turf (Dickie Dickens)
2017: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)
2016: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)
2016: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)
2015: 900 m turf (Sir Silk)
2014: 1600 m turf (Pocket Aces)
2013: 1170 m turf (Skrik)
2013: 1170 m turf (The Sin)
Karen From Finance very smooth at Bro Park
28 Jun 20: Karen From Finance, ridden by Jacob Johansen and overcoming a wide post, captured a competitive handicap over 1600 metres / turf at Bro Park this Sunday. Sent off 3-1 favourite in the 13-runner field, Espen Ski's well bred filly beat Meandro quite comfortably by 1 1/4 lengths, while Sheperd Gate took third and Mr Pimms filled fourth place. Karen From Finance came with a strong run from off the pace, to take control in mid-stretch, and she was an authoritative winner. / Watch the most recent replays via this link.
Where horses come first - and become winners!
Väsby Häst AB sends two horses to Annike's team
MUDJIMBA AND GENERAL DE VEGA MOVING FROM SWEDEN
Mudjimba, a three-year-old son of high profile stallion Kodiac out of the Giant's Causeway daughter Causeway Charm, has one win to his name, after just three runs. He won a maiden event over 1400 metres at Bro Park in October last year, when he beat Blue Gem and Hypochondriac in a close finish. Both of the placed runners in this race went on to win subsequently, indicating that Mudjimba's maiden form was useful - though he has himself been unplaced in three outings thus far in 2020. Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. He is a half-brother to three winners in England / Ireland, successful from 6 to 8 furlongs. 24 Jun 20
General de Vega is a well bred three-year-old who has produced smart form in Sweden and Denmark and been third in a good conditions race at Meydan. A son of dual classic winner Lope de Vega, General de Vega broke his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths over 1200 metres on the dirt track at Bro Park in 2019, and he gained a 2 1/2-length win over 1400 metres / turf at Klampenborg in May. He spent the winter in Dubai, where he finished third in the Dubai Trophy over 1200 metres on turf, beaten just 2 lengths by Godolphin's winner, Platinum Star - a Listed winner in England last year. Out of Prix Vanteaux (G3) winner Just Little (Grand Slam), General de Vega is a half-brother to Radipole, a Listed winning miler in France before being exported to Australia, where he was placed in G2 and G3 events. GS
Three ready for Oslo Cup day
Calcaterre, Lille My and "The Boss" set to run
22 Jun 20: We are gearing up for a big day at Øvrevoll Galopp on Saturday, when the prestigious Oslo Cup (G3) takes centre stage on a fixture that will also see two classics, the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas and Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, get under orders. The "1,000" brings back memories of course, as the stable won this classic with Unwanted Beauty 12 months ago. There will not be a classic contender from Skoganstallen this time, but Annike has three interesting runners primed for the racing feast. Calcaterre, to be ridden by Carlos Lopez, goes for a highly competitive handicap over 900 metres, while the in-form We Go The Boss and Lille My will both take part in a tough handicap race over 1370 metres. Ulrika Holmquist is an obvious partner for "The Boss", while Lille My will be partnered by Alan Wallace.
"We Got The Boss takes a drop in disance and this is a bit of an experiment", the trainer says and adds; "he has a high crusing speed and it will interesting to see how he does over this trip. The distance suits Lille My well, and I think we can forget about her last run, when she was down on her nose as the stalls opened. She is in good form, and so is Calcaterre. We have had a slow start to the season, as the stable has been plagued by a virus. These things are so frustrating and I was so pleased to have two winners last week - hopefully we are out of the woods and at a turning point now."
Two runners at Bro Park on Sunday
Captain America and Karen From Finance will both be sent to Bro Park in Sweden on Sunday. Captain America to contest the 1400-metres Challenge Stakes, a race he finished second in last year, and Karen From Finance to take part in a handicap over 1600 metres. Per-Anders Gråberg has been booked for Captain America and Jacob Johansen will partner Karen From Finance. GS
Initiated a nice Bye Hansen double
We Got The Boss in full command
18 Jun 20: A lovely summer evening, and the first fixture with specators on course. Annike chose a good day for sending out two winners, as We Got The Boss and Aconcagua both ended up in the winners' circle. We Got The Boss got the ball rolling, running out a strong half-length winner of the Ihla Grande Handicap, a highly competitive affair over 1600 metres / turf. Ulika Holmquist was back on board and she gave the son of Street Boss a perfect ride. We Got The Boss captured the race by half a length from Cockney Cracker, with Match Maker back in third place. Champagnegaloppen's handsome miler won twice in 2019 and, judged on this performance, he stands a good chance of repeating the feat this year.
Wins on second 2020 outing
Aconcagua steps right up
18 Jun 20: Aconcagua was winless in 2019, but 2020 has begun so much better for Stall Unik's talented gelding. He was a good fifth when making his seasonal debut two weeks ago, and that run put him right for a winning performance in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Handicap, run over 1370 metres on the turf course. Finishing his race off in a game manner under top rider Alan Wallace, Aconcagua won by half a length from Pirlo, a contender coming off a close second to Kildare on his previous start. This was Aconcagua's third career win and he has finished in the first three in 10 of his 26 races. His stable companion Al Buraq, seemingly about to regain form, finished fourth in the same contest.
Three aces to Bro Park's Super Sunday
08 Jun 20: Annike has three of her star performers ready for a trip to Bro Park on Sunday - when the Stockholm venue puts on a top class show with six big races on the menu; Stocholm Stora Pris (G3), Bloomers' Vase (LR), Bro Park Vårsprint (LR), Swedish 2,000 Guineas, Swedish 1,000 Guineas and Bobbie Killicks Minnesløpning.
Captain America going for history
Our top sprinter Captain America runs in the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR), a race he has won twice. Can he write history with a third win in the valuable sprint? Swedish Dream, fresh from a nice win on his seasonal debut, goes for the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), a race he ran fourth in two years ago, while Unwanted Beauty's task is the Bloomers' Vase (LR).
Perfect prep for Stockholm Stora
Swedish Dream a smooth winner on seasonal debut
28 May 20: He will soon be facing much tougher groups than he did on his seasonal debut, a four-runner handicap over 1600 metres on the turf course, but Swedish Dream was impressive as he got his new campaign off to a perfect start on this Thursday card. Backed down to 1/10 on the tote, he broke little sweat, beating Backcountry by almost three lengths. Evergreen Calcaterre put in another fine effort to take third. Swedish Dream's next task is the Stockholm Stora Pris at Bro Park in Sweden.
Unwanted Beauty, unfortunately suffering from an infection, was a non-runner in the same race, while Our Boy John finished unplaced as he blew the cobwebs in a 12-runner handicap, also over 1600 metres.
Stablemates set to clash
Annike provides the quality
27 May 20: The upcoming Thursday card at Øvrevoll gets its highlight already in the second race of the evening, Funny Legend Handicap, set to be contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. With three of the runners all trained by Annike, we can safely say that she is providing the quality on this, the sixth raceday of the season. Swedish Dream, one of the best older horses in Scandinavia last year, gets his seasonal debut and he will once more be partnered by Carlos Lopez. Unwanted Beauty, last year's Norwegian 1,000 Guineas winner, is set for her second start in 2020, after having finished seventh in Fam E Nagell-Erichen's Hoppeløp on May 17. Alan Wallace takes the ride on the handsome Iffraaj filly. Annike's third card in this feature event is millionaire Calcaterre, a dual winner in 2019 coming off a really positive fourth place finish behind high class sprinters on May 17. He will be ridden by Ulrika Holmquist this time. Who has the best chance? Hard to say but a clean sweep is by no means impossible. These three have won 23 races between them, and their total earnings are 2,534,550 kroner. Our Boy John, a game performer previously trained by Yvonne Durant - and still owned by her husband Troy - makes his seasonal debut in the fifth race, with Emilie Finckenhagen booked to ride. GS
Sunday 17th May - racing is back on turf
Al Buraq, Calcaterre, Captain America
and Unwanted Beauty all set to run
12 May 20: We are just days from the 17th of May and - while it will no be possible to have a party at the races this year - the racing promises to be both competitive and excellent. We are particularly looking forward to seeing last year's sprint champion Captain America and classic winning filly Unwanted Beauty back in action - while Al Buraq and Calcaterre also deserve a lot of attention on this action packed Sunday.
Mestre dos Magos takes charge, again!
07 May 20: Some horses separate themselves from the bunch, stand out from the ordinary horses. This is the case for the top class performers of course, but not just for them. Some runners a bit lower on the handicapper's ranking have more impressive careers than many a classic winner. Mestre dos Magos is definitely such a horse. Having won three times in 2019, this homebred eight-year-old was approaching the new season on what appeared to be a tough handicap mark. Not that he knew of course, and after seeing him win so well this evening, on his second start of the season, many might wonder; is it possible for a horse of his age to keep on improving? It is. Racing off HC 80 and carrying top weight, Mestre dos Magos justified favouritism with a comfortable 2 1/2-length win from Kildare. This was Mestre dos Magos's ninth success from 63 career outings and he earned 28.500 kroner - pushing his grand total to 855.205 kroner. He is as good as ever, no doubt about that. Mestre dos Magos has averaged 15.447 kroner earned per start in 2019 and 2020. There should be more to come.
Lille My's seasonal debut full of promise
07 May 20: It was day for favourite backers on this Thursday evening, with the majority focusing on well fancied winners, such as Mestre dos Magos, London Rock and Fix Fox - but there was one performance in particular to note amongst those that did not win; Lille My's third-placed effort in the 1100-metres sprint handicap. Making her first start of the season, she was rather slow to get into her stride from the start and raced at the back of the field going into the bend - seemingly with no chance whatsoever - only to pick up really well coming down the home straight and get up for third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths and failing by no more than a head to get second. This was one of the most taking seasonal debuts seen this spring, and perhaps Lille My will become a horse to follow in 2020.
Lille My's remarkable finish almost got her up for second behind the in-form London Lock.
Four set to run
Al Buraq returns to the races
05 May 20: Al Buraq, the wonder lady who won five races in 2019, is one of four horses set to represent Annike Bye Hansen's team on Thursday night. The homebred daughter of Crocker Road goes to post for the fourth race, an 1100-metres sprint where she will clash with stable companion Lille My and five others. Mestre dos Magos runs in the following race, a 1750-metres handicap and also the first led in the popular Double bet. Karen From Finance goes to post for the second leg on that wager, tackling 1600 metres, a distance she was successful over last November. Read more about all these four in 'Stabell Talk'.
Karen From Finance, Calcaterre set to reappear
28 Apr 20: Annike will be taking the wraps off two of her trainees on Thusrday evening, as Karen From Finance and Calcaterre are both ready for racing action. They both won twice in 2019 and it will be very interesting to see how they fare this season. The relatively lighty raced Karen From Finance goes to post in the fourth race on the night, an 1100 metres sprint, and she will be partnered by Alan Wallace. Calcaterre, set to be ridden by Nora Hagelund Holm, will be in action over the same distance in the seventh and final race on the card. The Thursday card kicks off at 18.05 and concludes at 20.40. Racing programmes page
Sprinter of The Year!
1 Feb 2020: He has long since been a stable star, and a favourite with racing fans, and he has a cv packed with impressive achievements. Now Espen Ski's old warrior Captain America also has a well deserved title, Norway's Sprinter of The Year 2019, to his name. The sprint division was a very tough one last season but Captain America beat them all - on the track and in the annual votings crowning champions. Annike has previously won awards with Ragazzo (who took multiple awards) and Calcaterre. Video: Captain America winning the Bro Park Vårsprint.
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Four Aces up for Annual Awards
30 Dec 2019: Four of our horses have been nominated for five divisional awards at the annual 'Horse of The Year' event, to be held at Thon Hotel Oslofjord on Saturday, February 1. Unwanted Beauty, who remarkably broke her maiden - and became Annike's first classic winner - when capturing the 1,000 Guineas, has been nominated both for the award as Three-year-old of The Year and Filly of The Year. Swedish Dream has been nominated in the Mile category, Captain America's name is on the list of nominated Sprinters, while the incredibly genuine and versatile homebred Al Buraq has been nominated for the title Handicapper of The Year. Øvrevoll's Annual Awards Page
Captain America (left) winning Bro Park Vårsprint (Photo: Elina Bjørklund, Svensk Galopp),
and Unwanted Beauty winning Norsk 1,000 Guineas (Photo: Roger Svalsrød, Hesteguiden)
Swedish Dream (left) and Al Buraq seen producing strong performances to win at Øvrevoll. (Photos: Roger Svalsrød, Hesteguiden)
Al Buraq, 'miss versatile'
And then she had five...
Bro Park 1 Dec 19: Al Buraq, who closed her local campaign out with a fourth win of the year at Øvrevoll last moth, was not done for the year. Annike sent her across to Bro Park for a crack at a nice handicap over 1400 metres on the dirt track on Sunday. Was it a bridge too far? Was it too sharp a distance perhaps? No, and no again - Al Buraq and Alan Wallace prevailed once more, this time by 2 lengths from Across The Pond. Her fifth win of the year in the bag, and 40,000 kronor added to her account. She may be a handicap runner, but Al Buraq has developed to be one of the finest - and we can safely now give her the title "Miss Versatile". It would be hard to find a rival to it!
Photo: Elina Bjorklund / Svensk Galopp
Al Buraq's fourth win of the year
Øvrevoll 17 Nov 2019: The last day of the season saw yet another winner for Annike, as she saddled the lovely Crocker Road filly Al Buraq to win for a fourth time this year. Al Buraq, racing for her breeder Stall Jersey, came from off the pace in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Handicap over 1600 metres, to gain a solid win, beating this year's Derby runner-up Hampus G readily by 2 lengths. Al Buraq was ridden by Alan Wallace. Earning 43,200 kroner, she increased her bankroll to 430,668 kroner. This four-year-old filly, a daughter of Vista Hermosa (Acclamation), has developed into a thoroughly game and consistent runner this season, with 4 wins and 2 placed efforts from 14 runs.
This win meant that Annike rounded her 2019 campaign off with 20 winners from 110 runners. An impressive season is thus in the books. The first time starter Nominado, a son of Crocker Road out of the outstanding mare Theatrical Award, ran a most promising third on the same day, while Sweet Pearl was second to C'Est La Vie later on the card.
Photo: Al Buraq (Hesteguiden)
Karen From Finance cashing in again
Øvrevoll 7 Nov 2019: Karen From Finance, who broke her maiden over 1100 metres in August, added another win to her record by capturing the Directa Lubeca Løp over 1600 metres on the dirt track - as thoroughbred racing in Norway completed its penultimate day of the season. Owned by her breeder, ex-jockey Espen Ski, Karen From Finance is a daughter of Eishin Dunkirk out of the Noroit mare Reveenka. She put up a gutsy performance, fending off Our Boy John to win by three parts of a length. Dale Swift, who partnered her also for her first win, was once more on board. This was Annike's 19th visit to the winners' circle this the season - placing her third on the trainers' list in terms of winners. Photo: Roger Svalsrød / Hesteguiden
Abolish - an exciting new recruit
7 Nov 2019: Annike has a new owner on her side, who acquired two very interesting runners at the recent Horses in Training Sales in Newmarket: the ex-French 3yo colt Abolish (seen winning over 1400 metres at Fontainebleau in France on the left), and Tulfarris, a 3yo colt with racing experience from both France and England. Abolish, a well bred Juddmonte product, gained one win and was placed second or third four times from just seven starts in France, where he beat horses that went on to run respectably in Listed company. Trained by David Smaga, Abolish achieved 41 kg as his best handicap mark in France. His current mark is 39.5 kg. Click on to open his page on France-Galop's website and his Tattersalls catalogue page. A son of Sepoy, Abolish comes from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce.
Tulfarris - brings strong Ascot form to the table
Tulfarris (Zoffany), who won the Grand Criterium de Vittel when trained in France as a juvenile, produced his career best performance just weeks before the sales in Newmarket, as he was narrowly beaten in the highly competitive Mar-Key Classified Stakes over a mile at Ascot on October 4. Representing trainer Charlie Fellowes, he went down by only a head to the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Sawwaah. This run pushed his British handicap mark up to 90. Tulfarris has finished in the first three in 7 of his 13 starts to date, and produced his best form when racing over a mile, the distance he tackled also when second in a strong Doncaster handicap in the spring. Click on to open his Racing Post page / his Tattersalls catalogue page (where info on his most recent start is not included).
Al Buraq and Peer Gynt set to meet
Siblings in the same race
5 Nov 2019: It does not happen very often in thoroughbred racing, but on this coming Thursday evening, the penultimate raceday of the season at Øvrevoll, full siblings will compete in the same race - as Al Buraq meets her younger brother Peer Gynt in Devilry Løp, a handicap over 1750 metres. Annike, who is set for a busy evening, will also saddle We Got The Boss for the same contest.
Six other stable companions will run in other races; Swedish Dream, Mestre dos Magos, Sweet Pearl and Calcaterre all going for glory in Eliteløp over the same distance, while Acongagua (Desert Warrior Løp, 1100 metres) and Karen From Finance (Directa Lubeca løp, 1600 m.) round out our strong team. "These nine horses are all in fine form, they are set for a five-month rest after this", Annike comments, "and it is important that we (the trainers) help out with filling the fields on end of season racedays".
First and second in Høstfinale!
Øvrevoll 24 Oct 2019: Høstfinale Sølvdivisjon, a highly contentious handicap over 1600 metres on the dirt track, was turned into a battle between two of our runners, as Calcaterre (ridden by Dale Swift) won the race from We Got The Boss (Nora Hagelund Holm). Mestre dos Magos (Carlos Lopez) finished fourth, with 50.955 kroner (of the 73.440 kr on offer) went to our horses. Annike and her excellent team enjoyed yet another good day at the races! Photo: Roger Svalsrød / hesteguiden
Annike's impressive 48% efficiency factor - second best in the land
22 Oct 2019: With four racedays left before the Norwegian racing season of 2019 comes to a close, a look at the statistics makes for interesting reading. Niels Petersen, with by far the biggest string, is heading towards another trainer's championship, a title decided based on prize money earned. People looking at the efficiency factor know that prize money amassed tells but half the story when it comes to assessing a trainer's achievements.
Comparing the best trainers' efficiency factor of top three finishers through the current season at Øvrevoll reveals an interesting top five:
1 - Wido Neuroth 54% (50-for-91)
2 - ANNIKE BYE HANSEN 48% (43 - 89)
3 - Tobias Hellgren 46% (21 - 45)
4 - Cathrine Erichsen 45% (36 - 80)
5 - Are Hyldmo 44% (52 - 116)
Annike has had 89 runners so far in 2019, with 17 winners, 10 runners-up and 16 third placed finishers. amassing 1.661.673 kroner in earnings.
In addition, she has saddled 10 runners in Sweden, with a deeply impressive 1-3-1 return (50% top three) and 565.200 kroner in earnings.
Annike's Super Sunday
Two major stakes races on the card - both won by Bye Hansen
Captain America and Swedish Dream provide big race double
Øvrevoll 6 Oct 2019: It's a great shame the 2019 season is heading towards its close, as Annike's horses just keep on winning - and they keep on winning big. On this high profile Sunday, we saw Captain America bounce back to winning form by capturing Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR). Running a huge race under Carlos Lopez, he defeated the Swedish trained win machine Prime Red and the hot favourite Duca di Como readily by 3/4 length and 1 1/4 lengths. A first prize of 125,000 kr brings the nine-year-old's career total to an impressive 2,372,219 kroner. Photo: Hesteguiden
A strong field of seven lined up for a crack at 150,000 kroner in the Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR). Amongst them was Stall Øvrevollkollen's Swedish Dream, and he was the one who came back a winner after the mile race had been completed. Proving half a length too good for Buddy Bob, Swedish Dream gained his third win of the season. Like Captain America, he was partnered by leading rider Carlos Lopez. Five-year-old Swedish Dream's career earnings now stand at 850,774 kroner. There should be more to come. Please click photos to enlarge. Photo: Hesteguiden
Clashing with Peer Gynt
Lille My back in the fold
Lille My (Photo: Hesteguiden), who won a good maiden for us last year, is now back on the team. My Racing's smart daughter of Zoffany will be one of two runners from Skogan Stables on Thursday (Oct 3), when Peer Gynt is also set to go to post. They will both take part in race three, an interesting 3yo contest over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Anna Pilroth takes the ride on Lille My, while Jan-Erik Neuroth, who is in a battle for the jockeys' championship, has been booked for Peer Gynt. (1 Oct 19)
Exciting runners on Super Sunday
Øvrevoll is staging an 'Autumn Super Sunday' on October 6, and Annike will be saddling four runners on the big day. All four are in with a good chance. Swedish Dream is among the favourites for Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), Captain America is expected to play a leading role in the prestigious Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR), juvenile filly Frøken Filippa is set to make her debut in the Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls 2-Årsløp and We Got the Boss goes for his third win of the year in Thon Hotel Oslofjord Handicap.
Champagnegaloppens 3-year-old won again
We really do have The Boss!
Øvrevoll 25 Sep 2019: Another raceday, another winner!
This time it was We Got The Boss, Champagnegaloppens handsome three-year-old son of US champion sprinter Street Boss, who ended up in the winners circle. Ridden by by Nora Hagelund Holm, he once more lived up to his name, bossing the field through the last two furlongs, to win the mile handicap by 2 lengths from Rue 'Argent. This win was worth 31.680 kroner. A nice addition to the 52,200 kroner he earned when winning on Derby day. Photo: Hesteguiden
Swedish Dream and Calcaterre in form
First and third in high class mile event
Øvrevoll 18 Sep 2019: One winner per raceday, at least, seems to be the norm for Annike's operation these days. Her two contenders in the afternoon's high class mile handicap, Swedish Dream and Calcaterre filled first and third. Swedish Dream, ridden by Carlos Lopez, made all to beat Fiftyshadesfreed, while Calcaterre (Nicolaj Stott) stayed on really well to get up for third place.
Going for gold at Bro Park
Strong trio set for Scandinavia's biggest raceday
Stockholm Cup International day at Bro Park on Sunday Sep 22, arguably the most important fixture in the Scandinavian racing calendar, will see a strong team of three from Annike Bye Hansen's successful string in action.
Stakes bound stable stars Captain America and Unwanted Beauty (photo: Geir Stabell) will be accompanied across the border by the evergreen 11-year-old Majestic Max, who is set to run in the second race on a high class card, a valuable sprint handicap. Next up is 1000 Guineas heroine Unwanted Beauty, who drops back to 1600 metres in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), after a game second over 2400 metres in the Erik O Steens Memorial on Derby day. Some 50 minutes later, our top class speed merchant Captain America goes for the Clarion Sign Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR). Returning to turf racing, he will once more be ridden by Carlos Lopez. Unwanted Beauty gets Per-Ander Gråberg back on board, while Lopez has also been booked to partner Majestic Max.
Stockholm Cup International day begins at 13.00 local time.
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Keeps on defying the handicapper
Third straight win for Mestre dos Magos
Øvrevoll 5 Sep 2019: Winning three handicaps on the bounce is a very difficult thing to achieve - but two of our horses have managed the feat in 2019. Al Buraq did it in the space of five weeks in June / July, and Mestre dos Magos (pic) followed up as he gained his third straight win in Sisu Hest & Husdyr Løp over 1750 metres on the dirt track this Thursday evening. Ridden by Carlos Lopez, who partnered him also when he won at the Derby weekend, Mestre dos Magos was close to the pace throughout, worked his way forward in the straight, took command approaching the final furlong, then ran on gamely under pressure to take the race by a measured length from Crossroad Blues, who pipped the early leader Dickie Dickens for second place. Earning 31,680 kroner, Mestre dos Magos pushed his career total to an impressive 790,168 kroner. He is owned by Stall Isabel and was bred in Norway by Johan C. Løken. Mestre dos Magos is a son of Academy Award out of the Oktan daughter Goodrun, who was a useful sprinter with 3 wins and 5 placed efforts from 19 starts. She was also bred by Løken, raced in his colours, and was trained by Annike.
Calcaterre - stepping up in distance after some fine runs over sprint distances - finished fourth in the same race, while the aforementioned Al Buraq checked in fifth. Our Derby day winner We Got The Boss ran a really game race to be a close second behind Holy Romance over 1800 metres / turf earlier on the card. GS
Captain America game in defeat at Bro Park
Sweden 4 Sep 2019: Captain America - fresh from an excellent second in the Polar Cup (G3) on Norwegian Derby day - ran another fine race in the Svenskt Mesterskap for Sprinters at Bro Park on this Wednesday afternoon. Having won the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) over 1200 metres on turf at this venue in June (photo: Elina Bjørklund), he now switched back to dirt, and came with a game run from off the pace to get up for second, beaten only by Basie. The track favoured speed on the day and this was an impressive runner-up effort. Captain America, one of the most consistent in the top division of sprinters, won this event in 2016.
We Got The Boss, Captain America
and Unwanted Beauty all in top shape
Øvrevoll 25 Aug 2019: Annike's tremendous run of success continued on Derby day. After three winners on the eve of the big racing feast, her stakes performers produced more excellent results. We Got The Boss (photo: Geir Stabell), owned by Champagnegaloppen, captured the Nordpool Spa Løp, worth 52,200 kroner. Unwanted Beauty, owned by Stall Lillemax, ran second in the prestigious Erik O. Steens Memorial, earning 100,000 kroner, and Espen Ski's top class sprinter Captain America pushed the odds-on favourite Duca di Como all the way to the line in the Polar Cup (G3). His runner-up effort was worth 150,000 kroner, increasing his seasonal earnings to an impressive 431,371 kroner. GS
Gearing up for Derby day
Annike sends out Saturday treble
Øvrevoll 24 Aug 2019: "I hope I haven't used up all my luck", Annike Bye Hansen said after the dust had settled on the eve of Derby day, when she saddled three winners. First time starter Peer Gynt (pic), a full brother to the smart filly Al Buraq, started the show with a solid win in the opening race on this Saturday. Delivering a powerful punch to break his maiden at first time of asking, he looked a really exciting prospect.
Mestre dos Magos as expected,
Karen From Finance stunning the experts
Half an hour later, Mestre dos Magos took the Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Løp - and this was as expected; it was his second win in nine days Carlos Lopez partnered both of these well backed winners but Annike's third winner on the day, Karen For Finance (ridden by Dale Swift), was a surprise to experts and punters alike. Her off-the-pace success came at tasty odds, as she returned 43-1 when breaking her maiden with a game performance. GS
Saturday treble: Peer Gynt (star), Mestre dos Magos (green silks) and Karen From Finance (blinkers)
Photos: Roger Svalsrød / Hesteguiden
Classy team ready for
Derby weekend 2019
19 Aug 2019: Team Annike Bye Hansen is right on target for racing action on Saturday and Sunday, when we will see 11 runners from Annike's base, the historic Skogan stable. Peer Gynt - making his first racecourse appearance - will run in the opening race on Saturday. His sister Al Buraq goes to post later on the afternoon, trying to win for a fourth time this season. She will be challenged by another Skogan inmate, Mestre dos Magos, who is coming off a recent win and looks the likely favourite. Calcaterre will be our next runner. He has also been to the winners' circle already in 2019. Finally, Karen From Finance gets her chance to shine.
Derby day could become very exciting. 1,000 Guineas heroine Unwanted Beauty (pic) steps out of her own age group, and moves up in distance, as she goes for the valuable Erik O Steens Memorial, a race that has also attracted Ginseng. Our top sprinter Captain America will be amongst the favourites in the Polar Cup (G3), while Swedish Dream holds claims in the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3). We Got The Boss is set for the Nordpool Spa Cup and Sweet Pearl makes her eagerly awaited seasonal bow in the Derby Mile. GS
Majestic Max strong in Göteborgs Stora
18 Aug 2019: Norwegian trained runners dominated the valuable Göteborgs Stora Pris, as Dardenne won the sprint from our contender Majestic Max (left in pic) and Shantou. Majestic Max lost nothing in defeat. Running a thoroughly game race, he earned 75,000 kroner - giving the team a nice start to Derby week. Foto: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp
Mestre dos Magos' sixth win!
Øvrevoll 15 Aug 2019: Mestre dos Magos has regained winning form! The lovely seven-year-old produced an excellent performance, making an otherwise grey day nice and bright for us, as he beat multiple winners Crossroad Blues and Mustajiid in a high quality handicap over 1600 metres on the dirt track. Alan Wallace, one of the top pilots on the Scandinavian circuit, gave him a perfect ride. This was the Academy Award son's sixth career win, boosting his bankroll by 31,680 kroner. He has also been placed second nine times, and run third eight times - from 56 starts. GS Photo: Roger Svalsrød