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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.


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Where horses come first - and become winners!


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Represents famous Aga Khan family

Hard One To Please joins the team

01 Dec 21: One of the new horses in the stable for 2022, the Fast Company son Hard One To Please - bought by Walter Buick on behalf of Väsby Häst AB at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket - is an unraced colt from one of Aga Khan's best known families. Unraced, Hard One To Please is out of Alyssum, a filly trained by Jim Bolger in Ireland. Alyssum ran just four times and her runner-up effort in a Naas maiden on her debut was her best placing. She is a daughter of top class performer New Approach and Alasha (Barathea). Alasha was trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who handled her to win the Dick Hern Stakes (LR) over a mile at Bath, and run second in the E P Taylor Stakes (G1) over 10 furlongs at Woodbine in Canada. Her best piece of form, however, was when she finished third, beaten just half a length behind Kazzia, in the 1,000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket. Alasha became the dam of Alanza, a smart 7-furlong performer by Dubai Destination. Alanza won the Ballycorus Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown and the Sceptre Stakes (G3) at Doncaster.


The third dam, Alanasa (Darshaan), was a half-sister to Aliysa, Champion 3yo filly in England and at the centre of the 'doping' scandal that robbed her connections of a win in the Epsom Oaks (G1) back in 1989. Alanasa was not in the same league but she was a useful filly, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre in France. She won twice, scoring over 1,600 metres at Dieppe and over 1,800 metres at Saint-Cloud, and she stretched her stamina to finish third over 2,100 metres at Longchamp. She produced a Listed winner called Alaiyma and became the granddam of the G2 placed Listed winner Shared Ambition, a winner of 7 races in Australia.

Hard One To Please's sire, Fast Company (Danehill Dancer), was a highly talented juvenile but unfortunately he raced just three times. He won the 7-furlong Acomb Stakes (G3) at York, easily outpointing Lucifer Sam by 3 ½ lengths, and went on to run second in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1) over the same distance at Newmarket, checking in half a length behind Hard One To Please's broodmare sire New Approach. GS


Tattersalls Catalogue page / Hard One To Please / PDF download

Hard One To Please at Tattersalls

Lady Foudine

Well bred filly acquired

Lady Foudine - a truly fascinating prospect

25 Nov 21: Roar Hoel, of Stall RH, has imported an interesting young filly; the Danish bred Lady Foudine, a soon to be two-year-old daughter of Moohaajim. This handsome gal is by a stallion who was both speedy and precocious but the bottom half of her pedigree is mainly about stamina, as she come from a French family full of winners over distances stretching up to 2,500 metres – some of them pretty smart.


Her sire, the Cape Cross son Moohaajim, was trained by Marco Botti in Newmarket. Moohaajim was one of the best youngsters of his crop, winning the 6-furlong Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury before running second the Middle Park Stakes (G1) over the same distance at Newmarket, where he split high class rivals Reckless Abandon and Gale Force Ten in a close finish of necks. His win at Newbury came at the main expense of Rose Bowl Stakes (LR) winner Master Of War, who he beat readily by 1 ¾ lengths. Moohaajim opened his three-year-old campaign well enough, taking third to top class miler Olympic Glory in the Greenham Stakes (G3) back at Newbury in the spring, but his next to last finish in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes (G1) two weeks later was unfortunately to be his career finale. He was retired due to injury.


Lady Foudine is out of Fouqueville, a Le Havre daughter who won twice and earned French handicap 42,5kg at her best (approximately 95 on the international scale). Lady Foudine was successful over 1,900 metre and 1,950 metres, and she ran fifth in the Prix Occitaine (LR) over 1,900 metres, a race her dam, Lagrune (Fasliyev) had finished second in back in her racing days. Langrune raced only as a three-year-old, winning three of her six races. She entered the winners' circle after contests over 1,400 metres, 1,500 metres and 1,800 metres, and she has been a very productive broodmare. Five of her foals became winners, the best known being Orbec – a brother to Fouqueville. Orbec won three times in France, producing his best piece of form when capturing the Grand Prix de Clairefontaine (LR) over 2,500 metres at Deauville. He was subsequently exported to Australia, where he was runner-up in the Newcastle Gold Cup (G3) over 2,300 metres. Echauffour, another brother to Fouqueville, won eight races in France, proving effective from 1,900 metres to 2,400 metres, while two fillies by Air Vice Marshall out of Langrune were winners over 1,800 metres, 1950 metres and 2000 metres.


With a fast father, and with Le Havre, a son of Noverre, as her broodmare sire, one would be inclined to think that Lady Foudine will not be short of speed when her racing days get underway – but her dam's side tells us that she should not be short of stamina either. On paper, this filly is a truly fascinating prospect. GS   


Lady Foudine pedigree page / PDF download

Well bred, good miler

Prince of Fjords joins the team

22 Nov 21: Prince of Fjords, a dual winner at Gøteborg Galopp in Sweden, where he has been successful at age two and three, has joined Annike's team. Soon to turn four, this good looking son of Prince of Lir has finished in the first three in seven of his nine races to date, and his current handicap mark is 83, making him a really interesting player for 2022. He won a 1400-metre maiden on his second start as a juvenile, outclassing seven rivals to score by ten lengths under Paco Lopez. Prince of Fjords had three subsequent winners behind him that day and it was clear that he was a runner somewhat above the average. He raced just once more as a youngster though, finishing second to this year's Danish Derby winner Iron Butterfly over 1100 metres on the dirt track at Øvrevoll.


Prince of Fjords was gradually finding his form in 2021, running ninth, fourth, second and second again on his first four starts of the campaign. This progress set him for a win over 1600 metres in Sweden in July, when he ran out an easy 5-length winner, beating Sophie B, who was 4 lengths better than the third placed horse, Cutie. With these results, Prince of Fjords has earned 239,874 kroner to date. He made his racecourse bow over 900 metres and has since been running over distances ranging from 1100 metres (his only start on dirt) to 1600 metres. His two wins were gained on good and good to firm ground. His dam, the twice raced Eccellente Idea, is a daughter of top class miler Excellent Art. From a good family, Eccellente Idea is a half-sister to prolific stakes winner Off Limits (Mastercraftsman), whose highlight was a win in the prestigious Matriarch Stakes (G1) over at mile at Del Mar in California when she was a five-year-old. GS

Prince of Fjords winning in Sweden. Photo: Stefan Olsson

Prince of Fjords as a yearling

Seeyouincourt / hesteguiden.com

Season finale on Sunday

Two runners rounding off a great season

12 Nov 21: With 18 winners from 104 runners, and 46% of all runners having finished in the top three, Annike can look back on an excellent 2021 campaign when the season comes to a close on Sunday afternoon. Last year was difficult, in more ways than one, but the team at Skoganstallen has certainly bounced back – and they have done so in an impressive way. Annike's win strike rate – 17% – is the joint best of the top four in the trainer standings, and only Wido Neuroth, also on 17%, has managed a better top three record (52%).


Two horses will represent the stable on Sunday. Mestre dos Mago, set to be ridden by Willa Synøve Schou, goes to post in race four on the card, Høstbonus Bronsedivisjon Mile over 1600 metres / dirt, an eight-runner contest worth 37,500 kroner to the winner. This will be the veteran's eleventh outing of the year. He won over this trip in October, when beating Point Boy by a neck after a thrilling finish. With 93,450 kroner in earnings thus far in 2021, his season mirrors his 2020 exploits, when he won once from 13 starts and earned 96,652 kroner. This nine-year-old son of Academy Award has been a grand servant.


Seeyouincourt has been declared to run in the penultimate race of the year. She will meet five rivals in a 3yo Handicap, also over 1600 metres on the dirt track. Seeyouincourt ran out an easy winner over this course and distance in August, and she has since produced three good placed efforts on turf. The daughter of Juniper Tree, who will this time get Elione Chaves on board, is seeking her third win of the season. Her positive, game attitude gives her a chance of rounding 2021 off in style. That said, this is a contentious little affair and looks rather open on paper. Four of the six runners have a recent win in their formlines, with Seeyouincourt being Birger Christensen's racecard selection. GS


New arrival at Skoganstallen

Admiral de Vega – unraced Lope de Vega son

10 Nov 21: Väsby Häst AB secured an interesting recruit to Annike's team at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales in Newmarket last month, getting the final bid for Aljasur, a smart looking two-year-old son of Lope de Vega, the sire of Väsby Häst's high class sprinter General de Vega. This unraced colt, who has been renamed to Admiral de Vega, comes from a good Shadwell Stud family.


His dam, a well bred Dansili daughter named Ashaaqah, was trained by John Hammond in France, but never got much of a career. She ran twice as a three-year-old, finishing unplaced over 2,400 metres at Clairefontaine and over 2,000 metres at Compiegne. Sent to stud, Ashaaqah has made a much better impact as a broodmare. Prior to giving birth to Aljasur, she produced three useful winners, all by top notch stallions. Her daughter by Dubawi, Mahaarat, went into training with Sir Michael Stoute in England and won a Novice Stakes over a mile at Kempton Park as a juvenile, before being exported to Qatar, where she has also won. Mahaarat gained handicap 84 at best in England. Her half-brother Madeeh, a gelded son of Oasis Dream, is a prolific winner still in training in England, where he is being handled by Philip Kirby. Madeeh has captured seven races to date. At his peak he has been rated on 89 by the handicappers, and he racked up four consecutive wins over 12.5 furlongs at Newcastle in February / March this year. Finally, Ashaaqah is also the dam of a nice Kingman filly called Areehaa, trained by Gary Moore. Found worthy of 82 on the official handicap in England, she won a Novice Stakes over a mile at Chelmsford as a three-year-old in 2020, and she ran second in a good 7-furlong handicap at Newmarket this autumn. Also part of the well publicised Shadwell dispersal, Areehaa is set to go through the ring at the upcoming December Sales in Newmarket.


Admiral de Vega's second dam, Kareemah, a daughter of the brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre, raced in France – winning the the Prix Charles Laffitte (LR) over 2,000 metres at Chantilly as a three-year-old. Like Ashaaqah, she was also trained by Hammond. She comes from a family full of winners, one of the best known being her half-sister Lahudood, who won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Monmouth Park and Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park, after having landed three Group races in France. This is also the family on the unbeaten champion miler Baaeed, winner of this year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) and Prix de Moulin de Longchamp (G1). GS


Tattersalls catalogue page

Admiral de Vega / ex-Aljasur

Young talents providing quick fire double

Tambora Queen and I Rest My Case rock solid winners

28 Oct 21: Two of the stable's young horses lit up this late October evening. Juvenile filly I Rest My Case, previously an easy winner of Norsk Mestersskap for 2-åringer, followed up with another comfortable win in Norsk Rikstotos Oppdrettsløp. Tackling 1600 metres on the dirt track, the daughter of Deceptor never looked in any danger as she came home a length in front of Queen of Antarktis, who had been her runner-up also in Norsk Mesterskap. Cornelia Hartsman was in the saddle, as Stall Ella's talented young filly earned 60,000 kroner. The year older Tambora Queen had already been on the podium when this happened. She won the first race on the night, a 1600 metres Noviseløp, which she captured under Elione Chaves, taking the race in really determined style by a quarter of a length. I Apple finished second and Monjazaat was third home in this race. Annike has kept the winners coming in recent weeks, in what has been quite a remarkable autumn for the stable. With just two racedays to go before the season is over, it almost feels like we would like this flow of success to continue all the way up to Christmas. Then again, if Christmas comes early, what's left to complain about? Nothing at all. GS

I Rest My Case - winner of two important stakes events for homebreds, and truly an exciting prospect looking ahead to 2022.

Photo:: hesteguiden.com

Tambora Queen, daughter of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, producing a game performance to beat I Apple .

Photo: hesteguiden.com 

Mestre Dos Magos - so determined / hesteguiden.com

Mestre Dos Magos with Isabel and Jan-Erik / hesteguiden.com

The old boy back with a bang

Mestre Dos Magos gains tenth career win

21 Oct 21: A season without seeing Mestre Dos Magos in the winners' circle would not be quite the same, would it? Was the veteran runner, who will soon turn ten, going to let that happen? Of course he wasn't. It took some time this year, but Mestre Dos Magos was back in the groove on this floodlit Thursday evening card, winning the Creek Dancer Handicap in determined style.


A close-to-home-tussle developed, as Point Boy was equally game and would not surrender all that easily, but Mestre Dos Magos came out best of this fight to win the nine-runner sprint by a neck. Ruby Tuesday finished third and Silky Road filled fourth place, making it a clean sweep for Scandinavian bred horses. Mestre Dos Magos, who was winning for the tenth time in his illustrious career, was bred in Norway by Johan C. Løken. He was partnered by top rider Jan-Erik Neuroth, who had him perfectly placed a few lengths off the pace, going three to four wide around the turn – a route that often pays off in dirt track sprints. The son of Academy Award blew quite a few punters back to the drawing board, by the way, as he was a near 27-1 shot and the longest price on the tote board. 

General de Vega / hesteguiden.com

Strong runner-up efforts

Swedish Dream, General de Vega so brave

13 Oct 21: There is something about Swedish Dream and Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp, a high class Listed race run on the last big day of the season in Norway. He has won the race once and has has now been runner-up in the contest twice. Like General de Vega, who ran second in the Norsk Jockeyclub Sprintløp, he contributed to what was a very successful, albeit rescheduled, autumn fixture at Øvrevoll Galopp. It is so reassuring, as we are already looking ahead to 2022, to see how these two flagship performers continue to thrive and keep their form as late afternoons are drawing in - much like just about every other horse in the stable actually!   

Racing's Super Autumn Sunday

Annike's star pupils in stakes action

29 Sep 21: This coming Sunday should not be missed by any racing fan. It's the last big fixture of the season at Øvrevoll, and it's a highly interesting card. General de Vega and Abolish will both go to post for Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp, two weeks after they thrilled us with such fine efforts to fill first and third in the Bro Park Sprint Championship in Sweden. Annike's two classy speed merchants will bookend the nine-runner field from the stalls. Abolish drew the inside post for the 1170 metres long contest, and will once more get Oliver Wilson as his partner. General de Vega and his regular partner Jacob Johansen are set to start from the outside stall. The big sprint is the fourth of nine races on the card. Annike won this race back-to-back with Ragazzo in 2014 and 2015, and she sent out Captain America to win it two years ago.


I Rest My Case, shooting for her second stakes wins in just three starts, will have seven to beat as she runs in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Løp, a juvenile contest restricted to horses bred in Norway. The daughter of Deceptor beat Queen Of Antaktis by half a length as they dominated in Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer, run over 1170 metres in September. Queen Of Antaktis will be amongst her rivals again on Sunday, when the task is 200 metres longer. I Rest My Case gets Jacob Johansen in the saddle and she will be breaking from stall six, which means that Johansen is in a good position to assess what's going on to his inside as the field runs down the back stretch, approaching the inner turn. Semper Fi, an all-the-way winner of the Breeders' Trophy Juvenile at Bro Park last time out, looks the one to beat.


The valuable Breeders' Prize Sprint, also over 1370 metres, has attracted 14 Scandinavian bred three-year-olds, with Seeyouincourt, set to be ridden by Kaia Ingolfsland, in the mix. The daughter of Juniper Tree has improved nicely with her racing this year and she may well step up again on Sunday, when further progress will be needed to make an impact against the likes of Thunder Mack, Masseto and My Jamil. Seeyouincourt drew stall nine for this evenly matched race.


Swedish Dream won Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp in 2019 and he was third in the race last year. He will try to win it for a second time this weekend. It's not going to be easy – as he will once more be clashing with last year's winner, Knicks Go, as well as last year's second, Valence – but one thing we do know about Swedish Dream is that 1600 metres on Øvrevoll's turf course suits him really well. Jacob Johansen jumps back on him this time, in what will be Swedish Dream's 38th career outing. He has 8 wins and 11 runner-up efforts in the book, in what has been a truly admirable career. It would come as no big surprise to see him making an impact once more.


Last, but by no means least, we can look forward to seeing Mestre dos Magos run in the day's finale, Norsk Forening for Fullblodsavl Løp for three-yer-olds and older horses. Mestre dos Magos, aged nine and thus the oldest horse in this five-runner contest over 1980 metres and, racing off handicap 74, he should be in with a winning chance. Kaia Ingolfsland has ridden him in his three most recent races and she sticks with him on Sunday. Update: this raceday has been cancelled due to weather - stakes events will be rescheduled.


The Thursday card gets one runner from Skoganstallen, as Annike will saddle Mudjimba for the Gaston Handicap, a dirt race over 1750 metres. Set to be ridden by Willa Synøve Schou, Mudjimba meets five rivals. He was last seen in a game fourth place finish behind his stable companion Noosa Prince three weeks ago and looks to have a big chance of entering the winners' circle for a second time this year. GS


Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp 2019: Swedish Dream powering home. On Sunday he tries to win the race again. Photo: hesteguiden.com



Annike sets the standard

Most winners – highest strike rate

As we are getting into the autumn weeks, and approaching the end of the season, it's very pleasing to note that Annike has saddled more winners than any other trainer in Norway this year, and that her strike rate is also better than what any of her rivals have managed to achieve. With 15 winners from 83 runners, she has been operating at an impressive 18% cent clip in 2021, marginally more efficient than Annette Stjernestrand (17.9%), with Wido Neuroth (17.2%) third best, ahead of Cathrine Erichsen (14.1%), while the leader in terms of prize money, Niels Petersen, is lagging behind on 10.6%.  

I Rest My Case, ridden by Kaia Ingolfsland, winning Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer, with plenty left in the tank. 

Photo:: hesteguiden.com

Noosa Prince, again partnered by Willa Synøve Schou, gaining his second win in seven days. Photo: hesteguiden.com 

Two runners – two winners!

I Rest My Case on the up, Noosa Prince in smashing form

16 Sep 21: Annike had two runners on this evening card and, as they both won, we can safely say that this was a good day in the office – as well as a nice boost to the team ahead of bigger tasks at Bro Park on Sunday.


I Rest My Case did so much wrong for such a long way of Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer, but when the penny finally dropped about a furlong from the winning post, well, then she leveled off nicely and ran on really well to win the valuable stakes race staged over 1170 metres. She was a bit tardy from the stalls, raced with the choke out while seeing far too much daylight while pressing the pace going around the bend, fumbled a bit more in the early parts of the home straight, and still she proved to be the best of these juveniles. It makes lot of sense to assume that she was much the best in this field and that those she beat today will find it hard to match strides with her in upcoming races. That said, there were some debutantes on show, and it was obviously a good thing that I Rest May Case, calmly ridden by Kaia Ingolfsland, was given an introduction prior to this contest. She was chased home by Queen Of Antarktis, who was beaten half a length, and third place went to Gold Rush.


Noosa Prince brought us more joy half an hour later, as he added to his success last week by winning the Wattan Handicap over 1600 metres from Kildare and Seven Nation Army. Noosa Prince was ridden Willa Synøve Schou, who sent him straight to the lead. This horse really is at the top of his game right now. He was full of zest, yet nicely composed, in front, and when it looked like the cashing pack might cut into his advantage, he just quickened up again to disappoint them all in a matter of strides. Noosa won the contest very comfortably, passing the winning post 2 lengths in front of the runner-up. 

Stockholm Cup day at Bro Park

General de Vega heads Annike's team

14 Sep 21: Stockholm Cup day at Bro Park, one of the most important dates in the Scandinavian racing calendar, will get four runners from Annike Bye Hansen's in-form stable. General de Vega heads the team. He is among the favourites for the prestigious Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR), where he will be joined by stable companion Abolish. Takeko - chasing a black type win in the fillies' and mares' division - and the ultra game handicapper We Got The Boss are both also live contenders on this racing feast.


We Got The Boss, looking for his third win of the season for his owners, champagnegaloppen.no, goes to post in race six on the big day, a Guldhandicap over 1600 metres. He will be ridden by Jacob Johansen, who partnered the son of Street Boss also when he was a good runner-up to Valence at Øvrevoll Galopp last week. We Got The Boss drew post nine in this 11-runner field and he is third choice on the program selections line, behind the recent course winner Good Eye and Buddy Bob, a contender who ran fourth to Takeko in July, and franked that piece of form by winning next time out.


Takeko will be in action in the following race. She meets 11 rivals in the valuable Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), also contested over 1600 metres. Jacob Johansen takes this mount too, making this his fourth straight ride on Takeko, who is coming off a third place finish behind Ascot Brass in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) on Derby day at Øvrevoll. Ascot Brass has since run second to Solveig in the Breeders Trophy Mile at Bro Park and the form looks quite solid. That said, Takeko meets stiff oppostion on Sunday and she will probably have to improve to win. Nouvelle Lune, representing Wido Neuroth's powerful team, and the locally trained star Silent Night are the two top rated candidates, in what looks a fairly open contest on paper.


Race ten on Stockholm Cup day is the Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR) over 1200 metres. This means yet another clash of the 'right names' in the top of the Scandinavian Sprint division. Annike will be taking two runners to the 660,000 kronor event; Abolish and General de Vega. General de Vega, winner of the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) over course and distance in June, is one of the favourites. He has since been runner-up to Could Be King at Klampenborg and third behind Duca di Como and Could Be King at Øvrevoll. Could Be King is once more in the field, as are three runners from England, two of them representing trainer Archie Watson. He ships in with the 2019 winner of this event, Corinthia Knight, as well as Mighty Gurkha, in what looks an interesting two pronged attack. Corinthia Knight, who will be ridden by Luke Morris, has won his two most recent races, obliging twice in handicap company at Pontefract. Mighty Gurkha ran fourth to Judicial in the Queensferry Stakes (LR) at Chester last time he ran. He will be ridden by Hollie Doyle, one of the world's top female jockeys. The third visitor, Aplomb, is trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam and will be partnered by David 'Mishriff' Egan at Bro Park. Aplomb is winless in 2021 but he ran third to Sunday Sovereign in a good sprint handicap last month.


Can General de Vega be competitive against these? If he puts his best foot forward, then yes of course he can. Nicely drawn in stall five, he gets his regular partner Jacob Johansen on board. Abolish (Oliver Wilson / stall seven ) is not one of the favourites but he has shown his liking for Bro Park in the past and certainly deserves to take his chance. He was a game fourth to General de Vega in the Vårsprint.


Two runners at home

The stable will have two runners at Øvrevoll on Thursday evening, when Norwegian breeding comes into focus.   I Rest My Case takes a step up in class as she goes for Norsk Mesterskap for 2-Åringer, where eight homebred juveniles will race over 1170 metres on the turf course, with a first prize of 80,000 kroner. I Rest My Case, a daughter of Deceptor bred by Øien Gård and owned by Stall Ella, made a pleasing debut when fifth to Semper Fi over 900 metres in July. Annike won this stakes event with Calcaterre back in 2013. Noosa Prince, coming off a solid win over 1370 metres last week, moves up to 1600 metres in the Wattan Handicap. He has eight to beat, and the main danger may come from Seven Nation Army, a winner over this trip in August and by means disgraced behind Simply Minds thereafter. GS

Job done! Noosa Prince and Willa - uncatchable. Photo: hesteguiden.com

Tactical speed, a turn of foot, a powerful recipe

Noosa Prince hits winning form

09 Sep 21: Noosa Prince returned to winning form as he captured the Vista Hermosa Handicap over 1370 metres on St. Leger day, and he won the race by combining good tactical speed with a decisive turn of foot. Breaking well under rider Willa Synøve Schou, he put pressure on the early leader - Backcountry - from the outset, moved up to a joint lead going around the bend, took command early in the straight, and quickened smartly with about 300 metres to run. In horse racing it is not a question of how fast you go - it is always a question of how you are going fast, and Noosa Prince was doing it really easily on this occasion. Changing gears halfway through the penultimate furlong proved to be the killer. He opened up on his pursuers at that point and, although City Code and Prince Of Tides both ran on well, neither ever posed a serious threat to Noosa Prince, who prevailed by three parts of a length. His nearest rivals ran a dead-heat for second place. This was Noosa Prince's seventh career win from 30 starts and he turned the tables on both City Code and Backcountry, who had beaten him him similar contests last month. His total earnings now stand at an impressive 478,352 kroner. 


We Got The Boss turned up yet again for a fine effort, taking third in the Vortex Elitehandicap over 1600 metres, a race won by the classy Valence, who ran fifth in Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on his previous outing. GS

Ran rivals right into the ground

Possession's first win - and it's huge!

02 Sep 21: What was that? A procession? Well, actually it was Possession - and it was procession. Possession's first win was gained with style, as he quickened right away from his nearest rival, Moonflash, early in the straight and won the 2400-metres Taniec Handicap very easily by 5 lengths. Moonflash became rather lonely in second, passing the winning post 12 1/2 lengths ahead of Perfect Illusion. These two placed horses both went into the contest with decent form but they had no chance once Possession was let loose by his talented rider, Willa Synøve Schou. It was clear to see that Possession was about to hit form when he ran fifth behind Sankt Peder last time out - and on this Thursday evening he most certainly did. There should be more to come from this well bred runner.

Possession first - the rest nowhere! Photo: hesteguiden.com

Ragazzo / Photo: Roger Svalsrød

Ragazzo is no longer with us

26 Aug 21: “He was one of the best horses I have ever trained, and he was so brave. It hurts to know that he is no longer with us”, Annike reflects on Ragazzo, who was sadly put down last week, after enjoying life as a riding horse with Marit Delebekk in Skjeberg outside Sarpsborg after his retirement in 2017. “Old injuries caught up with him and it was the right thing to let him rest now”, Annike says about the 12-year-old champion that she bought for just 75,000 kroner as a yearling. Six seasons later, Ragazzo concluded a career of 15 wins from 35 starts. Earning 2,593,912 kroner, he was one of the top sprinters in Scandinavia.


Annike was instrumental in Ragazzo's life right from the beginning. “I trained some of his siblings”, she recalls, “and runners like Orkan, Propan and Solan were useful performers with good form. They were all by Oktan, and I felt that their dam, Private Property was a very good producer, so I suggested to her owner, Johan C. Løken, that she deserved to be sent to better stallion. He agreed with me and chose  Academy Award”.


The result of this covering was Ragazzo, a big strong colt. Annike decided to buy him at the yearling sales, and did so on the behalf of Stall Trotting, a partnership made up of Jan Andersen, Marina Lie and Ida Large. 75,000 kroner proved to be an absolute bargain. Ragazzo was a late developing sort but when he began to find his stride, he soon displayed class well above the average homebred. In fact, he was going to prove more than up to matching strides with the best imports too, winning the Polar Cup (G3) twice, as well as lifting the Polar Mile (LR), Täby Vårsprint (LR), Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR), Breeders' Prize Sprint and Norsk Rikstoto Grand Prix.


His Polar Cup wins on home soil at Øvrevoll came at the expense of classy sprinters like Giant Sandman, Giftorm, Liber and Easy Road. Ragazzo was just as good at Täby Galopp outside Stockholm, where he defeated Easy Road in the prestigious Vårsprint at the age of six.


Ragazzo's career was not nice and smooth throughout, however. Annike explains: “He began winning towards the end of his three-year-old campaign, but unfortunately, he picked up a serious leg injury that autumn, and his career was in the balance. The vets told me to give up but I could see that he was mentally strong and told them; “no, as long as he is fighting, we will fight for him”. Ragazzo made a full recovery and became a fan favourite at Øvrevoll, where he often received a standing ovation after winning on big days. His best handicap mark was 97kg, higher than any sprinter in action thee days, and obviously making him one of the best Norwegian breds ever. GS

Ragazzo with Jacob Johansen. P: S Olsson

Ragazzo with owners. hesteguiden.com

Ragazzo beating Easy Road. hesteguiden.com

Ragazzo with Espen Ski. hesteguiden.com

RAGAZZO (NOR) b g 2009

Academy Award - Private Property / Pips Pride

Bred by Johan C Løken. Owned by Stall Trotting. Trained by Annike Bye Hansen

Comfortable Derby Mile win

Tambora Queen breaks her maiden in style

22 Aug 21: Tambora Queen picked the right day to make her first entrance to the winners' circle as she broke her maiden tag in Energima Derby Mile, a 3yo event worth 100,000 kroner to the winner. Stall RH's well bred filly was many an expert's choice in previews to this race and the only surprising aspect to her comfortable success was that she returned over 4-1 on the tote. Ridden by Jacob Johansen – who partnered her also when she ran sixth in the Derby Trial two and a half weeks ago – Tambora Queen proved far too good for the short priced favourite Yellow Submarine, a filly coming off a third place finish in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, where she was beaten by Iron Butterfly and Takeko. The Danish trained Azzaro finished third in the Energima Derby Mile. Tambora Queen travelled strongly all the way. She sat in third place going around the bend, while Yellow Submarine tried to make all. She kept on well in front but Tambora Queen cruised up to her and quickened effortlessly ahead just below the distance. From there on and in it was only a matter of 'how far' and the winning margin was in the end 5 lengths.


Takeko once again proved that she belongs in stakes company by running a game third to Ascot Brass in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), contested over the same 1600-metres trip Tambora Queen won over later on the day.


General de Vega also turned up in fine form on the big day, though he had to settle for third place this time, beaten by Duca di Como and Could Be King in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (LR) over 1370 metres. The 60,000 kroner he picked up here pushed General de Vega's seasonal earning up to 375,251 kroner. GS

Tambora Queen. Photo: hesteguiden.com

Seeyouincourt cantering home. Photo: hesteguiden.com

Easy Saturday win

Seeyouincourt impresses

21 Aug 21: Seeyouincourt, ridden by Carlos Lopez, gave Annike's team a nice boost leading up to Derby day when winning the Severino Handicap on this fine Saturday card. He raced prominently throughout the 1600-metres trip, forged ahead with 200 metres to go and won very comfortably from Geist, with Machine Gun back in third place. Earlier on, Mestre dos Magos ran a game race for second in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls Løp, won by Macjack. 

Strong septet ready for Derby day

Annike will send out seven runners on Norwegian Derby day and, according to the inestimable form expert Birger Christensen's previews and selections, four of them are amongst the more likely win contenders on the season's main racing feast. Winning on Derby day is never easy though, so we should not be heading into Sunday thinking that this will some sort of a cakewalk for Skoganstallen's representatives. That said, there's little doubt that this is quite a strong septet and it will be an interesting Sunday. The show begins at 12.30.  Pick up your racing programme via this link and start studying the form.   

General de Vega - ready for the Polar Cup. Photo: Elina Bjoerklund

Swedish Dream - ready for the Marit Sveaas. Photo: hesteguiden.com

Swedish Dream in the best race of course

Swedish Dream landed the odds in no uncertain manner when beating Simply Minds under top weight in a handicap event over 1600 metres last week and he steps back up to top class company in the Marit Sveaas Minneløp on Sunday, an international Group 3 contest over 1800 metres worth 700,000 kroner to the winner (race 7). Some may think that the Derby is the best race on the day but the Marit Sveaas is much better. This is a race that always attacts the cream of older horses in Scandinavia and it has an impressive roll of honor. Swedish Dream belongs in this division, no doubt about that. He had one of his finest days at the races when runner-up to Kick On in last year's edition of the Sveaas. Kick On, coming off a win in the Swedish Open Mile (LR) at Bro Park, will once more be hard to compete with of course – and the 2019 winner Square de Luynes is also in the field, set for his first start in 2021. Swedish Dream has excellent recent form, however, and he should not be underestimated. Set to break from stall 7, he gets Jacob Johansen on board.


General de Vega vs. Could Be King, round three

Annike will saddle two runners for the big sprint of the day, as Abolish and General de Vega both have a crack at the valuable Giant Sandman Polar Cup, a Listed event over 1370 metres (race 4). General de Vega produced his breakthrough performance when landing the prestigious Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) over 1200 metres in Sweden in May, and he confirmed that it was no fluke by running second, beaten just a neck by Could Be King, in the Zawawi Sprint Cup at Klampenborg earlier this month. Could Be King was beaten a length by General de Vega at Bro Park and he will be in opposition once more on Sunday. As of today, the score is 1-1 between these two fine sprinters and it's a fair bet that one of them will be in the winners' circle on Sunday. Abolish finished fourth in the Bro Park Vårsprint and he has since won a good handicap here at Øvrevoll Galopp. His regular partner Kaia S. Ingolfsland will ride Abolish again, and Jacob Johansen mantains his good relationship with General de Vega, who has stall one, with Abolish set to break two lanes further out. The winner of the Giant Sandman Polar Cup gets 250,000 kroner.


Noosa Prince goes for the Thon Oslofjord Handicap (race 3), a sprint over 1170 metres worth 55,900 kroner to the winner. The son of Kodiac drew stall nine in a field of twelve runners and he renews rivalry with City Code, who beat him by a length into third place when winning over this course and distance last week, but escapes a penalty for that win and is thus greatly favoured by the weights. Noosa Prince will again be ridden by Jacob Johansen on Sunday. The Swedish trained pair Martini (second) and Ambiance (fourth), as well as Herewegodandy (fifth) and London Rock (seventh) all also come out of the race City Code won. It will be interesting to see how the cards fall on this occasion. Note that three contenders for this race were in action at Gøteborg Galopp on Sunday. Backcountry, who won the Gøteborg Stora Pris, earning 125,000 kronor after pipping Everest Voice in a tight photo finish, looks the most interesting. Like City Code, he also escapes a penalty as he goes for his third straight win on Sunday. Irish Prosecutor finished sixth to Backcountry in Sweden, while Tootick ran fifth in the Super Sunday Stakes at Gøteborg, beaten 1 ½ lengths behind Cromer.


Takeko, who has gone from being a maiden to one of the best three-year-old fillies in training in the space of five runs, meets nine other fillies and mares in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), run over 1600 metres as race 5 on the big day. Takeko was runner-up in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas in June, went on to beat the 2,000 Guineas winner Like A King when taking a handicap in July, and she was fifth in a strong handicap won by Swedish Dream on August 12. Jacob Johansen, who has ridden Takeo in her two most recent races, takes the mount again. It's a tough assignment but the official handicapper has these eight of these ten runners within 7kg on current ratings. The top rated candidate, Nouvelle Lune (91kg), may be better on dirt than she is on turf and the Lanwades Stud Stakes looks quite an open affair on paper.


The Energima Derby Mile, a contest for horses looking for an alternative to running in the Derby, goes as race 9, and Tambora Queen will be part of this field. The daughter of Breeders' Cup winner Outstrip has yet to break her maiden, but she has run a couple of promising races in defeat (second to Willow It Is over 1370 metres and third to Seven Nation Army over 1800 metres) and she has enough talent to be competitive in this Derby Mile. Tambora Queen will be ridden by Jacob Johansen.


Possession, like Tambora Queen in search of his first win, will be in action in race 10, the contest preceding the Derby. The Hotel Bristol Handicap, run over the same 2400 metres as the classic, gets nine runners and Possession returns to the distance he ran so well over when he finished third to Smazing in June. Kaia Ingolfsland rode him then and she will be his partner also on Sunday, when Possession runs from 'out of the handicap' – in other words, he carries a bit more weight that the official handicap requires him to, 3kg to be precise. This means that he needs to improve again to be competitive but, as a lightly raced horse, that is not at all impossible. 


Calcaterre and Mestre dos Magos will both run in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls Løp over 1750 metres on Saturday, when Seeyouincourt is set for the Severio Handicap, run over 1600 metres.

Geir Stabell

Birger Christensen's Derby day previews and selections


Swedish Draem disappointing Simply Minds with a game rally

Swedish Dream ready for Sveaas

Perfect ride - perfect prep

12 Aug 21: Grab the early lead riding a zestful runner, slow things down, stack your rivals up nicely behind while you are saving energy on the lead - it's a very efficient way to race. You know that, I know that, and rising star Kaia Ingolfsland most certainly knows it too. More importantly, she is a pilot well capable of executing such tactics. It helps to be on the best horse of course, in this case Swedish Dream, but what a ride she gave the old warrior as they combined to capture the Road To Mandalay Handicap over 1600 metres on the turf course. Full marks to both her and Swedish Dream, who enjoyed a perfect prep for the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Derby day (August 22). He led just about every step of the way, and said 'oh, no, you do not' as the smart three-year-old Simply Minds headed him for a couple of strides 200 metres out. Swedish Dream rallied gamely to retake the lead and he won the race readily by half a length. For The Roses stayed on for third, doing well from well off the pace. How good is this form? Well, Simply Minds is no pushover, he was runner-up to White Heart in the Derby Trial last month and he filled second to Takeko back in May. Takeko was also in today's race though failed to fire. She had to settle for fifth on this occasion. Swedish Dream, winning his eighth race from 35 starts, did not make himself the Sveaas favourite with this run but he showed us that he is going into the big race in fine form and he must have a chance. He ran second in the Sveaas last year. Noosa Prince put up a sound effort to take third in the Red Colori Handicap over 1170 metres early on this Thursday card.

General de Vega runs big race in Denmark

08 Aug 21: Väsby Häst AB's high class sprinter General de Vega, who won the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) in June, beating Could Be King by a length over 1200 metres, clashed with that same rival again in the Zawawi Cup over the same distance on Derby day at Klampenborg – and he produced yet another excellent performance. Could Be King managed to turn the tables on him this time, but there was just a neck between the two. Sandtastic filled third place, three parts of a length behind General de Vega, who was once more partnered by Jacob Johansen. This was General de Vega's ninth career start. He now has four wins and four placed efforts to his name, and 543,411 Norwegian kroner in total earnings. 315,251 has been earned in four starts this season. His next task will be the Giant Sandman Cup (LR) at Øvrevoll Galopp on Norwegian Derby day, August 22. General de Vega has improved from 83 to 91 in the official handicap since Annike took over the training of this fine son of Lope de Vega last year.

Three good performances

Abolish wins, Tambora Queen and Possession both placed

Abolish and Kaia Ingolfsland winning with ease.

Abolish in the winners' enclosure. Photos: hesteguiden.com

22 July: It was only a matter of time of course, one day Abolish – racing for the internationally renowned CJ Thoroughbreds – would win in Scandinavia. This was the day, as the ex-French performer ran out a game length and a half winner of the Giant Sandman Cup Sprint. Abolish has run several 'winning races' in the past and his consistency has made life a bit tough for this Juddmonte bred son of Sepoy. His handicap mark (86) is there for all to see, and for him to beat. He went off the 2-1 favourite for this 1170-metres contest and rider Kaia Ingolfsland gave him a patient ride. Abolish seemed to race a touch freely going down the back stretch but he settled gradually and he was racing with great zest negotiating the turn. Kaia held on to him for a while in the home stretch, then produced him with about 300 metres to the winning post. Abolish picked up well and he got to the lead 100 metres out. He ran on in good style to win the race quite snugly. Screwbox Calras held on to second place, a neck in front of Martini, who had the same margin to spare over the fourth placed London Rock. The stable's most recent winner has shown remarkable consistency. Abolish's results since he joined Annike: 6723322421.

Kaia Ingolfsland also partnered Annike's two other runners on the night, Tambora Queen and Possession, who both ran well to be placed. Tambora Queen was beaten a length into third place behind Seven Nation Army in a maiden race over 1800 metres after having raced well in touch with the leaders throughout. She ran on well at the finish and is certainly capable of winning a race in this class. Perhaps she would be better off with a stronger pace than what she got here. 


Possession took part in the 13-runner Norsk Rikstoto Cup Stayer over 2400 metres. Turning for home, he looked most unlikely to earn any money at all, never mind get into the Trippel, but that's exactly what Possession did. Finishing fast from far back he got up for third place, beaten 2 ½ lengths by the winner, Smazing. He is on the right track now. GS

Takeko - winner of Giant Sandman Cup / Photo: hesteguiden.com

Beating 2,000 Guineas winner

Takeko wins Giant Sandman Cup

15 July 21: Takeko, who ran second in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, followed up with a win in the Giant Sandman Cup over 1600 metres on turf, where she not only beat the winner of the 2,000 Guineas but also proved far too good for older horses. This may have been a handicap though, in effect, Takeko was actually taking a step up in class here – and she is clearly one of the better three-year-olds in Scandinavia these days. Annike, with the help of Walter Buick, has once more proved that high class performers do not have to cost a fortune. Takeko was purchased for 12,000 guineas (about 150,000 kroner) at the Tattersalls December Sales and this win, worth 55,000 kroner, pushed her seasonal earnings to 155,000 kroner. Anything this daughter of Mehmas does from now on can be seen as a bonus. All being well with her, that bonus should be considerable, for Takeko just keeps on improving. This was only her fourth start, and second win, since she joined Annike's team.


Ridden by Jacob Johansen, Takeko captured the race by three parts of a length from Simply Minds, who held second by a neck from the staying-on Like a King. Like a King had won the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas on his previous outing, with Simply Minds a length behind him in fourth place. Like a King's winning time that day was just 1/10 sec. sharper than the time Takeko clocked as she was was runner-up in the fillies' classic.


Takeko was travelling noticeably well just off a strong pace in the Giant Sandman Cup, and she advanced to take charge approaching the 200-metres marker. Though 'take charge' may not be the right phrase, not quite that soon anyway, as five horses were all in with a chance at that stage. Takeko gradually drew off, and she won the race well, showing the same positive attitude we have seen from her in previous races. She ran third in a Dundalk maiden last October, and that race has now produced four subsequent winners of six races combined.


Annike said after the race that Takeko, owned by Ninja Racing, will be aimed at the Landwades Stud Stakes (LR) over this same course and distance on Derby day (22 August), “possibly with one run before that day”, according to the trainer. The Lanwades Stud is worth 150,000 kroner to the winner and has attracted 14 early entries; Ascot Brass, Bassoline, Buckybabe, Careless Whisper, Eesha My Flower, For The Roses, Freed From Desire, Nouvelle Lune, Queen Rouge, Rapidash, Sophie B, Takeko, Thunderry and Victiore Pisa.  GS

Let's win the Majestic Max!

Abolish, Noosa Prince, Tambora Queen

all to race on Wednesday afternoon

06 July 21: What could be more fun than winning a race named after one of your own old stable favourites? On a bread and butter Wednesday card, well, probably nothing. Annike will saddle Abolish and Noosa Prince for the Majestic Max Handicap, run over 1370 metres on the turf course - while later on the day Tambora Queen, who was a respectable fifth in the 1,000 Guineas, goes for a maiden heat over the same trip.


Majestic Max was an incredible team player during his time at Skoganstallen. He ran no fewer than 120 times in his long career, and made it to the winners' circle on 16 occasions. In addition, the Irish bred son of Verglas finished second 20 times and third 25 times. What a grand servant he was. Let's hope that one of Annike's two challengers can win his race. There's of course also the chance of a one-two. Stanger things have happened at the races - much stranger in fact.  GS


Most winners, highest strike rate

Annike tops the trainer standings

06 July 2021: This is the month when things are really hotting up for racehorse  trainers. July means business at the highest level, in Norway followed by the Derby month, leading into September, when many of the seasonal championship events are traditionally decided. Gaining momentum in July can be crucial. Annike is racing into this period with a team in great form, and she leads the trainers' standings at Øvrevoll Galopp, with 6 winners from 36 runners. Throw her 7 runners-up and 6 third placed runners into the mix, and you are looking at pretty impressive stats. Annike has a 16.6% win strike rate and 50% of her runners have finished in the top three this year. This makes her the most efficent trainer overall. Of trainers with 25 or more runners to date, Annike is number one in terms of winners, she is joint leader in terms of winners to runners and she is second best in terms of top three finishers.


Win strike rates

1 Annike Bye Hansen 16.6% & Wido Neuroth 16.6%. 

3 Cathrine Erichsen 15.6%

4 Annette Stjernstrand 15.3%


Top three strike rates

1 Wido Neuroth 60%

2 Annike Bye Hansen 50%

3 Annette Stjernstrand 42%

4 Cathrine Erichsen 37%


A new month, new winners for Annike's team

We Got The Boss and Seeyouincourt in super form!

Seeyouincourt striding clear / hesteguiden.com

Enjoyable and comfortable! / hesteguiden.com

Seeyouincourt - a maiden no more / hesteguiden.com

01 July 21: A perfect day at the races was complete as Seeyouincourt broke her maiden with a visually impressive win over older rivals in the Lisselan Handicap over 1750 metres on the dirt track.  Alan Wallace was in the saddle. 

The daughter of Juniper Tree travelled almost too well just off the pace in this event, and eased into the lead 300 metres from the winning post. She appeared to idle but still won by 3 lengths from Geist, who came from well off the pace.

We Got The Boss and Willa Synøve Schou in command / hesteguiden.com

"It's in the bag!" / hesteguiden.com

We Got The Boss - a winner again! / hesteguiden.com

01 July 21: We Got The Boss, ridden by Willa Synøve M. Schou, returned to winning form by beating stable companion Mudjimba in the Lazy Lord Handicap, taking the contest by 1 1/4 lengths.  

Mudjimba set the pace in this 1750 metres long dirt race, while We Got The Boss was being held up at the back. He advanced going around the home turn, led with about 200 metres to go and won with authority. 

1,000 Guineas contenders

Takeko, Tambora Queen up in class

23 June 21: Takeko, who made such a favourable impression when outclassing My French Dream over the classic trip just under two weeks ago, looks a strong contender for top spot when she steps up in class in Norsk 1,000 Guineas on Saturday. She will be joined by stable companion Tambora Queen, another improving young filly representing Annike in this important event - contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. Twelve runners are set to go to post. Takeko will once more be ridden by Per-Anders Gråberg, while Tambora Queen gets Kaia S. Ingolfsland in the saddle this time, having been partnered by Alan Wallace in her three starts so far this season. She has met Takeko once already but Tambora Queen missed the break completely on that occasion, and her recent runner-up effort behind Rocketman over 1370 metres puts her in a much better light.


Saturday is Oslo Cup day, and Øvrevoll Galopp is presenting an excellent menu with eight races. The Oslo Cup, an international Group 3 contest, gets eight runners, including last year's winner, Privilegiado. Norsk 2,000 Guineas has drawn a field of ten, with Smooth N Royal, an unbeaten visitor from Denmark, looking a most interesting challenger.


The racing feast kicks off with the Cafe Hygge Handicap, a really competitive race over 1600 metres. Swedish Dream (Jacob Johansen) and We Got The Boss (Alan Wallace) will be in the field. The latter coming off a strong third at Bro Park last time out, and Swedish Draem trying to turn the tables on Valence, who beat him by a length and a half when they met over 1800 metres here on June 3. Swedish Dream is now 2kg better off at the weights against the Swedish trained rival. GS


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General de Vega rock solid at Bro Park. Photo: Elina Bjoerklund, Svensk Galopp

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. 

Takeko with Siri Norset Christiansen, Marina Lie, Annike Bye Hansen and Cathrine Fortune in the winners' circle / hesteguiden.com

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

Can she live up to her name?

Named after female warrior

Takeko gets her name from the Japan's famous female warrior Nakano Takeko (1847 - 1868), who - without permission - fought and died during the Boshin War. Read more about this remarkable woman on Wikipedia.

We are into June and the horses are running into form

Three winners, one runner-up on the night!

1 General de Vega 2 Abolish / hesteguiden.com

Mudjimba / hesteguiden.com

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

We Got The Boss (far side) in a exciting finish against Face Of Energima / hesteguiden.com

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. 

Derby day 2019: We Got The Boss gets first win in Norway. Photo: hesteguiden.com

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.


Full article on News & features page and on We Got The Boss' page.


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.


SCANDINAVIAN STAKES 2021


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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Left to right: Captain America (Photo: Elina Bjørklund, SG), Ragazzo (private), Majestic Max (Photo: Stefan Olsson, SG), We Got the Boss (Hesteguiden)

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CHAMPIONS

RAGAZZO (NOR)

Won Polar Cup (G3) twice, Polar Mile (LR), Tæby Open Sprint (LR), Tæby Vårsprint (LR), 

Breeders Sprint, Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR), Norsk Rikstoto Grand Prix

All results


UNWANTED BEAUTY (IRE)

Won Norsk 1000 Guineas

2nd Erik O. Steens Memorial

All results


MAJESTIC MAX (IRE)

Won Øvrevoll Sprint Cup twice

All results


SWEDISH DREAM (FR)

Won Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR)

2nd Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR)

4th Stockholm Stora Pris (G3)

4th Swedish Open Mile (LR)

All results

CAPTAIN AMERICA (SWE)

Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) twice, 2017 & 2019

Sprinter of The Year, Norway 2019

Svenskt Mesterskap Classic

Svenskt Mesterskap for Sprinters

2nd Polar Cup (G3)

All results


CALCATERRE (IRE)

Handicapper of The Year 2017

All results


GIOVANNI NOBILE (NOR)

Norsk Mesterskap for 3-åringer

All results

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