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Hard One To Please going for classic double

Seven projected runners on Derby day

07 Aug 22: The countdown to Derby day 2022 is gathering pace and, with just two weeks to go, Annike has seven horses on her list of projected runners on August 21. This list is headed - of course - by the impressive Swedish Derby winner Hard One To Please, whose form was given a massive boost when Steinar, the horse he beat with ease at Jägersro, outclassed his rival in the Hurricanelöpning a week ago. The smart filly I Rest My Case, runner-up in the Derby Trial, is also under consideration for the Derby, "but a decision has not been made yet, she has an alternative in the supporting mile race (Drømmemilen) on the day", Annike says. She has two contenders for the Polar Cup where General de Vega should be one of the favourites. He came back a sick horse after his flop on dirt in Sweden (making us none the wiser about his feelings about dirt racing these days). Youonlyliveonce is also being aimed at the valuable sprint, while Swedish Dream - who shaped well in his prep race on Wednesday - takes yet another shot at the Marit Sveaas Minneløp. Takeo will be one of the top contenders for the Lanwades Stud Stakes and Admiral de Vega is likely to meet older horses in a handicap over 1600 metres. 

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Norsk Derby 1939

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Broke his maiden on second start

Admiral de Vega off the mark

28 July 22: Admiral de Vega, ridden by Jacob Johansen broke his maiden at the second time of asking on this nice summer evening - providing yet another winner for one of the most in-form stables in Scandinavia. 

Racing over 1600 metres on turf, he was a bit hesitant from the start but soon travelled well - a little bit too well actually, as he raced freely throughout the contest. He was fourth coming into the straight, and worked his way easily up to take the lead 200 metres from the winning post. Let's Go Crazy threw down a persitent challenge and there was only a head in it as they flashed past the winning post - though Admiral de Vega was always in control. He seemed to idle a bit in front and he has more learning to do, that's for sure. Once he settles, and understands more of what is required when you carry a number cloth, he could be a smart horse indeed. This form looks interesting. Let's Go Crazy and Trent, third home here, had run second and third in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas - behind Hotline Bling, who was a good fifth to German star Rocchigiani in the Thoroughbred Stakes (G3) at Goodwood this week. That winner had previously run fifth in the prestigious Jersey Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot. Admiral de Vega is a long way off Royal Ascot form of course, but it's nice to see formlines connecting our horsess to the cream of Europe giving positive signals. Comparing Admiral de Vega's run to the 4yo handicapper Harrier Hawk, who won over the same trip half an hour earlier, also augurs well. Admiral de Vega covered the 1600 metres 1.4 seconds faster than Harrier Hawk. That equals about seven lengths.

Youonlyliveonce ran a game race to finish second behind the in form Astron, who won for a third straight time, in the Giant Sandman Cup, while juvenile filly Take A Chill Pill went off favourite for the opening maiden event, though had to settle for fourth place behind Sid Game after showing good early speed before tiring late. She was not given a hard race. It was a promising debut run by the daughter of Evasive out of Perfect Spy (Nathaniel), a half-sister to River Tiber - a very useful turf miler who won at Ascot and Nad Al Sheba at four and five, having won a maiden for Aidan O'Brien in Ireland at three.  GS

Admiral de Vega (6) holding on gamely /

Guineas placed rivals outpointed

Admiral de Vega going down /

Take A Chill Pill /

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Annike flying high in Sweden - third in the trainers' standings - from just a few runners.

Excellent 1-2 at Øvrevoll

'The Boss' gets new fan club members 

- representing a seriously talented team!

21 July 22: With Stabæk Fotball's ladies team ringside, We Got The Boss charmed them all on this Thursday fixture. He knows when to shine, this handsome and genuine six-year-old, something we learnt when he won his first race on Norwegian soil - on Derby day in 2019. This time he beat his stable companion Tambora Queen, in an excellent one-two for Annike's red-hot team. Back home just days after her famous big race double in Sweden, Annike enjoyed a nice 'bread and butter evening' - as this was the stable's sixth winner at Øvrevoll this year. That's from 34 runners, of which six have finished second and two have finished third. That's a sneaky good stat; 45% of all local runners from our stable have finished in the top three. We Got The Boss, who gained his eighth career win in the None Shall Sleep Handicap, has done so on three of his six outings this term. There could be more to come!

We Got The Boss - admired by top class footballers after his fine win.

We Got The Boss. Photos:

1 We Got The Boss 2 Tambora Queen

Super Sunday for Annike's team

Hard One To Please wins the Derby, Takeko takes the Wettermark

Hard One To Please and Oliver Wilson. Derby winners! Photo Svensk Galopp

Photos: Stefan Olsson / SG

Hard One To Please won Sweden's premier classic geared down by 2 lengths, after being given a patient ride by Oliver Wilson, undoubtedly one of the finest riders in Scandinavia these days. The winning margin could have been bigger and it's worth noting that the third placed horse, Downtown Leo, was outclassed to the tune of 9 lengths, with another 3 1/2 lengths back to the local favourite, Tin Win. This was a high class performance.     Click photos above to enlarge in pop-ups.

Takeko winning just as easily in the Margareta Wettermarks Memorial

17 July 22: Takeko went off favourite for the Margareta Wettermarks Minneslöpning, and she did not disappoint. Everything but a slightly hesitant start and a touch of eagerness in the early stages of the race was perfect - and coming down the home stretch she was simply superb, ridden by the jockey of the day - Oliver Wilson. Takeko won comfortably from Thunderey and Numeira, gaining her career's third success and earning 207.500 kronor in the process. 

Margareta Wettermarks Minneslöpning 2022

TAKEKO / A Bye Hansen / O Wilson

4 b f Mehmas - Ahd / Elusive Quality

Owned by Ninja Racing & Väsby Häst AB  /  Bred by Old Carhue Stud

Trio with big tasks on Swedish Derby day:

Hard One To Please, General de Vega, Takeko

15 July 22: Hard One To Please, who will be making his first start over a dirt track, goes for the Swedish Derby on Sunday afternoon, a valuable classic where he will be facing 13 rivals over 2400 metres. Oliver Wilson has been booked for the ride, and he will also partner Takeko in the prestigious Margareta Wettermarks Minneslopning, while Carlos Lopez gets the call on top class sprinter General de Vega in the Zawawi Cup. 

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Six weeks to season's high point

Derby day 2022 - start preparing now

11 July 22: We can't say that anyone is suffering from Derby day fever, not just yet, but Norsk Derby 2022 is only six weeks away now - and in a month's time all the talk will be about the big day, "what horses will be in the premier classic, which ones are the likely favourites, and how about the excellent supporting card, what heavyweights will lock horns in the valuable Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) and Polar Cup (LR)?" It's shaping up to be a superb day of racing. 

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Swedish Dream holds an entry for the Marit Sveaas, Takeko is on the list of entries for the Lanwades Stud, while Hard One To Please and I Rest My Case are both on the long list of Derby entries. 

Principal stakes entries: Norsk Derby, Marit Sveaas, Lanwades Stud, Polar Cup

Quartet ready for racing feast

Two going for classic glory on Saturday

20 June 22: We are just days away from one of the highlight fixtures of the year, Oslo Cup day, to be staged on Saturday evening. Annike reports that she has four horses ready to run, with Hard One To Please going for the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas and I Rest My Case set to contest the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, a race the stable won with Unwanted Beauty two years ago. Takeko was a good runner-up in this classic last year, and it will be interesting to see how I Rest My Case handles this step up in class after her easy win against fellow homebreds last time out. Hard One To Please is also coming off a nice win and looks a live contender on Saturday, when Swedish Dream and We Got The Boss will both run in a top class handicap over 1600 metres, the same distance as the two Guineas races. Comparing the winning times of these three events may give us an indication of how good this year's three-year-olds are. Jacob Johansen has been booked for Hard One To Please and Swedish Draem, Shane Karlsson will partner I Rest My Case, while Malin Holmberg get the leg up on We Got The Boss. The action begins at 17.00 - with the popular Summer Party after racing - don't miss it!

Swedish Dream /

General de Vega, so close to making history. Photo: Elina Bjørklund

Game runner-up efforts at Bro Park

General de Vega, Takeko - elite performances

12 June 22: Bro Park's racing feast was dominated by visiting horses and General de Vega - going for back to back wins in Bro Park Vårsprint - and Takeko both played their part. Neither ended up on the top level of the podium this time, but they ran great races to finish second. General de Vega lost in a photo finish against his arch rival Could Be King, while Takeko finished strongly to take second behind Ascot Brass in the equally important Bloomer's Vase, confirming her standing as one of the best fillies in Scandinavia.

Norway's Top 5 Trainers ranked by average earnings per start (13 June 22)

1 Annike Bye Hansen 16,222  -  2 N Peteresen 15,035  -  3 R Freire 13,140  -  4 H Soma 10,493  -  5 C Erichsen 8,406

Another raceday - another double

09 June 22: Annike's team is on an absolute roll. Just a week after orchestrating a fine double with General de Vega and Hard One To Please, she repeated the feat with I Rest My Case capturing Brukseier Eivind Lyches Minneløp, and Youonlyliveonce taking the Heureux Handicap, after running second to General de Vega last time out. The latter was backed as if defeat was out of the question, going off as the 1.20-favourite under jockey Jacob Johansen. Those who took such short odds did get a scare, as Youonlyliveonce showed battling qualities to win by a nose, hard pressed by the second favourite, Herewegodandy. I Rest My Case was also odds-on to succeed, and did so in altogether more comfortable way - scooting home by 5 1/4 lengths from Byckybelle, with Queen of Antarktis 3 1/2 lengths further adrift in third place. This was a homebred event so perhaps we should not get too carried away - though I Rest My Case's form is beginning to look quite smart.

Brukseier Eivind Lyches Minneløp 2022:


I Rest My Case (Deceptor) in the winners' circle after her easy win, flanked by (from left to right) Søren Pedersen, Knut Martin Torgersen (breeder), Marina Lie, Siri Christensen, Annike and Sergio Martin - Jacob Johansen in the saddle.


Excellent day for Väsby Häst AB

02 June 22: Väsby Häst AB, great supporters of Annike's operation - and of Scandinavian racing in general - enjoyed an incredible half-hour on this Thursday evening fixture, as three of their horses made it to the winners' circle after the first two races on the card. Well, 'only two'  won of course - but it was a fine gesture to invite General de Vega's gallant runner-up, Youonlyliveonce, to the enclosure as well. 


Early-June silk fashion is green and white! 

Stable companions General de Vega - who was prepping for a bigger task at Bro Park in ten days' time - and Youonlyliveonce ran 1-2 in the first race on the night, a high class sprint over 1170 metres on turf. While General de Vega - last year's champion sprinter, was held up at the back - Younlyliveonce went to the front and set a good pace. He kept on really well up front but General de Vega cruised up to him, took over 200 metres from the winning post, and was pushed out for a tidy win. The two stable companions had the race between them throughout the finish. General de Vega landed de odds easily by half a length and there was a 4 1/4-length gap between Youonlyliveonce and the third placed horses, Backcountry, a winner of 22 races.  Half an hour later the exciting

three-year-old Hard One To Please (right pic) followed up by winning a good maiden heat over 1600 metres. Making only his second start, the son of Fast Company raced too freely going down the back straight but settled better when negotiating the turn. Front-running Holiday had opened up a massive lead at this point and looked strong - though Hard One To Please reeled him in with a smooth run coming up the homes straight. He passed the leader just below the distance and held on gamely to beat the staying-on Sugar Crust. Holiday and Sugar Crust ran second and third behind Game Changer - albeit on dirt - four weeks ago.

We Got The Boss also signaled a return to form with a fine runner-up effort, beaten just half a length behind Valence, later on the card. Please check back for more on Monday. GS

General de Vega after his big win last spring. Photo: E Bjoerklund.

Two to run on Thursday

Three aiming of stakes glory next month

23 May 22: Racing resumes with an interesting card on Thursday, when Noosa Prince and Youonlyliveonce, both representing Väsby Häst AB, will run in the Francis Handicap over 1370 metres on the turf course (race 6). Noosa Prince gets star apprentice Willa Synøve Schou in the saddle, while Youonlyliveonce will be ridden by Muriel Silva Machado. 

Big day in Sweden

Next month offers several important racedays in Scandinavia, none more so than Bro Park's fixture on June 12, when last year's winner General de Vega will cross borders in an attempt at defending his tilte in the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR). Takeko and Tambora Queen are being prepared for a crack at the Bloomer's Vase (LR) on the same day. We have plenty to look forward to!

Strong seasonal debut

Takeko runs second in 'Nagell-Erichsen'

17 May 22: Takeko, making her first start of the season, proved that she belongs in the elite of fillies and mares by taking second in the traditional Fam. Nagell-Erichsens Hoppeløp on this high profile raceday. She had to surrender to the odds-on favourite Iron Butterfly but ran on really well to hold second from For The Roses, while Tambora Queen wound up in fourth place. Takeko was ridden by Oliver Wilson. She dwelt slightly from stall one but was soon in a prominent position, racing a bit freely in third / fourth through the first part of the race. She was second coming into the home straight, as Smooth Escape continued to lead, and went ahead alongside Tambora Queen, who took the lead with about 300 metres to go. She could not sustain her run, however, and Takeko gained the upper hand 200 metres from the winning post. Iron Butterfly came from off the pace and swept by to beat her - in a race that promises so much for both these four-year-olds. I Rest My Case ran a fine race to take fourth in Forsommerløp for 3yos. GS

Takeko running on gamely /

17th of May - a racing party!

Annike sends out six runners on big day

A la carte, soft ice and celebratory drinks - that's the norm on May 17, Norway's National Day, But for Annike? Well, she won't be able to put her feet up and join in on any of the many, jolly party tables until racing is done and dusted, that's for sure, as she will be busy saddling six runners on the big day; Hard One To Please makes his debut in race 3, a three-year-old conditions event, I Rest My Case goes for Forsommerloep for 3yos (race 4), Takeko and Tambora Queen are live contenders in the traditional 'Nagell-Erichsen' - a high class contest for fillies and mares (race 5), while We Got The Boss and Noosa Prince will both take part in the Ecology Handicap (race 7). 

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One down - more to follow!

Tambora Queen gets the ball rolling

21 Apr 22: What a way to start the new season! Tambora Queen was an explosive winner on opening day - slamming the race favourite My French Dream by 4 1/2 lengths under jockey Jacob Johansen. A week and a half earlier, trainer Are Hyldmo told Øvrevoll Galopp's Birger Christensen that My French Dream - a half brother to Swedish Dream - is a horse he had fancied quite strongly before injury ruled him out of the 2021 Derby, so this four-year-old is obviously held in high regards. Let's not get too carried away here - after all seasonal debuts are just starting points to the new campaign, but Tambora Queen proved so much the best, beating My Swedish Dream as if he is just another handicapper. Something he may prove not to be. Tambora Queen's  winning margin could have been greater and she was the undoubtedly star on the first raceday of 2022. With seven rivals behind her, and a massive 28-length spread from first to last, her performance was more than just visually impressive. She stopped the clocks in 1.41.6. The day's two other winners over the distance recorded 1.44,7 (Skytale) and 1.46.7 (Precious). Whichever way you look at this - Tambora Queen's third career win was a run that makes us look forward to seeing what she can actually achieve this season. GS

Tambora Queen winning hard held. Photo:

General de Vega winning at Bro Park. Photo: E Bjoerklund

Prestigious award

General de Vega the champion - it's official!

03 Apr 22:  General de Vega was handed a well deserved Sprinter of The Year Award at the ceremonies held at Thon Hotel Sandvika last night. The son of Lope de Vega captured two Listed races in Sweden; the Bro Park Vårsprint and Bro Park Sprint Championship, on both occasions defeating his arch rival Could Be King, and enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2021. He won three of his seven races, and earned 842,611 kroner - taking his career earnings past the million-kroner mark. With performances likes these, General de Vega is one of those unique horses that manage to put Scandinavia  on the international racing map. 

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Stabell talk 2022 - horse by horse

GEIR STABELL's horse by horse presentation of Annike's high quality team for the 2022 campaign - with articles leading up to the new season. These articles can be found on the News / Archive page and on every horse page.


Dates for your diary

2022 Stakes schedule all set

06 Feb 22: Stakes fixtures 2022 for Norway, Sweden and Denmark are now out - as we approach what should be an exciting racing season in Scandinavia. 

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