ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Five horses nominated to
Horse of The Year Awards
The date is now set. Saturday, January 28 - that's when the excellent Horse of The Year awards dinner and ceremony will be held, and with some strong contenders in the mix we wouldn't like you to miss it. Five of the stable's 12 currently active 2022 runners have been nominated. Skoganstallen seems to be the stable of champions.
Powerful looking son of Wentworth
15 Dec 22: Champagnegaloppen has secured a really interesting young colt by Wentworth - bought at the Scandinavian Open Yearling Sales in Denmark. His pedigree is strong, albeit it not glittering - and his sire is not all that well known, but take a close look at this colt. His appearance is that of a powerful, well balanced and thoroughly likeable individual. Plenty of those fail to make good runner though having a good conformation certainly helps, and I'd be surprised if this guy fails to make his presence felt at the races.
His sire won the Betfred Mile Handicap at Goodwood as a three-year-old, when trained by Richard Hannon. He later joined Bettina Andersen in Denmark, where he captured Klampenborg's prestigious Pokalløb (LR) over 1800 metres.
Run For Justice's dam, the High Chaparral daughter Rivers Run, won one of her five races when trained by Ralph Beckett in England, scoring in a 12-furlong maiden at Lingfield Park as a three-year-old. She is a half-sister to Pas de Secrets, winner of the Songline Classic (LR), runner-up in the Norwegian Derby and third in the Oslo Cup (G3) for trainer Wido Neuroth. Geir Stabell
Full brother to Good Fortune
15 Dec 22: Bred to be special, Left U Speechless - who will be joining Annike's team along with another youngster in Run For Justice next March - is a colt likely to get a lot of attention when his racing career gets underway. His brother Good Fortune won the Breeders' Trophy Classic as a three-year-old, when he beat Iron Butterfly, and he followed up with another valuable win when landing the Breeders' Trophy Mile as a four-year-old. Good Fortune, who has 8 wins from 16 starts and total earnings of over 2.7 million kroner, is trained by Søren Jensen in Denmark, where Left U Speechless was bought by Väsby Häst at the Scandinavian Open Yearling Sales in September.
This well bred colt is a son of Scandinavian Champion Appel Au Maitre, who won 12 races, including Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), Stockholm Cup International (G3) - twice -, Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), the Swedish Derby (LR) and the Norwegian Derby.
Left U Speechless's dam Eko Palace Bay was unraced but quickly became a success at stud. She is also the dam of Aperola, a full sister to Good Fortune who won 7 races and was placed several times in stakes company. Her finest wins came in the Future Stars and Produce Stakes. Geir Stabell
2022 season - facts and figures
Top earners, top strike rate,
best average earnings
21 Nov 22: Annike Bye Hansen finished second in the trainers' standings, with 16 winners, 18 runners-up and 8 third place finishers from 75 starters. The stable generated total domestic earnings of NOK. 2,775,249. As many as 56% of all starters saddled by Annike finished in the first three and the stable's win strike rate was an impressive 21.3%, better than any other trainer with more than ten starters during the season. Average earnings per start, NOK 37,003, was also markedly the best return of all trainers with more than ten starters.
The stable's total Scandinavian earnings were close to 5.6 million.
I Rest My Case became the highest earning horse in Norway in 2022, with NOK 775,849 from eight runs. She just edged out her stable companion Hard One To Please on this list, as his domestic earnings were NOK 725,000 from four runs. Hard One To Please would probably get most votes if we decided to crown a Scandinavian Horse of The Year though, and perhaps it's about time to get those Scandinavian stats back up and running? With two easy Derby wins and a gutsy success in the Stockholm Cup International (G3), he earned NOK 2,812,764 all told – and he also became the highest earner in Sweden this year. His fellow Väsby Häst flag bearer Youonlyliveonce sits in tenth place on the list of top earners in Norway this year, with NOK. 322,600 from 11 starts that yielded 2 wins and six other top three efforts. GS
Top earners - Norway 2022
All winners aged three and up rated 82 or higher
This year's winners from Skoganstallen
21 Nov 22: Annike Bye Hansen's winners in 2022, listed with highest handicap marks achieved this season in brackets. All of the stable's winners aged three or older achieved handicap marks of 82 kg or higher.
TAMBORA QUEEN (83) 4yo
Funinthesand Handicap – 17 November
YOUONLYLIVEONCE (89) 5yo
Birkebeinern Handicap – 17 October
NOOSA PRINCE (86) 6yo
Sudost Handicap II – 2 October
HARD ONE TO PLEASE (94) 3yo
Stockholm Cup International (G3) – 18 September
TAKE A CHILL PILL (69) 2yo
Norsk Mesterskap 2yo's – 15 September
SWEDISH DREAM (91) 7yo
Viviannas Dream Eliteløp – 8 September
ADMIRAL DE VEGA (85) 3yo
Victoria Prada Handicap – 8 September
HARD ONE TO PLEASE (94) 3yo
Norwegian Derby – 21 August
I REST MY CASE (82) 3yo
Drømemilen – 21 August
ADMIRAL DE VEGA (85) 3yo
Sudust Handicap I – 21 August
ADMIRAL DE VEGA (85) 3yo
Maiden race – 28 July
WE GOT THE BOSS (85) 6yo
None Shall Sleep Handicap – 21 July
HARD ONE TO PLEASE (94) 3yo
Swedish Derby – 17 July
TAKEKO (87) 3yo
Margareta Wettermark's Minnesløpning – 17 July
I REST MY CASE (82) 3yo
E. Lyches Minneløp – 9 June
YOUONLYLIVEONCE (89) 5yo
Heureux Handicap - 9 June
GENERAL DE VEGA (93) 5yo
Eliteløp – 2 June
HARD ONE TO PLEASE (94) 3yo
Maiden race – 2 June
TAMBORA QUEEN (83) 4yo
Amolo Handicap – 21 April
Skoganstallen's 2022 winners ranked by best handicap marks,
with number of runs, 1-2-3 placings and seasonal earnings
94 – HARD ONE TO PLEASE (6 st. 4-0-0) 2.812.765,-
93 – GENERAL DE VEGA (3 st. 1-1-0) 126.749,-
91 – SWEDISH DREAM (6 st. 1-1-0) 73.350,-
89 – YOUONLYLIVEONCE (13 st. 2-4-3) 347.417,-
87 – TAKEKO (7 st. 1-4-2) 548.478,-
86 – NOOSA PRINCE (9 st. 1-2-0) 91.900,-
85 – ADMIRAL DE VEGA (5 st. 3-0-2) 173.896,-
85 – WE GOT THE BOSS (12 st. 1-3-0) 144.400,-
83 – TAMBORA QUEEN (11 st. 2-1-2) 149.320,-
82 – I REST MY CASE (9 st. 2-3-1) 847.763,-
69 – TAKE A CHILL PILL 2yo (5 st. 1-0-1) 130.000,-
Average best handicap mark, winners aged three and up: 87kg
Final day - final winner
Tambora Queen wraps it up nicely
17 Nov 22: It would hardly be appropriate if the final raceday of the season had gone into the books without a winner from Skoganstallen, and that was never going to happen – of course it wasn't. Although, judged by how the punters saw it, that winner did come from a somewhat surprising stall.
Tambora Queen, who was making her eleventh start of the season, fought off a late challenge from Buckyboy (a winner of three races this term) for a very game half-length win in the Funinthesand Handicap over 1750 metres. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, Tambora Queen raced in fourth place early on, was forced to go three wide on the home turn, and delivered a sustained run coming down the home straight. She went by the longtime leader Hampus G with about 200 metres to go and ran on really well under pressure to win at just under 12-1. Tambora Queen gained her fourth career win and she has earned 358,805 kroner for her owners, Stall RH. Her handicap mark has now been raised back up to 83, which is her career best. She's not a high end stakes performer but she sure deserves full praise.
This was Annike's 16th winner at Øvrevoll this year, giving a nice 21% strike rate from 75 starters. As if by magic, Tambora Queen provided the stable's first success of the season when winning on opening day '22 and she also became the stable's last winner of the season on closing day, in what has been some campaign for Annike and her dedicated team. Tambora Queen appears to thrive in the autumn, by the way, she won on her last start in 2021 – when beating I Apple at good odds in late October.
Please check back for a seasonal facts and figures piece next week.
The 2022 season is over
Let's look forward to '23!
17 Nov 22: The season is over but work never stops at Skoganstallen, where next season is already very much in focus. Racing resumes on April 20, a Thursday evening fixture that will be the first of 31 racing dates at Øvrevoll in 2023. Pick up the full fixture list by clicking the poster on the right.
Takeko a game third in
15 Nov 22: Back at the venue of her finest hour - success in the 'Wettermarks' on Swedish Derby day - Takeko ran yet another good race at Jägersro Galopp on Sunday. She fell three lengths short of entering the winners' circle this time, but her third place finish in Jockeyklubbens Avelslöpning was a nice way to round off what has been an excellent campaign for the daughter of Mehmas. This was a stamina test for her. Although 2400 metres is run around three turns, the distance takes some getting over this dirt track - and perhaps it was a bit too far for Takeko's liking. Restrained in last place early on, she tried hard coming down the home straight but could never get on terms with the two that beat her, Swedish Oaks winner Scarlett and Blue Gem. Only nine runners have earned more than Scarlett in Sweden this year. No prizes for guessing who is on the top of that list, by the way.
Youonlyliveonce accompanied Takeo to Sweden and he too ran with credit in defeat, finishing second to the front-running Plantstepsdream in the Handsome Hawk Open Handicap, run over 1600 metres. Youonlyliveonce raced too freely early on, when he failed to get cover sitting just off the leader, but he ran on with purpose at the finish and was beaten less than two lengths. Plantstepsdream is a tough performer with nine wins to his name, including one at Listed level. Nicolaj Stott rode Youonlyliveonce - while Takeko was ridden by Carlos Lopez. GS
Still a maiden - but only just!
Yukochan runs big in defeat
6 Nov 22: Does Yukochan know that she didn't win today? Probably not. Making only her second start, she improved nicely on her runner-up effort first time out to lose by just half a head to the more experienced favourite Stripesof Stars, who was coming off a win over the turf course in September. Yukochan, ridden by Jacob Johansen, actually headed him marginally inside the final furlong, but he fought back and 'won the bob'. The photo could have gone either way. Yukochan raced a bit too freely early on in the 1600-metres dirt race, and she ran green also coming down the home straight. There was nothing wrong with her attitude though, she clearly wanted to be first past the post. Judged on this performance her day will come, no doubt about that. Takeko's half-sister may run once more this autumn - and she seems to be a runner to look forward in next season.
French bred son of Postponed
Half brother to Swedish Dream to join the team
24 Oct 22: A half-brother to Swedish Dream, who retired the other week, will be part of Anniike's team in 2022. This French bred colt is a son of Postponed, a high class middle distance performer for trainer Roger Varian in Newmarket, who guided the son of Dubawi through an excellent career that included top level wins in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes and Sheema Classic. The dam, Demeanour, was a Listed winner in Sweden and she comes from the solid female line that also produced Irish St. Leger (G1) winner Dark Lomond, Dubai Gold Cup (G2) winner Chartres as well as Gothic Dream, runner-up in the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) and third in the Irish Oaks (G1).
Money Mission also to Skoganstallen
An interesting juvenile, Stall Mission's gelding Money Mission, is another new name on the training list at Skoganstallen. Previously trained by Tina Smith, this Irish bred son of Noble Mission has been placed second once from three starts this season. His sire is a brother to the world famous Frankel, while his dam, the lightly raced maiden winner Beckoning (Kodiac), is a granddaughter to Hellvellyn, who is best known as the dam of Fast and Furious, a smart turf performer in France and North America, where he was third in the Shoemaker Mile (G1).
Winning once is nice, twice truly delightful
20 Oct 22: There's nothing wrong with winning twice in a season, especially if your name is Youonlyliveonce! He has run some rock solid races against top flight performers, and this evening he gained his second win of the year by beating Monjazaat and Tambora Queen in the Birkebeinern Handicap, run over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Youonlyliveone earned 40,000 kroner for this empathic success, pushing his 2022-earnings to a healthy 324.060 kroner.
Yukochan made a promising debut in the juvenile maiden, finishing second to the hot favourite, Soulofchess. Another fine day at the races for "Team ABH".
Interesting newcomer on Thursday
Yukochan – you'll recognise her pedigree
18 Oct 22: This week's racing, set to take place on Thursday evening, will see four runners from Annike's team, We Got The Boss, Youonlyliveonce, Tambora Queen and Yukochan. The most interesting could be the latter, a well bred newcomer who runs in the the 2yo maiden over 1100 metres on the dirt track. Read her presentation from Stabell Talk '22, published at the beginning of the season;
Takeko will get a sibling amongst her training partners this year. A two-year-old filly named Yukochan, closely related to last year's runner-up in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, has been purchased in Ireland and is set to join Annike's team. Yukochan is out of Ahd, the dam of Takeko, and her sire is Acclamation, who is also the sire of Takeko's father, Mehmas. Mehmas has been dealt with under Takeko, but what was his father all about? Firstly, he was a really good, much better known, and above all immensely popular racehorse. He has been just as successful as stallion. Actually, that's not quite right, as it is safe to say that – good as it was – Acclamation's racing career can now be seen as notch below what he has achieved at stud.
Acclamation, who stands for €27,500 at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland, was a high class sprinter trained by small time handler Gerald Cottrell in England. He ran 16 times, won 6 races and amassed total earnings of £361,753 in a career spanning three seasons. He was bought for just £33,000 at the Doncaster Bloodstock Yearling Sales – an investment that proved to be very shrewd. The son of Royal Applause – another excellent speed merchant – made five starts as a juvenile, when he won a Sandown maiden on his second outing, then added to that success with a Novice Stakes win at Newbury and a far more valuable result when landing the £200,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes at Doncaster in the autumn. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Acclamation took the race by 2 ½ lengths from Old Blue Yes, as he race favourite Captain Rio had to settle for third place. £151,800 of the big pot was thus credited his owners, Dulford Cavaliers. It was mission accomplished, no doubt, but there was more to come from this energetic runner – a lot more, though it would take some time before we saw what he was really capable of. >>>
Strong runs in important events
I Rest My Case, Takeko placed in stakes
17 Oct 22: Just days after I Rest My Case ran such a good race to be placed in the Norwegian Oaks - where she was badly compromised by the slow pace - Takeko followed up with an strong runner-up effort in the Stockholm Cup Fillies & Mares Stakes at Bro Park. Finishing best of all after being waited with at the back, she lost the 2100-metres turf contest by just a neck, beaten by Go On Calras, whose rider, Nicolaj Stott, was handed a suspension for 'incorrect use of the whip' by the local Stewards. Takeko earned 82,500 kronor for this performance. Her stable companion Admiral de Vega was also in action at Bro Park on Sunday, having his first crack at stakes competition in the Mischa Kahn Memorial, run over 1600 metres on dirt, and he shaped well in third place behind Running Rolf and Chianti. Jacob Johansen rode Admiral de Vega, while Elione Chaves had the mount on Takeko.
Ready for a new career
Swedish Dream retired
.10 Oct 22: Swedish Dream, one of the best horses in Scandinavia over the past three seasons, has been retired. He left Annike's stable last Saturday, and is embarking on a new career as a lead horse and teacher to young horses at Øien Gård.
Stall Øvrevollkollen's stalvart turns nine January, when all thoroughbreds - regardless of foaling date - officially become a year older. He has had a remarkable career. A winner of one of his four starts in France before Walter Buick picked him out as a good prospect at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket, Swedish Dream won 9 of his 44 races and was placed second or third on 25 occasions. 34 times in the top three, from 44 runs - a record that speaks volumes for his racing attitude. His closing handicap mark is 90 kg, just 2 kg below his personal best - and his total earnings stopped at 1.4 million kroner. Read all articles about Swedish Dream, going back three seasons, on his dedicated page.
359,849 kroner earned on Super Sunday
Noosa Prince back to winning form
I Rest My Case, Youonlyliveonce
both very strong in stakes events
2 Oct 22: I Rest My Case came up short in the Breeders' Prize Classic, but only just, and what a race she ran - as she finished well after some traffic problems to take second, beaten just a length by Hear The Drums. Picking up a nice pay cheque, she contributed greatly to the team's daily earnings of 359,849 kroner. Annike thus consolidated her place as number two in the trainers' standings and, with a small stable like this, it has been a truly remarkable 2022.
Noosa Prince, beautifully ridden by Willa, handled the soft ground really well and won the Sudost Handicap over 1600 metres, beating Mowaraaman comfortably by 2 1/.2 lengths, while Pirlo came home in third place.
Youonlyliveonce, who is beginning to look like one of the most versatile performers around, ran a strong race to claim third place in the Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) and Take A Chill Pill did the same in the Black Moon Breeding Auksjonsløp.
Upcoming racedays: Oct 6, 12 & 20. Nov 6, 10 & 17
I Rest My Case seeking revenge in Breeders' Prize Classic
Five runners on high class Sunday card
30 Sep 22: I Rest My Case, who ran sixth to Titannia in the Breeders' Trophy Classic at Bro Park three weeks ago, will try to get closer to the Danish Derby winner when they meet again in the Breeders' Prize Classic over 1980 metres at Øvrevoll on Sunday. This time with home court advantage, a longer distance, and hopefully a better start, Stall Ella's daughter of Deceptor will be seeking revenge, but Titannia is by no means the only horse to beat in this valuable contest. Giant Fortune, beaten just a nose by Titannia at Bro Park, is also in the mix - as is the successful gelding Hear The Drums. 13 horses are set to go to post, I Rest My Case drew well in stall seven and she will be reunited with Jacob Johansen. Jacob has also been booked for the exciting two-year-old filly Take A Chill Pill, going for the Black Moon Breeding Auksjonsløp, and for Youonlyliveonce - one of two runners for Annike in the Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), the other being Swedish Dream, who will be trying to win this prestigious event for a second time. Willa Synøve Schou partners up with Swedish Dream. She won on him three weeks ago. Willa also get the leg-up on Noosa Prince, as he runs in Sudost Handicap over 1600 metres. Noosa Prince is seeking his first win of the year. Interestingly, he won over this distance just over a year ago (with Willa on board), beating Kildare, one of his nine rivals on Sunday - when the first race is scheduled for 12.20. Programme / Sunday October 2
Incredible finish to the Stockholm Cup
Hard One To Please wins big - again!
18 Sep 22: He looked beaten approaching the home bend, when he lost some ground, then got back into a rhythm that seemed positive enough to bring him back up to get some prize money. Turning for home he definitely looked like he was facing an impossible task - and that was the case also with just 200 metres to run. After such a troubled trip, Hard One To Please had too much ground to make up. Or so we all thought - until he found the right gaps and kicked in with a serious finish close home that brought him up for a narrow, well deserved and impressive win. The Stockholm Cup International (G3) became Hard One To Please's third top class success. The Swedish Derby, Norwegian Derby and Stockholm Cup treble is truly unique and this horse is special - no doubt about that.
Jockey Pat Cosgrave after the race; "We had a smooth start, but found trouble in running, we got stopped turning for home, and the horse got me out of trouble - if he had been beaten it would have been my fault. With a clean run he would have won by two or three lengths. He is a very good horse - I hope I can come back and ride him again next year."
This result confirms that Hard One To Please is a high class performer. Runner-up Outbox was second in this race also last year, when he went on to win the Amir Trophy (LR) in Doha, and he was now coming off a good third in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes (G3) at Newbury, behind Zechariah - a very good stayer who had been beaten just a nose by this year's St. Leger (G1) winner Elgar Eldarov in the Queen's Vase (G2) at Royal Ascot.
Takeko game third in Lanwades Stud
Takeko, incredibly also suffering from trouble in running at Bro Park this Sunday, ran a great race to finish third behind the hot favourite Ascot Brass and Silent Night in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR). She came from off the pace, got stopped twice in the straight, still stuck her head out and got up for third in the dying strides. Geir Stabell
Stockholm Cup International winner!
Photos: Elina Björklund
Hard One To Please simply the best - at home and abroad
1 Hard One To Please
2 Sea Lodge 3 Pas de Faux
Stockholm Cup International
1 Hard One To Please
2 Outbox 3 Master Bloom
Stakes winner on her second start
Take A Chill Pill Norsk mester!
15 Sep 22: Take A Chill Pill, confidently ridden by Willa Synøve Schou, went straight to the lead and was in full control throughout in Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer, run over 1170 metres over a good turf course on this Thursday evening. The daughter of Evasive, bred by Inger Skrede and Knut O Arnesen, gave Väsby Häst AB yet another big race win as she cruised home 1 1/4 lengths in front of the race favourite Sid Game, who was 1 1/2 lengths in front of Flower Power. This was Take A Chill Pill's second start. She turned the tables on Sid Game, who was the winner when she finished sixth on her debut in July. She clearly has speed but let's not forget that this filly is out of Perfect Spy, a well bred daughter of top class middle distance performer Nathaniel. Her second dam, Heavenly Whisper (Halling), showed high class form over 8 and 10 furlongs in England and there must be a good chance that this NM-winner will stay further in due course. Her next start will probably be in the Black Moon Breeding Auksjonsløp over 1370 metres on October 2.
Read more about take A Chill Pill's pedigree on her dedicated web page. GS
Norsk Mesterskap on Thursday
Take A Chill Pill and Tambora Queen in action
14 Sep 22: Norsk Mesterskap this week folks, with valuable events for homebred 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. Take A Chill Pill, a daughter of Evasive, goes for the juvenile contest, while the stable is not represented in the 3yo event, but Annike will also saddle Tambora Queen for a good handicap on this Thursday fixture. Willa Synøve Schou will ride both these fillies.
Annike is currently a close second in the trainers' standings. 2.097.500 kroner earned from 54 starters gives an impressive average per start of 38.842 kroner - far superior to any other trainer. Wido Neuroth is second best, with an average of 29.900 kr., Niels Petersen follows next with 18.999 kr., ahead of Tobias Hellgren, whose runners average 15.032 kr. per start to date. GS
Hard One To Please gets big test
Cosgrave booked for Stockholm Cup ride
12 Sep 22: The Stockholm Cup International (G3), with a full field of 15 runners, will be some test for dual Derby winner Hard One To Please. "Scandinavia's Arc" - the highlight of an excellent card at Bro Park on Sunday - means a first run against older horses for Hard One To Please, and it will also be his third big race over a third course. Dirt racing in Malmoe, turf racing over the undulating Øvrevoll course and at the flat oval at Bro Park, well, those are three very different tasks. It's rare that a horse produces his best form over all three of these courses. Then again, Hard One To Please appears to be a rare horse, and perhaps he is up to it.
Pat Cosgrave, who has won the race twice in the past, has been booked to ride. A top jockey is obviously an advantage and stall 11 looks a good position to start from. The likely favourite, Germany's Virginia Storm, will break from stall 12, while Oslo Cup (LR) winner Quebello was handed stall 14 at the draw. One lane further out, in the widest stall, we find the English raider Outbox, who will be ridden by Hollie Doyle - one of the world's best female riders. She partnered Outbox to a good second in this event last year. Doyle is enjoying an incredible season, with wins in the Prix de Diane / French Oaks (G1) and Nassau Stakes (G1) on Nashwa as the high points - in a campaign that has brought her 136 wins so far in England.
Pat Cosgrave will also ride Takeko and Youonlyliveonce. The latter meets nine rivals in the Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR), while Takeko goes for the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), a race she finished fourth in last year. She will be renewing rivalry with Ascot Brass, who beat her when they ran first and second for Norway in the Bloomers' Vase (LR) at Bro Park in June. GS
'Admiral' and 'Dream' both on fire
Nice Thursday double
08 Sep 22: It will happen, rest assured - a raceday without a win for Annike's team is bound to be a fact - though the form her horses are in right now it does not seem likely to happen anytime soon. It's been a remarkable season, with dream results from this small, but high quality stable. Undoubtedly one of the best in Scandinavia. This Thursday fixture produced another double, as Swedish Dream regained winning form by beating the Marit Sveaas (G3) runner-up Simply Minds over 1600 metres, and three-year-old Admiral de Vega followed up on his facile win on Derby day. He beat the in-form Herwegodandy (another Derby day winner) in a canter - and this son of Lope de Vega is looking better all the time. Geir Stabell
I Rest My Case to Breeders' Trophy Classic
Stall Ella's wonderful filly I Rest My Case - who enjoyed a stroll on Derby day - will get a class test when she runs in the Breeders' Trophy Classic at Bro Park on Sunday. Set for her first start away from home, she will meet 14 rivals over 1750 metres. The likely favourites are Danish Derby winner Titannia and Hear The Drums. Sandro De Pavia has been booked for I Rest My Case, who drew stall seven for the 2.4 million kronor contest. Bro Park racecard
Wins second Derby with ease
Hard One To Please - he's different class!
I Rest My Case, Admiral de Vega complete Derby day treble
Takeko, Youonlyliveonece game stakes runners-up
21 Aug 22: Hard One To Please outclassed his rivals for a comfortable win in the Norwegian Derby, proving to be just as good - perhaps even better - on turf than he was on dirt in the Swedish Derby. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, he beat Wido Neuroth's duo Sea Lodge and Pas de Faux. I Rest My Case and Admiral de Vega were also winners on the big day, while Takeko and Youonlyliveonce added to the 'Bye Hansen show' by running second in stakes races.
How good is this horse?
Hard One To Please. How good is this horse? One thing's for sure - he is the best three-year-old seen in Scandinavia since Square de Luynes won the Norwegian Derby in 2018. Is Hard One To Please as good as that champion? Could he be better? It's impossible to say at this stage but Hard One To Please seems to be a more complete racehorse. Whereas Square de Luynes could manage only sixth place when racing on dirt in the Swedish Derby, Hard One To Please won that classic with ease. Not many horses manage to produce their best form on turf and dirt. Hard One To Please certainly looks more like a turf horse and one can argue that his 14-length romp at Øvrevoll was better form than his comfortable 2-length win over Steinar in Sweden last month. And it probably was. Then again, let's not forget that Steinar went on to win the Hurricanelöpning by 11 1/2 lengths on his next outing.
Still, the Norwegian Derby form is what makes Hard One To Please look like a bit of a freak. He was so much the best, simply humiliating Sea Lodge, a well bred filly who proved her worth on turf, and Pas de Faux, who was coming off a 3-length win in the Derby Trial, where he beat I Rest My Case. I Rest My Case was also in action on Derby day. She won the inaugural running of Drømmemilen. All right, she was long odds-on to do so, but when she cruised home by over 15 lengths many punters pointed to one horse for the upcoming Derby; Pas de Faux. His form had just been given some boost. He's good, though nowhere near as good as Hard One To Please - who went by him with ease and quickened right away to leave the placed horses in a different county. It was his third win from four starts and his bankroll now stands at 1.936.884 kroner. His next task may be Stockholm Cup International (G3) at Bro Park next month. If he goes for that race, it will be an attempt at winning big over a third (once more quite different) course and, more importantly, a first clash with the best older horses. When that happens we can hope to get the answer to our question; how good is this horse?
I Rest My Case delivers in style
21 Aug 22: She ran a good second in the Derby Trial, performing really well over 2160 metres, and on Derby day I Rest My Case dropped down in distance, to 1600 metres in the valuable Drømmemilen. It was also a drop down in class, and the daughter of Deceptor was the day's biggest favourite. She did not disappoint - running like an odds-on shot should, she trounced her ten rivals to win by 15 1/4 lengths under Jacob Johansen. Here's a future racing quiz question to keep in the notebook; "Which trainer saddled two big race winners on a Derby day, that won their races with a combined 29 1/4 lengths?"
I Rest My Case was gaining her fourth win from ten starts and, although this form is difficult to assess, it's fair to assume that this homebred filly is improving still. She was chased home by No Compromise, incidentally also coming out of the Derby Trial - a race won by Pas de Faux, who finished third in the Derby.
This win was worth 312.000 kroner and I Rest My Case has now earned 656.100 kroner. Her next task is the Breeders' Trophy at Bro Park next month.
Beat older horses on Derby day
Admiral de Vega takes next step up
21 Aug 22: Admiral de Vega contributed to a memorable Derby Day '22 by winning the Sudost Handicap, a 1600 metres contest where he was facing older horses in only his third career start. He justified favouritism by a nose verdict over Let's Go Crazy over this distance in July, and he moved up considerably here, beating the in-form Harrier Hawk easily by 2 1/4 lengths. Jacob Johansen, wisely booked for all of Annike's runners on the big day, enjoyed another easy ride. Harrier Hawk has won three races this season and he had won his last two going into the Sudost, while the third placed horse, Close To Perfection, is a runner who had showed good form when third behind We Got The Boss and Tambora Queen in July. Admiral de Vega is going the right way, no doubt about that.
with game efforts in defeat
21 Aug 22: Takeko proved once more that she is one of the best fillies in Scandinavia by running second, beaten just three parts of a length by the race favourite, Iron Butterfly, in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) on Derby day.
Youonlyliveonce, stepping in as a very useful sub for his absent stable companion General de Vega, was a 22-1 outsider in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (LR) - and outran his odds to finish second, beaten only by Could Be King.
Annike talks Derby with Birger Christensen
From outsider to leading contender
17 Aug 22: Øvrevoll Galopp's senior writer Birger Christensen's feature on Annike, where she reflects on her life in racing, how she feels that 'the horses should always get most of the attention' and looks forward to Derby day, when her contender Hard One To Please - who won the Swedish Derby as a massive longshot - will be one of the favourites.
Norsk Derby gets 15 runners
Hard One To Please going for classic double
15 Aug 22: Hard One To Please, who is set to start from stall five, goes for a Derby double on Sunday. Having outclassed his rivals on dirt in Sweden, he switches back to turf - in what promises to be an excellent classic. The Norwegian Derby drew a full field of 15 and Hard One To Please's toughest rival may be Pas De Faucx, who won the Derby Trial from I Rest My Case. She goes for Drømmemilen, rather than the Derby, while Swedish Dream goes for the valuable Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) and Takeko will be aiming for another stakes win in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR). Youonlyliveonce steps up in class as he has a crack at the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (LR) and Admiral De Vega will also be in action on the big day, in the competitive Sudost Handicap. Jacob Johansen rides all of our six horses.
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.
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
Guineas placed rivals outpointed
Top 5 Racehorse Trainers, Sweden per 25 July 2022
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!
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.
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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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!
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 MUCH THE BEST
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
Two to run on Thursday
Three aiming for 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
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
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.
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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