ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Three good performances
Abolish wins, Tambora Queen and Possession both placed
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
Stabell talk 2021
Abolish – consistency has its price
Imported from France ahead of the 2020 season, Abolish ran five times in Scandinavia last year – and produced solid form at three different venues. It almost beggars belief that he failed to win under Annike's management but the best horse does not always win in handicaps. Thoroughbreds rated as highly as on 85kg by the handicapper normally visit the winners' enclosure at least once through the campaign. Abolish was unlucky not to win last year and his consistency clearly had its price. When you keep on going close, time after time, you will not be dropped in the handicap list. Abolish is the type to keep up the good work as an older horse, however, and we can hope for success in 2021 with this horse. He ran a cracking good race when runner-up in Goteborg Stora Pris in Sweden in August, going down by just a neck to the smart filly Ramone, who carried 3kg less than Abolish. Accomplished horses like Match Maker, Shantou and Fiftyshadesfreed filled the places behind Abolish, making the form of the 1400-metres contest look particularly strong.
Abolish's next task was the Herbert Sachs Memorial over 1600 metres at Bro Park the following month, and he was once more game in defeat, finishing third behind Rapidash and Lush Lashes, beaten 2 lengths and a neck while giving weight to both of these rivals. His season was then rounded off with another third place finish back home at Øvrevoll in October. The competitive Advance Party Handicap, run over 1370 metres, was won by Sir Leo, with stable companions We Got the Boss and Abolish close up in second and third – and Abolish was once more the one who carried the highest weight of the principals. Abolish has been a sort of an 'in between horse'. The form he has shown is a few lengths below what is required to have crack at the Scandinavian elite, while it is so good that he will always end up with tough weights in strong handicap races. All of his 2021 starts came on turf, and he has proved effective from 1370 metres to 1600 metres.
A well bred Juddmonte gelding from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce, Abolish joined Annike's team after being purchased on behalf of C J Thoroughbreds at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket in 2019. He had gained one win and been placed second or third four times in France that year, being successful in what looked a decent maiden heat over 1400 metres at Fontainebleau. Abolish progressed to take third twice when tried at the premier venues Saint-Cloud and Chantilly later on, both times tackling 1600 metres. His career record going into the new season stands at one win and seven placed efforts from just twelve starts to date. That's a healthy 66% top three record, and there should be more to come from this five-year-old. GS 140221
Marquee Sunday in Sweden
Abolish to Herbert Sachs Memorial
15 Sep 20: Abolish, who ran such a big race in defeat when second in the Goteborg Stora Pris last month, will be on his travels again on Sunday - as he is set to take on eight rivals in the Herbert Sachs Memorial at Bro Park outside Stockholm. The Herbert Sachs is a traditional supporting even on the high profile Stockholm Cup International day, contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. Abolish, who will get a new rider in Oliver Wilson, was beaten just a neck by Ramone in Goteborg, while giving the winner 3 kg. It was a fine performance and local tipsters make CJ Thoroughbreds' French import their favourite on Sunday. Bro Park program
Abolish - new name on the team
Abolish, a well bred Juddmonte gelding from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce, joined Annike's team after being purchased on behalf of C J Thoroughbreds at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket last autumn. He is an ex-French runner with interesting form, and looks the type who might improve with age. Abolish gained one win and was placed second or third four times from just seven starts in France, where he had three subsequent winner behind him (and beat horses that went on to run respectably in Listed company) when successful in what looked a decent maiden heat over 1400 metres on good to soft ground at Fontainebleau last May. Abolish was also placed third when tried at the premier venues Saint-Cloud and Chantilly later on, both times tackling 1600 metres (on good and good to soft ground). Trained by David Smaga, the son of Sepoy achieved 41kg as his best handicap mark in France. His end-of-season French mark was 39.5 and the Scandinavian handicapper has put Abolish in on 84, placing him the same bracket as the likes of Calcaterre and Unwanted Beauty. Abolish may prove to be a miler, though it is interesting to note that one of his two winning half-siblings was successful over 2350 metres (albeit in ordinary company at lowly Saint-Galmier). GS 18 Feb 20
Abolish - an exciting recruit
7 Nov 2019: Annike has a new owner on her side, CJ Thoroughbreds, who acquired two very interesting runners at the recent Horses in Training Sales in Newmarket: the ex-French 3yo colt Abolish (seen winning over 1400 metres at Fontainebleau in France on the left), and Tulfarris, a 3yo colt with racing experience from both France and England. Abolish, a well bred Juddmonte product, gained one win and was placed second or third four times from just seven starts in France, where he beat horses that went on to run respectably in Listed company. Trained by David Smaga, Abolish achieved 41 kg as his best handicap mark in France. His current mark is 39.5 kg. Click on to open his page on France-Galop's website and his Tattersalls catalogue page. A son of Sepoy, Abolish comes from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce.