ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Annike sends out nine runners
Swedish Dream returns to action
02 June 2021: Swedish Dream, getting his first run in 2021, heads a strong team of nine runners representing Annike Bye Hansen at Øvrevoll on Thursday evening. The seven-year-old son of Helmet has 7 wins and 1.194.721 kroner to his name. He is by far the most accomplished horse in the programme – and a hot contender for the Hovman Handicap, a turf event over 1800 metres set to go off as race five on an excellent card - with all eight races to be staged on the turf. Swedish Dream will come up against five rivals, getting Jacob Johansen on board. Johansen partnered him also when he ran such a fine race to finish second in last year's Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), also over 1800 metres on this turf course.
Three of his stable companions will clash in race three, Holly Golightly Handicap over 1730 metres. Mudjimba (Carlos Lopez) is ready for his second run of the campaign, while Mestre Dos Magos (Alan Wallace) and last year's impressive handicap climber Our Boy John (Jacob Johansen) will both me making a seasonal debut. A trio from Skoganstallen will also go to post for the sixth race, which is the first leg of Dagens Dobbel. The 1170 metres long Hansinger Handicap attracted Calcaterre (Elione Chaves), General de Vega (Jacob Johansen) and Abolish (Alan Wallace). This will be the second time this year they meet, as they all took part in a strong sprint won by Brian Ryan last week. Abolish, beaten just a length into second, did best of the three that day, while General de Vega was third, beaten a further half-length, and Calcaterre came home in sixth place. They meet on the same weight terms this week.
Last but by no means least, we will see We Got The Boss (Nora Hagelund Holm) and Noosa Prince (Elione Chaves) going for what looks a highly competitive renewal of Øvrevoll Hesteierforenings Handicap, a 1600-metres race Annike won with Minnie McGinn back in 2012. Noosa Prince and We Got The Boss were both given a prep run for this valuable contest when filling third and fifth respectively behind Kasai over the same distance in May. Kasai will once more be in opposition, as will his runner-up Ginmann be. GS
Abolish – consistency has its price
Imported from France ahead of the 2020 season, Abolish ran five times in Scandinavia last year – and produced solid form at three different venues. It almost beggars belief that he failed to win under Annike's management but the best horse does not always win in handicaps. Thoroughbreds rated as highly as on 85kg by the handicapper normally visit the winners' enclosure at least once through the campaign. Abolish was unlucky not to win last year and his consistency clearly had its price. When you keep on going close, time after time, you will not be dropped in the handicap list. Abolish is the type to keep up the good work as an older horse, however, and we can hope for success in 2021 with this horse. He ran a cracking good race when runner-up in Goteborg Stora Pris in Sweden in August, going down by just a neck to the smart filly Ramone, who carried 3kg less than Abolish. Accomplished horses like Match Maker, Shantou and Fiftyshadesfreed filled the places behind Abolish, making the form of the 1400-metres contest look particularly strong.
Calcaterre - age no hindrance
It is not at all unusual for sprinters to keep their form well as older horses. As we saw with our champion Captain America, age is no hindrance in this division. Calcaterre is another good example. Getting ready for this ten-year-old campaign, he is a tough, battle hardened fighter who recorded his 16th career win when landing the Giant Sandman Cup Sprint over 1170 metres on the turf at Øvrevoll last July. Ridden by Elione Chaves, Calcaterre produced a rock solid performance that day, pipping the smart filly Ramone while giving her 3kg. Backcountry finished third, with Martini filling fourth place. The win was worth 62.500 kroner. Calcaterre earned a bit more in the second half of the season and his career total now stands at 1.484.577 kroner. A look at his past two campaigns makes for interesting reading.
General de Vega - lightly raced talent
General de Vega is a lightly raced four-year-old, formerly trained in Sweden, who was sent to Annike Bye Hansen's stable last year. He made just the one start at Øvrevoll, finishing a game third behind Backcountry and Match Maker in the highly competitive New Options Handicap in late July. Eight runners went to post for this turf contest, staged over 1370 metres on soft ground, and General de Vega was a slight favourite, taking a little bit more money than Match Maker, a winner over the same trip on his preceding start. Backcountry beat them both, however, coming home 1 ¼ lengths in front of Match Maker, with General de Vega a length further adrift. London Rock, a winner of four races in 2020, was almost four lengths behind him in fourth place. Backcountry franked the form by beating Dardenne in an Eliteløp two weeks later. The reason for General de Vega's subsequent absence from the races was that he underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip in August.
I Rest My Case - related to Al Buraq
I Rest My Case, a juvenile filly by Deceptor out of the Special Quest daughter Sweety, is bred to be good. Out of a mare that was fast and precocious, I Rest My Case comes from the same family as the highly successful handicapper Al Buraq. It will be interesting to see how she gets on when her racing career gets underway. Her sire Deceptor enjoyed success with a number of good runners, amongst them high earners like Vortex, Working Class Hero and Dickie Dickens.
Deceptor, a beautifully bred Darley product, ran just twice, winning a Doncaster maiden before finishing fifth in Listed company at Newbury – both these outings were made when he was a juvenile. He was a son of top class miler and excellent stallion Machiavellian out of Satin Flower, whose finest moment came with a win against colts in the Jersey Stakes (G3) at Royal Ascot. She went on to be a successful broodmare. Her best son, Lujain, was a top class juvenile who won the Middle Park Stakes (G1).
Madame Krug - bred for speed
This two-year-old daughter of Intrinsic was purchased at the Tattersalls February Sale in Newmarket. Madame Krug's sire, a son of top class sprinter Oasis Dream out of Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Infallible, won the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood – one of the most valuable sprint handicaps in England. That was one of Intrinsic's four wins from ten runs. Intrinsic has sired a handful of nice winners, including the speedy duo Intrinsic Bond and Topper Bill, both of whom have won three races and achieved handicap ratings in the mid 90's in England. Intrinsic Bond ran third on his seasonal debut at Redcar this April. Topper Bill is also still in training, having won two good sprint races at Meydan in Dubai early in the year.
Mestre dos Magos, 54% top three
Mestre dos Magos was a winner also in 2020, having managed three visits to the winners' enclosure back in 2019. Representing Norwegian breeding, this tough and durable son of Academy Award has raced 74 times for 9 wins in his career – a career that will continue in 2021. Like Calcaterre, Mestre dos Magos is a runner that has been able to keep his form well with age. He is nine years old now and, with 909.107 kroner in earnings, Stall Isabel's pride and joy is within reach of becoming a millionaire this season.
Mudjimba – one explosive performance
Mudjimba joined Annike's team last summer, after having won one of his four races while trained by Lars Kelp in Sweden, and he revealed his talent when successful at Øvrevoll Galopp in early October. The son of Kodiac captured the Zimoni Handicap by almost seven lengths - while also clocking what appeared to be a very good time for the 1750 metres over the dirt track. Mudjimba looked a progressive type on the day and there's every reason to hope that he can build on this form in 2021 – though he did disappoint next time out, when finishing fourth in similar company over 1600 metres, well beaten by the winner, Buckybabe. We Got the Boss and Mestre dos Magos filled second and third in the same contest. Mudjimba was so much better in his winning race.
Noosa Prince – solid and versatile
A son of high profile stallion Kodiac from the family of a Breeders' Cup winner, Noosa Prince has already won six races in his career; four at Bro Park, one at Jägersro and one at Øvrevoll – where he was successful over 1600 metres in 2019. A new member on the team, he will be getting his first runs for Annike this season.
Our Boy John's three wins in 2020
Photos: Roger Svalsrød / hesteguiden
Our Boy John - tough as nails
Our Boy John enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2020, winning three of his twelve races and running placed four times. Having a horse with such consistency and and appetite for the game is any racehorse owner's dream. Our Boy John certainly brought a lot of fun to his connections. His first success of the season was in a handicap over 1600 metres on turf in late July, when he overcame a far from ideal trip to get up for a narrow win over My Cup Of Tea, who beat Sonriente for second place. Stable companion Karen From Finance finished fourth. Just over three weeks later, on Norwegian Derby day, Our Boy John was once more in action over the same course and distance. The task looked quite a bit tougher on paper but he was more than up for it. Earning 51.800 kroner, Our Boy John won the Energima sponsored event by 2 ¾ lengths from Sunbreak, with Seraphine third and the race favourite Alsimsaam back in fourth.
Possession - well bred son of Iffraaj
Possession, who moved across to Annike's stable after having raced twice for Niels Petersen last year, is a lightly raced four-year-old with potential to improve. Hen has made just four starts to date, all at Øvrevoll in 2020. Possession was third to Raspberry Beret over 1980 metres last July and fifth to Macjack over 1730 metres the following month. Both these races were on turf. He is a half-brother to Privilegiado, one of the best horses in Scandinavia in recent years. Privilegiado won the Norwegian Triple Crown in 2019, having been one of the best juveniles in Scandinavia the preceding year. He went on to win the Oslo Cup (G3) last season. Privilegiado is a son of Sea The Moon, while Possession is by the more speedy sire Iffraaj.
Seeyouincourt - from family of winners
Seeyouincourt, an unraced three-year-old filly bred by Christer Svanholm AB in Sweden, came to Annike's stable after being bought at the yearling sales at Bro Park in 2019. Seeyouincourt is by Juniper Tree (Galileo) out of the highly successful Fraam daughter Blusher (GB), who won 8 races in England and Sweden. Blusher developed into a serious runner in Scandinavia, blossoming after joining Claes Björling. Blusher began her career in England, where she was trained by Mick Channon and won over 7.5 furlongs at Beverley. That was useful form but Björling improved her no end in Sweden. He made her successful in the Amacitalöpning, Svealanadlöpning and Scania Sprint, and she was also placed 15 times, including when fourth in the Rosengårdlöpning. Her earnings grew to an impressive 750,164 SEK., and Blusher has done well also as a broodmare. She is the dam of the hardy runner Label, a gelded son of Layman who has 7 wins and and 30 placings on his cv.
Swedish Dream - keeping top company
Swedish Dream, who won the 2019 edition of Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), was mixing it with the very best again in 2020, when he produced two excellent performances to be placed behind Kick On; finishing second to him in Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) over 1800 metres at Øvrevoll in August, and third to him in Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), run over 1600 metres in early October. Swedish Dream was the 'forgotten horse' in the 2020 Marit Sveaas Minneløp. Going off at 47-1, he reminded us all of his talent by being beaten just 1 ¾ lengths by Kick On, with Square de Luynes 1 ¼ lengths behind him in third placed and Privilegiado filling fourth spot. These horses are in the absolute elite in Scandinavia. Square de Luynes went on to win his second Stockholm Cup International (G3) next time out, while Kick On took Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) by a length from Valence, when Swedish Dream was 2 ½ lengths off the winner in third place.
Prior to these big races, Swedish Dream's season had got off to a good start with a win first time out, comfortably beating Backcountry under top weight in a handicap over 1600 metres in late May.
Takeko - interesting young filly
Annike secured an interesting young filly at the 2020 Tattersalls December Sales as her agent Walter Buick got the final bid for Takeko on behalf of a racing partnership. Takeko, formerly trained by Henry de Bromhead in Ireland, she is a maiden but she has good form in the book - something her Irish handicap mark of 80 confirms. She ran third in maiden races over 6 furlongs at The Curragh and Dundalk. Her good run at The Curragh came in June, while the Dundalk performance happened in October. Takeko has run well when sent to the lead and when held up up, and she seems versatile. A well bred daughter of Mehmas, she is out of Ahd (Elusive Quality) - an unraced mare that has has also produced Hot Team (Zoffany), a smart gelding whose finest hour came when he captured the one-mile Grand Criterium de Bordreaux (LR) as a juvenile.
Tambora Queen - untapped potential
A half-sister to Nathless, a winning miler who ran third in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas, Tambora Queen raced three times as a juvenile last year, when she was trained by Tina Smith. All of her races came on turf, while she shortened up in distance each time. After a third behind Zeraphine and Ravaillac over 1370 metres in July, Tambora Queen ran fourth to Zeraphine in the prestigious Eivind Eckbo Legats Vandrepokal over 1170 metres the following month. Likeable performers No Lie and Yellow Submarine filled second and third that day. Tambora Queen's final outing at two, a maiden event over 900 metres, saw her taking fourth place behind Noble Justice, who passed the winning post three lengths in front of her.