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Stabell talk 2023

Half sister to I Rest My Case

Hwin - ran in key race at two

A half-sister to  I Rest My Case, the Sir Lando daughter Hwin - a new name on Annike's training list - certainly has a lot to live up to. She ran just twice as a juvenile, when trained by Raphael Freire, and showed talent already on her debut - when finshing fifth in a particularly strong maiden race over 900 metres in August. Some of these event for horses in search of their first win become what we call 'key races' and this was obviously one of those - perhaps one of the most interesting key maiden heats of 2022. 

The race was won by Fort Dodge, who went on to run second to Cotton Eye Joe in Skandinavisk Mesterskap next time out, before winning again at Bro Park. Cotton Eye Joe was one of the best two-year-olds around last term. He also ran second in the Breeders Trophy Juvenile, behind Maxmartin (a winner of three big races in '22) and Vinterfavoriternas Pris, behind Got A Lot (who was coming off a second in another top event). 

Bazuca, who ran second in the race Hwin made her debut in, also gave the form a solid boost - running second in the prestigious Amacitalopning on her subsequent outing, beaten only by Starlight Song, who has landed the Heatherwold Cup on her previous start. And there's more to like when we look at Hwn's debut race; the fourth placed Little Crow graduated with a fine win on her next start. Hwin was thrown in at the deep end only ten days after her promising racecourse introduction, and it was probably asking a bit too much too soon for her - she ran unplaced in the aforementioned Skandinavisk Mesterskap. GS

Sweety - fast, precocious and talented

Hwins's dam Sweety was a fast and precocious lady who enjoyed a fine career with five wins and 710.794 kroner in total earnings. She was an instant hit in her first season, as she won two of her five races at two, both of them were valuable events. Sweety made an impressive debut when proving much too good for her 14 rivals in Norsk Rikstotos Rekrutteringsløp over 1170 metres on turf. Her lack of experience was no problem and she captured the race easily by 3 lengths, chased home by Fredde and Rock The Boat. Sweety was made favourite for Skandinavisk Mesterskap for 2-åringer next time out, but she had to settle for fifth place in that event, staged over 1370 metres. Dropped back down to 1170 metres, she regained winning form in Norsk Rikstotos Oppdrettsløp, this time securing the prize by the narrowest of margins, getting her nose in front of Daydream Believer. Twelve others were stretched out behind these two rivals. Sweety's next two wins came on her first two starts as a three-year-old. She beat Rock The Boat in Norsk Rikstotos 3-Årsløp over 1100 metres on the dirt track, and followed up with a nice 6-length win in Forsommerløp For 3-Åringer, staged over 1170 metres on turf. Sweet as Candy ran second, while Daydream Believer filled third and Rock The Boat came home in fourth place. It was never going to be easy for Sweety to follow up on such good results as an older horse but she timed it well when gaining her fifth success. It happened in the Mini Cooper Sprint, a well paid minor event on dirt in Sweden. Out of Vista Hermosa, Sweety is a half-sister to win machine Al Buraq and Peer Gynt, both handled by Annike.