ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Lille My's seasonal debut full of promise
07 May 20: It was day for favourite backers on this Thursday evening, with the majority focusing on well fancied winners, such as Mestre dos Magos, London Rock and Fix Fox - but there was one performance in particular to note amongst those that did not win; Lille My's third-placed effort in the 1100-metres sprint handicap. Making her first start of the season, she was rather slow to get into her stride from the start and raced at the back of the field going into the bend - seemingly with no chance whatsoever - only to pick up really well coming down the home straight and get up for third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths and failing by no more than a head to get second. This was one of the most taking seasonal debuts seen this spring, and perhaps Lille My will become a horse to follow in 2020.
Lille My's remarkable finish almost got her up for second behind the in-form London Lock.
Lille My - well bred, sharp and talented
An impressive juvenile winner for Annike's team in 2018, Lille My was moved to another stable after that season, but fortunately she came back to us towards the second half of the season last year, and this Zoffany filly really does deserve to stay in training for another campaign. Annike ran her three times in the autumn and, although Lille My failed to return to the winners' circle, she shaped with great promise and there could be improvement to come from this lady. Her win at two came at the chief expense of Kikki Dee and Topas Royal, as she was way too sharp for her six rivals in a good maiden event over 900 metres on the turf. She confirmed that she was above average by taking fourth, 3 lengths behind Sea Race, in the hotly contested Amacitalöpning over 1200 metres at Bro Park in Sweden three weeks later. Last term, Lille My raced nine times and she was placed twice. Not exactly what one could have hoped for after such excellent two-year-old results, though she displayed her talent nevertheless, mainly when running on turf, and it will be interesting to see what she can accomplish in 2020. Lille My is quite speedy but she stays 1600 metres, the distance she tackled when third behind Nathless and All My Lovin last October. Lille My meets the new season on handicap 72, four kilograms lower than her highest mark to date.
She was bred by Lady Richard Wellesley in England, and is a half-sister to Muharrib (Oasis Dream), a winner at two and three in England for Godolphin, plus two other winners in England. These all did their best between 7 and 8 furlongs and their dam, Manhattan Dream (Statue Of Liberty), was a winner over those two distances. She was trained by Barry Hills, who also handled her high class half-sister Maids Causeway (Giant's Causeway), a winner of the Fillies' Mile (G1) at Ascot and Sweet Solera Stakes (G3) at two and runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket at three. Maids Causeway has become a successful broodmare and Lille My certainly has the pedigree to follow in her footsteps one day – but first, she needs to win more races. The chances that she will seem good. GS 02 Mar 20
Clashing with Peer Gynt
Lille My back in the fold
Lille My (Photo: Hesteguiden), who won a good maiden for us last year, is now back on the team. My Racing's smart daughter of Zoffany will be one of two runners from Skogan Stables on Thursday (Oct 3), when Peer Gynt is also set to go to post. They will both take part in race three, an interesting 3yo contest over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Anna Pilroth takes the ride on Lille My, while Jan-Erik Neuroth, who is in a battle for the jockeys' championship, has been booked for Peer Gynt. (1 Oct 19)
Exciting runners on Super Sunday
Øvrevoll is staging an 'Autumn Super Sunday' on October 6, and Annike will be saddling four runners on the big day. All four are in with a good chance. Swedish Dream is among the favourites for Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), Captain America is expected to play a leading role in the prestigious Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR), juvenile filly Frøken Filippa is set to make her debut in the Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls 2-Årsløp and We Got the Boss goes for his third win of the year in Thon Hotel Oslofjord Handicap.