ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Al Buraq, Calcaterre, Mestre dos Magos all set for finale
Three of the sport's true cornerstones round out the season
10 Nov 20: Annike sends out three runners at Øvrevoll Galopp tomorrow, as the course will stage the last raceday of 2020. It has been a season that brought out the best in several players, as organisers, trainers, jockeys and owners have all worked hard to get through the fixture list without a single cancellation - an achievement in itself. Annike's three that take part before the curtain goes down are Al Buraq, Calcaterre and Mestre dos Magos.
Al Buraq, a winner of 9 races to date and crowned Handicapper of The Year in 2019, will be making her 14th start of the season as she meets seven rivals in the Elgar Handicap over 2400 metres. This fine daughter of Crocker Road will be ridden by Cornelia Hartsman. Al Buraq has won once in 2020 and the good news is that, although she could become an excellent broodmare, she stays in training for 2021. Calcaterre takes part in the Emilio Handicap over 1100 metres. He will be partnered by Willa Synøve Schou. She rode Calcaterre also in his two most recent starts, both resulting in runner-up efforts over this distance. Calcaterre's consistency is a joy, but also a bit of a burden, because his handicap mark (84) has become quite constant - and understandably so. A winner of 16 races, one this year (when he has been in the top three six times), he has six to beat on Wednesday. Mestre dos Magos, who has 9 wins to his name, takes up the challenge in the Ecuador's Dream Handicap, a tricky contest over 1600 metres. He will get Nora Hagelund Holm in the saddle. Like Calcaterre and Al Buraq, Mestre dos Magos has done a good job this year, winning once and finishing second or third six times.
It is quite fitting that it is this trio that will round out the season for Annike. The 2020 campaign has been difficult, in many ways, and these three horses, reliable cornerstones, certainly represent the fighting spirit of the team at Skoganstallen. GS
Mestre dos Magos takes charge, again!
07 May 20: Some horses separate themselves from the bunch, stand out from the ordinary horses. This is the case for the top class performers of course, but not just for them. Some runners a bit lower on the handicapper's ranking have more impressive careers than many a classic winner. Mestre dos Magos is definitely such a horse. Having won three times in 2019, this homebred eight-year-old was approaching the new season on what appeared to be a tough handicap mark. Not that he knew of course, and after seeing him win so well this evening, on his second start of the season, many might wonder; is it possible for a horse of his age to keep on improving? It is. Racing off HC 80 and carrying top weight, Mestre dos Magos justified favouritism with a comfortable 2 1/2-length win from Kildare. This was Mestre dos Magos's ninth success from 63 career outings and he earned 28.500 kroner - pushing his grand total to 855.205 kroner. He is as good as ever, no doubt about that. Mestre dos Magos has averaged 15.447 kroner earned per start in 2019 and 2020. There should be more to come.
Keeps on defying the handicapper
Third straight win for Mestre dos Magos
Øvrevoll 5 Sep 2019: Winning three handicaps on the bounce is a very difficult thing to achieve - but two of our horses have managed the feat in 2019. Al Buraq did it in the space of five weeks in June / July, and Mestre dos Magos (pic) followed up as he gained his third straight win in Sisu Hest & Husdyr Løp over 1750 metres on the dirt track this Thursday evening. Ridden by Carlos Lopez, who partnered him also when he won at the Derby weekend, Mestre dos Magos was close to the pace throughout, worked his way forward in the straight, took command approaching the final furlong, then ran on gamely under pressure to take the race by a measured length from Crossroad Blues, who pipped the early leader Dickie Dickens for second place. Earning 31,680 kroner, Mestre dos Magos pushed his career total to an impressive 790,168 kroner. He is owned by Stall Isabel and was bred in Norway by Johan C. Løken. Mestre dos Magos is a son of Academy Award out of the Oktan daughter Goodrun, who was a useful sprinter with 3 wins and 5 placed efforts from 19 starts. She was also bred by Løken, raced in his colours, and was trained by Annike.
Calcaterre - stepping up in distance after some fine runs over sprint distances - finished fourth in the same race, while the aforementioned Al Buraq checked in fifth. Our Derby day winner We Got The Boss ran a really game race to be a close second behind Holy Romance over 1800 metres / turf earlier on the card. GS
Shaping up to Derby day
Annike sends out Saturday treble
Øvrevoll 24 Aug 2019: "I hope I haven't used up all my luck", Annike Bye Hansen said after the dust had settled on the eve of Derby day, when she saddled three winners. First time starter Peer Gynt (pic), a full brother to the smart filly Al Buraq, started the show with a solid win in the opening race on this Saturday. Delivering a powerful punch to break his maiden at first time of asking, he looked a really exciting prospect.
Mestre dos Magos as expected,
Karen From Finance stunning the experts
Half an hour later, Mestre dos Magos took the Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Løp - and this was as expected; it was his second win in nine days Carlos Lopez partnered both of these well backed winners but Annike's third winner on the day, Karen For Finance (ridden by Dale Swift), was a surprise to experts and punters alike. Her off-the-pace success came at tasty odds, as she returned 43-1 when breaking her maiden with a game performance. GS
Saturday treble: Peer Gynt (star), Mestre dos Magos (green silks) and Karen From Finance (blinkers)
Photos: Roger Svalsrød / Hesteguiden
Mestre dos Magos' sixth win!
Øvrevoll 15 Aug 2019: Mestre dos Magos has regained winning form! The lovely seven-year-old produced an excellent performance, making an otherwise grey day nice and bright for us, as he beat multiple winners Crossroad Blues and Mustajiid in a high quality handicap over 1600 metres on the dirt track. Alan Wallace, one of the top pilots on the Scandinavian circuit, gave him a perfect ride. This was the Academy Award son's sixth career win, boosting his bankroll by 31,680 kroner. He has also been placed second nine times, and run third eight times - from 56 starts. GS Photo: Roger Svalsrød