ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
The old boy back with a bang
Mestre Dos Magos gains tenth career win
21 Oct 21: A season without seeing Mestre Dos Magos in the winners' circle would not be quite the same, would it? Was the veteran runner, who will soon turn ten, going to let that happen? Of course he wasn't. It took some time this year, but Mestre Dos Magos was back in the groove on this floodlit Thursday evening card, winning the Creek Dancer Handicap in determined style.
A close-to-home-tussle developed, as Point Boy was equally game and would not surrender all that easily, but Mestre Dos Magos came out best of this fight to win the nine-runner sprint by a neck. Ruby Tuesday finished third and Silky Road filled fourth place, making it a clean sweep for Scandinavian bred horses. Mestre Dos Magos, who was winning for the tenth time in his illustrious career, was bred in Norway by Johan C. Løken. He was partnered by top rider Jan-Erik Neuroth, who had him perfectly placed a few lengths off the pace, going three to four wide around the turn – a route that often pays off in dirt track sprints. The son of Academy Award blew quite a few punters back to the drawing board, by the way, as he was a near 27-1 shot and the longest price on the tote board.
Stabell talk 2021
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.
He found winning form as early as on May 7 last year, when he gained a solid 2 1/2-length win in Court Circle Løp, a seven-runner contest over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Ridden by Alan Wallace, Mestre dos Magos went off 2-1 favourite and his market rival proved to be his closest rival also out on the course; Kildare, who went on to win Øvrevoll Hesteierforenings Handicap four weeks later, finished second without posing a serious threat, while The Kid was a well beaten third ahead of Erasmus.
Mestre dos Magos did not win again but he finished third in five of his eleven subsequent races in 2020, and it's well worth noting that he ran second Zahara on his seasonal debut. In other words, Mestre dos Magos was in the top three in seven of his 13 races last year, giving him an impressive 54% 'trippel' strike rate).These results spell it out; Mestre dos Magos is a game runner with plenty of appetite for the racing game. His third-placed efforts came behind Anachronist (1600 m / dirt), Two Times (1750 m / dirt), stable companion Mudjima (1750 m / dirt), and twice behind Buckybabe (1600 and 1750 m / dirt).
His three consecutive wins in 2019 came in August / September, when Mestre dos Magos was in excellent form. The win streak was completed as he captured a competitive handicap over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Ridden by Carlos Lopez, he was quite prominent throughout the contest, and he outstayed another prolific winner, Crossroad Blues, to take the race by a length. It was a fine performance, pushing his handicap mark up to 82kg. His career high is 83kg and Mestre dos Magos was dropped a bit by the handicapper towards the end of last season. His current handicap mark is 76kg, 4kg lower than the mark he won off last May. GS 180321
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