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Annike's 2020 team
Geir Stabell takes a close look at horses in Annike Bye Hansen's stable, as we are counting down the weeks to another season at Øvrevoll Galopp outside Oslo. With a team of 19 in her care, Annike is hoping to follow up on what was an excellent campaign last year – and she has plenty of four legged talents to work with, horses with opportunities in all divisions. Make sure you get to know them all in time for a new, even more enjoyable season on the turf. This series will also be available in a PDF publication in mid April. Please send your email address to [email protected] if you would like get it sent - and be added to our list for horse racing news and communication.
Abolish - new name on the team
Abolish, a well bred Juddmonte gelding from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce, joined Annike's team after being purchased on behalf of C J Thoroughbreds at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket last autumn. He is an ex-French runner with interesting form, and looks the type who might improve with age. Abolish gained one win and was placed second or third four times from just seven starts in France, where he had three subsequent winner behind him (and beat horses that went on to run respectably in Listed company) when successful in what looked a decent maiden heat over 1400 metres on good to soft ground at Fontainebleau last May. Abolish was also placed third when tried at the premier venues Saint-Cloud and Chantilly later on, both times tackling 1600 metres (on good and good to soft ground). Trained by David Smaga, the son of Sepoy achieved 41kg as his best handicap mark in France. His end-of-season French mark was 39.5 and the Scandinavian handicapper has put Abolish in on 84, placing him the same bracket as the likes of Calcaterre and Unwanted Beauty. Abolish may prove to be a miler, though it is interesting to note that one of his two winning half-siblings was successful over 2350 metres (albeit in ordinary company at lowly Saint-Galmier). GS 18 Feb 20
Al Buraq - improver of the year!
Al Buraq was a dream come true in 2019. No, she was not a top class performer chasing black type and big prize money for her owner-breeder Stall Jersey, but she did more than what could be expected of her, with five wins and a 10kg climb in the handicap.
We can safely say that Al Buraq is the opposite to the aforementioned Aconcagua – she meets the new season on handicap 76, and, unless she keeps on improving, she will find life lot harder in 2020. The decision to keep her in training, rather than retire her to the paddocks, was indeed a sporting one. Al Buraq's five wins came in handicaps ranging from 1370 metres to 1600 metres, on turf and dirt, and she also ran third in a competitive handicap over 2400 metres (after her first three wins, which were taken on the bounce). Al Buraq also travelled to Bro Park in Sweden, where she closed her season out with a game win over 1400 metres on the dirt track. With two third place finishes, she produced a remarkable 43.7 top three strike rate. Handicappers simply aren't supposed to do what she did in 2019, and it seemed a bit strange that she was not rewarded with the Handicapper of The Year title at the annual awards dinner. The again, that she lost that fight, probably in a photo finish, says a lot about how competitive this game can be. Also for the handicap runners, those wonderful horses that keep the the show on the road. A daughter of Crocker Road out of the good broodmare Vista Hermosa, Al Buraq is a full-sister to the late developing Peer Gynt, who is also trained by Annike and picked up one win from eight starts in 2019. GS 18 Feb 20
Aconcagua - on a handy mark
Aconcagua, who was sporting the very respectable handicap mark 81 back in 2017 – after running second in the Breeders' Prize Sprint over 1370 metres on Øvrevoll's turf course – went winless through 2019. Five runs with no visits to the winners' enclosure was of course a bit disappointing, but the now six-year-old gelding by Thewayyouare managed a third place finish on his penultimate start in 2019, as he was beaten just over a length behind Girlforce One in a handicap over 1100 metres on the dirt track in November. Ridden by Dale Swift, he showed useful form on that occasion and, given that Aconcagua has now slipped down to 68kg in the handicap, he is a horse approaching the new season on a handy mark. An experienced sprint/miler, he has also run respectably over 2400 metres on a couple of occasions. Aconcagua was a smart juvenile back in 2016, when he won Skandinavisk Mesterskap for 2-Åringer and followed up with another valuable win in Norsk Auksjonsløp on his next outing, both over 1370 metres on the lawn. He acts on turf and dirt, though it's worth noting that all but one of his starts last year came on the latter surface. GS 18 Feb 20
Calcaterre - as tough as they come
This tough son of Camacho, now nine years old, just kept on delivering also in 2019, when he ran 18 times and finished in the top three on no fewer than nine occasions. That gave the Stall Vamos owned runner a 50% top three record, even better than what Al Buraq achieved last year. However, while she won five times, Calcaterre went to the winners' circle twice. He was operating it a higher level tough, as Calcaterre's current handicap mark is 87. He began last season on 85 (after good campaign also in 2018) and his lowest mark through his busy campaign was 84. That's consistency for you, and perhaps nothing more than what we would expect from a horse who won six times and became Handicapper of The Year back in 2017. So, Calcaterre and Al Buraq has two things in common; they have both been a real win machine, and they are both on a career high handicap mark. It will be fascinating to see how Calcaterre performs this year. He won over 1100 and 1600 metres on the dirt track last year, when he kept his fine form right to the eand of the season. Can he do as well in 2020? Not impossible, but he is a performer with 91 runs and 15 wins under his belt and improvement can hardly be expected. GS 18 Feb 20
Captain America - a true champion
Norway's Sprinter of The Year in 2019 is getting ready for another season, and it seems logical to assume he will be pointed to some of the same races he took part in last year. Captain America returned from an injury break to make his mark in the sprint division in 2019, and selecting him as Sprinter of The Year must have been an easy choice for the panel of experts.
The imposing son of Academy Award burst back onto the top stage when gaining an impressive off-the-pace win in the Zawawi Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) in Sweden in June. Winning the 1200-metres event going away at the finish, he was much too good for the likes of Riwaj, Brownie, Land's End and Sarookh. Captain America was coming off an eye catching third over 900 metres at Øvrevoll ten days earlier, beaten less than a length when trying to give 12kg to the in-form sprinter Story Minister. Captain America's season continued in fine style after the Bro Park Vårsprint, though Sarookh gained revenge on him when they ran first and second in the Challenge Stakes over 1400 metres two weeks later. Perhaps three tough races within the space of 24 days was his undoing, but Espen Ski's champion lost by just half a length and he was game in defeat. That was the case also when he went down by a length to Scandinavia's best miler, Duca di Como, in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (G3) over 1370 metres at Øvrevoll in August. Finishing strongly, Captain America snatched second from the Group 3 winner Brian Ryan in the dying strides. Getting second in this race was as impressive as it was frustrating but there were weeks left of the big race season and more to look forward to. Just under a month later, Captain America was back at Bro Park, to contest the Clarion Sign Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR) over 1200 metres. For whatever reason, Brian Ryan was sent off the 2-1 favourite for the 13-runner affair, while Captain America looked much better value at 11-2. He was actually 22-1 when taking the Vårsprint, and seems to be a horse the betting public underestimates. Now, both these Norwegian trained contenders lost on the day, but Captain America's fourth place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind the English trained Corinthia Knight, was a fine performance. Brian Ryan was unplaced. With one big sprint left in the calendar, the Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR) over 1170 metres back on home soil in early October, Annike freshened 'the Captain' up for another crack at Duca di Como. Brian Ryan was in the mix once more, as rain made the ground soft. The weather did not bother Captain America, who closed his season out with another big win. He took the race by a length from the surprise package of the race, Prime Red, who beat Duca di Como by the same margin for third. That Duca di Como went on to win the Peas And Carrotts Mile in Sweden a week later did the form no harm at all.
Captain America is now on handicap 92, as high as he has ever been through a career spanning 63 starts with 17 wins and 2.372.219 kroner in total earnings. There should be more to come. GS 24 Feb 20
Crystal Park, unraced three-year-old
A daughter of the top class middle distance performer Youmzain, Crystal Park is an unraced three-year-old filly bought from German trainer Andreas Wohler at last year's Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales in Newmarket. She is a daughter of Crystal Diamond, a Teofilo mare who became a Listed winner in France. Crystal Diamond won four times, and her finest hour came when she closed her career out by capturing the Prix Belle de Nuit (LR) over 2500 metres at Saint-Cloud as a three-year-old. She was also placed four times, running second in the Prix Scaramouche (LR) over 2800 metres at the same venue, and third in the Prix Vulcain (LR) over 2500 metres at Deauville. Crystal Diamond, trained by Freddie Head, was a game and consistent runner, with these placings in a nine-race career: 15123 at two and 1231 at three. Her win in the Belle de Nuit was gained at the chief expense of Hidden Cove, a Group 3 placed filly that she had also beaten in the Scaramouche. Crystal Diamond achieved 46.5kg on the French handicap (= Scandinavian 91kg). She perfomed well on good ground and won on the asll-weather too, but she was at her best suited by soft to heavy turf, and she possessed good stamina. That's also how she was bred, as she comes from the family that has produced high class runners like Diamond Tango (winner of the Prix de Pomone, G2). Desert Skyline (won Doncaster Cup, G2, third in Goodwood Cup, G1) and Diamond Mix (won Prix Greffulhe, G2, third in Grand Prix de Paris, G1). Crystal Park thus has stamina top and bottom in her pedigree, and it makes a lot of sense ton assume that her niche will be found in races at around 2400 metres, perhaps further too. She was purchased by Walter Buick, who also helped Annike find recent gems like Unwanted Beauty, Swedish Dream, Ginseng, Lille My and Sweet Pearl. GS 24 Feb 20
Frøken Filippa - made a nice debut
Frøken Filippa, who is a daughter of Scandinavian champion Appel Au Maitre (photo) and a half-sister to three-year-old winner I See Fire (by Mutajally), shaped with promise when finishing third on her only start as a juvenile last year. Going off as the second favourite in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavls 2-årsløp, run over 1370 metres on a soft turf course in October, she was beaten 2 1/4 lengths behind Neridiana, a nice filly that just shaded her in the betting market. Neiridiana had two runs under her belt already, having run a close second to Cardhu in Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer, and she went on to be runner-up against that same rival also in Norsk Rikstotos Oppdrettsløp (beaten just a head). These formlines indicate that Frøken Filippa is a talented runner. Going straight into a stakes event first time out is never easy and the form she produced on her racecourse debut was certainly up to maiden winning standard.
Her dam, Twistelittlestar (Aussie Rules), was a very useful runner who won the Dianalöpning (Swedish 1,000 Guineas) over 1600 metres at Täby Galopp back in 2013, when she also took the Treåringarnas Vårløpning over 1730 metres on dirt at Jägersro. Frøken Filippa's second dam, Miss Asia Quest, has also produced Climaxfortackle (5 wins in England; 6 and 8.5 furlongs) and Sir Kuantan (3 wins in England; 10 and 14 furlongs). Miss Asia Quest is a daughter of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Rainbow Quest out of Miss Kuta Beach (Bold Lad), a three-time winner in England and also dam of a winning Irish hurdler named Coral Seeker. This is a family giving mixed messages when it comes to the distanse preference department, and it will be interesting to see where Frøken Filippa fits in as a three-year-old. GS 24 Feb 20
Karen From Finance - a winner from family of winners
Karen From Finance is a lightly raced four-year-old daughter of Eishin Dukirk. Idle as a juvenile, she won two of her eight races last season, when she signed off with a gutsy win over 1600 metres on the dirt track in November, beating Our Boy John by a quarter of a length. Our Boy John was coming off a game runner-up effort a week earlier, and he franked the form further by winning next time out. Karen From Finance was not a surprise winner when getting the better of this rival, but she had lit up the boards when breaking her maiden over 1100 metres on the eve of Derby day, as she rewarded her backers to the tune of 44-1 with a win over the Swedish trained rival Cromer that day. This win was also gained by three parts of a length, and Karen From Finance learnt a lot in her first season of racing. She improved steadily through the second half of 2019, climbing from 58 to 63 in the handicapper's list. Can she improve again in 2020? Not impossible, as this filly was given time to develop, showed good enthusiasm for the game in her first season, and produced her best form to date on her last outing. Owned by her breeder, ex-jockey Espen Ski, who also campaigned Sprinter of The Year Captain America, Karen From Finance is out of the Noroit mare Reveenka, a 68-rated winner over 1750 metres at Øvrevoll as a three-year-old. Interestingly, Reveenka was also unraced at two. She was a fairly consistent performer at around 1600 and 1750 metres, but unplaced on the four occasions she was tried over further. There is stamina in the family though. Reveenka also became the dam of Foxcatcher, a full sister to Karen From Finance who won four of her 18 races, scoring twice over 2400 metres, most notably when capturing the valuable Kopparmärralöpning in Gothenburg as a four-year-old. She won both on turf and dirt. GS 24 Feb 20
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
Murcia - she's got the looks
She has a nice pedigree too, being a half-sister to a classic winner, but one can guess that the main reason Annike signed for Murcia after the hammer fell at just 40,000 kronor at last year's SEF Yearling Sales in Sweden was her conformation. This two-year-old daughter of Zaahid is such an attractive individual. If looks are anyting to go by, well then she will be good runner. Murcia was sold on to Väsby Häst AB, and she could well prove to have been a really shrewd yearling purchase.
Her sire, Zaahid, was a smart miler for trainer Barry Hills in England, where he won four times and enjoyed his finest hour by landing the prestigious Victoria Cup at Ascot, where he got the better of 21 rivals. He was also runner-up in the famous Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster and third in the Spring Cup at Newbury. Zaahid, who comes from the family of classy US performers like Golden Reef and Virginia Carnival, is best known in Scandinavia as the sire of high class dirt sprinter Basie.
Murcia is out the maiden Cut Supreme, a mare who managed fifth in the Eivind Ecbo Legats Vandrepremie and has done much better as a broodmare. Cut Supreme is also the dam of the Swedish St. Leger winner Muteki (Devil's Drink), who found himself in the winners' circle on no fewer than five occasions. Furthermore, Murcia's dam has produced the Danish winner Cut Cool, a runner-up in two minor stakes. Going back to Murcia's second dam, Half Row (Saville Row), we find more to recommend this filly – not just as a racehorse but also for a future career at stud – though such days lie well ahead of course. Half Row was a stakes placed winner in Denmark and became a smashing broodmare. She was the dam of 16 winner. Amongst them were Cut Supreme's full-brother Cut Champion (won 9 races, including the Danish Derby and Danish 2,000 Guineas), the Danish Criterium winner Cut Siegern, Cut Legend (4 wins and 4th best juvenile in Scandinavia), multiple stakes winner Cut So Sharp, 10-race winner Habitus, not to forget Half And Half, who won 4 races and became the dam of champion Halfsong. What's not to like about Murcia? Hard to find the answer, it seems. GS 02 Mar 20
Nominado - could be anything
A well bred three-year-old son of Crocker Road, Nominado ran just the once in his first season, and it was a promising performance. Quite where he will fit in this season is impossible to say but it would come as a surprise if he fails to break his maiden fairly soon in his sophomore campaign. We have heard it before, once raced horses being described as 'could be anything' and he is one of those. Without creating unrealistic expectations, one can be optimistic about this gelding's future. His racecourse debut came as late as on November 17, when Nominado tackled 1600 metres on the dirt track. He went off as the third favourite and the punters got it absolutely right, as he finished third behind Shallow and Cucou Bella, who had both gained racing experience previously. Shallow was coming off a win against Solveig (who ran second in Janos Tandaris Minneløp in Sweden next time out) in a September maiden, while Coucou Bella had finished third to Une Autre Beute in the Autumn Fillies Stakes at Bro Park two weeks earlier. Nominado was well beaten by Shallow but he looked like a horse who would learn a lot from the outing. Being a son of the tremendously successful mare Theatrical Award (Academy Award), who included the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), Norsk Derby and Breeders Prize Classic in her collection of 12 wins, there's a fair chance that Nominado will be wanting further than a mile in due course. Equally, it will be interesting to see him on turf. His half-brother Lifeofbryan won four times at up to 1980 metres, with all of his wins coming on the lawn. GS 09 Mar 20
Peer Gynt – Al Buraq's 'little' brother
A rather big, scopey sort, Al Buraaq's younger brother Peer Gynt is just the type to progress with age. He did not race as a juvenile and thus goes into the new season as a lightly raced four-year-od. Peer Gynt won on his raceourse debut, scoring convincingly in a maiden event over 1750 metres on the dirt track in late August, when he strolled home by 2 lengths from Quiet Weekend, a Swedish trained contender who seemed a good yardstick, having finished second or third five times previously. Pascal, runner-up to Nominado's half-brother Theatricals Oscar on his preceding start, came home in third place, beaten another 2 ½ lengths. Based on this positive racecorse bow, Peer Gynt was pegged in on 69kg by the handicapper and, although he went on to run some game races in defeat, he failed to win again. After two tries over the turf course, the son of Crocker Road reverted to 1750 metres on the dirt track in early October, and shaped well to take second behind Geist, with useful runners like Love Of Course, Lille My and Shenanigans in arrears. Geist was in top form at the time, having won a similar contest three weeks earlier, and Peer Gynt was beaten just a length by this rival.
Peer Gynt's final start in 2019 resulted in a fourth place finish over 1600 metres over the same track, beaten 7 ¾ lengths behind C'est la vie. That was not form mirroring his true ability, he should certainly be judged on his previous runs, and Peer Gynt is a name it could be fascinating to follow in 2020. His imposing frame means that he has needed time to strengthen and develop, something his owner-breeder has patiently granted him. If Peer Gynt takes after his sister Al Buraq, it will have been well worth the wait. She won five times last season, when she proved effective from 1370 to 1750 metres and also ran respectively over 2400 metres. An educated guess; Peer Gynt will stay 2000 metres, perhaps further too. GS 09 Mar 20
Runaway Sue - related to Kutbeya
This two-year-old daughter of Dragon Pulse is a half-sister to Time Shanakill (Lord Shanakill), a very tough and duarble seven-year-old who has won 7 raced to date in France. Time Shanakill is not top class but he is as game as they come, and amongst his wins is a 1/4-length verdict over fellow Listed winner Master's Spirit in the Prix Bedel (LR) over 2400 metres at Lyon Parilly. Time Shanakill has also been placed 16 times and he was a close second to Listen In in the furlong La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (G3), also over 2400 metres. Runaway Sue comes from a family full of winners, and her third dam, the Group 3 winner Antarctica, became the dam of Kutbeya, one of the best filles and mares to race in Scandinavia in the 90's. Runaway Sue's dam, Cherry Creek (Montjeu), must have gone wrong as a two-year-old. She ran just once, finishing tailed off in a Navan maiden.
Runaway Sue's sire Dragon Pulse was a high class juvenile in Ireland, where Jessica Harrington trained him to victory in the 7-furong Futurity Stakes (G2) at the Curragh on the back of a maiden win at Leopardstown three weeks earlier. Dragon Pulse beat subsequent Dewhurst Stakes (G1) winner Parish Hall in the Futurity, and he went on to take second behind Power in the National Stakes (G1) three weeks later. Power won the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) the following season, while Dragon Pulse's best moment at three came when he took the Prix de Fontainebleau (G3) at Longchamp on his reappearance. He just pipped the very smart juvenile champion Dabirism that day, but failed to follow up in two subsequent starts. Reportedly transferred to Mikael Delzangles in France, Dragon Pulse never raced again. He is standing at the Irish National Stud and had 45% winners to runners in 2019.
International family full of winners
Seeyouincourt, a lovely filly bred by Christer Svanholm AB in Sweden, came to Annike's stable after being bought at the annual yearling sales at Bro Park last autumn. She is a two-year-old daughter of 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, and she blossomed after joining Claes Björling. She 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, Svelanadlöpning 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 6 wins and and 30 placings on his cv. Furthermore, Blusher has produced a 2016 gelding named Fabel (Philomathea).
Blusher's dam, Quickstyx (Night Shift) was a winner at three and she enjoyed an incredible run at stud, producing nine winners. Amongst them is Medievel, who won three times and ran second in the Prix Francois Boutin (LR) at Deauville. Another half-brother worth a mention is the Singspiel son Haymarket, who picked up five wins on the flat and also won over hurdles, while Blusher is also a half-sister to the useful mare Hairspray – a winner of four races and better known as the dam of Epsom Icon, who captured the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (G3) at the Epsom Derby meeting. Epsom Icon was also trained by Mick Channon. Digging a bit deeper in this pedigree, it's impossible not to notice the name Red Fort, a very smart performer who was a half-brother to Blusher's second dam. Red Fort won the prestigious Wolferton Stakes (LR) at Royal Ascot as a three-yearold and he was later on placed twice in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (G1) at Hollywood Park in California. He was also twice runner-up in the Inglewood Handicap (G3).
It is safe to say that Seeyouincourt comes from an international family full of winners, so she has a fair bit to live up to. Bred to possess a mix of speed and stamina, she is a fascinating young thoroughbred. Her sire, the fashionably bred Juniper Tree, ran just three times while trained by Ireland's champion handler Aidan O'Brien. He thus never got the chance to give a return on his hefty 950,000 guineas yearling price, but his stallion career in Sweden has shown promise. His daughter Ascot Brass was one of the best juveniles in Scandinavia last year, earning 1.2 million kroner in her first season. Juniper Tree has also sired Powerpoint, a mare with three wins and around 800,000 kroner in earning. GS 15 Mar 20
Swedish Dream - close to the top
Enjoying his third season in Scandinavia, the French bred gelding Swedish Dream had a good campaign in 2019. Now, it could have been a lot better of course. The margins are small in this game and good opportunities do not return, if one fails to grab them while they are there, or one trips up a little on the crucial days. It was very frustrating to see how Swedish Dream got too excited, and rather sweaty prior to Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) over 1800 metres on Derby day at Øvreveoll. He had the form to make an impact, no doubt about that, but he lost the race in the preliminaries and could manage only sixth place, well beaten behind Square de Luynes, who won the race from Buddy Bob. Six weeks later, Swedish Dream bounced right back to his best, with a thoroughly game win in the Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp, a competitive Listed event over 1600 metres at the same venue. And, you may ask, who did he beat to take down this prestigious race? Buddy Bob. Swedish Dream beat the Sveaas runner-up by half a length, with the accomplished visitors Victor Kalejs and Learn By Heart back in third and fourth respectively. Not only did Swedish Dream gain revenge on Buddy Bob, he also turned the tables on Learn By Heart, the Danish trained star who had beaten him into fourth place when they met in the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3) at Bro Park in Sweden in June. Swedish Dream was a shade unlucky not to hang on for third that day, but it was a fine run and a sign of better things to come. In between 'Stockholm Stora' and 'Sveaas', he ran second to the classic winner Silver Falcon in stakes quality handicap on home soil, failing by just a head in an attempt at giving the winner 7kg. It was one of the best handicap performances seen all year in Scandinavia.
These were the highlights for Swedish Dream's enthusiastic connections last year, and they should have a lot more to look forward to with this son of Helmet. He is six years old now but don't be surprised if he manages to find a bit of improvement in 2020. If he does, well, then he is right up with the best elite horses in Scandinavia. One can say he is already though, and if he times it right, and puts his best foot forward on the right day, then a really valuable race could go his way. It's within reach, no doubt about that. His ability to handle soft turf as well as he handles good going is a real asset. He participated in eight races last year and finished in the first two six times. With total earnings of nearly 900,000 kroner, Swedish Dream meets the new season on handicap 91kg, which is his career high. Interestingly, trainer Are Hyldmo has a two-year-old half-brother to Swedish Dream in his care – a young thoroughbred with quite a bit to live up to. GS 23 Mar 20
Tulfarris - miler with potential upside
Tulfarris, named after a famous Irish golf resort, is a new name on the list of horses in Annike's care, and this four-year-old son of top class miler Zofanny is an interesting recruit to Scandinavian racing. He was a minor stakes winner when trained in France as a juvenile, when he captured the Grand Criterium de Vittel over 1600 metres. He moved to Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes for his three-year-old campaign, and Tulfarris continued to improve for his new trainer. He was unfortunate not to win a race in England, where he raced seven times and was placed second or third on three occasions. His best two runs came on his last two outings for Fellowes, and peaked just weeks before Anikke secured him at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales. Tulfarris was runner-up twice in good company over a mile at Ascot, and we all know how strong valuable races at that venue are. Tulfarris went down by three parts of a length to Ebury (who ran second in a strong handicap at Newmarket two montsh later) in early September, and a four weeks further into the autumn Tulfarris was narrowly beaten in the highly competitive Mar-Key Classified Stakes.
After racing prominently throughout, he went down by only a head to the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Sawwaah that day. The two had a real battle through the final furlong, and they drew right off, finishing 3 lengths clear of the third placed Model Guest. Although subsequent results gave us mixed messages about the form (which is often the case with autumn races), it is worth noting that the race was full of previous winners and that the field was strung out to the tune of almost twenty lengths. Based on his good run the course and distance on his previous start, Tulfarris was sent iff as the 4-1 second favourite. Interestingly, he had been held up at the back when taking second to Ebury, so we can assume that Tulfarris is a versatile in that regard; he can be prominent or he can be given a waiting race. Such horses always have an advantage, as they give the rider options and can overcome various pace scenarios. Another plus with this gelding is that he has run well on good to firm, good and soft ground. He has raced only on turf.
His dam, Eurolink Raindance, became a high class turf performer in California after having been placed three times in Listed company in England at two. She won the 8-furlong Wilshire Handicap (G3) at Hollywood Park as a five-year-old. Eurolink Raindance, a well bred daughter of Alzao, has produced three other winners. Amongst them we find the very useful miler Toymaker (Starcraft). He won 7 races and was placed 8 times.
In all probability, Tulfarris will continue to do his best at around a mile, but he did run respecatbly when tried over 1 ¼ miles at Newmarket (a very testing trip) last July, so there is a chance that he can stretch out to that distance in Scandinavia, particularly when running on turning tracks. He also ran second to Doncaster last spring, and he is a horse who has performed well over a variety of courses. There's quite a lot to like about his profile. Without taking expectations too high, one can say that Tulfarris is 'a miler with a potential upside'. GS 23 Mar 20
exceeded all expections
Some racehorses live up to expectations, some don't, while a few exceed all expectations as they go through their racing careers. Unwanted Beauty, a real bargain when picked out by our good friend and talent scout Walter Buick at the Tattersalls Sales in February 2019, is definitely of the latter category. This lovely daughter of Iffraaj cost just 12,000 guineas. That's not much, for a filly good enough to break her maiden in a classic, and then go on to confirm her class with two excellent runs in very strong company against older horses later on in her three-year-old season. And the best news is; she is bred to improve with age, and there could well be better still to come from this lady.
Unwanted Beauty was a bit of a surprise as she burst on to the top scene with an impressive win in the Tattersalls Norwegian 1,000 Guineas at Øvervoll last June. That she also gave Annike her first classic winner was a bonus. Perfectly ridden by Sandro De Pavia, Unwanted Beauty proved way too good for her eight rivals in the Guineas, run over a good turf course. She outclassed For The Roses, a nice shipper from Sweden, to win the race by 3 ½ lengths, looking like she had more in hand as she passed the winning post. It was her second start in Norway, coming just over three weeks after she had finished third on her seasonal debut, and there were some rumours of a sharp piece of work leading up to the big race. Still, most horseplayers found it hard to believe that a maiden could win the Guineas. They sent her off at 15-1. Thus, her supporters were handsomely rewarded, as were her connections. For The Roses, a good winner in Sweden both before and after the race, was also a longshot – though looking at those further down this classic chart it reads well. Ramone, the best Scandinavian bred juvenile filly in 2018, filled third place, while the Wido Neuroth trained Novelle Lune checked in fourth ahead of her stable companion Beau Nuage. Nouvelle Lune went on to crush the field in the Swedish Oaks and sha was also third in the Norwegian Derby. Beau Nuage ran third in the Swedish Oaks, having finished fourth in the Swedish 1,000 Guineas. Unwanted Beauty's Guineas form was solid, no doubt about that.
Not that, as the season unfolded, she needed any assitance from others to prove the point. Unwanted Beauty went for a handicap race over 1730 metres in late July. Facing older horses, she was running off handicap 82 and carried 60 kg. It looked a stiff enough task and she was well up to it, running out an easy winner once more, incidentally scoring by the same margin as in the 1,000 Guineas. Lord Of Trouble (a winner of 7 races) finished second and Anachronist (with 6 wins in the book) filled third spot. This time, Unwanted Beauty went off favourite. She was well backed also as she took another step up in class, and more importantly, a big step up in distance, in the Erik O Steen Memorial, run over 2400 metres on Derby day a month later. This event, formerly run as the Peuogeot Pokalløp, has a long history and is one of the most important races for fillies and mares in Scandiavia. Unwanted Beauty went close to winning again, but she was beaten a length by the upset winner Swan Black, who ran the race of her life to take down the valuable prize. Did Unwanted Beauty fail to stay? That's a tough question. She did not win, but she had smart performers like Zahara, Angel Love – even the 2018 Derby winner High as a Kite – behind her. Who would argue that Unwanted Beauty failed to see out the trip if we take the fluke winner Swan Black out the chart? Not many. Still, it is fair to assume that Unwanted Beauty, with her excellent speed, is better suited by shorter distances.
She made her last start of the 2019 season in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) over 1600 metres at Bro Park in September, but finished last of eight, 4 ½ lengths behind multiple stakes winner Appelina, who defeated the English trained Mamoora, a filly who proved good enough to run third to Magic Lily in the Balanchine Stakes (G3) in Dubai this winter. Unwanted Beauty's run at Bro Park was disappointing but actually it wasn't too bad a performance. Appelina's handicap rating is 90 kg, making her one of the best horses in Scandinavia. Let's hope that Unwanted Beauty can take the step up to that level as a four-year-old. She does not have many miles on the clock and her half-brother, Exceeding Power, a nine-year-old still in training in England, produced his career best form at eight Tow other half siblings, Little Black Book and Poet's Beauty, won good races in England as four-year-olds, so there must be a fair chance that last year's 1,000 Guineas winner will progress with age. GS 29 Mar 20
We Got The Boss - a smart horse indeed
We Got The Boss joined Annike's team from trainer Lars Kelp in Sweden last summer. He had hinted at talent at Bro Park, but not found the right circumstances to fulfil his obvious potential with Kelp. After settling in at Øvrevoll, he began to find his feet in an efficient way during training and on Derby day, when it matters so much for a stable to do well, We Got The Boss produced an excellent performance to win a valuable mile handicap. He was in a competitive, big field, and racing in Norway, where the undulating track is quite different to the flat oval at Bro Park – in what was sure to be some streetfight – would also pose a challenge. We Got The Boss had raced twice over the course previously, finishing ninth in a sprint and fifth in a mile event, and he made full use of the experience. He had probably matured a bit too, as he gained a solid 2-length win over Good Eye in the Nordpool Spa Handicap. This was fine piece of training by Annike. She guided him perfectly to peak on the biggest day of the year. His win represented improved form for the stunning son of Street Boss. He travelled like a winner throughout and proved much the best in the 15-runner field. His Swedish trained runner-up, Good Eye, went on to win the Breeders' Trophy Mile at Bro Park later in September, and also followed up with yet another win there in October. We Got The Boss beat a smart horse when he won the Nordpool Spa.
It came as no surprise to see We Got The Boss do really well in all of his four subsequent starts in 2019. He went to run second to Holy Romance over 1800 metres 11 days after Derby day, then dropped back to 1600 metres for another win towards the end of September, when he beat Rue d'Argent by 2 lengths to add 31,680 kroner to the 52,200 kroner he picked up on Derby day. With just six runners, this was a different sort of contest, though it had some live contenders nevertheless. Admittedly, Rue d'Argent was a bit of a surprise, but the third placed Izakaya had won the Derby Mile on his previous start and King's Son, who was a well beaten fourth to We Got The Boss, came fresh from a win in the Racing Arena Champion Stakes in Denmark. Again, a race We Got The Boss captured was one that took some winning.
It's impossible two write about We Got The Boss without a mention of his very good riders after he came to Norway - all were of the so called 'weaker sex'. Ulrika Holmquist, who rode him in the Nordpool Spa, Willa Synnøve Schou and Nora Hagelund Holm, a pilot for his second win, all rode him extremely well. A female touch could well have be a crucial factor to his transformation.
He continued in fine form right to the end of the season, finishing third, second and second again before it was all over. His last two outings came on dirt. That he handled the sand was not all that baffling, after all he is a son of US champion sprinter Street Boss, but it is rare to see a horse perform equally well on turf and dirt. Such horses get more options, they make it easier for the trainer to hand pick races for them. If a turf race does not make much appeal, well, then one can take a look at an alternative on the dirt. It's a nice luxury to have. Champagnegaloppen's miler, one of the most genuine and consistent thoroughbreds seen in Norway last term, climbed up from handicap 71 to 80 after moving west, and he meets the new season on demanding terms.
Can he be as successful in 2020? The stiff handicap mark aside, something that also gives his connections well deserved bragging rights, there's no reason to doubt his prospects as a four-year-old. This gelding can certainly win more races. Bred by Keene Ridge Racing in the USA, We Got The Boss comes from a family that has produced durable horses like Majestic Empire, a stakes winner who won 19 of his 50 races and was placed second or third on 13 occasions, and Valid Miss Chain, a nice filly who managed 9 wins and 20 stakes placed efforts from 56 runs before she became a broodmare. These relatives were no superstars, but they kept on winning races as older horses. That's a good omen don't you think? GS 31 Mar 20
Sprinter of The Year!
1 Feb 2020: He has long since been a stable star, and a favourite with racing fans, and he has a cv packed with impressive achievements. Now Espen Ski's old warrior Captain America also has a well deserved title, Norway's Sprinter of The Year 2019, to his name. The sprint division was a very tough one last season but Captain America beat them all - on the track and in the annual votings crowning champions. Video: Captain America winning Bro Park Vårsprint.
Four Aces up for Annual Awards
30 Dec 2019: Four of our horses have been nominated for five divisional awards at the annual 'Horse of The Year' event, to be held at Thon Hotel Oslofjord on Saturday, February 1. Unwanted Beauty, who remarkably broke her maiden - and became Annike's first classic winner - when capturing the 1,000 Guineas, has been nominated both for the award as Three-year-old of The Year and Filly of The Year. Swedish Dream has been nominated in the Mile category, Captain America's name is on the list of nominated Sprinters, while the incredibly genuine and versatile homebred Al Buraq has been nominated for the title Handicapper of The Year. Øvrevoll's Annual Awards Page
Captain America (left) winning Bro Park Vårsprint (Photo: Elina Bjørklund, Svensk Galopp),
and Unwanted Beauty winning Norsk 1,000 Guineas (Photo: Roger Svalsrød, Hesteguiden)
Swedish Dream (left) and Al Buraq seen producing strong performances to win at Øvrevoll (Photos: Roger Svalsrød, Hesteguiden)
Crystal Park - unraced daughter of Youmzain
Dec 2019: Annike secured an interesting filly from top German trainer Andreas Wohler's draft at the Tattersalls Sales, the uncraced 2yo filly Crystal Park, a daughter of top class middle distance performer Youmzain out of the French Listed winner Crystal Diamond, who is a daughter of champion juvenile Teofilo. Crystal Park thus comes from the family that has produced high class runners like Diamond Tango (winner of the Prix de Pomone, G2). Desert Skyline (won Doncaster Cup, G2, third in Goodwood Cup, G1) and Diamond Mix (won Prix Greffulhe, G2, third in Grand Prix de Paris, G1). Crystal Park was purchased by Walter Buick, who also helped us find Unwanted Beauty, Swedish Dream, Ginseng, Lille My and Sweet Pearl.
We have a few 10% shares still available in this filly. Please contact MARINA LIE for more information. Phone (+47) 91 38 52 60 / Email: [email protected]
Click on to open Crystal Park's Tattersalls catalogue page.
Al Buraq, 'miss versatile'
And then she had five...
Bro Park 1 Dec 19: Al Buraq, who closed her local campaign out with a fourth win of the year at Øvrevoll last moth, was not done for the year. Annike sent her across to Bro Park for a crack at a nice handicap over 1400 metres on the dirt track on Sunday. Was it a bridge too far? Was it too sharp a distance perhaps? No, and no again - Al Buraq and Alan Wallace prevailed once more, this time by 2 lengths from Across The Pond. Her fifth win of the year in the bag, and 40,000 kronor added to her account. She may be a handicap runner, but Al Buraq has developed to be one of the finest - and we can safely now give her the title "Miss Versatile". It would be hard to find a rival to it!
Photo: Elina Bjorklund / Svensk Galopp
Al Buraq's fourth win of the year
Øvrevoll 17 Nov 2019: The last day of the season saw yet another winner for Annike, as she saddled the lovely Crocker Road filly Al Buraq to win for a fourth time this year. Al Buraq, racing for her breeder Stall Jersey, came from off the pace in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Handicap over 1600 metres, to gain a solid win, beating this year's Derby runner-up Hampus G readily by 2 lengths. Al Buraq was ridden by Alan Wallace. Earning 43,200 kroner, she increased her bankroll to 430,668 kroner. This four-year-old filly, a daughter of Vista Hermosa (Acclamation), has developed into a thoroughly game and consistent runner this season, with 4 wins and 2 placed efforts from 14 runs.
This win meant that Annike rounded her 2019 campaign off with 20 winners from 110 runners. An impressive season is thus in the books. The first time starter Nominado, a son of Crocker Road out of the outstanding mare Theatrical Award, ran a most promising third on the same day, while Sweet Pearl was second to C'Est La Vie later on the card.
Photo: Al Buraq (Hesteguiden)
Karen From Finance cashing in again
Øvrevoll 7 Nov 2019: Karen From Finance, who broke her maiden over 1100 metres in August, added another win to her record by capturing the Directa Lubeca Løp over 1600 metres on the dirt track - as thoroughbred racing in Norway completed its penultimate day of the season. Owned by her breeder, ex-jockey Espen Ski, Karen From Finance is a daughter of Eishin Dunkirk out of the Noroit mare Reveenka. She put up a gutsy performance, fending off Our Boy John to win by three parts of a length. Dale Swift, who partnered her also for her first win, was once more on board. This was Annike's 19th visit to the winners' circle this the season - placing her third on the trainers' list in terms of winners. Photo: Roger Svalsrød / Hesteguiden
Abolish - an exciting new recruit
7 Nov 2019: Annike has a new owner on her side, who acquired two very interesting runners at the recent Horses in Training Sales in Newmarket: the ex-French 3yo colt Abolish (seen winning over 1400 metres at Fontainebleau in France on the left), and Tulfarris, a 3yo colt with racing experience from both France and England. Abolish, a well bred Juddmonte product, gained one win and was placed second or third four times from just seven starts in France, where he beat horses that went on to run respectably in Listed company. Trained by David Smaga, Abolish achieved 41 kg as his best handicap mark in France. His current mark is 39.5 kg. Click on to open his page on France-Galop's website and his Tattersalls catalogue page. A son of Sepoy, Abolish comes from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce.
Tulfarris - brings strong Ascot form to the table
Tulfarris (Zoffany), who won the Grand Criterium de Vittel when trained in France as a juvenile, produced his career best performance just weeks before the sales in Newmarket, as he was narrowly beaten in the highly competitive Mar-Key Classified Stakes over a mile at Ascot on October 4. Representing trainer Charlie Fellowes, he went down by only a head to the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Sawwaah. This run pushed his British handicap mark up to 90. Tulfarris has finished in the first three in 7 of his 13 starts to date, and produced his best form when racing over a mile, the distance he tackled also when second in a strong Doncaster handicap in the spring. Click on to open his Racing Post page / his Tattersalls catalogue page (where info on his most recent start is not included).
Al Buraq and Peer Gynt set to meet
Siblings in the same race
5 Nov 2019: It does not happen very often in thoroughbred racing, but on this coming Thursday evening, the penultimate raceday of the season at Øvrevoll, full siblings will compete in the same race - as Al Buraq meets her younger brother Peer Gynt in Devilry Løp, a handicap over 1750 metres. Annike, who is set for a busy evening, will also saddle We Got The Boss for the same contest.
Six other stable companions will run in other races; Swedish Dream, Mestre dos Magos, Sweet Pearl and Calcaterre all going for glory in Eliteløp over the same distance, while Acongagua (Desert Warrior Løp, 1100 metres) and Karen From Finance (Directa Lubeca løp, 1600 m.) round out our strong team. "These nine horses are all in fine form, they are set for a five-month rest after this", Annike comments, "and it is important that we (the trainers) help out with filling the fields on end of season racedays".
First and second in Høstfinale!
Øvrevoll 24 Oct 2019: Høstfinale Sølvdivisjon, a highly contentious handicap over 1600 metres on the dirt track, was turned into a battle between two of our runners, as Calcaterre (ridden by Dale Swift) won the race from We Got The Boss (Nora Hagelund Holm). Mestre dos Magos (Carlos Lopez) finished fourth, with 50.955 kroner (of the 73.440 kr on offer) went to our horses. Annike and her excellent team enjoyed yet another good day at the races! Photo: Roger Svalsrød / hesteguiden
Annike's impressive 48% efficiency factor - second best in the land
22 Oct 2019: With four racedays left before the Norwegian racing season of 2019 comes to a close, a look at the statistics makes for interesting reading. Niels Petersen, with by far the biggest string, is heading towards another trainer's championship, a title decided based on prize money earned. People looking at the efficiency factor know that prize money amassed tells but half the story when it comes to assessing a trainer's achievements.
Comparing the best trainers' efficiency factor of top three finishers through the current season at Øvrevoll reveals an interesting top five:
1 - Wido Neuroth 54% (50-for-91)
2 - ANNIKE BYE HANSEN 48% (43 - 89)
3 - Tobias Hellgren 46% (21 - 45)
4 - Cathrine Erichsen 45% (36 - 80)
5 - Are Hyldmo 44% (52 - 116)
Annike has had 89 runners so far in 2019, with 17 winners, 10 runners-up and 16 third placed finishers. amassing 1.661.673 kroner in earnings.
In addition, she has saddled 10 runners in Sweden, with a deeply impressive 1-3-1 return (50% top three) and 565.200 kronor in earnings.
Øvrevoll 6 Oct 2019: It's a great shame the 2019 season is heading towards its close, as Annike's horses just keep on winning - and they keep on winning big. On this high profile Sunday, we saw Captain America bounce back to winning form by capturing Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp (LR). Running a huge race under Carlos Lopez, he defeated the Swedish trained win machine Prime Red and the hot favourite Duca di Como readily by 3/4 length and 1 1/4 lengths. A first prize of 125,000 kr brings the nine-year-old's career total to an impressive 2,372,219 kroner. Photo: Hesteguiden
A strong field of seven lined up for a crack at 150,000 kroner in the Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR). Amongst them was Stall Øvrevollkollen's Swedish Dream, and he was the one who came back a winner after the mile race had been completed. Proving half a length too good for Buddy Bob, Swedish Dream gained his third win of the season. Like Captain America, he was partnered by leading rider Carlos Lopez. Five-year-old Swedish Dream's career earnings now stand at 850,774 kroner. There should be more to come. Please click photos to enlarge. Photo: Hesteguiden
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.
Swedish Dream and Calcaterre in fine form
Øvrevoll 18 Sep 2019: One winner per raceday, at least, seems to be the norm for Annike's operation these days. Her two contenders in the afternoon's high class mile handicap, Swedish Dream and Calcaterre filled first and third. Swedish Dream, ridden by Carlos Lopez, made all to beat Fiftyshadesfreed, while Calcaterre (Nicolaj Stott) stayed on really well to get up for third place.
Champagnegaloppens 3-year-old won again
We really do have The Boss!
Øvrevoll 25 Sep 2019: Another raceday, another winner!
This time it was We Got The Boss, Champagnegaloppens handsome three-year-old son of US champion sprinter Street Boss, who ended up in the winners circle. Ridden by by Nora Hagelund Holm, he once more lived up to his name, bossing the field through the last two furlongs, to win the mile handicap by 2 lengths from Rue 'Argent. This win was worth 31.680 kroner. A nice addition to the 52,200 kroner he earned when winning on Derby day.
Going for gold at Bro Park
Strong trio set for Scandinavia's biggest raceday
Stockholm Cup International day at Bro Park on Sunday Sep 22, arguably the most important fixture in the Scandinavian racing calendar, will see a strong team of three from Annike Bye Hansen's successful string in action.
Stakes bound stable stars Captain America and Unwanted Beauty (photo: Geir Stabell) will be accompanied across the border by the evergreen 11-year-old Majestic Max, who is set to run in the second race on a high class card, a valuable sprint handicap. Next up is 1000 Guineas heroine Unwanted Beauty, who drops back to 1600 metres in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), after a game second over 2400 metres in the Erik O Steens Memorial on Derby day. Some 50 minutes later, our top class speed merchant Captain America goes for the Clarion Sign Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR). Returning to turf racing, he will once more be ridden by Carlos Lopez. Unwanted Beauty gets Per-Ander Gråberg back on board, while Lopez has also been booked to partner Majestic Max.
Stockholm Cup International day begins at 13.00 local time.
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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
Captain America game in defeat at Bro Park
4 Sep 2019: Captain America - fresh from an excellent second in the Polar Cup (G3) on Norwegian Derby day - ran another fine race in the Svenskt Mesterskap for Sprinters at Bro Park on this Wednesday afternoon. Having won the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) over 1200 metres on turf at this venue in June (photo: Elina Bjørklund), he now switched back to dirt, and came with a game run from off the pace to get up for second, beaten only by Basie. The track favoured speed on the day and this was an impressive runner-up effort. Captain America, one of the most consistent in the top division of sprinters, won this event in 2016.
We Got The Boss, Captain America
and Unwanted Beauty all in top shape
Øvrevoll 25 Aug 2019: Annike's tremendous run of success continued on Derby day. After three winners on the eve of the big racing feast, her stakes performers produced more excellent results. We Got The Boss (photo: Geir Stabell), owned by Champagnegaloppen, captured the Nordpool Spa Løp, worth 52,200 kroner. Unwanted Beauty, owned by Stall Lillemax, ran second in the prestigious Erik O. Steens Memorial, earning 100,000 kroner, and Espen Ski's top class sprinter Captain America pushed the odds-on favourite Duca di Como all the way to the line in the Polar Cup (G3). His runner-up effort was worth 150,000 kroner, increasing his seasonal earnings to an impressive 431,371 kroner. 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
Strong team set for
Derby weekend 2019
19 Aug 2019: Team Annike Bye Hansen is right on target for racing action on Saturday and Sunday, when we will see 11 runners from Annike's base, the historic Skogan stable. Peer Gynt - making his first racecourse appearance - will run in the opening race on Saturday. His sister Al Buraq goes to post later on the afternoon, trying to win for a fourth time this season. She will be challenged by another Skogan inmate, Mestre dos Magos, who is coming off a recent win and looks the likely favourite. Calcaterre will be our next runner. He has also been to the winners' circle already in 2019. Finally, Karen From Finance gets her chance to shine.
Derby day could become very exciting. 1,000 Guineas heroine Unwanted Beauty (pic) steps out of her own age group, and moves up in distance, as she goes for the valuable Erik O Steens Memorial, a race that has also attracted Ginseng. Our top sprinter Captain America will be amongst the favourites in the Polar Cup (G3), while Swedish Dream holds claims in the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3). We Got The Boss is set for the Nordpool Spa Cup and Sweet Pearl makes her eagerly awaited seasonal bow in the Derby Mile. GS
Majestic Max game in Göteborgs Stora
18 Aug 2019: Norwegian trained runners dominated the valuable Göteborgs Stora Pris, as Dardenne won the sprint from our contender Majestic Max (left in pic) and Shantou. Majestic Max lost nothing in defeat. Running a thoroughly game race, he earned 75,000 kroner - giving the team a nice start to Derby week. Foto: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp
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
Unwanted Beauty's class shines through
Øvrevoll 25 July 2019: Unwanted Beauty, a surprise winner when breaking her maiden in the Norsk 1000 Guineas in June, confirmed her class with a comfortable 3 1/2-length win over older horses in a handicap over 1730 metres. As the only three-year-old in the very competitive field, she was racing off handicap mark 82, which is 6 kg (12lb) higher than prior to her classic win - and she shrugged it off in no uncertain manner. Accomplished runners like I And I, Killroy and Anachronist, who was coming off two straight wins, were in opposition - none of them could give her a race. Instead, Lord Of Trouble, a winner of seven races, came back to form to run second, without ever posing a serious threat.
Unwanted Beauty (photo: Hesteguiden) earned 31,680 kroner for owners Stall Lillemax. She has earned 236,016 kr. thus far this season - in just three starts. Sandro De Paiva was once more in the saddle. GS
Al Buraq's third straight win
Øvrevoll 18 July 2019: Stall Jersey's lovely filly Al Buraq (photo: hesteguiden) is one of the most successful handicap runners in Scandinavia these days. She gained yet another win at this evening fixture, her third on the bounce, as she denied Our Boy John to win by a neck over 1370 metres over the turf course. Al Buraq's handicap mark was 64 kg when she won over 1730 metres on June 12, and it has since risen to a respectable 72 kg. Well backed on the day, Al Buraq went off as the clear favourite, and she obliged with yet another solid, thoroughly game performance. She was ridden by Sandro De Paiva - stepping in for Carlos Lopez, who had partnered her in her two previous wins. This success was worth 26,880 kroner, increasing her seasonal earnings to 122,650 kroner. Her career total now stands at 352,675 kroner. GS
Three runners - two winners!
Øvrevoll 11 July 2019: Our excellent run of form continues. We had three runners on this summer evening and two of them ended up in the winners' circle. Al Buraq, gaining her second win of the term, was rewarded with 57,600 kroner for her impressive display in the Norsk Rikstoto Cup, run over 1600 metres. Ridden by Carlos Lopez, the Stall Jersey owned four-year-old was well on top at the finish, scoring comfortably by 4 1/2 lengths from Roman Princess.
Calcaterre (photo: hesteguiden.com), partnered by Dale Swift, captured the Lach Cup, staged over 1170 metres on the turf course. Shouldering 68 kg (151 pounds), he delivered some performance, beating Pirlo (59 kg) by a length and a half. The winner's slice of the purse in this event was 26,880 kroner.
Ginseng, our third runner this evening, ran respectably to finish fourth in the La Zona Løp over 2160 metres, with Carlos Lopez in the irons. The firm going was not quite to her liking and she ran well under the circumstances. GS
Calcaterre - incredibly tough under top weight.
Al Buraq - very comfortable. Photos: Hesteguiden
Norsk 1000 Guineas
Beautiful and historical
Annike saddles her first classic winner
as Unwanted Beauty breaks her maiden
Øvrevoll 29 June 2019: Unwanted Beauty was still a maiden when cantering down to the start for the Tattersalls Norsk 1000 Guineas, but she was a totally unexposed commodity - and rumours about a sensational last piece of work were circulating. No smoke without fire; that final stretching of legs leading up to the classic was certainly not deceptive - Unwanted Beauty produced a vastly improved performance on the big day, and came back a winner. Not only did the attractive daughter of Iffraaj break her maiden in the Guineas, she also provided Annike with her first classic winner. It would come as a big surprise if it were to be the last.
Unwanted Beauty was ridden by Sandro De Paiva. Together they simply crushed the opposition, in a 3 1/2-length romp from the Swedish trained contender For The Roses. Ramone, champion juvenile filly in 2018, filled third, while the favourite Nouvelle Lune wound up in fourth place. Unwanted Beauty's future has not been mapped out - but it's safe to assume that it will be a bright one. She was purchased for just 12,000 guineas at the 2019 Tattersalls February Sales. Her catalogue / pedigree page.
Captain America runner-up in Challenge Stakes
Bro Park 30. June 2019: Espen Ski's top sprinter Captain America put up yet another fine performance at Bro, but had to settle for second in the 1400 metres long Challenge Stakes, narrowly beaten by Sarookh, with Monza back in third. Text & Photo: Geir Stabell
takes Bro Park Vårsprint
Bro Park 16 June 2019: Captain America, keeping his form and enthusiasm at age nine, put up yet another top class performance to beat the best sprinters in Scandinavia in the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR) over 1200 metres (about 6 furlongs) on this important fixture.
Ridden by the in-form Sandro De Paiva, he came with a strong run from off the pace, delivering his challenge going wide to win the race going away by a length from Riwaj. Brownie stayed on to get up for third place.
Captain America, owned by retired top jockey Espen Ski, was coming off a nice prep race at Øvrevoll nine days earlier, when he ran a close third to Story Minister over 900 metres, while conceding 12 kg (26 lb). Story Minister gave that piece of form a boost by winning - for the third time on the spin - on Thursday, and it was thus a bit surprising to see Captain America return 22-1 at Bro Park. He won this race also two years ago but injury forced him to the sidelines from July last year to this May.
The imposing son of Academy Award has previously also landed the Svenskt Mesterskap Classic and Svenskt Mesterskap for Sprinters (championship races for Swedish bred horses). The Bro Park Vårsprint was his 16th win from 57 runs. With 200,000 kroner added to his bankroll, his earnings now stand at 1,979,345 kroner. Captain America has finished in the first three in 52% of his races. A son of the Mujadil mare Muja Maiya, he was bred by his owner.
Fine effort by Swedish Dream
Half an hour after Captain America'ss win, his stable companion Swedish Dream ran a good race to finish fourth in the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3) over 1750 metres. He set the pace, going sensible fractions, but was passed by Learn By Heart, King David and Christmas. Swedish Dream had some accomplished names behind, including Our Last Summer and Duca di Como. A French bred son of Helmet, he is racing in the silks of Stall Øvrevollkollen. This result confirms his place in the top division of turf runners.
Ginseng checked in seventh in the Bloomers' Vase (LR) but Stall Felix's nice filly was beaten no more than 2 1/2 lengths by the classy winner Appelina, who captured the race for our good neighbour Wido Neuroth. GS
Stall Jersey's Al Buraq
looking very strong
Øvrevoll 12 June 2019: Al Buraq found winning form over 1730 metres on a rather testing turf course. The four-year-old filly was out the back early on in the contest, as Carlos Lopez gave her a patient ride. She finished by far the best through the last two furlongs, and battled on to a gutsy win, beating the in-form Deecider by a length, with Prince Field back in third.
Her third career success,
showing stamina beyond her pedigree
This was Al Buraq's third win from 23 outings and brought her earnings to 268,195 kroner. Her two previous wins were gained on the dirt track, over 1100 metres as a juvenile and over 1750 metres last season, when her best handicap mark was 71 kg. Al Buraq, a neat, attractive daughter of Crocker Road, displayed stamina in this race and she could well prove effective over even further - though her pedigree says otherwise. Her dam, Vista Hermosa (Acclamation), also racing in Stall Jersey's colours, was a very useful performer, winning four races over 1100 metres and 1200 metres (on turf and dirt). She was a daughter of a top class sprinter out of Mizillablack (by Eagle Eyed), who won over 5 furlongs in England at two and was never tried over further than 6 furlongs. Geir Stabell
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