ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Stabell talk 2021
Swedish Dream - keeping top company
Swedish Dream, who won the 2019 edition of Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), was mixing it with the very best again in 2020, when he produced two excellent performances to be placed behind Kick On; finishing second to him in Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) over 1800 metres at Øvrevoll in August, and third to him in Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR), run over 1600 metres in early October. Swedish Dream was the 'forgotten horse' in the 2020 Marit Sveaas Minneløp. Going off at 47-1, he reminded us all of his talent by being beaten just 1 ¾ lengths by Kick On, with Square de Luynes 1 ¼ lengths behind him in third placed and Privilegiado filling fourth spot. These horses are in the absolute elite in Scandinavia. Square de Luynes went on to win his second Stockholm Cup International (G3) next time out, while Kick On took Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) by a length from Valence, when Swedish Dream was 2 ½ lengths off the winner in third place.
Prior to these big races, Swedish Dream's season had got off to a good start with a win first time out, comfortably beating Backcountry under top weight in a handicap over 1600 metres in late May. Whether to use the word frustrating is appropriate or not, it does feel a bit that way to see such a classy horse finishing second or third in four of his seven runs during a campaign. Swedish Dream keeps himself in very good company, however, and he keeps on proving that he belongs in the most valuable events. His 2019 season yielded three wins from eight starts, with the 'Arnfinn Lund' success as the highlight. He blew any chance by getting upset in the preliminaries for the Marit Sveaas that year, but came back to reverse the form with top rivals in the Listed contest; beating Buddy Bob (who had filled second in the Sveaas), with Victor Kalejs third and Learn By Heart fourth. The latter had previously captured the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), a race Swedish Dream finished fourth in.
This son of Helmet has compiled a really solid record and let's hope there's big win in him this season. Swedish Dream's dam, the Giant's Causeway daughter Demeanour, won Jockeyklubbens Avelsloepning (LR) and two other races in Sweden. She is also the dam of the good filly Moravia (Siyouni), a G3-placed winner in Ireland. Looking further back in this family, it's interesting to note Swedish Dream's third dam, the famous Dark Lomond, an Irish St. Leger (G1) winner trained by the legendary Vincent O'Brien.
Demeanour has two representative in Norway these days. Her promising three-year-old son My French Dream (Myboycharlie) is in training with Are Hyldmo. My French Dream was a good second on his third and final start as a juvenile. While he will be going for a maiden win as his next step forward, Swedish Dream will be embarking on a new season with handicap 91 and just over 1.1 million kroner in total earnings. His handicap mark is just 1kg lower than his career high. So obviously he must continue to compete with the best – as we know he can. GS 020521
Our Boy John shines again and
Swedish Dream runs big race in defeat
23 Aug 20: Swedish Dream bounced right back to his very best, perhaps he even ran up to a level above what he has achieved previously, when running second to Kick On in the high quality Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Derby day 2020. He sweated up a bit before the big race but it could hardly have affected him too much. He performed with great credit and made the winner pull out all the stops at the business end of the 1800 metres long contest. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, Swedish Dream proved too good for high profile names like Square de Luynes and Privilegiado. One horse was even better than him but this really felt like 'half a win' for Stall Øvrevollkollen's incredible six-year-old. He is clearly back in form and the autumn weeks coming upp could be very interesting. His efforts on this annual racing feast was rewarded with 235.500 kroner.
Jacob Johansen has been a good team player for the stable on many an occasion, and earlier on the day he rode Our Boy John to a win in the Energima Løp, a tough 13-runner handicap over 1600 metres. Our Boy John was the only one capable of catching the longtime leader Sunbreak, and he ran out an authoritative winner, gaining his second success from eight starts so far this season. Seraphine came home in third place, while the Swedish trained favourite Alsimsaam was fourth past the winning post.
Unwanted Beauty also signalled a return to form, finishing well from off the pace to take third in Erik O Steen's Memorial, a race she was runner-up in last year.
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
Annike's Super Sunday
Two major stakes races on the card - both won by Bye Hansen
Captain America and Swedish Dream provide big race double
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
Swedish Dream and Calcaterre in form
First and third in high class mile event
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.