ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
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.