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Stabell Talk 2021 - don't miss it!

Geir Stabell's horse by horse presentations of Annike's team for the 2021 season is now up and running - please check back weekly to get all articles. 

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Abolish (middle) going close in Goteborg Stora Pris. Photo: S Olsson

Abolish – consistency has its price

Imported from France ahead of the 2020 season, Abolish ran five times in Scandinavia last year – and produced solid form at three different venues. It almost beggars belief that he failed to win under Annike's management but the best horse does not always win in handicaps. Thoroughbreds rated as highly as on 85kg by the handicapper normally visit the winners' enclosure at least once through the campaign. Abolish was unlucky not to win last year and his consistency clearly had its price. When you keep on going close, time after time, you will not be dropped in the handicap list. Abolish is the type to keep up the good work as an older horse, however, and we can hope for success in 2021 with this horse. He ran a cracking good race when runner-up in Goteborg Stora Pris in Sweden in August, going down by just a neck to the smart filly Ramone, who carried 3kg less than Abolish. Accomplished horses like Match Maker, Shantou and Fiftyshadesfreed filled the places behind Abolish, making the form of the 1400-metres contest look particularly strong.

Abolish's next task was the Herbert Sachs Memorial over 1600 metres at Bro Park the following month, and he was once more game in defeat, finishing third behind Rapidash and Lush Lashes, beaten 2 lengths and a neck while giving weight to both of these rivals. His season was then rounded off with another third place finish back home at Øvrevoll in October. The competitive Advance Party Handicap, run over 1370 metres, was won by Sir Leo, with stable companions We Got the Boss and Abolish close up in second and third – and Abolish was once more the one who carried the highest weight of the principals. Abolish has been a sort of an 'in between horse'. The form he has shown is a few lengths below what is required to have crack at the Scandinavian elite, while it is so good that he will always end up with tough weights in strong handicap races. All of his 2021 starts came on turf, and he has proved effective from 1370 metres to 1600 metres.

A well bred Juddmonte gelding from the same family as champions Zafonic, Zamindar and Announce, Abolish joined Annike's team after being purchased on behalf of C J Thoroughbreds at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket in 2019. He had gained one win and been placed second or third four times in France that year, being successful in what looked a decent maiden heat over 1400 metres at Fontainebleau. Abolish progressed to take third twice when tried at the premier venues Saint-Cloud and Chantilly later on, both times tackling 1600 metres. His career record going into the new season stands at one win and seven placed efforts from just twelve starts to date. That's a healthy 66% top three record, and there should be more to come from this five-year-old.  GS 140221

Al Buraq - a winner every season

Al Buraq, now aged six, has been a remarkable racehorse over the years and she is now preparing yet another campaign in Stall Jersey's well known and successful silks. A well bred daughter of Crocker Road, this wonderful lady has been a winner aged two, three, four and five - in other words she has visited the winners' circle every season the past four years. She captured two races in 2020 to improve her record to 9 wins from 48 career outings. In addition, Al Buraq has been second or third seven times. Her highest handicap mark to date is 76kg and her current mark is 74kg, a clear indication that she retained her ability really well in 2020 – producing form almost on a par with her best in 2019, when she won five times and was voted Handicapper of The Year in Norway.

Both of her wins last year came over 2400 metres on Øvrevoll's dirt track. Interestingly her winning times in these two events were quite similar. Al Buraq stopped the clocks in 2.39.9 when carrying 57kg for her first win and her time as she obliged under 62kg late in the season was 2.40.3. She won by a quarter of a length from Twisted when partnered by Jacob Johansen in September. Two Times finished third and Last Reference filled fourth place. How competitive was this handicap? Well, how about these facts; Twisted is a winner of 6 races, Two Times has 7 wins to his name and the Swedish trained Last Reference has been successful on no fewer than 9 occasions. In other words, the trio chasing Al Buraq home had won 22 races between them.

Al Buraq defeated horses with strong form and good recent results also when following up with another game performance in November, this time ridden by Cornelia Hartsmar. It was her last start in 2020 and she finished the race enthusiastically to beat Macjack by a length. Her runner-up, a winner of 5 races, had produced a good performance as second to Ruby Tuesday on his preceding start. Perfect Illusion and Moonflash took third and fourth in Al Buraq's race, giving the form a further boost, as this duo had filled first and second in a good staying handicap at Øvrevoll two weeks earlier.

It would have been easy to retire Al Buraq at the end of 2019, making sure she could round her career off on a high note and move her on to a career as a broodmare, and it would have been even more understandable if her owner had decided to call it a day with her now, but Al Buraq stays in training. Six is not necessarily a punishing age for a thoroughbred – wear and tear apart it is often the horse's appetite for the game that becomes a crucial factor when thoroughbreds get older. Al Buraq appears to be strong in that particular department. She is such a game and genuine racehorse, and she is versatile too, having shown good form both on dirt and turf and over various distances (she won over 1100 metres as a juvenile and her wins in 2019 were gained from 1370 metres to 1600 metres), and she has also won at Bro Park in Sweden, a venue that is quite different to Øvrevoll.

Al Buraq is a daughter of the good broodmare Vista Hermosa (Acclamation), and thus a full-sister to Peer Gynt, another Stall Jersey owned winner trained by Annike. Peer Gynt has been retired from racing and is now enjoying life as a riding horse. That Al Buraq should become a mother one day, seems like a given. She is a neat, strong and attractive mare with all the right attributes to become a good producer. Her dam Vista Hermosa was also racing for Stall Jersey. She won 4 sprint races from 17 starts when aged two and three, and was successful on both dirt and turf. She is also the dam of Sweety (Special Quest), a Danish bred winner of 5 sprint races who was placed 11 times. Vista Hermosa's dam, juvenile maiden winner Mizzilablack, was a daughter of Sketch Pad, a representative of one of Juddmonte Farms' families.  GS 200221

Al Buraq with owner / breeder Søren Pedersen, Aslam and Annike after one of her five wins in 2019

Annike with Calcaterre. Photo:

Calcaterre - age no hindrance

It is not at all unusual for sprinters to keep their form well as older horses. As we saw with our champion Captain America, age is no hindrance in this division. Calcaterre is another good example. Getting ready for this ten-year-old campaign, he is a tough, battle hardened fighter who recorded his 16th career win when landing the Giant Sandman Cup Sprint over 1170 metres on the turf at Øvrevoll last July. Ridden by Elione Chaves, Calcaterre produced a rock solid performance that day, pipping the smart filly Ramone while giving her 3kg. Backcountry finished third, with Martini filling fourth place. The win was worth 62.500 kroner. Calcaterre earned a bit more in the second half of the season and his career total now stands at 1.484.577 kroner. A look at his past two campaigns makes for interesting reading. He won twice in 2019 with 172.419 kroner in earnings and last year he actually picked up 181.698 kroner. Financially measured, he did slightly better at nine compared to when he was eight years old. Can he keep up the good work in 2021? Why not? Calcaterre continued to be competitive right to the end of the 2020 season, with three runner-up efforts in the autumn, including two such placings within a week in October / November, when he ran second in two valuable handicaps over 1100 metres on the dirt track, beaten by Shantou and Madi Banja.

Calcaterre, who won six times and was voted Handicapper of The Year back in 2017, stays further than pure sprint distances. One of his wins in 2019 came over 1600 metres. This versatility gives him options, which is obviously a big advantage when Annike picks his races. His consistency, on the other hand, means that Calcaterre will hardly ever be leniently treated in handicaps. His current handicap mark is 83kg, just 1kg lower than his end of season mark in 2019 and 3kg lower than his career high. Pretty remarkable for a horse with his sort of mileage on the clock.

Bred by Storfjord Stutteri, Calcaterre is a son of the well bred Juddmonte stallion Camacho out of the Desert Sun mare Chasing The Dream. Chasing The Dream won over 6 furlongs and a mile in Ireland. Her dam, Dream Of Jenny, was a fine broodmare who produced six winners, most notably Jack Dawson, who won 9 times (including twice in smart company over jumps) and Destinys Dream, a winner of 6 races. It's no big surprise to discover that Calcaterre comes from a family of strong and durable performers. With 53 top three finishes from 107 runs, he is a true credit to his trainer.  GS 270221

General de Vega (far side) running third in Dubai.

General de Vega - lightly raced talent

General de Vega is a lightly raced four-year-old, formerly trained in Sweden, who was sent to Annike Bye Hansen's stable last year. He made just the one start at Øvrevoll, finishing a game third behind Backcountry and Match Maker in the highly competitive New Options Handicap in late July. Eight runners went to post for this turf contest, staged over 1370 metres on soft ground, and General de Vega was a slight favourite, taking a little bit more money than Match Maker, a winner over the same trip on his preceding start. Backcountry beat them both, however, coming home 1 ¼ lengths in front of Match Maker, with General de Vega a length further adrift. London Rock, a winner of four races in 2020, was almost four lengths behind him in fourth place. Backcountry franked the form by beating Dardenne in an Eliteløp two weeks later. The reason for General de Vega's subsequent absence from the races was that he underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip in August.

Norwegian racing fans have yet to witness the absolute best of General de Vega. He had produced some taking performances previously, winning in a canter at Klampenborg in May after having been placed behind a black type runner at Meydan racecourse in Dubai during the winter.

We might as well deal with the Meydan race first; the Dubai Trophy (watch the race), a three-year-old conditions contest over 1200 metres on turf. It was won by one of the race favourites, Godolphin's Listed winner Platinum Star, who beat the 66-1 shot Hamama, while General de Vega was third at 14-1, passing the winning post 2 lengths by the winner. Hamama was the big surprise but it's well worth noting that he ran third in a minor event at Jebel Ali next time out. Unfortunately, General de Vega became very ill afterwards, and he ended up in an equine hospital in Dubai, rather than in another race at Meydan. His previous trainer Lars Kelp later told that General de Vega's illness had in fact been life threatening. His next outing came four months later, a visually impressive performance over 1400 metres at Klampenborg in May, when he beat Billy Byrnes comfortably by 2 ½ lengths.

General de Vega has two wins to date, from just five racecourse appearances. Back in 2019, the well bred son of Lope de Vega gained an easy 5-length win in a maiden race over 1200 metres on dirt at Bro Park, beating Never Think Twice in the style of a really talented runner. Dragonfly finished third on the day, beaten 12 lengths by General de Vega. He has had an interrupted career thus far, but what we have seen from him has mostly been positive, and General de Vega could well be a horse to follow in 2021.   GS 070321

A small team flying high

Six of Annike's stars in historical Top 100

15 Jan 21: Renowned racing connoisseur Knut Trulsrud recently released a list of the Top 100 earners in races at Øvrevoll Galopp over the years. Bank Of Burden tops the list ahead of Appel Au Maitre. Representing big stables, these classy middle distance performers earned 3.6 million and 3.5 million kroner respectively on home soil. The list consists of unforgettable performers and as many as six of them represent Annike Bye Hansen. That's some achievement, by a trainer whose motto has always been 'quality before quantity'. Skogan Stallen is housing a small team, but it has been flying high on a regular basis. Ragazzo, one of the top earners among homebreds, sits neatly in 16th place on the list, while Calcaterre, Captain America, Majestic Max, Mestre dos Magos and Swedish Dream all also made it into this Top 100.  Click this link to go to the complete ranking.


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Six-time winner transferred

Annike to train Väsby Häst's Noosa Prince

11 Dec 20: Väsby Häst AB, owners of Mudjimba, General de Vega and Murcia, have sent yet another interesting horse to Annike Bye Hansen's stable; the highly rated Noosa Prince, an Irish bred son of Kodiac with six wins to his name. Formerly trained by Lars Kelp at Bro Park, this talented gelding will meet the 2021 season on handicap mark 83 - one kilogram below his career best. The peaks of his 2020 form represented strong form, including an impressive 4 1/2-length win over 1750 metres / turf at Bro Park. That race was run on good to firm ground, while Noosa Prince encountered soft turf when successful over 1600 metres / turf at Øvrevoll back in 2019, when he also won twice at the same distance over dirt tracks in Sweden. 

Please check back later for Noosa Prince's dedicated page.

Noosa Prince winning under Shane Karlsson. Photo: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp

Irish filly imported

Takeko joins Annike for 2021

09 Dec 20: Annike secured an interesting young filly at the Tattersalls December Sales as her agent Walter Buick got the final bid for Takeko on behalf of a racing partnership. Takeko, formerly trained by Henry de Bromhead in Ireland, is a maiden but she has good form in the book - something her Irish handicap mark of 80 confirms. She ran third in maiden races over 6 furlongs at The Curragh and Dundalk. Her good run at The Curragh came in June, while the Dundalk performance happened in October. Takeko has run well when sent to the lead and when held up up, and she seems versatile. A well bred daughter of Mehmas, she is out of Ahd (Elusive Quality) - an unraced mare that has has also produced Hot Team (Zoffany), a smart gelding whose finest hour came when he captured the one-mile Grand Criterium de Bordreaux (LR) as a juvenile. He had previously won a 7-furlong Novice Stakes at Newbury. Takeko's second dam, Abby Boad (Danehill), was a fast 2yo filly for trainer Brian Meehan. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Abby Road won the St. Hugh's Stakes (LR) at Newbury. 

This is a family with a fair bit of speed, but it is also the family of Ballagh Rocks, a Grade 3 winning miler for top trainer Bill Mott in the USA. Ballagh Rocks has also finished second in the Maker's Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland and third in the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga. He is still in training. With good results and a decent pedigree, it's reasonable to assume that Takeko will make her mark in Scandinavia next year. For a start, she must be one of the best maidens around in this neck of the woods.

Takeko's Tattersalls page

Girl power prevails on closing day

Al Buraq so strong, ninth career win

11 Nov 20: You can't keep a good girl down, never mind three - and when Al Buraq, Annike Bye Hansen and in-form apprentice Cornelia Hartsmar joined forces in the Elgar Handicap on Øvrevoll's closing day it became an unstoppable combination. Cornelia, who partnered two winners on the day, gave Al Buraq a confident ride. She placed the mare prominently, and advanced smoothly going down the back stretch. Al Buraq responded well to pressure through the home straight and she got to the lead 200 metres out, outstaying the pace setting favourite Macjack to beat him by  a length. This was Al Buraq's ninth career win from 48 runs, she has also been second / third in seven of her races, and this result was a nice way for the stable to end the season - though 2020 isn't in the books quite yet. We Got the Boss travels to Bro Park on Sunday. 

Girl power! Al Buraq and Cornelia Hartsmar winning. Photo:

We Got the Boss - here seen winning with ease on Derbyday 2019. Photos:

Back to Sweden for big task

We Got the Boss runs at Bro Park

10 Nov 20: We Got the Boss is a thoroughbred that has been flying different flags, and he is truly an example of how international breeding and racing has become these days. Bred in the US, he began his career in Sweden, before he ended up with Annike Bye Hansen in Norway last year. That proved to be a good move, as the son of champion sprinter Street Boss soon climbed up to a new level under Annike's care. With two wins in 2019 and two more in 2020, he has been a success story for his aptly named owners, Champagnegaloppen. This coming Sunday, he will be back at Bro Park, where he raced in his younger days, to run in the valuable SGS Stockholm Høsthandicap, a really hot 15-runner affair over 2100 metres on the dirt track. We Got the Boss is coming off three straight second place finishes, most recently when partnered by Nora Hagelund Holm over 1600 metres at Øvrevoll Galopp in October. Nora will ride him again on Sunday and the combination has been put up as the second choice by Bro Park's form expert Ulf Zeider. Drawn in stall six, "the Boss" is clearly in with a chance.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Bro Park's November 15 fixture had to be cancelled.

Al Buraq - 8 wins to her name.

Calcaterre - 16 wins to his name.

Mestre dos Magos - 9 wins to his name.

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 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

Stakes Wednesday

Annike to saddle winners of 38 races

13 Oct 20: We are coming up a fascinating lunchtime fixture this week, with two prestigious stakes races headlining the Wednesday programme. Annike will be busy of course, sending out five runners who have won no fewer than 38 races between them. They will all go to post with a chance - though these contests are naturally competitive. 

Last year's "Handicapper of the Year", Al Buraq, will run in the Major Chr. F. Michelets Memorial over 2830 metres on the turf course - the day's opening race. She won over 2400 metres / dirt in August and it will be interesting to see her stretching out. Calcaterre will take his chance in Fearloeyloepet, an 1800 metres event for Norwegian breds. Very few of those are more accomplished than he is. The Advance Party Handicap, over 1370 metres, gets three runners from Team Bye Hansen; AbolishWe Got the Boss and Our Boy John - who is in the mix for the Handicapper of the Year title in 2020. Don't miss it folks - this looks a fine day for racing.

Al Buraq - Michelets contender. Photo: Elina Bjoerklund

Mudjimba, easy winner clocking a sharp time. Photo:

Kodiac son star of the show

Mudjimba's impressive stroll

08 Oct 20: This Thursday fixture at Øvrevoll Galopp may have been an ordinary run of the mill card but there was nothing ordinary about Mudjima's performance in the Zimoni Handicap, a race he won by almost seven lengths - while also clocking what appeared to be a very good time for the 1750 metres over the dirt track. He had unseated his rider at the start last month but Mudjimba broke perfectly this time, and jockey Maikel Narveaz Bravo sent him straight into a prominent role, chasing habitual front-runner Dickie Dickens. Mudjimba was travelling strongly just off the leader and he swooped past as they negotiated the home turn. Quickened right away, he opened up a clear lead and the result was never in doubt as he powered down the home straight. He won by 6 3/4 lengths from Beau Nuage, a contender with good recent form behind winners like We Got The Boss, Our Boy John and Cockney Cracker. Annike was understandably full of praise in the winners' circle, and Mudjimba could be an exciting horse for the future. His far more experienced stable companion Mestre dos Magos did his bit for the team by taking third in the same race - on a night when Aconcagua also ran a good race, to get second in a sprint handicap.  With Swedish Dream once more confirming his class by finishing third in the Listed Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp on Sunday, this has been a good week for the stable. 

Mudjima, a three-year-old gelding owned by Vasby Hast AB, was completing only his second race in Norway. He stopped the clocks in 1.50.5, while having more up his sleeve. How good he might become is anybody's guess but it's well worth noting that Buffalo Soldier's time as he won over the same trip half an hour later was 1.54.2. The latter was 8kg below Mudjimba on the handicap list prior to this race day so perhaps one should not read too much into these times. Then again, 3.7 seconds equals about 18-19 lengths, and Mudjimba was without doubt the star of the show this evening.

Mudjimba is a half-brother to three winners in England, including the smart filly Lilly Rules, who was second in the Musidora Stakes (G3) at York a few years ago - beaten only by Kirsten Rausing's subsequent Group One winner Madame Chiang.  GS

Going for second 'Arnfinn Lunds' win

Swedish Dream gets seven rivals

30 Sep 20: Swedish Dream, who won the 2019 edition of Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp (LR) is set to defend his title this coming Sunday, when the 1600 metres long turf contest heads an excellent card presented by Øvrevoll Galopp. We can look forward to eight races, with high class events in various divisions, and Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp has drawn a strong field of eight. Swedish Dream, to be ridden by Jacob Johansen, drew stall one and should get a good trip from the inside berth. Edging ever closer to the same prize money he earned last season (when he picked up 342,466 kroner), Swedish Dream bounced back to his best when runner-up to Kick On in the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Derby day. He meets Kick On again on Sunday. Annike will also be represented in Calcaterre in the Selmer Holding Sprint Handicap while win machines Our Boy John and We Got The Boss are both set for the Energima Mile Handicap. This Super Sunday begins at 12.00. Where will you be?

Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp 2019: Swedish Dream too good.

Our Boy John - his third win in 2020. Photo:

His third win this season

Our Boy John prevails in tight call

23 Sep 20: Our sport certainly has its highs and lows, and Team Bye Hansen experienced both extremes in the September Handicap on this Wednesday afternoon. While Our Boy John, one of the toughest handicappers in Scandinavia these days, prevailed in a very close finish to win from Ocho Rios, his stable companion Mujimba came riderless up the straight. Unfortunately, he unseated Nora Hagelund Holm as the stalls opened for the 1600 metres contest. The good news was that Nora was fine after the incident. She was actually back in the winners' circle after the following race, having had a more enjoyable ride on Topas Royal. That happened half an hour after Out Boy John's third win of the season had been celebrated. Ridden by Jacob Johansen, he travelled like a winner in fourth place going around the bend, advanced to grab the lead 200 metres out and kept on to beat Ocho Rios by a head. The two were on opposite sides of the course, with Our Boy John racing by the outside rail. His reward, 30,000 kroner, boosted his 2020 earnings to 173,375 kroner and his career total now stands at 635,932 kroner. Nice figures, for a horse Durant Racing Stables bought for just 3,500 guineas in England. Prolific winners don't have to cost a small fortune. 

Lille My, in search of her first success of the year, produced a taking performance to finish second to odds-on favourite Eternal Flame in the Water Garden Handicap over 1100 metres. A somewhat sluggish start did not help Lille My's cause, but the winner was too good on the day in any case and Lille My finished by far the best of the rest. She's in good form at present.

Marquee Sunday in Sweden

Abolish to Herbert Sachs Memorial

15 Sep 20: Abolish, who ran such a big race in defeat when second in the Goteborg Stora Pris last month, will be on his travels again on Sunday - as he is set to take on eight rivals in the Herbert Sachs Memorial at Bro Park outside Stockholm. The Herbert Sachs is a traditional supporting even on the high profile Stockholm Cup International day, contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. Abolish, who will get a new rider in Oliver Wilson, was beaten just a neck by Ramone in Goteborg, while giving the winner 3 kg. It was a fine performance and local tipsters make CJ Thoroughbreds' French import their favourite on Sunday.   Bro Park program

Abolish (middle) - strong second in Goteborg Stora Pris. Photo: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp

Al Buraq lights up the racing night /

Handicapper of the year in 2019...

Al Buraq back where she belongs!

03 Sep 20: She won five times in 2019, when she was voted Handicapper of The Year, and Al Buraq was obviously not going to find things easy this season. She has been creeping gradually closer to the winners'  circle though, and today she found he way - winning the last race on the card, the TANIEC Handicap over 2400 metres on the dirt track, a race she took gamely by a quarter of a length from Twisted, with Two Times well beaten back in third place. Jacob Johansen partnered Stall Jersey's incredibly versatile homebred mare, who went off favourite.

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. 

Our Boy John winning on Derby day. Photo:

Possession - going for the Derby. Photo:

Swedish Dream to Marit Sveaas Minneløp, 

Possession to the Derby, as Annikes saddles five

16 Aug 20: Derby Day 2020 is just days away, and Øvrevoll Galopp  present a really good ten-race card on the big day,. with highly competitive races in all divisions. Annike will send out five runners on the day. Swedish Dream goes for the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3), Possession steps up in class as he goes for the Derby, Unwanted Beauty is a contender for the Erik O. Steen's Memorial - a race she ran second in last year - while Our Boy John and Aconcagua will both run in the Energima Løp. 

Pick up your Derby programme here

Emotional win

Karen From Finance flying the family flag​

13 Aug 20: Karen From Finance, who is related to the ill-fated champion Captain America, gained an emotional win for everyone connected to Annike Bye Hansen's stable as she outbattled the favourite My Cup Of Tea to win Øvrevoll Hesteierforenings Hoppeløp over 1730 metres on the turf. Getting on top in the last few strides, she displayed some of the battling qualities we saw when Captain America was at his best. She is not in his league but this four-year-old daughter of Eishin Dunkirk certainly is a game performer. Stable companion Al Buraq, a winner of five races in 2019, added further joy by staying with great interest to finish third. She had Jacob Johansen on board, while Karen From Finance was ridden by Elione Chaves. This was Karen From Finance's second win in 2020 and she has earned 72.388 kroner so far this season. 

Karen From Finance with owner / breeder Espen Ski and Cathrine Fortune. Elione Chaves in the saddle.

Norsk Jockeyclubs Sprintløp

Captain America has sadly left us

10 Aug 20: This is a sad week for Annike Bye Hansen, her entire team, and not least for owner / breeder Espen Ski, as we are all trying to come to terms with Captain America's passing after a race at Klampenborg on Sunday, when he lost his life due to complications caused by dehydration. He leaves fond memories and also a void that it will be extremely hard to fill - if not impossible. At the age of nine, he was Sprinter of The Year in Norway last season. Horses like him do not come around too often. Below is our presentation of this top class sprinter published leading up to the 2020 season. 

Captain America - a true champion

11 Feb 20: 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. (12 Feb 2020 / G Stabell)

Four runners at home and

Captain America off to Klampenborg

04 Aug 20: Annike's team is heading into an interesting second half of the week, as the stable will have four runners on home soil on Thursday evening, when Unwanted Beauty runs in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), while Captain America travels to Klampenborg in Denmark on Sunday, when he will participate in the Zawawi Sprint Cup (LR), a race that has also attracted the Wido Neuroth trainer Brian Ryan. Elione Chaves has been booked for 'The Captain' and Jacob Johansen gets the leg-up on Unwanted Beauty. Three stable companions all go for a particularly strong sprint handicap on Thursday. It is a race that smells of "Derby day prepping" all over, with Abolish (Jacob Johansen), Swedish Dream (Carlos Lopez) and Calcaterre (Willa Synøve M. Schou) all coming out to stretch their legs.  

Swedish Dream /

Our Boy John (left) fighting his way up /

Tiz not over till...

Our Boy John is past the post!

30 Jul 20: Anyone who backed Our Boy John, the favourite for the sixth race on this interesting Thursday card probably felt like losers for the best part of the contest while watching the 1600-metres handicap. Our Boy John was pulling hard going down the back straight, wasting precious energy - before settling better by the time the field turned for home. Then, as the chips were down, he came under serious pressure and appeared to be struggling. Perhaps he was, but he was nothing but game and as the leaders began to feel the heat, Our Boy John began to find his stride. He gradually wore them to down for a tenacious win from the Swedish trained raider My Cup Of Tea. Sonriente - with two recent wins at this venue - was a close third. This was Our Boy John's sixth career win and his first since joining Annike Bye Hansen ahead of the current season. He was ridden by Jacob Johansen, who certainly deserved his fee for the job.

New name on the training list

Possession joins Annike's team

28 Jul 20: Possession, a well bred three-year-old previously trained by Niels Petersen, has been bought by Champagnegaloppen and joined Annike's team at Skoganstallen. This half-brother to Triple Crown winner Privilegiado looks a really interesting recruit. The son of Iffraaj has had just two runs to date, and he was a promising third to Raspberry Beret in an eight-runner maiden over 1980 metres on the turf course earlier this month - beaten just a length.  Possession's catalogue page, Arqana Sales 2018

Possession pictured as a yearling

Abolish winning in France.

Norwegian debuts for exciting names

Wraps come off Abolish and General de Vega

22 July 20: Norwegian racing fans will get to see two interesting new names in the programme on Thursday, as Abolish - an import with good, winning form in France last year - and General de Vega - who has impressed in Sweden and Dubai - getting their first run for Annike. They are both set for the New Options Handicap, to be contested over 1370 metres. Jacob Johansen has been booked for General de Vega and Abolish will have Elione Chaves on board.

Recent Bro Park winner Karen From Finance (again with Jacob Johansen as her partner), Lille My (Ulrika Holmquist) and Our Boy John (Dale Swift) all go for the Rikstoto Cup over 1600 metres - on what should be an interesting day for the stable. 

Start to finish win over 1800 metres

We Got the Boss strikes again

16 July 20: Obliging for a second time this year, We Got The Boss stretched out to 1800 metres for a game, front-running, win under Ulrika Holmquist - who always rides him so well. We Got The Boss broke smartly to take command from the start. He raced with great zest throughout and ran on strongly when coming under pressure inside the final furlong to beat C'est la vie by 1 3/4 lengths. He has always shown great tactical speed but Annike now wonders how far this this four-year-old can go. "Perhaps he could stay even further?", the trainer commented, "remember, 1800 at this course is a tough distance". It is indeed, and We Got The Boss was not exactly tiring at the finish. He is a son of Champion US sprinter Street Boss, a stallion that has sired very smart winners at up to 1 1/4 miles, and We Got The Boss is out of the unraced mare We Got a Lemon, a daughter of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Lemon Drop Kid, a stallion with a strong influence for stamina - and also a stallion who has given quite a few high class turf horses capable of winning big races over 10 and 12 furlongs.  GS

Calcaterre (7) gamely snubs multiple stakes winner Ramone in a photo finish

Calcaterre - he knows where the line is!

09 Jul 20: We all know how tough and game he is - but even his main admirers must have been impressed as Calcaterre stuck his nose first across the winning line after a battle with the smart filly Ramone on this Thursday evening at Øvrevoll Galopp. This remarkable nine-year-old has now won 16 races from 97 runs. Not just that, he has also finished second 15 times and third 19 times, for a deeply impressive 51% top three strike rate - and he has amassed earnings of 1.398.979 kroner


Runners-up in brackets


2020: 1170 m dirt (Ramone)

2019: 1600 m dirt (We Got The Boss)

2019: 1170 m dirt (Pirlo)

2018: 1100 m dirt (Tertian)

2017: 1170 m turf (Vallance Road)

2017: 1100 m dirt (Barny)

2017: 1170 m turf (Backcountry)

2017: 1100 m dirt (Rossmos Secret)

2017: 1370 m turf (Dickie Dickens)

2017: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)

2016: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)

2016: 1100 m dirt (Pretty Perfect)

2015:   900 m turf (Sir Silk)

2014: 1600 m turf (Pocket Aces)

2013: 1170 m turf (Skrik)

2013: 1170 m turf (The Sin)

Comfortable win for Karen From Finance at Bro Park / Photo: Elina Bjoerklund

Karen From Finance very smooth at Bro Park

28 Jun 20: Karen From Finance, ridden by Jacob Johansen and overcoming a wide post, captured a competitive handicap over 1600 metres / turf at Bro Park this Sunday. Sent off 3-1 favourite in the 13-runner field, Espen Ski's well bred filly beat Meandro quite comfortably by 1 1/4 lengths, while Sheperd Gate took third and Mr Pimms filled fourth place. Karen From Finance came with a strong run from off the pace, to take control in mid-stretch, and she was an authoritative winner.   /    Watch the most recent replays via this link.

Where horses come first - and become winners!

Väsby Häst AB sends two horses to Annike's team


Mudjimba. Photo: Elina Bjørklund / Svensk Galopp

General de Vega. Photo: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp

Mudjima, a three-year-old son of high profile stallion Kodiac out of the unraced Giant's Causeway daughter Causeway Charm, has one win to his rame, after just three runs. He won a maiden event over 1400 metres at Bro Park in October last year, when he beat Blue Gem and Hypocondriac in a close finish. Both of the placed runners in this race went on to win subsequently, indicating that Mudjimba's maiden form was useful - though he has himself been unplaced in three outings thus far in 2020. Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good.   24 Jun 20

Mudjimba and General de Vega will get dedicated pages soon - please check back to get the complete picture of these interesting recruits.

General de Vega is a well bred three-year-old who has produced smart form in Sweden and Denmark and been third in a good conditions race at Meydan. A son of dual classic winner Lope de Vega, General de Vega broke his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths over 1200 metres on the dirt track at Bro Park in 2019, and he gained a 2 1/2-length win over 1400 metres / turf at Klampenborg in May. He spent the winter in Dubai, where he finished third in the Dubai Trophy over 1200 metres on turf, beaten just 2 lengths by Godolphin's winner, Platinum Star - a Listed winner in England last year. A son of Prix Vanteaux (G3) winner Just Little (Grand Slam), General de Vega is a half-brother to Radipole, a Listed winning miler in France before being exported to Australia, where he was placed in G2 and G3 events. GS

Lille My /

Three ready for Oslo Cup day

Calcaterre, Lille My and "The Boss" set to run

22 Jun 20: We are gearing up for a big day at Øvrevoll Galopp on Saturday, when the prestigious Oslo Cup (G3) takes centre stage on a fixture that will also see two classics, the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas and Norwegian 1,000 Guineas, get under orders. The "1,000" brings back memories of course, as the stable won this classic with Unwanted Beauty 12 months ago. There will not be a classic contender from Skoganstallen this time, but Annike has three interesting runners primed for the racing feast. Calcaterre, to be ridden by Carlos Lopez, goes for a highly competitive handicap over 900 metres, while the in-form We Go The Boss and Lille My will both take part in a tough handicap race over 1370 metres. Ulrika Holmquist is an obvious partner for "The Boss", while Lille My will be partnered by Alan Wallace.

"We Got The Boss takes a drop in disance and this is a bit of an experiment", the trainer says and adds; "he has a high crusing speed and it will interesting to see how he does over this trip. The distance suits Lille My well, and I think we can forget about her last run, when she was down on her nose as the stalls opened. She is in good form, and so is Calcaterre. We have had a slow start to the season, as the stable has been plagued by a virus. These things are so frustrating and I was so pleased to have two winners last week - hopefully we are out of the woods and at a turning point now."

Two runners at Bro Park on Sunday

Captain America and Karen From Finance will both be sent to Bro Park in Sweden on Sunday. Captain America to contest the 1400-metres Challenge Stakes, a race he finished second in last year, and Karen From Finance to take part in a handicap over 1600 metres. Per-Anders Gråberg has been booked for Captain America and Jacob Johansen will partner Karen From Finance.  GS

Initiated a nice Bye Hansen double

We Got The Boss in full command

18 Jun 20: A lovely summer evening, and the first fixture with specators on course. Annike chose a good day for sending out two winners, as We Got The Boss and Aconcagua both ended up in the winners' circle. We Got The Boss got the ball rolling, running out a strong half-length winner of the Ihla Grande Handicap, a highly competitive affair over 1600 metres / turf. Ulika Holmquist was back on board and she gave the son of Street Boss a perfect ride. We Got The Boss captured the race by half a length from Cockney Cracker, with Match Maker back in third place. Champagnegaloppen's handsome miler won twice in 2019 and, judged on this performance, he stands a good chance of repeating the feat this year.

We Got The Boss and a confident Ulrika Holmquist powering home. Photo:

Aconcagua (left) returns to winnng form at Øvrevoll. Photo:

Wins on second 2020 outing

Aconcagua steps right up

18 Jun 20: Aconcagua was winless in 2019, but 2020 has begun so much better for Stall Unik's talented gelding. He was a good fifth when making his seasonal debut two weeks ago, and that run put him right for a winning performance in Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Handicap, run over 1370 metres on the turf course. Finishing his race off in a game manner under top rider Alan Wallace, Aconcagua won by half a length from Pirlo, a contender coming off a close second to Kildare on his previous start. This was Aconcagua's third career win and he has finished in the first three in 10 of his 26 races. His stable companion Al Buraq, seemingly about to regain form, finished fourth in the same contest.

Captain America / Photo: E. Bjorklund

Swedish Dream / Photo:

Unwanted Beauty / Photo:

Three aces to Bro Park's Super Sunday

08 Jun 20: Annike has three of her star performers ready for a trip to Bro Park on Sunday - when the Stockholm venue puts on a top class show with six big races on the menu; Stocholm Stora Pris (G3), Bloomers' Vase (LR),  Bro Park Vårsprint (LR), Swedish 2,000 Guineas, Swedish 1,000 Guineas and Bobbie Killicks Minnesløpning.

Captain America going for history

Our top sprinter Captain America runs in the Bro Park Vårsprint (LR), a race he has won twice. Can he write history with a third win in the valuable sprint? Swedish Dream, fresh from a nice win on his seasonal debut, goes for the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), a race he ran fourth in two years ago, while Unwanted Beauty's task is the Bloomers' Vase (LR).

Perfect prep for Stockholm Stora

Swedish Dream a smooth winner on seasonal debut

28 May 20: He will soon be facing much tougher groups than he did on his seasonal debut, a four-runner handicap over 1600 metres on the turf course, but Swedish Dream was impressive as he got his new campaign off to a perfect start on this Thursday card. Backed down to 1/10 on the tote, he broke little sweat, beating Backcountry by almost three lengths. Evergreen Calcaterre put in another fine effort to take third. Swedish Dream's next task is the Stockholm Stora Pris at Bro Park in Sweden.

Unwanted Beauty, unfortunately suffering from an infection, was a non-runner in the same race, while Our Boy John finished unplaced as he blew the cobwebs in a 12-runner handicap, also over 1600 metres.

Three stars set to clash

Annike provides the quality

27 May 20: The upcoming Thursday card at Øvrevoll gets its highlight already in the second race of the evening, Funny Legend Handicap, set to be contested over 1600 metres on the turf course. With three of the runners all trained by Annike, we can safely say that she is providing the quality on this, the sixth raceday of the season. Swedish Dream, one of the best older horses in Scandinavia last year, gets his seasonal debut and he will once more be partnered by Carlos Lopez. Unwanted Beauty, last year's Norwegian 1,000 Guineas winner, is set for her second start in 2020, after having finished seventh in Fam E Nagell-Erichen's Hoppeløp on May 17. Alan Wallace takes the ride on the handsome Iffraaj filly. Annike's third card in this feature event is millionaire Calcaterre, a dual winner in 2019 coming off a really positive fourth place finish behind high class sprinters on May 17. He will be ridden by Ulrika Holmquist this time. Who has the best chance? Hard to say but a clean sweep is by no means impossible. These three have won 23 races between them, and their total earnings are 2,534,550 kroner. Our Boy John, a game performer previously trained by Yvonne Durant - and still owned by her husband Troy - makes his seasonal debut in the fifth race, with Emilie Finckenhagen booked to ride. GS

Swedish Dream - returns to action. Photo:

October '19: Calcaterre winning, chased by We Got the Boss

Sunday 17th May - racing is back on turf

Al Buraq, Calcaterre, Captain America

and Unwanted Beauty all set to run

12 May 20: We are just days from the 17th of May and - while it will no be possible to have a party at the races this year - the racing promises to be both competitive and excellent. We are particularly looking forward to seeing last year's sprint champion Captain America and classic winning filly Unwanted Beauty back in action - while Al Buraq and Calcaterre also deserve a lot of attention on this action packed Sunday. 


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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.

Lille My and Karen From Finance both ran third on the same card, enhancing the impression that Annike's team is about to find very good form as we are closing in on more valuable fixtures.

Mestre dos Magos - homebred win machine. Photo:

Lille My's seasonal debut full of promise

07 May 20: It was day for favourite backers on this Thursday evening, with the majority focusing on well fancied winners, such as Mestre dos Magos, London Rock and Fix Fox - but there was one performance in particular to note amongst those that did not win; Lille My's third-placed effort in the 1100-metres sprint handicap. Making her first start of the season, she was rather slow to get into her stride from the start and raced at the back of the field going into the bend - seemingly with no chance whatsoever - only to pick up really well coming down the home straight and get up for third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths and failing by no more than a head to get second. This was one of the most taking seasonal debuts seen this spring, and perhaps Lille My will become a horse to follow in 2020.

Fast finishing third...

... after a slow starting last

Lille My's remarkable finish almost got her up for second behind the in-form London Lock.

Al Buraq / Photo:

Four set to run

Al Buraq returns to the races

05 May 20: Al Buraq, the wonder lady who won five races in 2019, is one of four horses set to represent Annike Bye Hansen's team on Thursday night. The homebred daughter of Crocker Road goes to post for the fourth race, an 1100-metres sprint where she will clash with stable companion Lille My and five others. Mestre dos Magos runs in the following race, a 1750-metres handicap and also the first led in the popular Double bet. Karen From Finance goes to post for the second leg on that wager, tackling 1600 metres, a distance she was successful over last November. Read more about all these four in 'Stabell Talk'.

Karen From Finance, Calcaterre set to reappear

28 Apr 20: Annike will be taking the wraps off two of her trainees on Thusrday evening, as Karen From Finance and Calcaterre are both ready for racing action. They both won twice in 2019 and it will be very interesting to see how they fare this season. The relatively lighty raced Karen From Finance goes to post in the fourth race on the night, an 1100 metres sprint, and she will be partnered by Alan Wallace. Calcaterre, set to be ridden by Nora Hagelund Holm, will be in action over the same distance in the seventh and final race on the card. The Thursday card kicks off at 18.05 and concludes at 20.40.  Racing programmes page

"Mestre" and "The Boss" go head to head

17 Apr 20: The scheduled opening day for 2020, next Thursday, has now been confirmed - the new season kicks off and we will be seeing Mestre Dos Magos and We Got the Boss in action - going head to head in fact. "I have been pleased with them both", Annike says, "and it will be nice to get the season up and running - the following week I may saddle as many as four runners, with Lille My, Karen From Finance, Calcaterre and Peer Gynt all getting ready to run.

The April 23 fixture, set to be staged behind closed doors, will be declared on Tuesday.

Mestre dos Magos - 3 wins in 2019

We Got the Boss - 2 wins in 2019

Stabell talk...

Annike's 2020 team

14 Apr 20: Geir Stabell presents a close look at horses in Annike Bye Hansen's stable, as we are getting ready for another season at Øvrevoll Galopp outside Oslo. With a team of 20 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 can also be downloaded as a 22-page a PDF publication.

Abolish breaking his maiden in France

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

Søren Pedersen with Al Buraq

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

Aconcagua, winning at Øvrevoll

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 at a higher level tough, as Calcaterre's current handicap mark is 84. 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 have 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 end 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

Yet another win!

Norsk Jockeyclubs Sprintløp

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

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

Our Boy John winning last November

Our Boy John - his move a compliment

One of the biggest compliments a racehorse trainer can get, is when a fellow trainer sends one of their own horses to be trained in your yard. Which is exactly what has happened with Our Boy John. Formerly trained by Yvonne Durant – and still owned by Yvonne and her husband Troy – Our Boy John moved to Annike's stable this March, and he is an interesting new player on the team. A son of top class sprinter Dandy Man out of the Petardia daughter Jine, Our Boy John was a winner on his most recent start. He captured the well paid Høstfinale Bronsedivisjon Handicap, run over 1600 metres at Øvrevoll Galopp last November, taking the race gamely by three parts of a length from Mustajjid, with Chivas 2 ¼ lengths further adrift in the nine-runner contest. This win was by no means unexpected, since Our Boy John had finished second on both of his two preceding starts; behind Queen's Delight over 1750 metres, and narrowly behind one of Annike's many winners in 2019, Karen From Finance, over 1600 metres ten days prior to his win. All these three races were over the dirt track. Our Boy John is equally effective on the lawn, however, something that was well demonstrated with a win over 1600 metres in August, when he came out on top in a big field by fending Rock Dancer off for another 3/4-length verdict.

Our Boy John appears to be best suited by 1600 to 1750 metres but do note that he has also performed really well in sprint races on a few occasions, and his versatility has made it possible to give him a busy campaign. This battle hardened gelding faced the starter no fewer than twenty times last year. Now a six-year-old, he has raced 57 times to date, with 5 wins backed up by 8 runner-up effort and 7 third place finishes. This gives Our Boy John a nice 35% top three record. His career best handicap, recorded back in October 2017, was 79kg, while he is now on 71kg. He is a half-brother to Our Boy Jack (Camacho), a most useful runner who managed 8 wins in England, where he was trained by Richard Fahey and Conor Dore. The dam Jine has also produced Heather Heath (Tendulkar), a filly who won in Ireland as a juvenile. GS 06 Apr 20

Dragon Pulse

Irish National Stud photo

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.

GS 10 Mar 20


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

Seeyouincourt's half-brother Label. Photo S. Olsson / Svensk Galopp

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

Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp, a strong winner of a hot Listed race

Unwanted Beauty,

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

Owners Siri Christiansen (left) and Marina Line with Annike Bye Hansen (middle) after the 1,000 Guineas win..

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

We Got The Boss, perfectly ridden by Ulrika Holmquist, winning on Derby day.

Captain America

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.


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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. 

Stable companions set to meet

21 Oct 2019: Three of our horses, Mestre dos Magos (Carlos Lopez), Calcaterre (Dale Swift) and We Got The Boss (Nora Hagelund Holm) are all going for Høstfinale - Sølvdivisjon, a competitive handicap over 1600 metres on the dirt track, on Thursday evening. 

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.

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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. 

Photo: Hesteguiden

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. 

Derbyday 2019

Continued success

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