Traditionally the Norwegian is the last of the Scandinavian derbies. It was this year run Sunday August 26th at Övrevoll in Oslo and ended up with an impressive and very easy win for French bred Square de Luynes (by Manduro-Power Girl by Dashing Blade).
It was the geldings only fifth start and second victory. He was one of the favourites (mine actually) for the Swedish Derby but didn’t probably like the dirt track at Jägersro, Malmö and was just sixth.
The Swedish Derby, run 15th of July was won Nordic Defense (FR) (by Makfi-Angel Falls by Kingmambo) and he was second in the Norwegian Derby.
Both these horses are trained by the champion trainer Niels Petersen, who has his stables at Övrevoll but is Dane by birth.
Second in the Swedish Derby was Barade (by Havana Gold-Statia by Anabaa), not only bred in France but also trained there (by Nicolas Clement), but with a Swedish owner.
In Oslo Barade had to be content with a fourth place, behind Danish trained Learn By Heart (by Frankel-Memory by Danehill Dancer) and bred in England by The Queen.
In between The Danish Derby was staged at Klampenborg in Copenhagen. It is restricted to Scandinavian bred horses and had another outcome. It was easily won by Swedish bred Master Bloom (by Pastorius-Milibloom by Miesque’s Son) before the Danish favourite King David (by Elusive City-Jeunesse Lulu by Montjeu).
Two Group 3 races was in therace card at the Derby Day in Norway. Marit Seaas Minnelöp (1800 m) saw the 2016 Norwegian Derby winner Our Last Summer (IRE) by Zamindar-Hoh My Darling by Dansili lead the race from start to post. Narrowly beaten was Fearless Hunter (GER)) and British raider Big Country (IRE).
Like Square de Luynes Our Last Summer is trained by Niels Petersen and the jockey was the same, Rafael Schistl, who was born in Brazil.
The other Group race, Altai Polar Cup, saw the English guest Hakam (USA) by War Front-Lauren Bird by Arch as a very unexpexted winner, in front of Viscount Barfield (by Raven’s Pass) and Seaside Song (by Harbour Watch).
Of the Scandinavian Derbies the Danish is the oldest, first run in 1910. The Swedish Derby dates from 1918 och the Norwegian from 1930.
But already in the 1870’ies and 1880’ies a Scandinavian Derby took place in Copenhagen. It was several times won by German horses.
Square de Luynes (by Manduro-Power Girl by Dashing Blade).
Photo Nils Rosenkjaer