The Derby races in Scandinavia have a few differences. Of course they are all run at 2400 metres, but the Swedish Derby is staged at dirt track at Jägersro, unlike the races in Denmark and Norway. And the Danish Derby is only open to horses bred in Scandinavia, whereas the Swedish and Norwegian races are open.
The outcome of the races this summer behind closes gates is:
Swedish Derby: Winner Bullof Wall Street (USA) ch c by Tapzar-Dovie by Coronado’s Quest, bred by Mike Abraham; trainer Niels Petersen, Norway, jockey Carlos Lopez
Danish Derby: Winner Ready Teddy br c by Maxios-Jive by Sabiango, bred by Chess Racing AB; trainer Jessica Long, Sweden; jockey Shane Karlsson
Norwegian Derby: Winner: Whispering Ocean (FR) b c by Le Havre-Aigionne by Silver Hawk, bred by Haras Du Mezeray & Ecurie Skymarc Farm; trainer Niels Petersen; jockey Carlos Lopez.
In other words a successful summer for trainer Niels Petersen who trains at Övrevoll, but was born in Denmark.
On the Norwegian Derby Day his horses won five of the ten races, among them also the Group 3 race Marit Sveaas Minnelöp (1800 m) which was won by Kick On (GB), by Charm Spirit-Marika by Marju. And the jockey? Carlos Lopes who sat in the saddle of all Petersen winners.
It could also be remarked that the owner and breeder of the Danish Derby winner, Chess Racing, is the trade mark of Benny Andersson, also in the press called ABBA-Benny. He has owned the female line of Ready Teddy for four generations.
Ready Teddy was his second success in the Danish Derby, in which Sibelius (by Night Shift-Mondschein by Reinbow’s Quest) was the victor in 2004.
Whispering Ocean. Photo: Övrevoll