Last time – quite a while ago – this blog reported of a lot of racing events this spring in Sweden. When we now almost have reached the climax I’m happy to say that so far it has been a lot of success.
It started May 18th with the Tribute Day which was the name of the grand finale at Täby Galopp. Racing started at lunch time and ended late in the evening. It was an ordinary Wednesday which didn’t stop almost 4 000 people to show up. Among them were a lot of old faces from bygone days. Naturally there were big interest for memorabilia, such as old race cards, racing photos etc.
1st of June – another Wednesday – it was time for the first race day at the new venue, Bro Park. It was a low key event, used as a rehearsal, with a minimum of marketing. But it went all right and made it easier to prepare for the big opening at June 19th.
It was much better than 56 years ago when Täby Galopp started its operation. Before the inaugaration at 27th of August 1960 a meeting was fixed five days before as a rehearsal. But it had to be cancelled as the racecourse was unsuitable due to heavy rain.
This time it was a fine day with many positive commentaries. Quite another venue than Täby Galopp with its big concrete grandstand. Now it’s a much slimmer grandstand and a greener environment. All can see for themselves on Sunday.
Tha’s not all. For the fourth year in a row there was racing in the Royal Park on June 6th, the Swedish National Day. And another success and a bigger attendance than before. Earlier talks of 50 000 people have to me seen to be a little exaggerated but not this time.
As before it was the races that caught the big attention, much more than hat competions, pop artists and different celebrities. And the big arab horse races didn’t go to Dutch horses this time but stayed in Sweden.
Last Saturday it was the traditional National Hunt races at Strömsholm, two hours from Stockholm. It way a nice picnic for more than 4 000 people, the best turnout for many years.
As usually the Swedish Grand National went to a German horse, Kazzio (by Königstiger), ridden by Cevin Chan and trained by Pavel Vovcenco. Second was the Czech horse Al Bustan (bred in Ireland).
Finally there is the big opening of Bro Park this Sunday. On the card is the Gr 3 Stockholms Stora Pris, the listed Zawawi Bro Park Vårsprint, the listed Taittinger Bloomers Vase (for mares) and the classic races Jockeyklubbens 2000 Guineas and Happy Tamsvik Dianalöpning (1000 Guineas).
To that you can add a tournament with ten female jockeys. They are Chantal Sutherland Kruse from USA, Danielle Johnson from New Zealand, Ana O’Brien from Ireland (daughter of Aidan), Maija Vance from New Zealand and Australia and Josephine Gordon from U K. Coach is Dame Hayley Turner. They meet five Swedish female jockey.
The only thing that doesn’t look so great for the moment is the weather. But it looked the same before the National Day and that changed a lot to the better
Of course that’s not the end of the season. There are things like the Swedish Derby at Jägersro July 16th.
The National Day Racing in Stockholm June 6th
Rehearsal at Bro Park June 1st (with the blogger in the background)