European horsemen met in Ireland

Time runs fast. It’s soon a month since I wrote a report at my Swedish blog about the EMHF meeting in Naas, Ireland. But maybe it could be of some interest for people who are not so familiar with language of the old vikings to reaf a few lines.

There were a record figure of delegates from 19 countries at the EMHF meeting (EMHF stands for the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation).

Among the countries absent at the meeting were Spain, where racing hasn’t succeeded to find a new joint organisation, Austria where racing runs the risk of fading away, and Ukraine, where there are other things on people’s minds than horseracing.

The same could be said about Lebanon and Libya, but both these countries continue to pay there member fee and are maintaining hope to start horse racing again, which seems to quite optimistic for the time being.

Comeback in the assembly was made ny Lithuania, who is hoping for strengthening the contacts with Sweden.

New member in the board efter Jabob Broger who has left his position in the Swiss federation, was  Jonathan Perrée from the Channel Islands (Jersey och Guernsey). He was the only candidate which made the election procedure easier.

Re-elected in the board were Brian Kavanagh (chairman), Ieland,Behcet Homorlu, Turkey, Omar Skalli, Morocco, Thierry Lohest, Belgium och Rüdger Schamms, Germany.

The most optimistic report about the state of horse racing came as often from Turkey and maybe the most visible change will be seen this autumn when Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be run at Chantilly due to the redevelopment of Longchamp.

The meeting, as always well organised by the secretary general Paull Khan, was combined with stud visits at Kildangan, where Cape Cross presides, and the Irish National Stud, where Invincible Spirit, is the great star.

Moreover there where a big National Hunt meeting at Leopardstown, where four Grade 1 races were run. The biggest one was The Irish Gold Cup, .with a winner’s prize of  84.750 euro.  10 year old Carlingford Lough (by King’s Theatre) was a surprise winner, although he won the race last year (ridden by Tony McCoy) but since that he has not had much success.

Carlingford Lough is owned by J P McManus, a giant owner in N H racing. His well known green striped silks are seen on the picture below, taken in the somewhat muddy paadock at Leopardstown.


Scandinavian Stakes Winners 2015

The 2015 racing season is over – and the 2016 season has just begun. That happened last Sunday, January 3rd at Täby Galopp.

As always this time of the year it’s races for ”the every day horses”. As a reminder of the top races you can here find all the winners of the Pattern and Classical races in Scandinavia last year.

Group 3

Scandinavian Open Championship 2400 m: Chess Racings BERLING (IRE) gr g 8 by Montjeu-Danaskaya; Dina Danekilde/Jessica Long
Oslo Cup 2400 m: Scandinavian Racing Stable AB:s EYE IN THE SKY (IRE) gr h 4 by Sinndar-Saudade; Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
Polar Cup 1600 m: Stall Easy Roads EASY ROAD (GB) b h 5 by Compton PLace-Broughtons Reviva; Rafael De Oliveira/Cathrine Erichsen
Marit Sveaas Minnelöp 1800 m: Stall RH:s FEARLESS HUNTER (GER) b g 5 by Alhaarth-Firedance; Carlos Lopez/Rune Haugen
Pramms Memorial 1730 m dt: Auto Industri AB:s SILVER OCEAN (USA) br g 7 by Silver Train-EndlessSea; Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
Stockholms Stora Pris 1950 m:  Stall Zadas HURRICANE RED (IRE) ch h 5 by Hurricane Run-Bounce; Jacob Johansen/Lennart Reuterskiöld Jr
Zawawi Cup 1200 dt:  Hallencreutz and Wehtjes LET’SGOFORIT (IRE) gr g 7 by Verglas-Slewcie; Oliver Wilson/Bodil Hallencreutz
Stockholm Cup International, 2400 m:  Stall Trick Or Treats BANK OF BURDEN  (USA) ch g 8 by Hawk Wing-Wewantitall; P-A Gråberg/Niels Petersen

Listed races

Dansk Jockey Club Cup 1800 m: : Stall Trick Or Treats BANK OF BURDEN (USA) ch g 8 by Hawk Wing-Wewantitall; P-A Gråberg/Niels Petersen
Pokallöb 1800 m: Lone Kaj-Nilsens FALCONET (DEN) br h 5 by Falco-Seattle’s Wood; Raphael Schistl/Bent Olsen
Polar Mile Cup 1600 m: Stall RH:s FEARLESS HUNTER (GER) br g 5 by Alhaarth-Firedance; Carlos Lopez/Rune Haugen
Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes 1600 m: Mette and Dean Olsens TRANSSYLVANIA (DEN) b m 4 by Le Havre-Polliwilline; Manuel Santos/Helle Christensen
Semb Hovedgård Hoppelöb  1800 m: K Anderssons och A Ekströms YAJAMILA (GB) b m 4 by Royal Applause-Yatir; Valmir De Azeredo
Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintlöp 1170 m: Stall Trottings RAGAZZO (NOR) b g 6 by Academy Award-Private Property; Oliver Wilson/Annika Bye Hansen
Norsk Derby 2400 m: Team MK’s QUARTERBACK (GER) br c 3 by American Post-Quebra; Raphael Schistl/Rune Haugen
Lanwades Stud Jägersro Sprint 1200 m dt:  360 North Horse Racings OVER THE OCEAN (USA) gr h 5 by Rockport Harbor-Endless Sea; Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
Täby Vårsprint 1200 m:  Stall Trottings RAGAZZO (NOR) b g 6 by Academy Award-Private Property; Jacob Johansen/Annika Bye Hansen
Bloomers’ Vase 1600 m:  Stall Perlens AMIE NOIRE (GER) br m 4 by Soldier of Fortune-Autriche; Jan-Erik Neuroth/Wido Neuroth
Svenskt Derby 2400 m dt Stall Kalas’ BOKAN (FR) b c 3 by Soldier of Fortune-Paree; Jan-Erik Neuroth/Wido Neuroth
Täby Open Sprint Championship 1200 m: Stall Easy Roads EASY ROAD (GB) br h 5 by Compton PLace-Broughtons Revival; Rafael De Oliveira/Cathrine Erichsen
Nickes Minneslöpning 1600 m dt: Auto Industri AB:s SILVER OCEAN (USA) br g 7 by Silver Train-EndlessSea; Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
Stockholm Fillies and Mares Stakes 1950 m: Stall Bonne Nuits ICECAPADA (IRE) gr f 3 by Mastercraftsman-Bounce; Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
Skånska Fältrittklubbens Jubileumslöpning 2400 m dt: Exergi Racings ENERGIA EL GIGANTE (BRZ) b g 6 by Point Given-Lira Da Guanabra; P-A Gråberg/Niels Petersen
Swedish Open Mile 1600 m: Jostein Jörgensens AVON PEARL (GB) ch g 6 by Avonbridge-Warden Rose; Carlos Lopez/Rune Haugen
Songline Classic 2000 m: Stall Zadas HURRICANE RED (IRE) ch h 5 by Hurricane Run-Bounce; Jacob Johansen/Lennart Reuterskiöld Jr

Classical Races

1000 Guineas 1600 m: : Star Face AB:s MANACOR (DEN) b f 3 by Primatico-Jolie FleurRafael De Oliveira/Bent Olsen
2000 Guineas 1600 m: Stald Seasides LAND’S END (DEN) b c 3 by Academy Award-Lois Rafael Schistl/Francisco Castro
Derby 2400 m: Star Face AB:s MANACOR (DEN) b f 3 by Primatico-Jolie FleurRafael De Oliveira/Bent Olsen
Oaks 2400 m: Stall Bonne Nuits MAI PEN RAI (FR) bl f 3 by Whipper-Negra del Oro Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
St Leger 2800 m: Chess Racing AB:s SERGEL(SWE) b c 3 by Archipenko-Vigelegere Jacob Johansen/Jessica Long
1000 Guineas 1600 m: Stall Fellowship Racing – Easys HAVANNAS DREAM (IRE) ch f 3 by Lord Shanakill-Centrepiece Carlos Lopez /Lennart Jr Reuterskiöld
2000 Guineas 1600 m: Lone Kaj-Nielsens BROWNIE (FR) b f 3 by Sunday Break-Tropical Mark; Jacob Johansen/Bent Olsen
Derby: See above
Oaks: IKC Racings IKC MONEYPENNY (USA) b f 3 by Henrythenavigator-Money Madamn Rafael De Oliveira/ Cathrine Erichsen
St Leger 2800 m: Stall Kalas BOKAN (FR) b c 3 by Soldier of Fortune-Paree; Jan-Erik Neuroth/Wido Neuroth
1000 Guineas: Stall Bonne Nuits ICECAPADA (IRE) gr f 3 by Mastercraftsman-Bounce Elione Chaves/Niels Petersen
2000 Guineas 1600 m: Stall Texas, Stall LATA och Stall Suddens BRAZIL JACK (SWE) br c by Gloria DE Campeao-Melody Star; Carlos Lopez/Maria Sandh
Derby: See above
Oaks 2400 m dt: SGS III:s OBRIGADA (SWE) b f 3 Gloria De Campeao-By The Book Martin Rodriguez/Vanja Sandrup
St Leger 2800 m: Stall Kalas BOKAN (FR) b c 3 by Soldier of Fortune-Paree; Jan-Erik Neuroth/Wido Neuroth
 All together 22 Norwegian trained winners, 11 Swedish trained and 5 Danish trained.

200 Years of Swedish Horseracing

This time the blog will be on a personal note. The reason is that I will tomorrow release a book of the Swedish horseracing history, in Swedish ”From Heden to Bro Park”, (Från Heden till Bro Park).

Heden was the first racing arena in Sweden. It was and still is situated in Gothenburg. They raced there on the 21st of September 1814. The motive was to celebrate the meeting between the old Swedish King, Charles XIII, and the coming King, Charles XIV. Present was also the son of the latter, Prince Oscar, who would be King Oscar I (and a keen horseracing fan).

Another motive for the meeting in Gothenburg was a British naval fleet visit. And it was well known ”that all Englishmen loved horseracing”.

After that first time it took a while before the next racing meeting, or to be more exact 17 years. In 1831 the first racing organisation was set up with the splendid name The Patriotic Association of Horse Culture. The chairman was Count Magnus Brahe, who was the most powerful man in the Royal court.

That year there was racing for the first time in Stockholm, almost on the same spot as was used in 2013 for the National Day Racing (which continued in 2014 och 2015). Sometimes history repeats itself.

In the same year, 1831, there was also racing for the first time in Skåne, in the Southern part of Sweden.

After a new break for racing from 1849 to 1867 a new organisation was formed, which went on until 1890 when the Swedish Jockey Club was set up and gave priority to steeplechases and hurdle races.

The Jockey Club was in charge until 1959 when a more democratic organisation took over the responsibility. It still remains in power, although the name has changed some times. Today it’s just Swedish Galop (Svensk Galopp).

The book concentrates of the old, often unknown, history and presents the most important persons, mostof them men. But the book can disclose that already in 1915 a young woman, 15-year old Märta Blomsterberg brought into history and rode a race among men. The race was open to horses, owned by small farmers and ridden by their sons and their farm-hands. Märta slipped through the net and rode a very good race, finishing second. According to the local paper that was the highlight of the day and very popular.

That was Märta’s only ride. After that it was not allowed. And as late as in the 1930’s the vice chairman of the Jockey Club, said that allowing ladies  to perform in horse races was lika ”an act of Bolshevism”.

Anyway Sweden was one of the first countries where women were permitted to ride in professional races. That was in 1972.

Sthlm Cup 57 Aly Khan, Henken W och Cobetto 001     Prince Aly Khan visits Stockholm Cup in 1957 with his horse Cobetto (FR), which finished fourth. His host (to the left) is the Swedish horse owner Henken Widengren

The book goes forward to the present days and stops just before the opening of the new racecorse in Stockholm, Bro Park, which will start racing next spring with the big opening 17th of June, when the Group 3 race Stockhoms Stora Pris (Stockholm Grand Prix), will be the main feature.

You who want to sponsor the translation of this 350 pages strong book, can form a queue in the commentator field…

Well, just joking.


The Arc from a Scandinavian distance

No Scandinavian runners at the Arc meeting.

That may not come as a big shock in the racing world. Participation from the Nordic countries are not very frequent at the big event at Longchamp, even if it has happened now and then.

In 2002 we even produced a winner in the Danish trained Dano-Mast who won the Prix Dollar.

This year there were plans for the Norwegian trained Eye In The Sky, winner of the Norwegian Derby last year and runner up in the Swedish Derby but he was scratched after having to be satisfied with third spot in the Stockholm Cup International (Group 3) which was run Sunday 20th of September.

The Stockholm Cup was won for an unique fourth time by Bank Of Burden, trained like Eye In The Sky by Niels Petersen, and as always ridden by the Swedish champion P A Gråberg.

The 8-y-o son of Hawk Wing also won the race in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The gelding has won almost 10 million Swedish Crowns, more than 1 million Euros. 57 starts have resulted in 19 wins.

Second in the race was the Swedish trained Hurricane Red (of course by Hurricane Run), who was Swedish Derby winner in 2013.

As these three horses were decently rated before the race at 106, 108 and 106 the Group 3 quality is maintained. The fourth placed Amie Noire was just rated 98 but it’s a mare and she will probably raise her rating.

Scandinavian absence at the Arc weekend may not be a big problem but isn’t it a little bit worryiving that only three nations are represented in the Arc itself, just England, France and Ireland?  No runners from Japan or any other Asian country, none from Germany (which may have other explanations) or USA.

Maybe they are that superior in the Big Three, that it’s alogical consequence, but is it good for International racing?

Or ist just me trying to downgrade an event  I won’t be able to see live from the Grandstand at Longchamp…?

Anyway, lucky you that will se Treve and Golden Horn on Sunday

Glory to Gloria

In 2010 Gloria De Campao (BRZ) won the Dubai World Cup. The owner was the Swede, Stefan Friborg, who was a successful businessman in Brazil, where he had a big stud farm.

The victory got a lof of attention in his Swedish mother country, where he was invited to the Stockholm Cup International the same year. Stefan Friborg appreciated the contact with his own country and decided to support Swedish racing. He sent some horses in training and even brought his own trainer. He also supported Swedish pony racing – and above all he stood Gloria De Campeao as a stallion in Sweden on very generous conditions.

There was a lot of interest to go to Gloria De Campeao. He covered 88 mares which resultated in 60 foals. That was a lot as there were only 270 foals all together that year in Sweden.

His offspring are now three year olds and have had a lot of succes. They have won 23 races this year and 3,6 million SEK, which is a little more than 370 000 euros, and he has a good chance to be champion sire. Academy Award, earlier based in Denmark, is trailing him with about 200 000 SEK, but he has produced 60 runners here to represent him.

Gloria De Campaeo has had 36 runners so far. That’s a lot in a country like Sweden. But its not only about quantity, its also about quality. Two of his runners have won classic races. Brazil Jack (out of Melody Star by Pennekamp) won the Swedish Guneas and Obrigada (out of By The Book by Definite Article) the Swedish Oaks.

Stefan Friborg died unfortunately earlier this year but he has left some horses here, including the very good sprinter Verde Mar, who stands at a big trotting stud, Alebäck, the same stud who was host to Gloria De Campeao.

Swedish racing has a lot to thank Stefan Friborg for.

Neuroth as always

Just one runner from Norway in the Swedish Derby last evening, but that was enough. As so many times before – eleven – the race was won by trainer Wido Neuroth, who presented an easy winner in Bokan (by Soldier of Fortune-Paree by Desert Prince) and bred by Frederic Flechner in France.

The only novelty was that winning jockey was Widos own son Jan-Erik, who also won two other races this evening.

This was Bokan’s second victory from seven starts which also include four second places.. With yesterday’s win of 750.000 SEK the horse has won 1.056.466 SEK – almost 100.000 Euro.

The winner was followed by two locally trained horses, Thewaytoyou (IRE) by Thewayyouare and Tiglath (SPA) by Footstepsinthesand.

The best Swedish bred horse was Benny Andersson’s Sergel (by Archipenko) wjho tired a little and had to be content with fifth place.

A big draw back was that the national hero, Volatile, was with drawn from his race due to a hoof abscess.

The organisers were happy with an audience of 4000.

" | Jägersro 150718 | Foto: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp "
” | Jägersro 150718 | Foto: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp ”

Father and son Neuroth

Few horses from abroad in Swedish Derby

The maximum field of 15 runners – because of betting regulations – will be seen Saturday evening in the Swedish Derby, run at the sand at Jägersro.

Just two of the runners are trained outside Sweden, which is quite unusual. Last year four of the 13 were trained in Norway and the year before that six of the runners were from Norway and two from Britain (from Elaine Burke and Sir Mark Prescott).

This year there is just one guest from Norway, Bokan (bred in France and by Soldier of Fortune) and one from Denmark, Lord Of Dublin (bred in Ireland and by Lord Shanakil). Five of the runners are Swedish bred, which is also unusual.

As Bokan is trained by Wido Neuroth he has strong claims. German born Wido has won the Swedish Derby eleven (11) times) and knows the game. Best chance of the Swedish breds seems to lie with Sergel (by Archipenko), which is bred and owned by Benny Andersson (Chess Racing), usually described in the Racing Post as ”of ABBA fame.

Sergel is trained by Jessica Long, whose even better 3 y o, Volatile, runs in another race tomorrow, something with the very odd name Derby Sprint (1200 metres). He will be the strongest favourite in the evening, after his win in Dubai and group placings in England and France.

Both Volatile and Sergel will be ridden by German champion Andrasch Starke, who I was able to see win the Derby at Hamburg Horn a fortnight ago – almost from my hotel room (second photo) on board Nutan. That was his seventh German Derby, so he knows the way to the Derby post.


”Australian” favourite in the German Derby

Fort the first time in my – quite long – racing life – I will watch the German Derby, that will be run this Sunday. That’s because of the Board Meeting in EMHF (European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation to be hold on Monday.

That’s some sort of a tradition – to combine the Board meeting with a derby. Last year it was the Derby in Turkey and the year before that in Hungary.

So of course, besides stydying the papers for rthe meeting, you have to check the runners at Hamburger Horn. According to the pre race beeting there is a strong favourite in Shimrano, a son of Monsun, that is trained by Paul Harley and owned by Australian connection.

Shimrano has this year won two important races, the Derby Trial (listed) and the Union-Rennen (Group 2). The German Derby is a Group 1 race with a purse of 650 000 euros.

Shimrano’s odds is now 27/10. Second favourite is Nutan (by Duke of Marmelade), 55/10, and then Isidor (by Adlerflug) 80/10, Nordic Flight (by Adlerflug) and Areo (by Medicean) both 100/10.

There will be no foreign races.

The Swedish audience will be as interested in the Group 3 race, Hamburg Trophy, on Friday, where Swedish owned and trained Hurricane Run (by Hurricane Run) just now is third favourite. Last time the chesnut stallion won the Group 3 Stockholms Stora Pris. Two years ago he won the Swedish Derby.

Unfortunately Hurricane Red won’t be partnered by the Danish jockey Jacob Johansen as last time. Jacob is now recovering from a bad race accident but hopefully be riding again in the autumn.

Hurricane Red 5161-MHurricane Red after winning the Gr 3 Stockholms Stora Pris at Taby Galopp

Swedish Racing Aid

Sweden as a state has a big scheme for development assistance, so has Swedish racing. Well, that is not the purpose but the consequence. Maybe we have to raise the quality of our horses.

We just have arranged some spectacular race days. First at Gärdet, the Royal Park Racing within the city of Stockholm. Due to the weather ”just” 30 000 spectators met up this year but still a huge success. After that the biggest race day this spring was organized at Täby Galopp and then our Grand National Day at beautiful Strömsholm.

The biggest races at Gärdet were two races for arab horses, sponsored by scheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayed. The prize money was 585 000 Swedish crowns, appr 60 000 euros. 69 per cent of that purse went to five horses from the Netherlands (the winners were Athlete del Sol and Mirabella del Sol). I like Holland so that’s all right.

Then there were seven feature races at Täby Galop, i a Stockholms Stora Pris (Gr 3), two listed races and two classic races. The prize money was 3 350 000 Sw crowns, appr 350 000 euros. Of that 41 % went to horses trained in Norway and 8,5 % to horses from Denmark. I have no problem with our neighbours so that’s also all right. And the Group 3 race was anyway won by Swedish trained Hurricane Red (by Hurricane Run), Derby winner two years ago

And last Saturday there was racing at Strömsholm. 5 000 people enjoyed themselves in the sunshine. In the nine races (four National Hunt) they raced for 860 000 Sw crowns (almost 100 000 euros). This time we were generous with horses from Germany (took 21 % of the purse), from the Czech Republic (12 %) and as always Norway (10%). The Swedish Grand National was won by German gelding Ländler, a 9-y-o by Bonvivant.

Well, as I said we must do better ourselves. So we hope for some money exchange tomorrow at Royal Ascot, when our big hope Volatile runs in the Jersey Stakes, to be ridden by Jamie Spencer. A victory would be nice but we can do with some place money…

Gärdet 2015Swedish National Day at Gärdet

Swedish Racing History

Since my retirement as Secretary General I have spent some time with the racing history of Sweden. Last autumn I published a book about the (old) Swedish Jockey Club, which was set up in 1890 and now celebrates its 125 years as organisation. Until 1959 it was the real jockey club with all powers of a racing authority but since then it works as a support organisation.

But Swedish racing also has another jubilee to celebrate. The first horse races in Sweden was arranged in 1814, 200 years ago. It took place in Gothenburg (Göteborg) with the old king, Charles XIII, and the king in spe, Charles XIV John (née Bonaparte) in attendance. But there was also an English naval visit in Gothenburg and it was well known that Englishmen loved racing.

Four of the riders were in fact Englishmen but the main race was won by a young Swedish officer, Mr Engelhardt. There was a big attendance and the races were well recieved by the audience.

Then there was an interval until 1831 when the first racing organisation was set up, The Patriotic Association of Swedish horse culture. That year there were races both in Stockholm and Helsingborg (in the south of Sweden). The first heat in Stockholm was won by a horse owned by the Crown Prince Oscar, who also attended the races in Gothenburg 17 years earlier and probably was affected with a racing bug there because he kept his racing interest even as a king (Oscar I).

Since that time there have been some more intervals and a few more racing authorities but racing has in principle been going on the whole time..

The picture is also history but much later. The man in the hat is Prince Aly Khan, father of today’s Aga Khan, who inspects his horse Cobetto in the paddock before the 1957 Stockholm Cup. Cobetto was fourth. The race was won by the German horse Nisos.

Sthlm Cup 57 Aly Khan, Henken W och Cobetto 001