The New Racing Arena has opened

After 46 years of horse racing at Täby Galopp the racecourse closed down at May 18th. A month later the new venue, Bro Park, opened. About 7 000-8 000 people attended the big occurrence, which was a huge success.

Everything or almost everything went according to plan, even the weather. Both the turf and dirt track were used and worked well, even if the dirt was a little unresilient.

The big races went to Norwegian horses as always. But they were not trained by Niels Petersen or Wido Neuroth, as is the ”tradition”. This time Cathrine Erichsen made the double of Gr 3 Stockholms Stora Pris with the outsider Coprah (by Bertolini) and Easy Road (by Compton Place) in the listed Vår Sprint.

But the listed Bloomers Vase (for mares) stayed in Sweden. The winner was Ray (by Rock Of Gibraltar), owned and bred by Chess Racing, alias Benny Andersson (”of Abba fame”, as he usually is called in the Racing Post).

The tournament for female jockeys, riding in four races, was won by the Swedish team. But two of the divisions stayed in the hands of the guests, through Chantal Sutherland from USA and Ana O’Brien from Ireland

Classic winners were Danish trained Beaufort Twelve (by Academy Award) in 2000 Guineas and Pocahontas Face (by Layman) in 1000 Guineas, trained by the veteran Hans Adielsson, who was the big champion trainer in the 80’ies. Now he is back in Swedish training after ”excursions” to trotting and English racing.

A new era has successfully started for Swedish racing.

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Chantal Sutherland Kruse has won one of the tournament races at Bro Park on the back of Dreams Cape (by Observatory)

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The new grandstand (or rather small stand) at Bro Park on Rehearsal Day 1st of June. Much better adapted to new times than the old concrete building at Täby Galopp.

Culmination of a hectic spring

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.

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The National Day Racing in Stockholm June 6th

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Rehearsal at Bro Park June 1st (with the blogger in the background)

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Täby Galopp

After 56 years of service and almost 3 000 race meetings Täby Galopp will close next Wednesday, May 18th. And it will be done in great style.

There will 14 races, starting soon after noon and finishing late in the evening. 149 runners are declared and there is a great interest from the whole of Scandinavia.

The final day is called the Tribute Day because there will not only be racing but second hand selling of books, prints and other racing memorabilia. And meeting with old stars. In a special veteran race we will se old jockeys like champions Kim Andersen and Yvonne Durant.

After that the building machines will take over and in a few years 6 000 flats will cover the old race course.

But that’s not the end of the story. June 19th will be the date for the great opening of the new racecourse Bro Park. On the programme there is the Group 3 Stockholms Stora Pris and a female jockey tournament, where Hayley Turner will coach the international team, which wll consist of Cathy Gannon, Sammy Jo Bell, Chantal Sutherland, and Danielle Johnsson.

But before that it’s time for the fourth running of the National Day meeting in the Royal Park of Stockholm. That’s the venue where the first races in Stockholm took part – in 1831.

And June 11 there’s the contrast to racing in the middle of Stockholm – Grand National Day at rural Strömsholm.

All racing enthusiasts need a good stamina the coming weeks.

Finally some historic shots from Täby Galopp.

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Before opening in August 1960. The road was just opened as a motor way.

Below In the old days (1963-1989) there was races at the straw in winter time. 

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Listed Third for Moroccan horse in Sweden

For the first time the Scandinavian audience could watch a horse with the suffix (MOR) after its name. It was 4-yo Famous Mark who participated in the Listed race Pramms Memorial, run on the dirt track Tuesday evening.

It was a good race in which not only the Scandinavian top milers competed of a first prize of almost 75 000 euros (700 000 Sw Cr)) over the distance of 1730 meters, but also guests from Ireland (the All Weather Championship winner Captain Joy) and Germany (Group 3 winner Nordic0).

None of them won the first prize and as often neither one of the Norwegian runners. After a determined finish the home trained Hurricane Red (Hurricane Run-Bounce) came out on top over last year’s  winner, Silver Ocean from Norway.

But third – and best of the foreign runners was Famous Mark from Morocco. Even he is trained by Pascal Bary in France most of his startahave been made in Morocco where he has won eight of nine runs.  Famous Mark was ridden by the Moroccan jockey Abderrahim Faddoul.

Hurricane Red – Swedis Derby winner in 2013 – is trained by Lennart Reuterskiöld Junior, who had a  real field day. He saddled fice of the altogether eleven races of the evening. His runners were rewarded with prize money of about 120 000 euros (1 107 000 Sw Cr).

Below: The finish of Pramms Memorial, to the left Hurricane Red (jockey Jacob Johansen) outside of Silver Ocean and on the rail Famous Mark.

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Swedish Promotion

May I make some PR? Of course, I may. It’s my own blog…

And it’s not for my own sake.

But I think that the promotion efforts the Swedish publisher Mats Genberg makes for horse racing in general and specifically for Scandinavian racing is worth mentioning.

He is the publisher of the quarterly ”Gallop Magazine” which calls itself ”The worlds only feel-good horse racing magazine”. No shyness there.

The latest edition (Spring 2016) has just reached its subscribers. Among the articles are a presentation of the new Longchamp which will open next year, a feature of the Australian bush track Birdsville (written by ex National Hunt champion Richard Dunwoody) and an interview with the Swedish champion jockey Per-Anders Gråberg (who can be seen on the cover photo below).

The most strange thing about Mats Genberg (and I don’t think of his pony-tail hair style) is that he prefers so called Pure bred horses before English thoroughbreds. On the other hand he was one of the first to send a mare to my stallion Fraam (who is in 6th place on the Swedish stallion list just now – which has nothing to do with this blog article).

The subscription cost for the yearly four editions is 25 euros.

You can mail your order to subscribe@gallop-magazine.com. You can also use the webshop at http://www.gallop-magazine.com.

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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.

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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

DENMARK
Scandinavian Open Championship 2400 m: Chess Racings BERLING (IRE) gr g 8 by Montjeu-Danaskaya; Dina Danekilde/Jessica Long
NORWAY
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
SWEDEN
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

DENMARK
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
NORWAY
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
SWEDEN
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

DENMARK
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
NORWAY
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
SWEDEN
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.