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