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The final countdown – SOC and the Derby

July 29th, 2016 · Danish Derby, Skandinavian Open Championship (Gr. 3)

Last years winner of SOC – Dina Danekilde and Berling (IRE)

Chess Racing Scandinavian Open Championship (Gr.3):

Bank Of Burden/Per-Anders Gråberg – Niels Petersen
Berling /Dina Danekilde – Jessica Long
Captain Morgan/Nicolaj Stott – Marc Stott
Falconet /Manuel Santos – Bent Olsen
Fields Of Athenry/Oliver Wilson – Flemming Velin
Giuseppe Piazzi/Jorge Horcajada Gomez – Flemming Velin
Hurricane Red/Jacob Johansen – Lennart Jr Reuterskiöld
Inaya/Nelson De Souza – Jessica Long
Jubilance/Fredrik Janetzky – Bent Olsen
Matauri/Elione Chaves – Niels Petersen
Quarterback/Jan-Erik Neuroth – Rune Haugen
Stinger/Carlos Lopez – Hanne Bechmann

Here you have this years participants in this years Scandinavian Open Championship in alphabetical order. We have seen a lot them before. Falconet, Berling and Bank Of Burden has certainly been there before and last year Berling won, also with Dina Danekilde on board. It will be exciting to see who wins this year. They’re all very, very good horses.


Hellerup Finans Danish Derby 2016:

Oliver Wilson on Fighter Carlras

Elione Chaves on Marlborough

Jacob Johansen on No Comment

Oliver Wilson on Efesos

Nicolaj Stott on Beaufort Twelve (red hat and light blue shirt)

Kevin Stott on All Or Nothing

We are getting close to both Scandinavian Open Championship and Danish Derby 2016. Very exciting as always and above you can see a few of the horses who are on the list for the Derby. Unterneath you can see the horses who are in the Derby in alphabetical order. Monday morning there will be the traditional Derby galop and the start tracks will be drawn. More about that later!

Some trainers even have more than one horse in there. Bent Olsen has three horses in this year’s Derby, All Or Nothing, King Charles and No Comment and Niels Petersen has two, Marlborough and Suspicious Mind.

It’s going to be a hard weekend, as there is Scandinavian Open Championchip the day before as well as a lot of other races and then the Derby etc. Sunday. Here you have the Derby horses:

All Or Nothing/ Kevin Stott – Bent Olsen
Appelina/Jan-Erik Neuroth – Wido Neuroth
Beaufort Twelve/Nicolaj Stott – Søren Jensen
Beauty Award/Shane Karlsson – Elisabeth Gautier
Efesos/Oliver Wilson – Marc Stott
Fighter Carlras/ Jorge Horcajada Gomez – Bettina Andersen
Justin Case/ Nelson De Souza – Hallvard Soma
King Charles/Marcos Robaldo – Bent Olsen
Lifeofbryan/Carlos Lopez – Hallvard Soma
Marlborough/Elione Chaves – Niels Petersen
Marylen/David Parkes – Kaj Sørensen
Nemuranthe/Dayverson De Barross – Jan-Erik Pettersson
No Comment/ Manuel Santos – Bent Olsen
Red Zeppelin/Jacob Johansen – Wido Neuroth
Suspicious Mind/ Per-Anders Gråberg – Niels Petersen

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Behind Every Great Horse

July 29th, 2016 · Diverse, Videos

‘Behind Every Great Horse’ shines a light on the unsung heroes of the horse racing community and their role in making the sport extraordinary. From the stable jockeys who go on daily dawn rides on the gallops, to the grooms who work tirelessly in the stable yard, to the farriers who tend to the horses’ hooves, these are the men and women whose passion and dedication allow every horse to thrive. Guinness is proud to have sponsored the Galway Races Festival for the last fifty one years, a landmark occasion in the Irish racing and social calendar.

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Race card for Saturday 23rd. July 2016

July 19th, 2016 · Klampenborg, Race card

You’ll find the race card here.

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A whole weekend of racing and the race cards

July 15th, 2016 · Derby Trial Stakes, Photo, Race card, Skandinavian Open Championship (Gr. 3), Svensk Derby

There’s a lot of racing on this weekend. Both at Klampenborg which is later this afternoon with among other horses Call Of Duty who is ridden by the same jockey as seen above – Carlos Lopez in Klampenborg Classic Hi. There are 7 races on Klampenborg today among them Derby Trial Stakes.

You find the race card here.


I can’t even begin to tell you all the lovely horses starting on Swedish Derby Day and all the lovely races. One of them will be Rocky (IRE) here seen winning with Fredrik Janetsky on Klampenborg. He’ll be starting in Swedish Derby Consolation with Kevin Stott on board.


You find the race cards here (page 1-39) and here (page 40-80).

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Preliminary startlist for Swedish Derby 2016

July 8th, 2016 · Jägersro, Photo Stefan Olsson, Svensk Derby

Elione Chaves wins on Ramstein who is the favorite in the 2016 Derby – Photo Stefan Olsson/Svensk Galopp

It’s heating up for the Derbies! The Swedish is first and it’s the 16th. July. Here is the Preliminary Startlist.

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Breeders Day – Copenhagen Mile – Brownie (FR)

July 7th, 2016 · Danish Breeders' Cup, Klampenborg

Jockey Jacob Johansen and Brownie from start till finish in Copehagen Mile

After winning with lead-up Christel Preuthun

It was a fantastic result for Maltho who was 2nd. with Elione Chaves in the irons

Miler races and upwards is really “my thing”. Don’t ask me why, but that has always been so. So of course I was into this race anyway, apart from the fact, that our stable (Bechmann Racing) had two horses in it – The Kicker and Valtournanche (ITY). I had to write that as Bettina Andersen Racing also had two horses there – Footstepsofspring (FR) and Maltho who was 2nd.

The one trusted in the programme Irish Rock (IRE) was last and Danish Design who was tipped 2nd. was just outside the money. Valtrournanche (ITY) was just one step up from Irish Rock (IRE) meaning 2nd. last and of course The Kicker, who always does well, was 3rd.

So of course it had to be one not mentioned winning. It was Brownie (FR) who came out the best and very convincingly. Jacob Johansen was just sitting there and then he gave marching orders and he was closely followed by Maltho and The Kicker after Footstepsofspring and Valtournanche had been in front until they came into the straight. They finished in that order.

Brownie (Sunday Break-Tropical Mark) is bred in France, Trained by Bent Olsen and owned by Lone Kaj-Nielsen and was ridden by Jacob Johansen

You can watch the race here.

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Stinger in Breeders – and what happend to the battle of the giants

July 6th, 2016 · Breeders Cup Trial, Danish Breeders' Cup, Diverse, Klampenborg

Carlos on Stinger after Breeders Cup Trial

I’m sure many of you had your expectations for Breeders Cup and of course we had at the stable as well for our boy Stinger. He hardly had a 3-year old season, so of course Breeders was high on his tick-of-list for his 4-year old season.

The day came and anticlimax occured! When the stalls opened there wasn’t any Stinger – well there was, but he was app. 5-6 lenghts behind the rest of the field, to what I would think, everyones amazement.

I’m sure a lot of people like me, had anticipated that it would be a battle of the giants, like it was in Breeders Trial between him and Karmastrikesback (Karma won by a nose). That didn’t happen as although Stinger caught up, he was never really “there” so to speak although he did finish 5th. Karmastrikes back had his win and well done him.

So what was the matter with Stinger? He had had a bit of the same problem last time he was out and it was just not like him. A thorough investigation of what could be the problem was called for after Breeders Cup.

A lot of tests were taken and showed nothing until the examination for stomach ulcers was done – and we hit jackpot so to speak. Stinger has a very serious case of those, which is of course very painful. So explanation found.

So now he is on medication to treat the problem and the it’s going to be a bit of a race to get him ready in time for Scandinavian Open Championship (Gr. 3) Saturday the 6th. August and after that Breeders Trophy Stayer in Bro Park in September.

It’s going to be exciting to see him out on 2400 m, as he has always been believed to be perfect for that. So hopefully it’s now onwards and upwards for the big boy.

Karmastrikesback/Per-Anders Gråberg and Stinger/Carlos Lopez in Breeders Cup Trial

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York Stud – The stallions 2 out of 3

July 3rd, 2016 · Photo, York Stutteri

Juniper Tree (IRE) b. 2011
(Galileo-Alexander Goldrun)

and is bred by the hotel mogul Noel O’Callaghan. He was sold as a yearling at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 950,000 guineas (9,5 millioner DKK) to Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne and went into training with A.P. O’Brien at Ballydoyle.

He is the son of no other than the worlds leading stallion and 3-year old champion in Europe, Galileo (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells – Urban Sea v. Miswaki) and is out of the 5-double Group 1 winner & Champion Older Mare in Europe i 2005, Alexander Goldrun (Goldaway – Renashaan v. Darshaan).

He had two starts and was very promising indeed. But after the secound start he came back with an injury.

For those who do the Danish, there’s more here at York’s site.

Binary File (USA) b. 1998 (Nureyev-Binary)
bred by af Khalid Abdullahs Juddmonte Farm, who himself owned him before he came to Scandinavia. He is after the European 3-year olds Champion miler, Nureyev (Northern Dancer – Special v. Forli) and out of the listed winning- and the runner in Group races, BINARY (Rainbow Quest – Balabina v. Nijinsky).

He was traned by John Gosden i England, and after winning both his starts as a 3-year old, he won Persimmon Homes Strensall Stakes (L) and was just beaten in Prix Dollar (Gr.2) in his 4-year old season.
As 5-9 year old he won Swedish Open Mile (L), Pramm’s Memorial (L), Pokalløb (L), Marit Sveaas Minneslöpning(Gr.3) and also won money in Jaxx Pokal (Gr.3) in Hamburg and Lahan Burj Nahaar Stakes (Gr.3), Nad al-Sheba in Dubai.

He is already the father of two clasical winners from a very small volume:

THE KICKER – Dansk Breeders’ Cup, Dansk 2000 Guineas, Jockeyklubbens Jubileumslöpning, Breeders’ Trophy Juvenile, Breeders’ Prize Classic

SUMMERTIME -Svenskt Oaks, 2nd i Dansk Derby & Skandinavisk Grand Prix

The ones who can read the Danish can read about Binary here.

As I’ve told some of you some time ago over here, I went to York Stud for a visit. It had been way, way too long and to be honest, it was as far as the foals goes, a tiny bit late as they’ve already become rather big. But there you go. I can’t be everywhere all the time. And better late than never.

I love coming up there. The soroundings are so beautiful and a beautiful place with lovely people and bucketloads of horses – what’s not to love??

Actually I’m turning this visit upside down here as I need to finish the rest of the photos of the mares and foals and I need help in identifying them first, so I’ll give you what I do know – the stallions. There are three of them at York: Juniper Tree (IRE), Binary File (USA) and Wilshire Boulevard (IRE). At this visit I “only” photographed the two. Binary and Juniper. Wilshire wasn’t out while I was there, but I’ll come back to photograph him.

I had already been to several paddocks with mares, and mares and foals and headed back to have a look what to venture into next. I had already said hi to the stallions when I arrived. At that time they’re inside. I’ve met Binary before, and he is just a favorite. Not least because him and his son The Kicker are SO much alike, and he is such a nice horse. I’m sure you can all see the resemblance in the photos.

I went to photograph the stallions and after that we had a nice breakfast in the staff room. I got to bond with the vet who came to check the mares (photos later) and in general I just had a marvelous time. As always informative, fun, interesting and lovely to be at York, and I’ll most certainly be back. I’ll return with photos of the mares and foals but for now enjoy these two lovely gentlemen.

Again a huge thank you to Alexander Elsass and his wife Karina for having me!

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