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Norwegian Derby Day 2015

August 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Øvrevoll Galoppbane

Hanne Bechmann is having a chat with an old acquaintance – Gordon Guest

The runners from 3rd. race coming back – seen here from the left: Fanny Olsson/Calcaterre (IRE), Shane Karlsson/Mohikan (SWE), Anna Pilroth/Sir Silk (SWE), Maikel Narvaez (l)/Loire

Street Buzz (GB)/Per-Anders Gråberg wins Emirates Derby Mile before Secret Harmony (GER)/Carlos Lopez, Mai Pen Rai (FR)/Elione Chaves

Per-Anders Gråberg on a horse, that has special meaning to me, as I’ve helped take care of him, when he was in Denmark – Beat Baby (IRE)

Another horse who is greatly liked by the public – Berling (IRE), here with Josefine Svensson, owned by Chess Racing and trained by Jessica Long

Bloodstock Agent Lars Kelp had also made the trip to Norway

William Buick a celebrity jockey at Øvrevoll. As a lot of people know he is born in Norway but his mother is actually Danish and he holds a Danish citizenship as well as a British

Another popular Danish horse Madame Esprit and her usual lead-up Pia

Trainer Søren Jensen was also in Norway. Here he is before 8th. race – Erik O. Steens Memorial – with the jockeys from the left Nicolaj Stott/Lilja (IRE)) and Oliver Wilson/Annaboda (IRE)

Jan-Erik og Wido Neuroth

Rafael Schistl on the way to start on Quarterback (GER) and as you can see they won the Derby before, Icecapada (IRE)/Elione Chaves, Bokan (FR)/Jan-Erik Neuroth

Quarterback (GER) is a dark brown stallion (American Post-Quebra), bred by Gestut Fahrhof Stiftung, owned by Team MK and trained by Rune Haugen and was ridden by Rafael Schistl

This entry has been almost a year in the making. I can only appologize about that, but like I have said often, I’m doing my best, which is not always good enough. I would like to do better, but I don’t have the health to do it. When I’m “fit-for-fight” I do try and give the photos and this site as much time as humanly possible. I do have to “live” a life also – seeing the horses and spend time in the stable, so household things, see friends and family. Therefore it’s not always things go as quickly as I’d like.

But you’re very faithful and the followers keep coming thick and fast on Facebook. Thank you very much, I’ll do my best to live up to your expectations as best I can.

I had never been to Øvrevoll until last year. I had wanted to for ages and suddenly the oppertunity was there and we had two horses going up there – The Kicker and Indigo (FR). My two favorites so it couldn’t have been better in any shape or form. We had a lovely trip and I have written a little about it here (in Danish, but there are some different photos there) as well.

Both on the way up and on the way home we met so many of our Danish friends from the track and it was (as it always is) so nice to see everyone. I loved it up there, and I’d certainly go again.

If I should mention anything negative it was the heat. Who would have thought that we nearly had a heatstroke up there, Norway of all places!! But we did believe you me! It’s was boiling! I have looked on the temperatures in Norway last year and it is said that the warmest day was actually on my birthday (also in August) but before the Derby and that it was 25,4 degrees. I don’t know how hot it was that day but it was certainly close and not a tiny wind was blowing. But apart from that it was nice and I might go up there again, but before I go anywhere I have to get my passport renewed. But I again want to thank everyone, who was participants in making this a wonderful trip and day.

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