Optimismen bobler i stemmen hos Skandinaviens flerfoldige championtræner, Wido Neuroth. Efter en årrække med færre heste i træning, indledes den nye sæson både med fuldt hus og en genoptagelse af den tidligere rutine med vinter- og forårstræning i Krefeld.
After having spent the last 20 years with a string of our yard between February and May in Chantilly and Bremen, and the past six years in Krefeld, we chose to stay at home in 2017.
We had a part of the season destroyed by lung infections and injuries among our three-year-olds, but still ended with 5,6 million NOK in prizes with 11 of our 23 wins being in big race company. And from just 151 starts.
Still our classic candidates did perform well – DARDENNE won the Swedish 2000 Guineas, Delacroix won both Skandinavisk Mesterskab and Norsk Mesterskap. BOLT shaped with great promise with his win at Jägersro in the spring, but sadly he came home injured after his 5th place in the Swedish Derby.
Our juveniles showed much potential. I AND I won Vinterfavoriternas Pris at Bro Park, JET PILOT won Skånelandlöpning at Jägersro, APPELÉ AMOUR won Skandinavisk Mesterskap at Øvrevoll, CAESARA won Amacitalöpning at Bro Park and DELACOUR won Norsk Oppdrettsløp at Øvrevoll.
Furthermore APPEL LA LÉGENDE was runner-up in multiple big races and BUDDY BOB won with great authority on his second outing.
Our elite team of older horses was led by APPELINA who won the Breeders’ Trophy Mile, Cinnamon Challenge and Listed Lanwades Stud Stakes. We have another great filly in ANGEL LOVE, who made several great performances and ended her 4yo campaign by winning Jockeyklubbens Avelslöpning.
PAS DE SECRETS was shortly beaten in the Group 3 Marit Sveaas Minneløp and finished his remarkable year by winning the Listed Songline Classic. BOKAN just won a single race, but he was not far away in Marit Sveaas Minneløp and 2nd in both Stockholm Cup International (Gr.3) and SFK Jubileumslöpning (L) to prove that he is among the best older horses in Scandinavia.
Jet Pilot went straight to the front and led all the way to win easily. He tackled the wet Jägersro track on his first attempt. He is a great horse who will continue to develop and today's win look promising ahead of his 3yo campaign next year.
Dardenne ran with credit under top weight and over a distance he isn't suited with just yet.
Amie Rouge tired a bit towards the end on a demanding track.
Appelé Amour was not fast enough from the gate and had to make a wide bend. She finished a creditable second behind a good horse.
Angel Love won Jockeyklubbens Avelslöpning after a strong finish by horse and jockey.
Bostar stood up as the field broke and he lost every chance of winning. He still ran a good race coming from last to finish 5th.
BRO PARK, 6th November
Pas De Secrets won Songline Classic (L), a race that wasn't run to his advantage with a poor pace and he needed to go wide around the bend. Class and a strong finish by the jockey helped him gain his first Listed success.
Dardenne ran great as 3rd in Mischa Kahns Minneløp.
Appelé Amour finished 2nd in Autumn Fillies and she prefers a firmer surface.
Staring At The Sea finished 2nd in a race where have gave away 4 kilos to a good winner
ØVREVOLL, 12th November
Dardenne took an easy win in the Norwegian Championships.
Delacour broke awkwardly from the gate, the jockey hit his leg on the stalls and couldn't ride forward after that. The pair had a difficult position in the field, but finished 4th on class alone.
Seraphine finished 3rd against older company on a surface that was too loose for her.
Lady Marma was placed midfield, came into slight interference on the back stretch but finished well into second place while giving 5 kilos til to winner.
Buddy Bob was pulling out of the gate, the jockey had him eased down before the bend. Strong finish on a demanding turf track to win by 7 lengths. Buddy Bob still has a lot of improvement inside him and should stay next year's Derby distance. Another horse from our yard that belongs among the best 2yo's in Scandinavia - and he only cost 16,000 euros.
Appelina had a bulk right after the start. She lost her position and remained at the latter of the field, where she got all the kick-back and got a bit keen. That cost her the win.
Appel La Légende was well away from draw 15, men she needs a bit of time to accelerate. She remained way back in the field, had to go wide around the bend to find free passage. Finishing 3rd really showed how capable this filly is.
Angel Love was keen out of the gate and had to take the lead as everyone else held up. She is better suited coming off a strong pace than when a race becomes a sprint like this.
I And I had to be ridden as a stayer this time and was held up from the start. He took time to find his action and had a lot to gain around the bend. It went fast as soon as he was taken wide, he won easily and proved to a class act.
Disappointingly Bostar didn't get cover and got way too keen in front.
Gideon just doesn't thrive on a loose turf track, and by the time of race 10 of the night at Bro Park, the turf was loose.
We ran four horses on Friday and eight horses on Sunday - most of them were placed and Appelina who won Breeders' Trophy Mile and Bokan who was second in the Group 3 Stockholm Cup were both splendid.
Bro Park has a great track profile, but with racing both Friday and Sunday along with a good bit of rain during the week, the track got very uneven and loose.
I hope that the turf track will improve next year and that Bro Park will choose to rail out even more on the Friday - then I will look forward to more good sport and a great weekend during the Festival of Swedish Racing.
Jeg reiser til åringsauksjon i Baden-Baden neste uke.
Vi har kjøpt en del gode hester derfra gjenom årene:
Nobileo: 2. i Derby - vinner av Svenskt St Leger, avelshingst. Diamant: Champion 2 åring - 2. i Norsk Derby. Amie Noire: Champion Hoppe i Skandinavien. Angel Love: Vinner av Svenskt Oaks og diverse storløp.
Bolt was fast from the gate and very keen. His pace was moderated a bit, which might have caused him to become a bit reluctant - or maybe he didn't thrive on the surface? He shows great ability when training on a heavier sand track at home - maybe a soft turf track in the Norwegian Derby will be the answer!?
Gideon finished well into third but had to switch track, which cost him a better placing.
Killroy gallopped reluctantly all the way and hasn't liked the turf at Bro Park. He eventually finished fourth.
Staring At The Sea went straight to the front and showed plenty of improvement under top weight in his only second outing this season. Narrowly beaten and on the up!
Appello was placed behind the leader throughout, a bit outpaced around the last bend but kept on to finish second, beaten a short head. Unfortunately Appello sustained a fracture in his right knee and had to be put down on Monday.
Red Zeppelin came in as 4th under top weight, he kept switching his action and didn't cope with the hard ground.
Lady Marma refused to gallop despite her usual liking of fast ground.
What was the actual turf measure during the race day? Early Sunday morning it was announced at 3,0.