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.
Appelina made her third appearance at Klampenborg, and once again it was proved that she's not suited by this track. She has difficulties keeping her pace on the back side, and the right turn takes too much out of her. This was her last outing at Klampenborg.
Bolt settled will in behind the leader, got under pressure from the winner around the last turn and had to let go over the last 400m. He was an approved second.
Dardenne was not fast enough from the gate and had to settle for a place midfield. He didn't get an opening on the backstretch and had to go wide around the last turn, which took up his speed.
Baltic Eagle pulled hard midfield. Both him and his rider gave up early on and sadly we didn't get any wiser about his ability on the surface.
Red Zeppelin was well away, didn't cope with the shifting pace before the last turn, but kept on at the same pace to finish third.
Øvrevoll, 18th June
Pamino pulled hard from the gate, but still gave the winner a run for his money. A nice sprinting debut.
Bro Park, 19th June
Angel Love had to be ridden from the start, as she didn't thrive on the surface. She hit hear gear down the straight and was only beaten a neck from third on a distance too short and dead ground.
Gideon was placed midfield but lost some ground before the bend. He had trouble finding a gap over the last 200m but was only beaten a length and a quarter by the winner, and while carrying top weight. He needs more give in the ground.
Pas De Secrets tried to defend his inside draw, but didn't like the tight position as well as the dead ground. The jockey chose to spare his horse down the straight - he will need longer distance, more give in the ground and a slower pace from the gate - then he will show his true potential.
I'm ending this report on a sad note to tell that Khyber has been euthanized today. He ran his last race last year at Bro Park on a similar surface to the one we found yesterday and came home with a joint injury.
He underwent surgery and a six month layoff, but even with great patience we weren't able to save him.
I går fikk vi den triste melding, at Ola Gårder har gått bort i en alder av 90 år.
Ola arbeidet i vår stall i mange år, han kjørte våre starthester rundt i Europa. Han var en person som tok ansvar og hadde den erfaring man trengte.
Ola red løp som jockey, før gikk over til å kjøre langtransport i Europa. Hestene var dog hans store kjærlighet og derfor søkte han seg tilbake til Øvrevoll og vår stall når han pensjonerte seg som langtransport-kjører.
Ola var en hestekar av den gamle sorten. Et godt håndlag, nøye i å stelle hestene og godt likt av medarbeidere og våre kunder.
Yesterday's dirt track was to the heavy side after all the rain during the evening and night before, but still in a good racing condition.
Appelina broke a little too slow, but settled in well to the inside behind the leaders. Unfortunately the front runner tired down entering the last turn which caused Jan-Erik to take Appelina wide. She still finished very well into third and she will head back to Jägersro for the Pramms Memorial next.
Pamino ran at Jägersro for the first time in his third lifetime start. He ran well but got tired over the last 600m and returned with a distraction in his hind quarter.
Bolt travelled for the first time in his career and this was only his second run. He stamped his class with an easy and is one of our cards for the Derby.
Da Wido Neuroth kom til Norge som 14-åring i mars 1963, hadde han neppe klart for seg hvor sentral han skulle bli for Øvrevoll og norsk galoppsport. Han skulle bli jockey og helst så god som mulig. Ti år senere startet han som trener. Noen tungvekter h...
MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME WHY MY HORSES DIDN'T GO ABROAD THIS WINTER...
17 years ago I began training my horses abroad over the winter. For five consecutive years we went to Chantilly, followed by 11 years in Germany.
What people generally are mistaken about is that we did not just go abroad to train. This was never our point. We went abroad because we had horses that were good enough to compete at international level. Horses like Hakiki, Rolo Tomasi, Valley Chapel, Touch Of Hawk, Appel Au Maitre and Sir Lando.
It was a way to prepare our classic candidates and older elite horses, and to get a few races under their belts before returning to Scandinavia.
This winter, however, for the first time in 17 years I chose to stay at home. The main reason was the lack of horses able to compete at Group 3 and Listed level. Simply our yard didn’t have any suitable candidates this year, and after a mild Norwegian winter without a particularly amount of snow, I’m frankly very pleased.
The sand track at Øvrevoll, which we must rely on during winter training, has been kept very well and we’ve been able to exercise our horses regularly with thriving horses. I believe that our facilities keep improving, I don’t feel any disadvantages of staying in Norway and now I’m highly optimistic about getting our unraced 3yo classic contenders out early to qualify for the Swedish classics and other big events.
With excellent prize money in the big Scandinavian races, the incitement of running our horses abroad narrows down to either fillies chasing international black type before being sold on, or colts aiming at the highest level for future sire references. Apart from that I can’t see any reason to run outside Scandinavia!
Another point is that when you travel abroad your horses must get used to new surroundings and thrive. Norwegian horses are used to a cold and dry climate, but in Germany and France they have a large amount of rain causing a humid climate during spring. The climate often changes from day to day and thereby causes lung infections and change of coat.
On the contrary, during the recent years in Norway, it has felt like we’ve practically gone straight from winter to summer.
So, by the end of this season we will evaluate on whether we should stay home again or bring our horses three months abroad. But the sure thing is, however, that if we get the quality of horses to compete in international black type races, we will travel!
Our stable enjoyed a fine evening at Saturday's Norwegian Oscar Awards.
Amie Noire received a well deserved prize as Mare of the Year in her last season racing. She is a good and beautiful mare who also ended with an official rating that defined her capacity. Amie Noire is now in Ireland to be covered by Fastnet Rock at Coolmore.
Delacroix was awarded Norwegian Bred of the Year - a tough prize to win, as this category covers all Norwegian breds no matter the age. Delacroix was a heavy weight 2yo winning the Swedish Criterium.
Jan Erik Neuroth was crowned Profile of the Year. He contributed to our yard's fabulous season with many incredible rides and will continue as our first jockey in 2017.
Allan Wallace was awarded Champion Apprentice and we congratulate him specifically as he joined the team in January and will be a great asset going forward.