I'm sad to announce the passing of our 2000 Guineas winner Staring At The Sea.
He was scratched from his intended run on Bro Park on November 5 due to pulsation in his hooves. X-rays showed some changes on his cape, and after also having dealt with hoof issues throughout 2017, we found it best to have him euthanized.
A son of Footstepsinthesand, Staring At The Sea won the Norwegian 2000 Guineas for Stall EOS and developed into one of the best sprinters in Scandinavia.
This year he won at Bro Park from a handicap of 88. He was a very good horse who always proved willing, and he is already missed.
I’m considering to limit external use of my stable jockey!
Last race day at Øvrevoll our stable jockey was asked to ride a 2-year-old trained by Cathrine Erichsen, as her own stable jockey was ill.
Our jockey naturally accepted the ride and took it for granted that the horse had a bit of routine before its first race.
Horse and jockey were sent out first to the sand track, and the horse broke a bit and stopped close to the stewards’ tower where the loud speaker is on and a few people are gathered.
A member of the stewards’ committee, who stood by tower, saw the event and reported that the jockey had used his whip on the horse.
The jockey explained that at first he used his legs to straighten the horse, but that it had a limited effect given the short stirrups. The whip was then used to avoid a dangerous event, and without the jockey moved his hands from the reins.
After the hearing of our jockey the stewards agree that the horse was insecure, but they still have him a 2-day suspension plus a fine of 2.000 kroner.
As the stewards’ report refers to negligence from the jockey, it is not even possible to appeal the suspension and fine.
In Norway you are only allowed to carry a whip in 2-year-old races to avoid dangerous situations.
This situation could have become dangerous and please note that the jockey’s use of his whip happened on the way to the start on an unraced 2-year-old and not in the actual race where use of the whip could be considered as a matter of wanting to win.
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For those of you awaiting my regular race day analysis, I’m sorry to disappoint you by stating that I will no longer post these on my website or on Social Media.
When my horses are not running up to my or other people’s expectations, I don’t need any public accusations about being a sore loser or that our underperforming runners are always due to the track surface.
The care and well-being of my horses will always have first priority, and I will constantly seek to find the ground that each individual horse is suited by to avoid injuries and lack of desire to perform.
Baltic Eagle pulled from the gate and a long way onto the back stretch. He went in the middle of the track after the bend, didn't get company and got in front too early. Raced a bit reluctantly in the closing stages and was narrowly beaten by a horse that came to his inside.
I And I wasn’t fast enough over the first 200m, had to be held up and waited with for an opening. Increased his pace with 1000m left to run, but didn’t thrive on the surface.
Staring At The Sea was interfered with right after the start and was hit on both hind legs – it was all over from then.
Jägersro has been prepared in a different way over the past few years, and now the track even changes between races which means the surface gets faster.
I believe it is up to the Jägersro track team to prepare the track as they like, but as a trainer I need to know what’s coming.
It is not acceptable that horses running later on the very same day gets a different track surface. A track with so many big races on the card should be more predictable, at least when the surface isn’t changed by rain.
Buddy Bob had his first run og Jägersro and on dirt in general. He got a bit wound up behind the stalls and pulled a lot until he eventually got cover after the first bend. Horse number three drifted to his outside and hit Buddy Bob who got a nasty cut. That might have cost him third place.
Bolt had to be ridden throughout to maintain his position. He needs longer distance and a different track profile.
Killroy made a pleasing reappearance to finish second.
Gideon once again showed that he doesn't cope with Jägersro.
Caesara was second throughout behind the leader. A very much approved reappearance on a new track and surface.
Jeg leste rapporten fra Den Lavere Voldgiftsrett etter torsdagens premiere på Øvrevoll.
Jeg er glad for at Voldgiftsretten iverksetter tiltak mot bruk av ukorrekte midler som tøyler og hender for fremdrift, samt at bytte av spor som forstyrrer og ødelegger en annen hests sjanser blir straffet.
Det har vært altfor ofte slike hendelser som disse som ikke har gått upåagtet hjem.
Vi trenger forbud mot dette bruk av tøyler og hender. Att man ikke har med sig pisken, betyr ikke at man har lov til å bruke tøyler eller hender, og sporten er ikke tjent godt av jockeys som ikke rir etter reglementet.
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.