Thoroughbred racing trainer
Meet the champion apprentice rider
Nora Hagelund Holm - a rising star
Cathrine Erichsen's apprentice rider the past two years, Nora Hagelund Holm (22) enjoyed an absolute breakthrough season in 2020. While the year soon behind us has been mostly frustrating and tough all round, Nora can look back on this season with fond memories. Clearly a very talented young rider, she secured the Apprentice Championship in Norway, and not just that, she even finished fourth on the jockeys' table – proving well up to the task against more experienced and accomplished riders. Her career is on an upward curve – and it all began with a nervous harness racing pony, who was happier with Nora on its back, than behind him in a sulky.
Nora is daughter of harness racing trainer Steinar Holm, and already at the age of seven the nimble girl was competing in harness pony races. “When I was about ten, I had a pony that was afraid of the sulky”, she recalls, “so I decided to enter him for a pony race at Øvrevoll instead – it went so well and I was immediately hooked on the riding game.” The Scandinavian racing scene has a lot to thank that pony for.
A few years later, Steinar Holm took over the training of two thoroughbreds, Oaksana and Possibly, and Nora did most of the work with these runners. She also won amateur races on both at Øvrevoll Galopp in 2014, when she partnered four winners. Her education, at Østersund Videregående's Harness course in Sweden, meant a short exchange stint at Palm Meadows in Florida and it would not be her last trip to the training centre.
“After my education, I joined trainer Wido Neuroth in 2018”, Nora explains, and the following winter I travelled across to Florida once more. Vanessa Ryall helped me, and I found a job with trainer Eddie Kenneally. I spent three months with Kenneally, riding eight to ten horses every morning, including two to three fast works. It was really interesting and I learnt a lot during that period.”
Her past two seasons have been excellent, and it has been noticeable how Nora has improved steadily through her apprenticeship, polishing off all aspects of race riding and partnering winner after winner. She may seem like a bit of an 'unknown' to many observers, a name that has risen fast in the riding ranks – and she has, but Nora has plenty of experience for her young age. She has also tasted international success, with five Fegerntri wins abroad during her time as an amateur. “I won two races at Parx and one at Penn National in the US”, she recalls, “and also rode winners in Milano and Istanbul”. Nora finished third in the Fegentri Ladies Series back in 2017. One step higher than her placing on the 2020 jockeys' table in Norway. Flying high is nothing new to this apprentice, who has partnered 55 winners and needs another 15 to become a fully fledged jockey. “I hope it happens next year”, she says with a smile. In the meantime, she rides Duca di Como on a daily basis, prepares classy juveniles like Purple Ace for the all important three-year-old season, and breaks in “a bunch of very nice new yearlings” that have been added to the Erichsen Racing team. Will the winter be a long and boring one for Nora? Probably not. Then again, the next racing season should be more fun – a lot more fun. GS
Nora Hagelund Holm's winners to date
2020: Buckwalk, Buckyboy, DJ’s Dream, Hampus G, Julien Delamare, Julien Delamare (Göteborg), Perfect Illusion, Phoenix Dancer, Screwbox Carlras, Shantou, Sir Leo, Starlight Runner, Topas Royal, Two Times (twice), Zafrangar (twice)
2019: Backcountry, Barny (Göteborg), Elusive Thought, Erasmus, Hope And Glory, Master Lorenzo, Mukhateer (Göteborg), Point Boy (three wins), Saltillo (Bro Park), Séraphine, Steps Divine (Bro Park), Story Minister (twice), Tool Box Carlas, We Got The Boss
2018: Buddy Bob, Elusive Thought, Oui Je Veux, Ponita, Séraphine
2017: Elusive Thought (twice), Mist On The Moskva (Fegentri USA, Penn National), Roptuz (Fegentri Italy, Milano), Voices Only (Fegentri USA, Parx), Win Star Win (Fegentri Turkey, Istanbul)
2016: Alys Ice Box (Fegentri USA, Parx), Bellezza, Scuro, Sunny Sunday
2015: Oaksana, Possibly, Sophies Love
2014: Celtic, Oaksana, Possibly, Sophies Love (amateur rider 2014 - 2017)
Homebred filly from top class, international family
Well bred yearling joins the team
Lovely Juniper Tree daughter recruited
22 Nov 20: This year's season is just about in the books - but Cathrine is already working with full focus on 2021. Preparations for what will hopefully be another fine season are well under way, and an important part of this work is of course the recruitment of new horses. The most exciting newcomers are often yearlings, next year's juveniles, as all of these can be filed under 'could be anything'. A homebred filly by Juniper Tree out of the lightly raced talent Camarina is certainly such a horse. Bred by Knut O Arnesen and Black Moon Breeding (www.blackmoonbreeding.com), she was recently purchased by I/S Stjernestallen to join the Erichsen Racing team. Find out more about this filly, who has been named Cam Tree, by downloading this comprehensive PDF-presentation.
Easy as one-two-three!
11 Nov 20: What a way to end the season! Having saddled winners of 32 races going into this season finale, including two fourtimers on racedays earlier this autumn, Cathrine saw three more winners go in on this Wedneday fixture; Buckwalk opened the show with a visually impressive off-the-pace win over 1100 metres, and his half-sister Buckybabe took her fourth straight win in the space of three weeks as she cruised home over 1600 metres later on the card. To cap it all, Two Times and Buckyboy finished first and second as they met over 2400 metres towards the end of the show. Buckwalk's win was guided by Nora Hagelund Holm, who became champion apprentice, and she followed up by partnering Two Times to his third success in 2020. Buckybabe, one of the absolute stars these past weeks, had Elione Chaves in the saddle.
Most winners and an incredible strike rate
Cathrine Erichsen's team sent out winners of 35 races this season, five more than the champion trainer, and the stable's strike rate is an incredible 26%, five points better than the champion trainer. While championships for riders are decided in terms of races won, the trainers' championship is based on prize money. This is also how it's done in England, while all premier tracks in North America decide the trainers' championships based on number of races won. Whichever way we handle this, it will always favour the stables with most horses, generating the highest number of starters. All the more impressive, therefore is it that Cathrine notched 35 wins from 129 runners, compared to Niels Petersen's bottom line; 30 wins from 144 runners.
Cathrine's four aces light up the night
29 Oct 20: Fabulous four, a grand slam, four aces - call it what you will. Cathrine probably does not mind how we describe it, having enjoyed an unusually bright autumn evening at the races. The first three events on the card were all won by horses saddled by her, and there was more to come. Purple Ace, a heavy favourite for Norsk Rikstotos Oppdrettsløp over 1600 metres, won as he please by open lengths - outclassing the early pacesetter Lady Maleficent to retain his unbeaten record. Half an hour later it was the hard knocking sprinter Shantou's turn, and a prominent trip resulted in a solid win over Calcaterre in the Cave Man Handicap, a contest over 1100 metres. Could Hampus G follow up as he was set to tackle 2400 metres in the Carlos Paz Handicap? Yes he could. Game as ever, this year's St. Leger winner overcame a pedestrian early pace to gain a narrow win, beating Native Star and The Kid after a bit of a dogfight through the last half-furlong. An hour later and we were ready for Norsk Rikstoto Grand Prix over 1600 metres. Buckybabe, who bounced back to form last week, was in the mix - and first past the post once more. Racing neck and neck with Crossroad Blues inside the final furlong, she drew off to beat him by a length. Four winners for Erichsen Racing was a fact. Ever heard of 'stable form'? Well, if not - you have now.
One runner, one winner
Buckybabe back to winning ways
22 Oct 20: It's been a busy old time for Erichsen Racing in recent weeks but this Thursday evening card saw just one runner from the stable, the homebred filly Buckybabe, participating in the Born To Win Handicap over 1600 metres on a sloppy dirt track. Anyone who knows a thing or two about dirt racing will be fully aware of how dangerous early speed can be under such conditions. Apprentice Cornelia Hartsmar was in no doubt - she sent Buckybabe straight to the head of affairs, and the daughter of Helsinki had the race wrapped up early on in the home straight. It was an excellent ride. Smart rivals like We Got the Boss and Mestre dos Magos tried to close in but Buckybabe was too strong. She kept on relentlessly to win by 2 1/4 lengths, pricking her ears when passing the judge. There may have been more in the tank, and perhaps the daughter of Helsinki can follow up before the season is out. We only have three racedays left but she is in fine form at present and hopefully she can race again in 2020. This was her first win of the season. Bred by her owners, Buck Racing, Buckybabe visited the winners' enclosure three times in 2019, when she captured the valuable Breeders' Prize Sprint. She also won once as a juvenile back in 2018. A very versatile performer, Buckybabe has been successful from 1100 to 1600 metres, with three wins on turf and two on dirt.
Stakes double to Erichsen
Four winners on superb raceday!
14 Oct 20: Today's lunchtime card was dominated by runners representing Cathrine Erichsen's in-form team.
Four winners, including in two of the stakes events on the day, that's what we can call a good day's work.
Two Times captured the Major Chr. F. Michelets Minneloep, beating a persistent Enge Go On after a tremendous duel through the final furlong. Monsieur Vic filled third place in this prestigious stamina test. Hampus G, facing fellow homebreds in Fearnlyeloepet, was also victorious, and once more showed what a versatile performer he has become. He stalked the pace throughout and outstayed the competition in the closing stages to get the better of Pirlo, with Smooth Escape hanging on for third place. Two valuable prizes in the bag, in other words, but there was even more to celebrate, as the stable's three-year-old Sir Leo won a handicap by beating the smart older horse We Got the Boss in a tough heat, and the recently imported two-year-old City Code proved by far the best in the concluding race on this fine raceday. Sporting the all red silks of Stall Fifty Shares, City Code went past longtime leader Yellow Submarine close to home and he won the 1370 metres race going away at the finish – suggesting that a step up in distance will be no problem. Like Two Times and Hampus G, he was ridden by Elione Chaves, while Allan Wallace had the mount on Sir Leo.
Eight runners on Michelets day
Two Times in historic stamina test
13 Oct 20: Two Times, looking for his sixth career win, will step up in distance,as he goes for the traditional Major Chr. F. Michelets Memorial over 2830 metres on the turf course on Wednesday. He is one of eight runners for Cathrine on a varied midweek card, set to kick off with the Michelets at 12.20. Buckyboy, who has won four races in 2020, and St. Leger winner Hampus G will both be in action in Fearnleoepet - a contest for homebreds, while Betty, Sir Leo, My Birdie, Royal Ambition and City Code - a juvenile making his first start in Norway - will all also face the starter. Eesha My Flower and Shantou are off to Bro Park on Sunday. We are coming towards the end of the season now, but there's still a lot to look forward to.
Another paid workout
Duca di Como wins hard held in Sweden
11 Oct 20: Travelling the seven hours by horsebox from Oslo in Norway right down to Malmoe in the south of Sweden may seem a long trek for a workout. Well, when cantering around the track for another Listed win is well paid, why not? Why not indeed. Duca di Como was hard held as he humiliated the best dirt milers in Sweden - once more - to capture the Wikingtryck Peas And Carrots Mile. Jazz Explosion took second, ahead of Red Hot Chili. They both ran well, though never posed a threat. In other words, it was business as usual and 'Duca' remains undefeated on the sand.
Meets eight rivals in 'Peas And Carrots'
Duca di Como attacks the Swedes, again
07 Oct 20: Duca di Como, still unbeaten on dirt, will be off on his travels again this coming weekend, as he ships to Jagersro Galopp for the prestigious Wikingtryck Peas And Carrots Mile, a Listed contest that has attracted nine runners. Duca di Como is set to clash with familiar foes like Red Hot Chili , Plata o Plomo and Jazz Explosion, who filled second when 'Duca' strolled home by 7 lengths at Bro Park last month. Stall Como's incredible gelding - as always with Elione Chaves in the saddle - looks certain to go off as a very short priced favourite once more. Accomplished expert and tipster Ulf Zeider ranks Jazz Explosion as his second choice, but recommends Duca di Como as a banker in his racecard previews. The big day in Sweden kicks off at noon. Read more and get your racecard on Svensk Galopp's website.
BETTY, BUCKYBABE AND TWO TIMES IN ACTION
Closer to home, three Erichsen trainees will be prepared for a lead across the track to the paddock at Øvrevoll Galopp on Thursday, when Betty (Elione Chaves) continues her education in the Zawadi Handicap over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Buckybabe (Elione Chaves) and Two Times (Nora Hagelund Holm) will both take part in the Zimon Handicap, also over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Two Times won over this course and distance four weeks ago, beating stable companion Buckyboy - who franked the form with a win on Sunday - while Buckybabe is in search of her first win of the year.
Homebred juvenile still unbeaten
Purple Ace just keeps on winning
04 Oct 20: Another race - another win. That seems to be how Purple Ace sees life these days. He turned up as the odds-on favourite once more as he met four rivals in Dinnergruppen På Øvrevoll Løp over 1370 metres - and did not disappoint. Partnered by Elione Chaves, who also rode Buckyboy to a fine handicap win and Shantou to finish second in Norsk Jockeyklubs Sprintløp, Purple Ace beat Silvana readily by 1 1/4 lengths, while Leave No Trace was a close third. This win was worth 71.400 kroner - pushing Purple Ace's earnings up to 274.775 kroner from four straight wins.
How good is Bjørn Syversen's unbeaten gelding? That's hard to say - and a question well worth pondering on. Bred in Norway by Knut O. Arnesen and www.blackmoonbreeding.com, Purple Ace has yet to meet imports but perhaps he would be up to matching strides with the very best around? His winning time, 1.24.3, was just 1/10 sec. (about half a length) slower than the time recorded by Kingof Pharoahs in Tattersalls Norsk Kriterium 25 minutes earlier on this action packed Sunday. The clock indicates that Purple Ace is rather special for a thoroughbred carrying the "NOR" suffix. Well, we already knew that of course.
Fourth success of the year
Buckyboy defies the odds
04 Oct 20: He may have been 9-1 and the second longest price in the betting, but Buckyboy proved the market wrong as he gained his fourth win of the season on this high profile Sunday. Tackling 2400 metres over a good turf course, Team BB's wonderful warrior ran out quite an easy 1 1/4-length winner from Perfect Illusion, with the rest of the field well strung out behind him. Buckyboy was ridden by Elione Chaves. This was his fourth win from 12 runs this season, and he has been successful both on turf and dirt, winning over 1600, 1750 and 2400 metres. This four-year-old son of Helsinki looks every inch a contender for "Handicapper of the Year" now - though we we still have some way to go before 2020 is in the books.
Autumn feast at Øvrevoll
Six runners on Super Sunday
30 Sep 20: Øvrevoll Galopp, presenting a fantastic card - including the highly popular pony races - stage an autumnal Super Sunday this coming weekend. Cathrine will have six runners, as Shantou goes for Norsk Jockeklubs Sprintløp, Purple Ace is the likely favourite for Dinnergruppen På Øvrevoll Løp, Seaside Song takes on the males in Arnfinn Lunds Minneløp, Debbie Dawn meets older horses in the Selmer Holding Sprint Handicap and Buckyboy steps back up to 2400 metres in the Altia Stayer Handicap. All six are legitimate contenders - on a day racing fans will not want to miss.
Cruised to another 'Nickes' success
Duca di Como first - the rest nowhere!
20 Sep 20: He was once more being backed as if defeat was completely out of the question, and Duca di Como did not disappoint as he cruised home for back-to-back wins in Nickes Minneslopning (LR) at Bro Park. Breaking smartly from stall two under regular rider Elione Chaves, the five-year-old son of Clodovil was in command throughout the 1600 metres contest. He was soon lengths in front, opened up even further going around the bend and never came off the bridle in the homes straight. Most punters had used him as their banker in what was the first leg of the Grand Slam (a popular pick 7 wager) and only those betting on the duo and trippel had anxious moments. The battle for second won by Jazz Explosion, a smart runner who had won his two preceding races. He got the better of Red Hot Chili to secure the next best paycheque. The lion's share, however, a nice 400,000 kronor, went to Stall Como. Duca di Como, by far the best dirt runner in Scandinavia, was winning for the 13th time. Some would argue that performances like this one makes him the best horse around full stop. His earnings have now surpassed 3,3 million kronor. Not bad, for a horse purchased for just 42,000 euros as a breeze up graduate, at Goresbridge in Ireland three and a half years ago.
Eesha My Flower, who was dropping right down from 2400 metres to 1600 metres, ran an absolute blinder to take second in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR). She was beaten by the English raider Hateya, but proved too good for the race favourite Silent Night, who had to settle for third. CJ Thouroughbreds have a really nice, versatile filly here - and there should be more fun to be had with her.
Shantou, undoubtedly in top form at present, was a fast finishing fourth in the Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR), narrowly failing to get up for second behind upset winner Sarookh. Master Bloom, like Shantou representing IKC Racing, was a game fourth in the Stockholm Cup International (G3), running on late after suffering from trouble in running going down the back stretch. The big race was won by Square de Luynes, on what was a fine day fro Norwegian stables. GS
Strong sextet to Stockholm Cup International day at Bro Park
15 Sep 20: Cathrine and her team could be in for an exciting day at Bro Park on Sunday, as the stable sends six runners across the border - all in with legitimate chances in their races. Master Bloom runs in the Stockholm Cup International (G3), while Duca di Como goes for a repeat win in Nickes Minneslopning (LR) and Seaside Song / Eesha My Flower make Cathrine double handed in the Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR), Shantou comes off a nice win at home in the Bro Park Sprint Championship (LR), and the versatile dual purpose warrior Tinolo takes his chance in a contentious Guldhandicap. >> Download Stockholm Cup Day Racecard
It's all about winning races
Cathrine a clear no. 1 by strike rate
14 Sep 20: As two thirds of the racing season has been completed, it's interesting to compare the efficiency of the various trainers. The championship is determined by prize money, but owners, breeders and the betting public will always have a closer eye on the strike rates. Cathrine's team is well clear on that table. It's the one that tells us which handlers are best at placing their horses in the right races.
Top four trainers, Norway 2020, with current strike rates:
1 - Cathrine Erichsen / 21 wins, 87 runs = 24.1%
2 - Annette Stjernestrand / 14 wins, 70 runs = 20.0%
3 - Wido Neuroth / 16 wins, 181 runs = 19.7%
4 - Niels Petersen / 20 wins, 105 runs = 19.0%
High profile treble on big day
Hampus G takes Norsk St Leger
10 Sep 20: Erichsen Racing stole the show with an excellent treble on this year's Norwegian St. Leger day. Hampus G, a tremendously solid homebred who ran second last year's Derby, landed the Leger, while Purple Ace took Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer and Two Times completed the treble by capturing the Unbreakable Handicap.
Hampus G has probably never been better than right now, and this late developing homebred could well improve again - perhaps we are dealing with a high profile stayer here? He raced with great zest throughout in the St. Leger, staged over a testing 2830 metres. Never far off the pace, he had a shrewd partner in Sandro De Paiva, who reserved his energy for a strong finish. Hampus G led passing the 200 metres mark and, although the favourite Wishformore launched an attack, he was never in any danger in the closing stages. The son of Mutajally won the classic quite snugly by 1 1/4 lengths and he was pricking his ears as soon as he was being eased after the winning post. This is how a classic should be won!
Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer
Purple Ace remains unbeaten
10 Sep 20: He only had two to beat and he was long odds-on, but Purple Ace was visually impressive as he retained his unbeaten record by taking Norsk Mesterskap for 2-åringer in an absolute stroll. This was his third win in as many starts and he is still learning. This time, the practice session was all about sitting off the pace - which was not easy, given how moderate the pace was. He pulled early on and raced unsettled but did the job well when the chips were down, Taking over with out 300 metres to go, Purple Ace left his rivals for dead in a matter of strides, to win the race by 6 1/2 lengths from Caiado. Purple Ace was strong passing the judge and the margin could have been bigger. This son of Born To Sea from a distinguished Aga Khan family is beginning to look rather an exciting prospect. How highly can he fly? A test against imports would be most interesting, but for now, let's just savour the moment,
Beat Buckyboy for a stable one-two
Two Times in charge through the straight
10 Sep 20: A perfect raceday was rounded off when Two Times, masterfully ridden by apprentice Nora Hagelund Holm, won the Unbreakable Handicap over 1750 metres on the dirt track, taking the race by a diminishing neck from the fast finishing stable companion Buckyboy, who ran a fine race to fill second place. However, this contest was all about how well Nora judged the pace, and how well she knew the strengths of her mount. She had Two Times positioned in fourth place, going a bit wide, on the first turn. Rounding the home turn she had advanced to second, led only by the pace setter Dickie Dickens. Nora asked her mount for more as soon as they entered the home straight - and made full use of Two Times' stamina. They were there to be shot at, that's for sure, but Two Times had the energy to keep going and he held on when Buckyboy came flying at the business end of the race. Was Buckyboy a bit unlucky not to get up? Perhaps. Was Two Times a clever winner? Most certainly.
City Code, two-year-old Chepstow winner
City Code, a two-year-old gelding by Kodiac, was bought for 24,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket earlier this month, and he is already a part of the team. Trained by Ralph Beckett in England, City Code won a 5-furlong nursery handicap at Chepstow on August 15. He was third in a similar contest at Sandown Park a week later. Please check back later for his dedicated horse page.
Solid home court success
Shantou back to winning form
03 Sep 20: Shantou returned to winning form with a fine performance at Øvrevoll Galopp this Thursday - beating Calcaterre by half a length in the TICMOSIC Handicap over 1170 metres on the turf course. Backcountry was another half-length back in third, in a race worth 35,625 kroner to the winner. Shantou was ridden by Per-Anders Gråberg.
Match Maker completed a nice one-two
Duca di Como impressive on Derby day
23 Aug 20: He is the undisputed champion in Scandinavia on dirt tracks, and Duca di Como is also one of the best on turf – something we saw clearly as he outclassed his eight rivals in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (LR) over 1370 metres on Derby day. The five-year-old son of Clodovil, as always partnered by Elione Chaves, displayed his blistering speed, shrugged off a challenge from Backcountry turning for home, before quickening right off for an impressive daylight win. Stable companion Match Maker ran on strongly from the back to take second, giving Cathrine Erichsen a fine one-two in one of the most important races of the season.
“He may be better suited by going a bit further than this”, Cathrine said of the progressive runner-up, while admitting that the team has become used to expect a win every time 'Duca' runs. “He has such a mental strength”, Cathrine said after the race, “and he was not happy after losing his last two races”. Asked whether a trip to Dubai in the winter is possible, the trainer replied; “We will see, we do have some plans”.
Purple Ace, sharp, fast and strong
23 Aug 20: Cathrine was called into the winners' circle again just over two hours after Duca di Como's demolition job, as she sent out Purple Ace to victory in Skandinavisk Mesterskap for 2-åringer. This incredibly talented son of Born To Sea, was coming off a fast win when tackling 900 metres on his debut last month, and the question posed was how he would cope with stepping up to 1370 metres, while at the same time taking a step up in class. The answer came in the form of a game win over Leave No Trace and Silvana. Purple Ace, partnered by Manuel Martinez, joined stable companion Sir Vincit and Rocketman in a real speed duel from the start – and he was the only one capable of keeping up the good work in the home straight. He fended off all challenges to retain his unbeaten record. This gelding looks the best of the homebred juveniles, and he is probably up to winning better races. He did this the hard way and stretching out further in distance may not be a disadvantage. Purple Ace is owned by Bjørn Syversen. He was bred by Knut O Arnesen and Black Moon Breeding / blackmoonbreeding.com
E O Steen's Memorial
Eesha My Flower completes treble
23 Aug 20: What can be better than winning two principal stakes events on Derby day? Winning three of course, and Cathrine managed the treble when 8-1 shot Eesha My Flower improved her form to capture the traditional Erik O Steen's Memorial, a fillies and mares contest over the full Derby distance of 2400 metres. Eesha My Flower travelled smoothly a few lengths behind the early leaders, as the field was well strung out, and it was soon obvious that jockey Elione Chaves had judged the pace to perfection. He sent Eesha My Flower wide in the home straight and she could be spotted as the one travelling the best as the leaders passed the 400-metres marker. Eesha My Flower displayed great heart and stamina to beat the well fancied Danish contender Margrethe. She emerged from the back of the field to finish runner-up, ahead of Unwanted Beauty, who ran second in this event twelve months ago.
Perfect start to big weekend
Buckyboy, nice winner on eve of the Derby
22 Aug 20: Buckyboy, nicely handled by Malin Holmberg, got the team off to a perfect start to Derby weekend by landing Norsk Forening For Fullblodsavl Løp, a handicap over 1750 metres on the dirt track. Patiently ridden from off the pace, he produced a determined challenge coming down the home straight and gained the lead some 150 metres from the wining post. He was in full control in the closing stages, and saw the trip out well to beat Crossroad Blues, while Al Buraq got up for third place. This was the son of Helsinki's third win in 2020 and he more than doubled his seasonal earning, to a handsome 106.124 kroner. The way he is performing, Buckyboy could well become a contender for the title as Handicapper of The Year.
Horses declared to run at Øvrevoll on August 23: Master Bloom (Sveaas Minneløp), Duca di Como, Match Maker (Polar Cup), Powerplay (Derby), Purple Ace, Sir Vincit (Skandinavisk Mesterskap 2yo), Eesha My Flower (E O Steen's Memorial), Sir Leo (Derby Mile), Tinolo, Hampus G (Ford Røhne & Selmer Cup) . Øvrevoll Programme Page
Match Maker, Shantou, both strong in defeat
16 Aug 20: Match Maker, ridden by Manuel Martinez, and Shantou, with Elione Chavez in the saddle, both ran really well in defeat when third and fourth in the Goteborg Stora Pris - beaten narrowly in a finish where the first four home were covered by no more than three parts of a length.
Close second on debut
Well bred Millie Grazie looks talented
13 Aug 20: Millie Grazie, a half-sister to the top class middle distance runner Master Bloom, made an encouraging start to her racing career at Øvrevoll Galopp – finishing a close second to the favourite Silvana in a juvenile contest for Scandinavian breds. The 1170 metres turf event became a bit of a messy affair, as all the runners ran greenly – particularly around the bend – but class told at the finish and the first two drew well clear of the rest. Millie Grazie, ridden by Elione Chaves, at one stage looked like she would swoop past Silvana, but the latter was having her third start and also coming off a win, giving her the edge of experience. She prevailed by three parts of a length and there was a 9 1/2-length gap back to the third placed horse, Xcel. It is fair to assume that Millie Grazie is the most talented of these juveniles, and it will be interesting to see how high she can fly. Last year's Derby second, Hampus G, ran third on the same card, beaten by Macjack and Jane over 1730 metres.
Seaside Song, Tinolo, a nice double!
06 Aug 20: They were both very well supported in the betting, and Seaside Song and Tinolo both obliged to give Cathrine a nice double on this summer evening. Seaside Song, ridden by Carlos Lopez, captured the one-mile Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) by beating Freed From Desire and Nouvelle Lune. Seaside Song made all for a gritty success. She came under serious attack inside the last 200 metres and fought them all off for a half-length win. This was her second big win of the season, adding nicely to her dominant run in the Nagell-Erichsen Hoppeløp (LR) first time out this term. The daughter of Harbour Watch is one of the best female runner in Scandinavia. Her total earnings are now just shy of 1.6 million kroner.
Seaside Song's next run will be in the Cinnamon Challenge at Bro Park on August 19. Bro Park early start list 190820
Tinolo, making his second start over hurdles and once more ridden by Henrik Engblom, gained his first win over jumps by defeating Trautman and Boss Mans Ladder in a novice race over 3450 metres. Going off as the odds-on favourite, Tinolo continued his education, jumping well, and he captured the race by three parts of a length. It turned into an exciting finish, as Boss Mans Ladder was just a neck further adrift in third place. The closeness was partly caused by a moderate pace. Tinolo won with a bit up his sleeve though, and it is fair to assume that a stronger pace would have made him a more superior winner. He certainly is an exciting additions to the jumping division.
Beaten a nose in Guldhandicap at Bro Park
Eesha My Flower strong runner-up
05 Aug 20: Eesha My Flower continues to do really well. Shipped to Bro Park for a tough Guldhandicap over 2400 metres, she did not let the team down. Ridden by Elione Chaves, CJ Thoroughbreds' fine filly was an unlucky loser, pipped just a nose by Espen Hill, who was the winner of the Swedish St. Leger last year. This run confirms Eesha My Flower's versatility, as she has already performed well over three quite different tracks in Scandinavia, winning at Øvrevoll and running placed in hot company at Gøteborg Galopp and Bro Park.
Important day for Seaside Song and Powerplay
Strong quartet set for Thursday's action
04 Aug 20: Seaside Song, going for more glory as she lines up for the traditional Lanwades Stud Stakes (LR) for fillies and mares, and Derby Trial contender Powerplay head a small, but seemingly very live, team ready to represent Erichsen Racing at Øvrevoll this coming Thursday. Seaside Song, who captured the Fam. E. Nagell-Erichsens Hoppeløp earlier in the season, gets nine rivals in the 1600 metres contest. She is drawn in stall six and will be ridden by Carlos Lopez. Powerplay, coming off a nice stakes win against homebreds, takes a shot at the Derby Trial, where he will have nine to beat and 2160 metres to negotiate. Manuel Martinez gets the mount. It will be just as interesting to how Tinolo gets on as he runs over hurdles in the first race of the day. He performed with great promise to take second behind Sir Zelmer when making his jumps debut in Sweden last month and looks the likely favourite here. Tinolo will once more get Henrik Engblom in the saddle. Last, but not least, we will also see Shantou in a high quality handicap over 1370 metres. He will be ridden by Elione Chaves.
The Thursday action kicks off at 17.15.
Prepping for big tasks
Master Bloom wins feature with ease
30 Jul 20: IKC Racing's classy middle distance performer Master Bloom, returning for a bit of a break, ran out a comfortable winner on the night's feature race at Øvrevoll Galopp, beating the in-form Cockney Cracker comfortably over 2160 metres. Carrying top weight in this strong handicap, Master Bloom was always travelling well while held up off the pace, and he advanced to take the lead approaching the final furlong, before asserting at the business end of the contest. He was back on the bridle when passing the winning post. Bokan ran on to take third place. This win sets Master Bloom up for a crack at valuable races in the second half of the season, when his intended tasks are the Marit Sveaas Minneløp (G3) on Norwegian Derby day in just over three weeks' time and the Stockholm Cup International (G3) at Bro Park in September – an event he finished third in a last year.
Sir Vincit, a homebred juvenile colt by Sir Lando, made an encouraging start to his racing career by running third behind Silvana and Rocketman (who both had the advantage of a previous run) in the day's maiden, run over 1170 metres. Sir Vincit showed good speed but tired a bit at the finish – he should come on for the run.
Duca stays in the top flight
Duca di Como ran yet another solid race on Swedish soil as he took second in the prestigious Lelles Legacy Swedish Open Mile, a Listed contest on the turf course at Bro Park on Wednesday. Kick On, who beat him by further when they filled first and third in the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3), had to work much harder to deny 'Duca' this time. The winning margin was just three parts of a length, and the two Norwegian trained favourites turned the contest into a virtual match race. Victor Kalejs ran on to be third, 3 ½ lengths behind Duca di Como.
Swedish Open Mile
Mouthwatering rematch at Bro Park
27 Jul 20: The Lelles Legacy Swedish Open Mile (LR) takes centre stage at Bro Park on Wednesday, and the contest means a rematch between Kick On and Duca di Como. They ran first and third in the Stockholm Stora Pris (G3) in June - a race run over 1730 metres on a soft turf course. It will be interesting to see whether Duca di Como can turn the tables over 1600 metres, a distance that suits him better. As usual Elione Chaves will be his partner. "Duca" is set to start from stall six in the nine-runner field. Debbie Dawn, beaten no more than 2 1/2 lengths in the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas last time out, goes for a 3yo race on the same card. She will be partnered by Manuel Martinez. Bro Park's high class show begins at 12.20. Pick up your racecard via this link.
Tinolo second on hurdles debut
The trip to Gotheburg on Sunday did not yield and winners but there was a lot to like about our horses' performances. Tinolo made a promising start to his career over hurdles, running second to Sir Zelmer, while Molly Bloom was a fine fourth as she made her seasonal debut over 1400 metres (which may prove to be too short for her liking), Eesha My Flower ran third to Powerpoint (SWE) after racing far too freely in a steadily run race, and Royal Ambition was also third in his race. Our apprentice Nora Hagelund Holm partnered the Tina Smith trained Julien Delamare to victory in a sprint handicap.
Interesting Sunday card at Gothenburg
Four runners set for Swedish assault
21 Jul 20: Cathrine has a team of four ready for a trip to Gothenburg this coming Sunday, when Tinolo will be trying his luck over obstacles in a maiden hurdle over 3200 metres. Set to be ridden by the talented Henrik Engblom, Tinolo has been made favourite by the program tipster. Eesha My Flower, coming off a nice win over stable companion Hampus G at home, goes for the highly competitive Kopparmarralopning over 2400 metres, where she will be partnered by Manuel Martinez and comes up against high profile names like Silverstone, Beau Nuage and High As A Kite. Miss Chocolate, winner on this event in 2018, is also in the mix. Earlier on the day, we will get to see Royal Ambition (Manuel Martinez) in action as he tries to build on his runner-up effort in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas. He is the top rated of eight contenders going for a 1600-metres three-year-old contest. Molly Boom, a half sister to top class middle distance performer Master Bloom, will be the fourth member of this travelling team. She runs is a maiden event over 1400 metres and also gets Martinez in the saddle. This will be her first start this year and only her secound lifetime outing.
Six in action on Thursday
Closer to home, six of the stable's horses will run at Øvrevoll Galopp on Thursday. Silver Falcon (Nora Hagelund Holm) will take part in the Giant Sandman Cup-Stayer over 2400 metres, where he will be joined by Hampus G (Elione Chaves) and Two Times (Ulrika Holmquist). Buckyboy (Nora) is set for Norsk Rikstoto Cup over 1600 metres, while Buckybabe (Nora) and Match Maker (Manuel Martinez) will both be in action in the New Options Handicap over 1370 metres.
Eyvind Lyches Minneløp
Powerplay's valuable maiden breaker
16 Jul 20: There's hardly anything wrong with needing three starts before you break your maiden - and when that first win comes in a prestigious stakes event, well, then there is certainly nothing wrong with taking such a path to the winners' enclosure. Powerplay, a three-year-old son of Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) winner Power, had two runs under his best when going for Brukseier Eyvind Lyches Minneløp on this excellent Thursday card. He had made good progress from his unplaced debut to a nice third place finish second time out, and the improvement continued as he won the 1980 metres long 'Lyches' - taking the race by 2 1/4 lengths from Mikimi, with Neridiane back in third. Manuel Martinez gave the favourite a lovely ride, placing Powerplay in fourth place early on, then pushing him up to second going around the home turn, before getting into a fight with Mikima, who he left in his wake shortly after passing the furlong-marker. Like his stable companion Purple Ace, a sharp juvenile winner just over an hour later, Powerplay was bred by Knut O. Arnesen and Black Moon Breeding. His dam, Peryzat, is a daughter on champion Mastercraftsman - who was also a winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1). GS
Impressive debut by homebred
Purple Ace off to a perfect start
16 Jul 20: Purple Ace, a Norwegian bred son of Born to Sea, made an impressive debut as he outclassed his rivals over 900 metres on the turf course. Sent away at 4-1 by the betting public, the talented gelding joined The Notorious in a battle that took the pair well clear of the chasing pack, and he quickened away from his rival inside the final furlong to win with ease. The margin was 2 1/4 lengths, he was full of energy after pulling up, and there should be more to come from this young runner, who is bred to stay much further than this sprint distance. Bred by Knut O. Arnesen and Black Moon Breeding, Purple Ace is out of Dabiyla, a daughter of Azamour, one of The Aga Khan's best performers and stallions in recent years. GS
Hampus G meets Silver Falcon, Sir Leo steps up in trip, while
Shantou goes for the Giant Sandman Cup
07 Jul 20: Cathrine will be saddling four runners this coming Thursday. Recent winner Hampus G steps up in class as he is part of a high quality handicap over 2160 metres - where he is also set to be joined by his accomplished stable companion Silver Falcon. Sir Leo, third in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas last time out, moves up to the same distance in the day's opening event, an interesting race for three-year-olds, and Shantou takes aim at the 1170 metres long Giant Sandman Cup, having run such a game fourth to London Rock over 900 metres last month. All these races will staged on the turf course.
Trickle In dominates Christiana Stakes
CJ Thoroughbreds wins big at Delaware Park
04 Jul 20: CJ Thorougbreds, owners of Eesha My Flower, one of Cathrine's many winners this season, enjoyed success with their three-year-old filly Trickle In as she led throughout for a solid win in the 8.5-furlong Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park. Partnered by leading jockey Trevor McCarthy, the progressive daughter of Temple City beat Duchess of Sussex by a measured length, with Godolphin's contender Embossed back in third place. This was Tricke In's third win from just four starts and her trainer Michael Stidham will probably step her up in class again after this fine performance. CJ Thoroughbreds, anchored by Corey Johnson, are spreading their wings these days, with runners from venues like Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Pak and Delaware Park in the US to Royal Ascot in England and Øvrevoll Galopp in Norway. GS Christiana Stakes Replay & Result
Back to winning ways
Hampus G prevails in streetfight
01 Jul 20: The King Of Sweden Handicap, a wide open contest over 1750 metres on the dirt track, developed into an absolute streetfight on this Wednesday card at Øvrevoll, and it was the toughness of Hampus G that prevailed. Last year's Derby runner-up stayed on gamely by the inside rail to grab the lead 100 metres out, and he won by a neck from Kildare, with Crossroad Blues a close third. Hampus G was well ridden by Manuel Martinez, who partnered three winners on the day. He guided Hampus G sensibly around, giving him a ground saving trip while keeping him interested throughout. Niggled along going down the back stretch, Hampus G raced very much like a horse who would appreciate a longer trip, and this was a really positive result for the son of Mutajally.
The four-year-old filly Betty, making only her second career start, shaped well as she finished fourth to Ruby Tuesday in the first race on the card, a maiden heat over 1100 metres / dirt, while Two Times ran third to Mongolian Navy in a handicap over 2400 metres / dirt. The good stable form continues! GS
Impressive handicap performance Oslo Cup day
Match Maker wins comfortably under tough weight
27 Jun 20: Oslo Cup day had some fine performances, as Øvrevoll Galopp staged their Super Saturday with a limited number of spectators - and one of them was Match Maker's impressive win in a strong handicap over 1370 metres. Taking a drop in distance, the son of Declaration Of War carried top weight of 67 kg to a smooth, and long looking, 1 1/2-length verdict over We Got The Boss, who he had finished third to when making his seasonal debut nine days earlier. This was Match Maker's third win. He is a lightly raced gelding and looks the sort to keep on improving. Winner's enclosure photo by hesteguiden: Match Maker with Cathrine, owners Pia Skjærsveen, Vibeke Hallerud and Ole Christian Hallerud - chairman of the Norwegian Jockey Club.
Second and third in 2,000 Guineas
Royal Ambition, like Match Maker also a winner of two races in England, and purchased by Cathrine at the end of the 2019 season, ran a game second in the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas, beaten only by Nordic, who proved just over a length too strong in a driving finish. Royal Ambition's stable companion Sir Leo, a 20-1 shot in this mile classic, finished third, a neck further back. He coped admirably with a big move up in class here.
Oslo Cup and Guineas races on excellent menu
Important day at Øvrevoll on Saturday
23 Jun 20: The first seriously important raceday of the season is just days away, as we are approaching a summer party at the races, with a Saturday menu headlined by the Oslo Cup (G3), the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas and the Norwegian 1,000 Guineas. This is crunch time, folks - and it is a day not to be missed. A proper summer party beckons. Silver Falcon, a classic winner with solid form in the book, will represent us in the Oslo Cup, while the stable also has runners in the two classics; the well bred Debbie Dawn goes for the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas gets two contenders from Erichen Racing, namely Sir Leo, probably one of the best maidens around these days, and Royal Ambition, an ex-English runner who shaped with such promise on his seasonal bow. Furthermore, Cathrine plans to saddle Match Maker for a handicap over 1370 metres and Shantou for a handicap over 900 metres. Manuel Martinez has been booked to ride Silver Falcon, Sir Leo and Match Maker, while Elione Chaves rides Debbie Dawn, Per-Anders Gråberg gets the mount on Royal Ambition and apprentice Nora Hagelund Holm will partner Shantou. "I am looking forward to the day very much", Cathrine says, "as these horses are all in fine form and deserve to take their chance on a day when thoroughbred racing takes centre stage here in Norway".
Good efforts in Sweden
Powerplay third, Tinolo fourth
22 Jun 20: Cathrine sent two runners to Gothenburg in Sweden on Sunday. They were both beaten but Cathrine says that she was very pleased with their efforts. "There were positives to take from both runs", she says, "I am never happy to be beaten but these two really did well in defeat. Tinolo is high in the handicap now and hardly ever runs a bad race, while Powerplay is learning".
Tinolo did not get the best of runs in the Fred Armstrong Cup over 2200 metres, but he finished a game fourth, beaten 3 lengths by the winner, Powerpoint, to whom he was conceding 5kg. Nora Hagelund Holm partnered Tinolo. The inexperienced three-year-old Powerplay ran third to Sir Macken in a maiden event, a race also staged over 2200 metres, and he improved significantly from his unplaced debut run over 1370 metres at Øvrevoll earlier this month. Ridden by Manuel Martinez, Powerplay shaped with great promise here. The step up in distance clearly suited this homebred son of Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Power and it will be interesting to see what he can accomplish in coming months.
Erichsen trainees run one-two
Eesha My Flower wins, Hampus G second
18 Jun 20: Even a stable that has the habit of producing winners on a weekly bassis sometimes serve up the odd surprise. This was very much the case as Cathrine saddled the first two home in the Ilo Handicap at Øvrevoll this evening - on what was the first raceday with spectators on course this season (in limited numbers). Things are going very much the right way now, and 11-1 shot Eesha My Flower (Elione Chaves) was visually impressive as she won this 2400 metres contest comfortably by 1 1/2 lengths from stable companion Hampus G, last year's Derby runner-up, ridden by Nora Hagelund Holm. This was a nice win for CJ Thoroughbreds, during a week when they also have smart horses in action at Royal Ascot and Belmont Park.
Match Maker ran third to We Got the Boss on the same card. Making a promising start to his campaign, he went down by just 1 3/4 lengths, carrying 5kg more than the winner.
Third in good maiden
Fifty Shares takes big step forward
11 Jun 20: Making only his second start, Fifty Shares took a big step forward on this Thursday evening, as he finished third behind the talented filly Solveig and Fibonacci in a 1600 metres maiden over a good turf course. Carrying 1.5kg more than the winner, Fifty Shares was beaten 2 3/4 lengths, and Cathrine was very pleased with his performance; "This was clear improvement on his debut", she said after the race. "He has had some niggling problems and needed time but things are looking so much better now. He still needed the race and got tired inside the final furlong - he was blowing quite hard afterwards and this should bring him on. Hopefully, I will be able to find another race for him in about two to three weeks' time."
Super Sunday at Bro Park
Big tasks for Duca di Como, Seaside Song, Shantou
09 Jun 20: They call it 'Super Sunday' and it's most certainly shaping up to be, as Bro Park's team stage a tremendous raceday this coming weekend. The Stockholm Stora Pris (G3) has attracted 11 runners, with Duca di Como in the mix, trying to transform his excellent dirt form to the turf, Shantou will be going for the Wikingtryck Bro Park Vårsprint (LR), another contest to get 11 contenders in the stalls. Seaside Song is set for the Bloomers' Vase (LR), one of Scandinavia's most prestigious fillies and mares contests. This high class Sunday also has a classic theme, as both the Swedish 2,000 Guineas and Swedish 1,000 Guineas will be run, as well as the Bobbie Killicks Minnesløpning for milers. The show kicks off at 12.15 - don't miss it!
Tinolo bounced right back
4 June 20: His recent run in Sweden was a little bit disappointing, but Tinolo bounced right back as he gained a decisive win in the Gaston Handicap over 1800 metres / turf on home soil this Thursday evening. Ridden by Manuel Martinez, the four-year-old son of Camponoligist beat The Kid by 1 1/4 lengths, with For The Roses back in third place. This was Tinolo's third career win. He won twice in 2019, when he finished in the first three in five of his seven races. A solid record indeed.
Strong performances in defeat
Master Bloom, Shantou both hitting form
31 May 20: He did not win this time, but Master Bloom produced yet another top notch performance at Klampenborg, a venue he clearly loves visiting, when running second to Suspicious Mind in the Scandinavian Open Championship - a race Master Bloom won in 2019. With strong names like Gold Tyranny, Freestyler and Privilegiado behind him, IKC Racing's incredible turf runner signalled his clear intentions for the 2020 season; to compete with the best of the best in the middel distance division. His next task is the Oslo Cup at Øvrevoll on June 27. Get the 'SOC' race report and video replay on www.galopsport.dk. Some 24 hours later, Shantou - also sporting the famous 'IKC silks' - showed good form by finishing second in a high class Guldhandicap at Gothenburg Galopp. Beaten only by Ousden House, our smart sprinter had last year's Sprinter of The Year, Captain America, one place behind him.
Scandinavian Open Championship
Master Bloom the defending champion
29 May 20: Master Bloom, winner of the 2019 Scandinavian Open Championship at Klampenborg - where he was also a Derby winner at three - goes for a second win in the Klampenborg feature on Saturday, as he is a leading contender in a strong field which also includes recent big race winner Freestyler, who Master Bloom had a couple of fights with last year. The Sunday card at Gotenburgh offers interesting tasks for Shantou and Buckyboy - the latter will be trying for his third win on the bounce.
Pramms Memorial a procession
Duca di Como crushed them - again!
24 May 20: Duca di Como was being backed as if defeat was totally, totally out of the question in the Meccom Group Pramms Memorial (LR). Going off at odds of 1.19, the pressure was certainly on, but his supporters never had a moment's worry. Duca di Como broke smartly from the outside post, went straight to the lead, and ran his opposition into the ground, just like he had done when winning the ITM Spring Mile (LR) over the same course in May. He sailed home to win by open lengths again, nicely wrapped up by a confident Elione Chaves when passing the winning post 8 lengths clear. Red Hot Chili, who was runner-up also in the ITM Spring Mile (LR), got up for second, ahead of Plata O Plomo. The 'right horses' filled the places, in other words, but they had no chance against Duca di Como, described as "the best horse in Scandinavia" by ATG's presenter after the event. He is unbeaten on dirt tracks. His next task will be the Stockholm Stora Pris (LR) at Bro Park next month, when Duca di Como switches from dirt to turf. That outing should be most interesting. Elione Chaves rode three winners on the day, taking him to the top of the riders' list in Sweden.
Svensk Galopp's review of the day
Rikstoto Replays of the Sunday races
Another day - another winner!
Buckyboy rock solid once more
21 May 20: Another raceday at Øvrevoll, and another winner from Cathrine Erichsen's excellent team! This Thursday fixture meant a stiffer task for Team BB's game performer Buckyboy, who won so well over this course two weeks ago - and he was certainly up to it, this time winning quite snugly from Elusive Thought, with the longtime leader Sonriente hanging on for third place in the 1600-metres handicap. Nora Hagelund Holm was in the saddle and she gave the son of Helsinki a perfect ride. He was prominent throughout and picked up well to settle the issue coming down the home stretch. This was Buckyboy's second win from three starts in 2020, and he has already banked 48.340 kroner. Stable companion Two Times, ridden by Alan Wallace, ran third to Mongolian Navy on the same card. This result was also a compliment to Buckyboy, as Mongolian Navy had finished 7 lengths behind Buckyboy last time out. GS
Pramms Memorial - ten declared
Duca di Como drew the outside post
19 May 20: Ten horses are set to run in a high class renewal of the Meccom Group Pramms Memorial (LR) at Jagersro in Sweden on Sunday, and Duca di Como will almost certainly go off favourite, despite having been handed the outside stall when the race was drawn. Coming off an impressive win over the same course last month, he is set to clash with smart performers like Red Cactus, Plata o Plomo and Vicor Kalejs. Cathrine, who also runs Tinolo in a Guldhandicap on the same card, has a good chance of a second big win in a week here. In-form jockey Elione Chaves will once more be Duca di Como's pilot. Nora Hagelund-Holm will partner Tinolo. Programme / racecard
Seaside Song wins big on seasonal bow
17 May 20: Seaside Song, making her first start of the season, delivered a powerful performance to win the prestigious Fam E. Nagell-Erichsens Hoppeløp on Øvrevoll Galopp's first big raceday of the season. Taking the race back to back, the daughter of Harbour Watch proved much too good for the Danish raider Silverstone, who was coming off an impressive win at Klampenborg earlier this month. Carlos Lopez, who rode three winners on the day, was on board. He gave her a perfect ride, resulting in a game 1 1/2-length win. This what was Seaside Song's seventh success from 24 starts. Her earnings are now an impressive 1.483.315 kroner.
Nice comeback runs
Two of Cathrine's other runners performed with great promise without winning, as they had their first runs of the season. Royal Ambition, a three-year-old who won twice in England last year, was an excellent third to Reine de Vega, beaten just three parts of a length while giving the winner 1.5 kg. Reine de Vega won the Tattersalls Norsk Kriterium in 2019 and this is solid form. Silver Falcon also shaped well on his first outing in 2020, taking third behind Smooth Escape, an all the way winner excellently ridden by Alan Wallace. A stronger pace, and perphaps further too, is likely to suit Silver Falcon better. He could well be set for a nice campaign at age six. GS
Strong favourite obliges
Buckyboy wins for fun
07 May 20: Buckyboy, making his second start of the season and going off as a very popular favourite, became our first winner at Øvrevoll this season as he romped home by 3 lengths from Kikki Dee over 1600 metres on the dirt track this Thursday evening. Perfectly ridden by Sandro De Paiva, Team BB's four-year-old son of Helsinki gained his third career win with this performance. He won twice over the same course and distance in 2019, and he has also been second or third on three occasions. Cathrine sent out three runners on what was the third raceday of the new season; Sir Leo , who ran third on his seasonal bow a week ago, moved forward to be a game second to the expensive debutant Ugotthelooks in the day's maiden heat, while Two Times - also making his second start in 2020 - was a positive runner-up behind Twisted over 2400 metres.
Rides every race possible on Thursday
Busy day for Nora Hagelund Holm
05 May 20: Racing continues with an interesting seven-race card at Øvrevoll Galopp on Thursday evening. The opening event is for amateur riders, so our apprentice Nora Hagelund Holm can't take part in that contest, but she has a full book of rides through the rest of the evening, with six mounts from six possible. She will be partnering Sir Leo in race two, Two Times in race three and Match Maker in the fifth race on the menu. Nora will also get the 'legup' on Julien Delamere and Close To The Edge, both trained by Tina Smith, as well as on Deecider, handled by Hallvard Soma. With Buckyboy also set to race, Cathrine will be saddling four runners on the night. We're up and running, folks!
Oslo Cup attracts 12 entries
Master Bloom, Silver Falcon on the list
01 May 20: Twelve horses have been entered for the Oslo Cup (G3), set to be run on June 27, and two of Cathrine's inmates, the classic winner Silver Falcon and last year's Scandinavian Open Championship (G3) winner Master Bloom, who captured the Danish Derby in 2018, are both on the list, which is made up of these horses; Bokan, Freestyler, Ginmann, High as a Kite, Learn By Heart, Master Bloom, Our Last Summer, Pas de Secrets, Privilegiado, Red Cactus, Silver Falcon and last year's winner Square de Luynes.
Duca di Como - simply different class!
26 Apr 20: Duca di Como produced an astonishing seasonal debut to win the ITM Spring Mile (LR) at Jagersro Galopp. Breaking smartly, he went straight to the lead, was put under a bit of pressure by the second favourite, Dubai winner Plata O Plomo, going down the backstrectch, only to shrug him off as if he were an ordinary handicapper, before drawing away to win the valuable dirt track contest with ridiculous ease under a confident Elione Chaves. He won by 8 lengths, clearly with more up his sleeve. Truth be told, there wasn't a second but for the record; runner-up spot went to Red Hot Chili, while Plata O Plomo paid the price for trying to go with Duca di Como and had to settle for third, beaten 13 lengths. Duca di Como's first big target of the year is the Pramms Memorial (LR) at this venue on May 24, worth 600,000 kronor to the winner.
ITM Spring Mile: Duca di Como first, the rest nowhere
"Duca" and "Master" off to race in Sweden
Racing on April 23 given green light!
Cathrine may have four runners
18 April 20: Good news! It has now been confirmed that Norwegian thoroughbred racing has permission to start the new season on April 23. Racing will be taking place behind closed doors, under strong restrictions agreed in conjunction with Det Norske Travselskap and Norsk Rikstoto. Cathrine reports that she has four possible runners next week; debutant Fifty Shares, owned by Scandinavia's biggest syndicate, the new import Eesha My Flower and last year's big improver Two Times, as well as the homebred three-year-old Powerplay are all ready to run. Declarations will be taken on Tuesday.
Duca di Como Miler of The Year
1 Feb 2020: Duca di Como was honoured with the title Champion Miler of 2019 for the second year running as Norwegian racing celebrated their annual champions during a gala dinner at Thon Hotel Oslofjord in Sandvika last Saturday evening. One of the heavies favourites for an award, Duca di Como rounded last year's campaign off with an impressive win in the Peas And Carrots Mile at Jagersro in Sweden - having previously won valuable races also at Øvrevoll and Bro Park. Rated 95 by the handicapper, an unusually high rating on the Scandinavian circuit.
About the trainer
Approaching 400 winners, Cathrine Erichsen is by far the most successful female trainer in Norwegian racing history. In brief:
she was an amateur champion rider at age 16... trainer from the age of 23... in the early years she handled champions Albaran, Oktan and Mortens Prospect... success continued with four Derby winners; Master Bloom, The Khamsin, Mission Possible and Lights Out... trainer of recent top class older horses Duca di Como, Master Bloom and Easy Road, who was a big race winner at Ascot and Doncaster in England... please read more about Cathrine's career on our "About page".
WINNING RACES, MAKING HEADLINES
Master Bloom, a Swedish bred son of Pastorius, won the Danish Derby, Norwegian St. Leger and Swedish St. Leger in 2018 - and he improved again to capturethe Scandinavian Open Championship (G3) in 2019.
Purple Ace - outstanding homebred
Easy Road, it's not exactly what it is, when Scandinavian trainers take a shot at races in England, but our star by that name made history as he won the Listed Rous Stakes at Ascot, having also won a valuable handicap at Doncaster.
Easy Road - historic Ascot winner
A former champion amateur rider, Cathrine Erichsen is very much 'hands on' as a racehorse trainer. One of the most successful handlers in Scandinavia, she works closely with each and every horse at her stables at Øvrevoll Galopp outside Oslo.
HANDS ON TRAINER
"I need to be close to the horses - daily"