Day At The Track

2014 Copenhagen Cup quotes, video & photos

05:44 AM 12 May 2014 NZST
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Caballion and Bjorn Goop (#10) hold off Orali (#4)
Photo by Burt Seeger
Caballion and Bjorn Goop celebrate with the infamous white parade horse Totem De Visais
Photo by Bert Seeger
Tano Bork and Christian Lindhardt won the 4YO Open
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Despite the rain, Charlottenlund Travbane and their equine participants put on an excellent show with exciting racing, some unexpected results and great Danish performances.

Certainly nothing can diminish the fine win by Caballion in the 2014 edition of the Broline Copenhagen Cup (2011 meters autostart with 750,000 Danish kroners first money ($138,000 US) that he secured in 1.12kr from the death seat. Off at 6.2/1, the eight year-old son of Kesaco Phedo raced gamely for teamster Bjorn Goop and trainer Franck Leblanc. Danish rival Orali was a fast closing second for Jeppe Juel.

Here are the videos: - Danish - French

Comments of drivers Goop and Juel follow:

Bjorn Goop - Caballion is wonderfully strong. I had trouble seeing how the tactics would develop so I had a strong horse and was forced to do something. (He chose to engage Uncle Peter that had moved to the front after Mosaique Face broke after 500 meters, apparently scared by the white parade horse (Totem Visais) in the infield).

Goop remarked, "Caballion had trained well , so there was no need to be sitting down behind while the pace was slow. I thought I had mastered Uncle the same time , I had a hard time knowing what my horse could do, but it felt good all the time". Goop said "you just cannot be sure of anything with Caballion when he lots of times has galloped. But he did very well for himself, I could support him, and I had plenty of power intact to the end".

Jeppe Juel - Danish second place Orali came quite close to the winner and Juel said "I was not going out and playing smart against these world class horses, so I chose the inner. I'm very proud".

Magic Tonight (9), which had constantly followed Caballion, courageously landed third with Solvato and Uncle Peter next across the line. Beckman (6), trained by Fabrice Souloy, was off-stride at the beginning. Race replay action links follow:

Danish connections enjoyed a happy day too. Sjango Cross (5m Love You-Nannini Laukko) took race three for Birger Jorgensen in 1.12.8kr, Shaggy (5m Timberland-Hyacinths Devil) won race four for Henrik Lonborg in 1.12.8kr, Tano Bork (4m Great Challenger-Frederikke Bork) and Christian Lindhardt won the four year-old open easily in 1.12.8kr, and Race Cowboyland (6m Legendary Lover K-Vaelg Cowbowland) scored in 1.13.2kr for Morten Friis in race seven at odds of 103.3/1. Stelton (5g Dream Vacation-Nanuet's Crown) took race eight for Jeppe Juel in 1.13.7kr to earn 187,500 Danish kroner first money.

Thanks to Charlottenlund Travbane, ATG and for their excellent coverage of a great racing day and to the fans that turned out to enjoy this special international trotting day in Denmark.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for






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