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Danish Derby: Klampenborg's calendar highlight



A short history


Denmark's queen consort, Caroline Mathilde, arranged the country's first race days in 1770, with contests held at Copenhagen's Nørre Fælled, in what's now the city centre. Racing moved to Klampenborg, amongst the city's northern suburbs, in 1870, and Klampenborg Racecourse was permanently inaugurated in 1910. The Danish Derby has been run here for almost 115 years, and the course also hosts the G3 Scandinavian Open Championship.



What happened in 2023's edition?


This year's Derby went the way of Slava Ukraini, this year's Swedish 2,000 Guinieas winner, trained in Norway for owners Stald Handshake by Niels Petersen. Lopez made it a Classic double the following afternoon, when he took the Swedish Oaks at Jägersro in Malmö, aboard Lennart Reuterskiöld Jr.'s American Zodiac. It allowed owner Tord Olsson a taste of his first big race success in the thoroughbred sphere.

 

In September 2023


 





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