Rune Haugen: trainer will bring over 11 horses from Norway
By David Baxter 7:56AM 24 OCT 2016
THERE will be a small piece of Scandinavia in Newmarket from December as trainer Rune Haugen is upping sticks from Norway and moving into the historic Eve Lodge Stables.
Owned and designed by Lester Piggott, Eve Lodge Stables was the champion jockey’s training base and has since been leased to James Toller and Ed Walker. Now Haugen, who is based near Oslo, is coming back full circle to a yard where he used to ride out.
“I’m moving in from December 1 and will have 20 boxes,” Haugen said.
“I’ve been training from 1994 and have a lot of experience running horses round the world and I want to kick on. At this time in my career I feel I’m ready for the challenge and it’s always been the dream to train in Britain.”
It will be a cosmopolitan yard, as Haugen is bringing over 11 horses from Norway, with the owners also on board, and he has some powerful connections, with a yearling set to be sent his way from Paul Shanahan at Coolmore.
In addition, Haugen has the backing of owners from the United Arab Emirates, including former jockey Abdulla Al Saboosi, and Mohammed Al Amri.
Names to note
Flagbearer Quarterback, who has been campaigned around the world, including in the UAE and the US but most recently at Newbury on Saturday, will also be based in Newmarket.
Haugen, who has plenty of history intertwined with Eve Lodge Stables, said: “The first horse I bought was called Troon and came from Susan [Piggott]. I made him into a champion sprinter and sire as well.”
Haugen plans to have runners under both codes and nominated Fearless Hunter, a Group 3 winner in Norway, as one to watch from the Scandinavian contingent who will be coming over.