The Langham Cup Mette Campbell-Andenaes

Emma Berry, 29 Jun 2010

Norwegian-born Mette Campbell-Andenaes received the Langham Cup for the Small Breeder of the Year on the Flat, courtesy of Audemars Piguet qeii Cup winner Presvis and the Flying Childers heroine Sand Vixen.

“Presvis was my first Group winner and I’m just incredibly fortunate that he went to owners who were prepared to wait and a trainer with such patience, as he didn’t race until he was four,” says Campbell-Andenaes, who has around 20 mares at her Sussex-based stud. “His dam Forest Fire didn’t really have anything sexy about her, but we raced her and she went from being a lowly handicapper to Listed class. She was always so gutsy and I knew sooner or later something would come from her.”

Campbell-Andenaes’ investment in bloodstock does not stop with broodmares, as she also owns 50% of National Stud stallion Cockney Rebel and stands the eye-catching coloured stallion I Was Framed at Rectory Farm near Ely. She says: “I don’t really follow fashion. I have always gone to stallions I admired as racehorses. It hasn’t done me much good commercially though!” However, her selection of Dubawi in his first year at stud proved spot-on for Fur Will Fly, the dam of Sand Vixen, who became one of two Group 2-winning two-year-olds for the young son of Dubai Millennium last year. Campbell-Andenaes says: “Fur Will Fly has a yearling colt and a filly foal both by Cockney Rebel. Neither she or Forest Fire will ever leave this farm, they’ll be with me for life.”

Her faith in Cockney Rebel is such that she has eight yearlings by him this year. She says: “I don’t regret for a minute buying into him but it was just at the time that the world fell apart. I’m pleased with his yearlings, I have mostly colts and they are very correct. It could still happen for him.”

A horsewoman through and through who rode her first winner as an amateur in Norway when she was 13, Campbell- Andenaes also spent time riding out for Ryan Price while in England. “My husband is not as crazy as I am,” she says. “He thinks that if you love horses it’s a virus that stays with you for life but if I could live my life over again I’d do the same things and make the same mistakes. I haven’t done everything right but I have no regrets and I think I’m lucky to be able to say that.” Campbell-Andenaes’ marketing for I Was Framed, the first coloured thoroughbred to be registered by Weatherbys, contains the strapline ‘Dare to be different’. She certainly does.

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