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BELLMAN TöLL WINS SWEDEN CUP

02:31 AM 30 May 2005 NZST
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Bellman Töll, a grandson of Valley Victory, has won the Sweden Cup at Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, Sweden.

Bellman Töll, sired by Smasher and driven by Ulf Ohlsson, won both his elimination and the final, and in both heats the recipe was to be in command right from start.

Bellman Töll won his elimination in 1.54.4, and was followed home by Magnetic Power (by Malabar Man), who finished a ½ length back. The other elimination was won by Flying Herkules (by Lindy Lane), in 1.57, and he was followed home by Solero Briljant (by Alf Palema).

Belmann Töll won the final in 1.57, and Solero Briljant and Tag the Devil (Tagliabue) finished second and third, respectively.

Bellman Töll is an 8-Year-Old gelding who has improved greatly over the past year; in 2004 he won five races in 22 starts, and he has now won four races in six starts this year.

He earned $82,000 in the Sweden Cup, and has total earnings of $610,000.

In fact Bellman Töll was close to an invitation to Sunday’s Elitlopp.

“At first I was very disappointed that we didn’t make it to the Elitlopp, but today I’m very happy. This is the biggest win in my career,” driver Ulf Ohlson said.

Another big race at the card on Saturday afternoon at Solvalla was the Harper Hanovers Lopp -- a race contested over nearly two miles.

Jardy, the winner of the Prix de Paris, a race at over 2 ½ mile contested at Vincennes in Paris this past February, was the big favorite in the race -- although he trailed the field by 40 meters at the start.

But Jardy, driven by French champion Jean Michel Bazire, was not at his best and was rough-gaited and went off-stride after three-quarter miles.

Instead, Max Flukt, a 6-Year-Old gelding by Spotlite Lobell, who ha only started seven times in his career, won in very impressive style, in 1.54.4 -- a new Swedish record for the distance of 3,140 metres, from a standing start.

Also at Solvalla on Sunday, it should also be mentioned that Adams Hall, a brother to Conway Hall, Angus Hall, and Andover hall, won a mile race in 1.57 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt.

Courtesy Of Karsten Bonsdorf, United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom Correspondent

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