It was announced over the weekend that American trotting star Corky will stay in Sweden for a couple of months.
Today it was decided that Uncle Peter will also remain in Scandinavia. Uncle Peter has earned 7.8 million SEK during his career and is one of the top horses in the USA. In Scandinavia he hasn't showed full potential, finishing fifth place in the Copenhagen Cup and tiring in his Elitloppet elimination to fail qualifying for the final.
Uncle Peter hopes to obtain a start in the Oslo Grand Prix. Uncle Peter will join Corky at Daniel Reden's Stable Zet where they will be trained by Tobias J. Gustafsson.
Backfire (4f by Offshore Dream) and Poochai (4m Make It Happen) took tonight’s companion Gr. I International events at Aby.
Gothenburg, the Drottning Silvias Pokal for four year-old mares and the Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal for four year-old males. Both carried a purse of €199,930 with the winners’ share being €99,970.
Backfire scored in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, driven by Johnny Takter for a two length victory from Air Frame and Bjorn Goop. Heavily supported D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) came from far back to be third. Summary and video replay link are shown below with official program that follows:
May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Drottning Silvia Pokal, Gr. I International, four year-old mares, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.6kr, purse €199,939 with €99,970 to winner
1st Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ’s Caviar), Johnny Takter, owner Linne Trav AB, 11/1 odds, her eighth win in 21 starts now for earnings of 2,384,350SEK
2nd Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo), Bjorn Goop up for trainer owner Stefan Melander and Stall TZ
3rd D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Kennys and trainer Roger Wahlman
The four year-old males contest ended with 6.6/1 Poochai scoring for Erik Adielsson in 1.11.9kr over 2140 meters autostart.
The son of Make It Happen (son of Conway Hall that successfully raced in the USA) rallied in the lighting lane for the win over Sir Ratzeputz and teamster Jorma Kontio. Poochai was first to lead and then settled in the pocket behind Boys Going In with Amazing Man in the death seat.
Sir Ratzeputz was first to advance three wide. Poochai waited for the inside passing lane and rallied to victory. Rolex Bigi, and reinsman Anders Svanstedt, was third over and empty in the drive, ending eighth.
May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal, Gr. I International, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, purse €199,939 with €99.970 to winner (six places paid), 1.11.9kr
1st Poochai (4m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielson for trainer Svante Bath, owner Roxy Horses KB, 6.6/1 odds, his sixth win in 19 starts for earnings of 1,911,460SEK
2nd Sir Ratzeputz (4m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown), Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos trainer and owner Thors Trading AB
3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d’Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver
The fast class event for older trotters was the Algot Scotts Minne. Magic Tonight set the track record of 1.09.3kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, taking advantage of the early fast pace set by I’m The Answer. Favored Solvato made a miscue early.
May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Algot Scotts Minne, purse €21,762, distance 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.09.3kr a track record
1st Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Wahlman, owner 2nd AB Svensk Reklamfinans, his 13th victory in 42 starts for 4,767,831SEK earned, off at 1.8/1 odds
3rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver
4th Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Jorgen Sjunnesson up for Flemming Jensen trainerI’m The Answer was the rapid pacesetter and faded to fifth, Solvato was offstride early and was last.
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com