The UET Masters Series, resumes after a week’s break and Commander Crowe head a top quality field in the CL Mullers Memorial, a Group II international and one of two Masters Series events at Jagersro, Sweden this weekend.
Commander Crowe will be attempting to win his third CL Mullers Memorial, a race that has been an every-present on the Swedish calendar since the 1920s.
Fabrice Souloy’s brilliant chestnut won in 2008 and 2009 but that was his last appearance in the 2640m staying race (approximately 1 mile and five-eighths), which has been dominated in recent years by horses with at last some French blood in their pedigrees.
Last year’s winner Quarcio du Chene is by Capriccio, 2011’s winner Yellow Eden was by Duc de Bossis, Maharajah the 2010 winner has French blood on his damside.
Commander Crowe (himself by Juliano Star) followed four other winners with French sirelines in Arras (Echo), Garros (Coktail Jet), Spring Ray (Gentle Star) and Insert Gede (Jet du Vivier).
The last horse of American-bloodlines was the Sugarcane stallion E.V. Cane in 2003.
Commander Crowe, although in the last couple of months of his 10-year-old season, has been in good form recently, with a second in the final of the Lotteria a fortnight ago after winning his heat at the re-scheduled Grand Masters event at Agnano, Naples. He will be driven by top driver Orjan Kihlstrom.
The Commander will face recently crowned Swedish champion On Track Piraten, who was a surprise winner of the Swedish Masterskap race at Aby, also a fortnight ago. He will be driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Hans Stromberg.
Yarrah Boko, the Norwegian owned and trained son of Coktail Jet was second in that event and Trond Anderssen’s star lines up again here in his third attempt at the race and has the pole position.
Johnny Johansson’s V75 King Harry Haythrow, who has drawn two, and Fredrik Larsson’s honest campaigner Caballion are others with a good chance of picking up a decent proportion of the stake.
Anders Svanstedt will be in the bike for his dad Ake Svanstedt’s King Conch gelding New Line as the current leading trainer continues his long goodbye to his homeland before his depature to the States next week.
2013-10-26 Group II Int 2 640 all 110 000
1 Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Trond Anderssen
2 Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Johnny Johansson
3 Winning Love(h Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr: Åke Lindblom Tr: Åke Lindblom
4 Obi-Wan (h Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen
5 You Bet Hornline (h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh
6 Caballion (h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Fredrik B Larsson Tr: Fredrik B Larsson
7 New Line (g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Anders Svanstedt Tr: Åke Svanstedt
8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux – Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Strömberg
9 Commander Crowe (g Juliano Star – Somack) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Fabrice Souloy
10 Haraldinho (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Marcus M Melander Tr: Catarina Lundström