Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening.
Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series.
's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop.
He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home.
With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple.
However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year.
The son of US-domiciledhas competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund.
Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field.
The best of the local hopes is's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final.
But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint.
Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire(who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by .
B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company.
06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000
1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr:
2 VÃ¤sterbo Fantast (3c Mr- Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick
3 Call Me Keeper (3c- Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel RedÃ©n Tr: Daniel RedÃ©n
4 Bearhawaii (3g- Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante BÃ¥th
5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr:Tr:
6 B.B.Tigger (3c- Tigger) Dr: BjÃ¶rn Goop Tr: BjÃ¶rn Goop
7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c- Affinity) Dr: Tr: Tomas Malmqvist
8 Bandit Hornline (3c- Dash Girl) Dr: Tr: