Royally bred mare She Loves You will be looking to win her second Finnish St Leger at Bjorneborg, Pori tonight.
The daughter of French champion Love You and SJ’s Shad Roe, a sister to US stallion SJ’s Caviar, won the event in 2011 when trained by local Finnish trainer Janne Ranta-Krenkku.
She returns tonight in the charge of Swedish trainer Jorgen Westholm and will have Seppo Markkula who was in the bike when She Loves You won in 2011 and also this same race last year with Express Type.
She Loves You, who was second in her year’s Finnish Trav Kreiterium, won the prestigious mares Lady Snarts Lopp on Elitlopp weekend last year and followed it up with fourth in the European Mares championship and a second in the Group I St Michel Ajo before transferring to Fabrice Solouy’s stable in France.
But she ran foul of the French authorities’ strict gait rules, having a rich race taken off her for five rough steps in the straight.
So she was transferred again back to the Swedish stable of Jorgen Westholm and been competing against the best horses in Sweden recently, so her form is probably better than it looks - her last start was against the likes of Nahar, Orechietti and Pastor Stpehen. She did have a win in August and has won 19 of her 47 starts for earnings over €300,000.
But there are a large number of other good mares in this race with Venice and BWT High Voltage, who quinellaed last year’s Finnish Tammakriterium.
Indeed Venice went on to place a gallant second against the males in the recent Finnish Trav-Derby and has had five wins and a second in her last seven starts, so will be favourite in this race.
Silent Opal and back markers Liquorice Pipe, Blue River Pipe and Gary Hoist will also come in for support in the feature.
FINNISH ST. LEGER
Björneborg, Pori 19/10/13 Group II Nat 2600m 4-12 €51,260
1 Pearls For Girls (m Striking Sahbra - Ussania Boko) Dr:Jani Hautaviita Tr: Jani Hautaviita Fr
2 Arctic Luxury (m Ken Werkentin - El Miss Eeva) Dr:Hannu-Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi Fr
3 Yahuu Hoss (m Muscles Yankee - Celebration Ride) Dr:Tapio Perttunen Tr: Tapio Perttunen Fr
4 BWT High Voltage (m Supertoy - BWT Hellsbells) Dr:Ari Moilanen Tr: Pekka Korpi Fr
5 Venice (m Quite Easy - Vivace) Dr:Mika Forss Tr: Heikki Korhonen Fr
6 BWT Juggler (m Bob Heyden - Bwt Trapez) Dr:Kari Venäläinen Tr: Pekka Korpi Fr
7 Silent Opal (m Jag de Bellouet - Silent Jolene) Dr:Antti Teivainen Tr: Antti Teivainen Fr
8 She Loves You (m Love You - Sj's Shad Roe) Dr:Seppo Markkula Tr: Jörgen Westholm 20m
9 Saichania (m Tap In - Labocania) Dr:Joni-Petteri Irri Tr: Sanna Nygård 20m
10 Gary Hoist (h Kadabra - Gabriella Run) Dr:Kari Rosimo Tr: Dimitri Hedman 20m
11 Blue River Pipe (h Blue Mac Lad - Flamin' Wings) Dr:Hannu Hietanen Tr: Dimitri Hedman 20m
12 Donie Duo (g Madison Hall - Irene Merett) Dr:Tomi Haapio Tr: Dimitri Hedman 20m
13 Liquorice Pipe (h Capetown Hall - Flamin' Wings) Dr:Esa Holopainen Tr: Pekka Mäkelä 40m
14 Orlando Croft (g (mJ's Photo - Emily Croft) Dr:Teemu Okkolin Tr: Teemu Okkolin 40m
15 Victor Fog (g Silver Game - Virginia Lep) Dr:Peter Lindroos Tr: Sirpa Levonmaa 40m
16 Luck Smith (g Goetmals Wood:- Cecilia Smith) Dr Hannu Korpi Tr: Hannu Korpi 40m
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com