Maharajah continues his undeclared path to the Prix d'Amerique with a 2140m V75 gold division race in Aby on Saturday night.
'The Emperor' disappointed his legion of fans, and thousands of owners, last time out when he was Maharajaha well beaten favourite in the Gavle Stora Pris, but he was driven two deep for most of the 3100m journey, and actually went three-wide around Haraldinho to improve his position about halfway through the journey.
That extra exertion proved a little too tough in this stage in's stable star's preparation, with the 3100m telling on his legs but his handlers will know that this is the sort of run he will need to post to have any chance of winning at Vincennes, where the French horses can go three wide, challenge to improve position and then kick in the straight.
Vets gave him the all clear following the run, and the Travkompaniet owners will still be taking it one race at a time as they target the race they covet, the Prix d'Amerique, and this time over this trip he will once again be the punters' choice.
His vanquisher in the Gavle Stora Pris was Stig H Johansson's Perfectly Enough, who starts again here.
The former Swedish Breeders Crown 3YO winner went a terrific race, driven with cover all the way and then peeled wide from the 300m to unleash a final burst which proved irresistible to the pacesetter Winning Love.
Perfectly Enough has a draw which looks like giving him a similar trip again, but the shorter distance may make it tougher to overhaul the horse which gets the lead.
US import Solvato has been prominent in early markets and is certainly well-bred being byfrom the fine racemare Solveig the winner of $622,714,a Champlain Stakes winner and runner-up in the 2YO Breeders Crown who took a record of 1.56. Like many top racemares though, she has not had the same success so far at stud.
He has only won six times in 27 lifetime starts but has impressed his new trainersince he arrived and won a 4YO race at Kalmar two starts back. But it is a big ask for a 4YO to step up to the Swedish Elite level, even with his breeding.
Flemming Jensen's Danish-bred stallion Obi Wan and Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face who will haveon board, are the others with support in the market.
Obi Wan, is a son ofwho is one of those French sires who actually does better crossed with American mares than he seems to in his native France, having proven especially successful in Italy and Denmark - another such French sire is , the sire of Commander Crowe and rising stars like Juliano Rags but of seemingly of little consequence in his own country.
Obi Wan, who started off his racing in Denmark in Ken Ecce's stable was no age-group star and has taken his time to go through the grades but has improved with age and won six of his 12 races this season. He has been rising through the grades, with a win in the Silverdivision final at Aby in May and now has a respecatable record of 16 wins and 11 placings from 46 starts.
Kolgjini's Juggle Face is the same age but has raced thirty more times and could not be more different. His dam is anhalf sister to Triton Sund, a winner of more than $2.3 million and a record of 1.52.2 and now at stud after a stellar career.
A Swedish Travderby and Breeders Crown winner Triton Sund went on to win several group ones such as Sweden's second biggest race, Olympiatravet and Denmark's biggest race, the Copenhagen Cup and even had a second placing in the Prix de Belgique and raced in the Prix d'Amerique.
Juggle Face, who like Triton Sund is by, won his first four starts as a 2YO, was second in the Breeders Crown at three and won the Solvalla Grand Prix at four.
But he has not quite reached the heights of his illustrious relative, who was also trained for a time by Kolgjini although he has won 5.6 million SEK ($860K) and had group wins like the group two Orebro International and Eskilstuna FyraÃ¥ringstest.
2013-12-14 289,000SEK 2140m
1 Obi-Wan (h- Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen
2 Solvato (h- Solveig) Dr: Tr:
3 Yanantin Boko (g- Ormonne Boko) Dr: Olle AlsÃ©n Tr: Olle AlsÃ©n
4 Rakas (h Victory Party - Tricky Woo Per Lennartsson) Dr: Tr: Per Lennartsson
5 Capello Bob (g Trade Balance - Yroflickan) Dr: Stefan Persson Tr: Stefan Persson
6 Juggle Face (h- Rakel Sund) Dr: Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini
7 David Sisu (h- Keystone Delicious) Dr: Tr: Petri Salmela
8 Maharajah (h- Chili Khan) Dr: Ã–rjan KihlstrÃ¶m Tr:
9 Oasis Bi (h- Up Front Jm) Dr: Claes Svensson Tr: Stefan P Pettersson
10 J.T.'s Crown (h Buckaroo K. - Nadja Waltter ) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Glenn H Persson
11 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:Tr: Stig H Johansson
12 Politiken (g Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn) Dr: Morten Friis Tr: John Friis
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com