Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen.
The meeting is on Saturday is highlighted by the UET Masters Series Klosterskogen Grand Prix over 2100m for a purse of 74,000 euros, one of two group two races to be run, drawing highly competitive international fields.
Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face is the current European Derby and Swedish Derby champion. The stallion son ofmade his season debut on the 4th of the month running fourth at Mantorp, so will be better for this.
Erik Lindegren's Francais du Gull has been in very impressive form lately having won a V75 gold division heat last month and also run second at Momarken, here in Norway, earlier in the year. He won't be meeting the likes of Sanity and Raja Mirchi here as he did last start in the V75 final.
These two have the early favouritism in the markets with US import I'm The Answer, atrained by local trainer
Another local hero Thai Broadway is also heavily supported with the only other in the market being Italian-bred Oasis Bi who is now in Sweden with Stefan Petterson and will have champion Swedish driverin the cart.
The second race of note is the NO Habibs MinnelÃ¸p, a group two for 4YOs over 2100m, a 200,000NOK (24,175 euros) which has drawn a strong Scandinavian field led by even money favourite Becky's Serious a Staro Showbiz stallion from the local barn of Vidar Holmlund.
has another with a chance here in Mucsles Yankee colt Mustoyevsky who will have Per Oleg Midtfjeld in the cart.
Kolgjini never travels with a bad horse and Dante Boko is a colt by boom Swedish sireand is sure to be prominent here.
KLOSTERSKOGEN GRAND PRIX
Klosterskogen 2 19/04/14 UET Masters Series Group II Int 2100 3-12 74 000e
1 Francais du Gull (h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr: Erik Lindegren Tr: Erik Lindegren 2100
2 Mosaique Face (h Classic Photo - Iona L.B. ) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2100
3 Tourbillon (v Ganymede - Inlaid Pine) Dr: Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr: Åsbjörn Tengsareid 2100
4 I'm The Answer (h Credit Winner - Southwind Flanders) Dr: Vidar Hop Tr: Frode Hamre 2100
5 Oasis B (h Toss Out - Up Front Jm) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Stefan P Pettersson 2100
6 Thai Broadway (h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr: Gunnar Austevoll Tr: Trond Anderssen 2100
7 Premance Simoni (s S J's Photo - Amance Höjgård) Dr: Bo Westergård Tr: Bo Westergård 2100
8 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 2100
9 Broadway Legs (h Broadway Hall - Classical Flirt) Dr: Frode Hamre Tr: Frode Hamre 2100
10 Orali (h Great Challenger - Action Elpin) Dr: Jeppe Juel Tr: Jeppe Juel 2100
Group II Int 4YOS 2100m 24,175 euros
1 Mustoyevsky (h Muscles Yankee - Olympic Cheers) Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld Tr: Frode Hamre
2 Tano Bork (h Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt
3 Shocking Icon (h Whitesand Titan - Bernadette's Cat) Dr: Kai Johansen Tr: Anders L Wolden
4 Becky's Serious (h Staro Showbiz - Bella Coal) Dr: Eirik Höitomt Tr: Vidar Holmlund
5 Dante Boko (h Going Kronos - Margherita Rosa) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini
6 Talking Story (h Majestic Son - R. First Inquirer) Dr: Torgeir Hagmann Tr: Torgeir Hagmann
7 Glad Hall T. (s Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit) Dr: Björn Garberg Tr: Björn Garberg
8 Duke of Greenwood (h Otello Pierji - Nikki Groenhof) Dr: Hugo Langeweg J:r Tr: Peter Strooper
9 Boys Going In (h Going Kronos - Namura) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Fredrik Persson
10 Bullish U.S. (v Cantab Hall - Upmarket Hanover) Dr: Frode Hamre Tr: Frode Hamre
by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com