Heavyweights headed to Norway for Klosterskogen

10:40 AM 18 Apr 2014 NZST
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Frode Hamre

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 of Classic Photo made 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, a Credit Winner trained by local trainer Frode Hamre

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 driver Bjorn Goop in the cart.

The second race of note is the NO Habibs Minneløp, 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.

Frode Hamre 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 sire Going Kronos and 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       

HABIBS MINNELØP

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

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