Day At The Track

The Konung Carl Xvi Gustafs Silverhäst

05:57 PM 13 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Reven d’Amour heads a field of nine Erik Adielsson Swedish master Stig Johansson
Reven d’Amour heads a field of nine
Erik Adielsson
Swedish master Stig Johansson

REVEN d’AMOUR WOULD LOVE TO GET ANOTHER BIG WIN

Former European 3YO champion Reven d’Amour heads a field of nine in the Konung Carl Xvi Gustafs Silverhäst (Silver Horse), the V75 gold division final at Solvalla on Saturday night.

Reven d’Amour was disappointing in his last start, but was a dominating winner in his previous start where he returned to the form of old with a brilliant front-running display.

From former US-based Swedish champion Revenue’s first crop, Reven d’Amour is still  his sire’s richest Swedish-bred son and has recorded two wins in only six starts this season.

Revenue is now based in Norway where he serving full books after four seasons in the US where he sired current open class star Market Share, and Breeders Crown winner Break The Bank K, although he failed to crack the US market despite these successes.

Reven d’Amour has endured several unproductive seasons as he struggled to recreate his early brilliance, although after he has been rejuvenated since a five-month break earlier this year.

He has a great draw, good gate speed and is well positioned to make it three wins from seven this campaign.

In contrast Perfectly Enough has picked up a cheque on 15 of his last 15 visits to the racetrack, although only two of them have been wins. He was third in last year’s TravDerby and is a former Swedish Breeders Crown 3YO champion, but the 5YO  is in the middle of that tricky period between age-group and full maturity which most European horses struggle with.

But the son of Express It is at Swedish master Stig Johansson’s barn and has Erik Adielsson in the bike and will be right in contention.

There are none tougher than old warhorse Womanizer, the Finnish trained roan son of Tap In. Jarno Kauhanen’s nine-year-old gelding has seven wins and three second placings in 17starts this campaign and is another fast beginner who will appreciate his number 3 alley.

Monster Drive is another of those tough V75 campaigners, with a win and seven placings  in 17 starts this year.  But he is always there and there abouts and Reijo Liljendahl  has engaged top Swedish pilot Bjorn Goop, who partnered him in his last win, back in July.

He was unlucky last start and is in good form, having not finished further back than fifth before that in 10 starts.

The pole position goes to out of form Scarlet Knight gelding Haraldinho, a former Swedish Breeders Crown placegetter who has not won in more than a year.

KONUNG CARL XVI GUSTAFS SILVERHÄST

Solvalla

16/11/13 (G2) Int 2140m all €115,000

1  Haraldinho  (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr: Catarina Lundström   

 2  Perfectly Enough  (5h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson   

 3  Womanizer (g Tap In - Sandra Nibs) Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen Tr: Jarno Kauhanen    

 4  Reven d'Amour  (h Revenue - Melody d’Amour) Dr: Fredrik B Larsson  Tr:  Fredrik B Larsson   

 5  Winning Love  (h Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr: Åke Lindblom Tr: Åke Lindblom   

 6  Monster Drive (h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Reijo Liljendahl   

 7  Francais du Gull  (h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr: Erik Lindegren Tr: Erik Lindegren   

 8  Perfect Toll  (h Alf Palema - Tvindas S. ) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom   

 9  Up-Date Hoss  (h Classic Response - Celebration Ride) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Stig H Johansson   

Dave Sanders

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