Noras Bean back in Sweden gunning for wins

01:32 AM 03 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Noras Bean heads the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro
Johan Lejon
Hans R Stromberg
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With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend.

Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique.

He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly.

Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form.

"The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December.

The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line.

Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight.

Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back.

Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros.

Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking.

Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat.

Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs .

LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro

05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR)

1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini

2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer

3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt

4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson

5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer

6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom

7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon

8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg

9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini

by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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