Maharajah wins the V75 Gold at Aby

04:24 AM 15 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Maharajah - won the V75 Gold at Aby today

Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), reunited with teamster Orjan Kihlstrom, won todays V75 Gold at Aby over 2140 meters autostart. He earned 150,000SEK for the win, his 29th in 55 appearances, now for career earnings over 19.1 million SEK.

Kihlstrom moved the veteran to the front after the first quarter and he led thereafter, beating off a challenge from US import Solvato that faded to fifth in late going. Maharajah won by ¾ length under no apparent urging as he defeated Oasis Bi (5m Toss Out-Upo Front JM-Self Possessed) and Claes Svensson with late charging Politiken (6g ENS Snapshot-Goldie Hawn-Earthquake) third for Morten Friis.

The winner was timed in 1.12.8kr over a sloppy racetrack on a rainy, foggy afternoon and keeps Sweden's trotting icon in the hunt for the prestigious Prix d'Amerique in late January.

Italian Derby to Re Degli Dei

At Napoli, Italy,  Re Degli Dei (3m Conway Hall-Bliz-Sugarcane Hanover) won the Italian Derby (Gr. I, 2100 meters, 22,000 euro purse) first elimination in 1.13.6kr for teamster T. DiLorenzo. He defated Remo Gas (3m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out) and Roberto Vecchione and Roi de Coeur (3m Love You-Copacabana DK-Record OK) ending third for Enrico Baldi.

At Paris-Vincennes the Quinte + Gr. II Prix Oscar Collard (2100 meters autostart, 95,000 euro purse) went to Ultimate du Rib (5g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) for teamster J. L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. He nailed Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) driven by Pierre Vercruysse, on the line in 1.12.9kr. This one is owned by Ecurie Bologna and trained by Mario Baroncini. Another Conway sired offspring, Conway Fortuna (4m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee), was third for Hugo Langeweg Jr and owner Gerrits Recycling Group.

The Vincennes co-feature was the Gr. III Prix de Pithiviers over 2700 meters for a purse of 76,000 euro. The Dubois clan was one-two as Ecurie Victoria Dreams' Ah Quel Micha (3m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare) scored easily for Julien Dubois in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Moulin trains the winner. American Eagle (3m Offshore Dream-Paradise's Key) was second for owner, trainer, driver Jean-Etienne Dubois.

by Thomas H. Hicks for


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