Lutfi Kolgjini reined Mosaique Face (5m-Iona LB- ) to a convincing front-end win in the Volkswagen Sweden Cup Final, worth 500,000SEK ($76,000 US) to the winner.
The winner recorded his 11th victory in 32 starts now for earnings of 5,524,230SEK ($800,000 US). Racing barefoot, after racing with shoes in his elim, Mosaique Face defended his post one start and forced lead-contending Beer Summit into a speed-miscue shortly after the start. Once done Kolgjini raced on the lead thereafter and held second finishing Francais du Gull (7m-Tantiem Gull- ) for the rest of the way.
O'Grady ended third in the race timed in 1.09.9kr, after the first 1000 meters in a rated 1.11kr. The winner was sharp and speedy through the line.
Mosaique Face made a break in the recent Copenhagen Cup after shying at the white parade horse that was in the infield. Otherwise he too might be in the Elitloppet along with stablemate Raja Mirchi that could be a contender tomorrow, especially with the hot nature of the Kolgjini stable.
The Sweden Cup is quite a race conducted this day before a huge, appreciative gathering at Solvalla.
Solvalla Sweden Cup action began at 10:30am local time in Stockholm but the real action began later with the first two Sweden Cup eliminations, each with 100,000SEK awarded to the winners.
Mosaique Face took the first test with a win by disqualification for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini in 1.09.5kr over 1609 meters autostart.
The five-year-old son of Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill is owned by Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and he led from the start to just before the line. Ed You (by Love You) got by for Robert Bergh but was a dq due to interference to Lindys Jersey Boy in the stretch. Bergh was locked on the inner and pulled a bit early into the path of Lindys Jersey Boy causing that one to go off-stride.
Next across the line were Francais du Gull, O’Grady (Denmark), and Opitergium (Italy).
Elim B Sweden Cup went to Monster Drive and Bjorn Goop. Timed in 1.10.2kr the pair defeated Beer Summit (USA), Traveling Man and Democrat.
The Yannick Gingras driven Paladin Blue made a three-wide move on the backstretch and made a miscue in the final turn. Monster Drive recorded his 18th career win in 87 starts for 4,477,191 earned. He’s an eight year-old son of Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover. Commander Crowe was scratched sick.
Other race results are as follows:
Vilukko (5g Love You-Buwarienne-Buvetier d’Aunou), trainer/driver Tommi Kylliainen, 1.11.7kr over 1609 meters autostart, his 10th win in 19 starts
Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capri-Probe), Jorma Kontio up, 1.10,.4kr over 1609 meters autostart, 18th win in 42 outings
Quick Fix (5g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover), Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, his fourth win in only 10 starts for 234,600SEK earned
Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill), Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. EriKsson, 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, his seventh win in 43 tries for 796,500SEK earned. Eriksson won three USA Hambletonians with Prakas in 1985 and then with Giant Victory and Alf Palema
Vasterbo Fantast (4m Mr. Pine Chip-Fassia LB-Supergill), Erik Adielsson up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, his fifth victory in 21 starts for 538,000SEK earned
Dileve Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden trainer/driver for Stall Zet, 1.10.7kr over 1609 meters autostart, her 15th win in 70 appearances for 5,714,853SEK in the Lady Snarts (mares elite race); over Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty-Yankee Glide) and driver Robin Bakker
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com