Olympiatravet draws stellar field in Sweden

12:40 AM 25 Apr 2014 NZST
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Noras Bean is one of the favorites in the Olympiatravet
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Olympiatravet, or the Olympia Trot is the first Group One of the new season for harness racing in Sweden and befitting its history it has drawn a stellar field of Scandinavian trotters.

The UET Masters Series race, which has been a fixture at Aby since 1984 is worth 1.5 million SEK (330 000 euros) and is raced over two laps, or 2140m.

This is a race whose alumni present a creme de la creme of European racing. Last year's winner was none other than Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah, while the two previous winners were both Elitloppet winners, Commander Crowe and Brioni.

The greatest trotter of all time Varenne won the race twice (2000 and 2002), while US champions who have had a marked impact on the breed in Europe such as Pershing (1979) and Sugarcane Hanover (1988) have etched the name on the honour roll.

And a Swedish horse who has repaid some of that debt and influenced modern North American breeding, Meadow Road (the sire of Kadabra), also won the race, back in 1985.

A US stallion Texas, is joint top sire with three individual winners in Grades Singing (1987), Karate Chop (1991) and dual winner Copiad (1996-7).

Italian-bred but of pure US bloodlines, and the most influential sire of the millennium in Sweden, Viking Kronos also has three winners including Maharajah (who holds the record with 1.11.0 (1.54.1MR)), with stallion sons Triton Sund (2009) and Thai Thanic (2006).

Swedish star Gidde Palema with 3 wins in a row from 2003 has won the race more times than any other although four horses have won it twice.

Leading the trainers and drivers' honours are legendary horseman Stig Johansson and an addition to US ranks, champion mentor Ake Svanstedt, who have both trained four winners of the race, who by virtue of driving their charges each time, both also top the drivers honours with four.

Stig Johansson is back again this year with Kash's Cantab (by Cantab Hall), although he leaves the driving these days to Erik Adielson.

Svanstedt of course is busy with Sebastien K, who ran third in this race last year, and the rest of his team ready for a campaign in the States at his Florida base.

But there is certainly plenty of stars left in Europe to provide a stellar lineup.

How about last year's Elitloppet winner Sanity? Check. This year's Prix de France winner (the biggest race in France over the same distance) Noras Bean? Check. The best horses in Norway (Yarrah Boko ) and Finland (Brad de Veluwe)? Check.

Raja Mirchi, who won the top races in Sweden for both 2YO and 3YO and also won this year's Prix Tenor de Baune in France, is also in the lineup.

Throw in the in form V75 stalwarts Mr Picolet, Harry Haythrow and Ed You, and the stage is set for a super showdown.

OLYMPIATRAVET Abby

26/04/14 SE UET Masters Series Group I Int 2 140 All 330,000 euros

1         Kash's Cantab h   Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash   Erik Adielsson   Stig H Johansson     

2         Ed You v   Love You - Lancia Brick   Robert Bergh   Robert Bergh           

3         Mr Picolit h   Scarlet Knight - Good Enough   Jorma Kontio   Raoul Engblom           

4         Brad de Veluwe h   Andover Hall - Amazing Ride   Tuomas Korvenoja   Tuomas Korvenoja     

5         Raja Mirchi h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec   Lutfi Kolgjini   Lutfi Kolgjini         

6         Solvato h   Donato Hanover - Solveig   Veijo Heiskanen   Veijo Heiskanen    

7         Sanity v   Love You - Flash Light   Örjan Kihlström   Malin Löfgren    

8         Yarrah Boko h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten   Ulf Ohlsson   Trond Anderssen       

9         Harry Haythrow v   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda   Peter Untersteiner   Johnny Johansson    

10         Noras Bean h   Super Arnie - Easy Bean   Stefan Söderkvist   Ulf Stenströmer  

by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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