On Track Piraten heads Orebro International

11:08 AM 02 May 2014 NZST
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Sweden provides an opportunity for stayers to gain valuable UET Masters Series points at Orebro on Saturday night, also doubling as the last leg of the V75.

Swedish Masterskap winner On Track Piraten off a 40 metre handicap to the front runners is the class runner in the race.

The altered son of French stallion Kool du Caux, is a group one winner over a staying distance having won Germany's top race last year, the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, at Hamburg over the 2720m distance.

Hans R Stromberg's gelding is also the winner of the CL Mullers Memorial over 2640m at Jagersro and the Masterskap or Swedish Championships at Aby over the same distance, both races carrying group two status.

His sire Kool de Caux was second in the Prix d'Amerique (2700m) but also had a good turn of speed with victories in the Group one Copenhagen Cup (2011m) and the Prix de France (2100m) in a stellar career in which he won 1.5 million euro and took a record of 1.09.8 (1.52.2MR).

"The Pirate's" major opposition will come from the likes of last year's winner New Line a Danish-bred son of King Conch who was trained in the victory by Ake Svanstedt, who of course is now resident in the United States but has transferred the horse to son Anders' stable.

New Line has true staying credentials, not only winning this event last year but placing in the Harper Hanovers Lopp, the staying test on Elitloppet weekend, and the Malmo Stads Pris, another 3km marathon.

Another with claims is Mellby Viking, the royally bred son of Viking Kronos, who relishes the longer distance.

He has a super French pedigree, being from the family of Romee, the foundation mare for a family which includes Prix du Cornulier winner Dream With Me, Indy de Vive, the sire of Ready Cash, Italian Derby winner Daguet Rapide - another highly successful sire - Lazio du Bourg, who won the Criterium des 3 Ans, and Giesolo de Lou, who won just shy of 2 million euro to name but a few.

Mellby VIking is very lightly raced, with just 22 starts for 13 wins and two placings, but 3 of the wins are at this distance, and one suspects trainer Timo Nurmos has some choice French missions ahead for the six-year-old stayer who is off the 20m handicap.

Porthos Amok is also one who could figure prominently. He is a son of Orlando Vici, a French sire whose son Un Mec D'Heripre is one of the rising stars in his native land. Orlando Vici has also Great Success in Sweden, with Pato a TravKriterium and TravDerby winner while Porthos Amok, himself, was second in last year's Swedish TravDerby.

Another Swedish Travderby winner Beau Mec is actually in the race. Robert Bergh's a son of Jag de Bellouet, one of the true greats of the French scene, winning 4.4million euros on the back of victories in both the Prix d'Amerique and Prix Cornulier, the top races in France in harness and under saddle, and each race of the French triple crown.

Beau Mec has won twice in France but apart from his Group one Travderby success, has largely been a bit part player since that win as a 4YO.

OREBRO INTERNATIONAL

03/05/14 SE Group II Int UET Masters Series 3140 all 91 000

1 Kemas Magic (h Kadabra - Gold Dust) Dr: Fredrik Persson Tr: Fredrik Persson 3140

2 Super Photogenic (g Super Photo Kosmos - Foreign Fortune) Dr: Niclas Stenqvist Tr: Bo Hellkvist 3140

3 Diamond of Ace (h Turbo Sund - Catch the Moment) Dr: Leif Witasp Tr: Leif Witasp 3140

4 Corleone Shark (g Capetown Hall - Charlatan Shark) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Risto Airaksinen 3140

5 Ciske de Rat (g Castleton Bass - Keetje Tippel) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Bas Crebas 3140

6 Bar Plombier (g Tony Oaks - Francine Bar) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Eric Martinsson 3140

7 Jupiter Rodney (h Skogans Orlov - Judy Rodney) Dr: Palle Günther Tr: Bo Örberg 3140

8 On Hold (g Valley Victor - Kill Time) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Berne Gustafsson 3160

9 Narold Vox (g Orlando Vici - Bonnie Vox) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Krister Jakobsson 3160

10 Sem Jafet (g S J's Photo - Persilja) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 3160

11 Mellby Viking (h Viking Kronos - Naomi de Lou) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Timo Nurmos 3160

12 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Hans R Strömberg Tr: Hans R Strömberg 3180

13 Beau Mec (h Jag de Bellouet - Extreme Lady) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 3180

14 New Line (g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Anders Svanstedt Tr: Anders Svanstedt 3180

15 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Melander 3180

by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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