Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah.
There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown, while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur.
Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both won big races in France as six-year-olds to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win.
Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy indeed has something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix Tenor De Baune victory.
But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series.
He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion last year in a very good field.
2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m
1 Labero Broline (h Pine Chip - Armbro Natural) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Svante Båth
2 Raja Mirchi (h Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini
3 Sanity (g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Malin Löfgren
4 Yanantin Boko (g Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr: Darren Mizzi Tr: Olle Alsén
5 Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Johnny Johansson
6 Montgomery Gel (h Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Timo Nurmos
7 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson
8 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I Nilsson
9 Francais du Gull (h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Erik Lindegren