Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver timed in 1.12.4kr.
This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m-Adelaide Hall) just missed for and Chocolate Day (3m -Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year.
Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner.
The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g -Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g -Simb Capi) third for .
The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m-Classical Flirt) with trainer at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m -Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m -Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard.
The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle.
Thepupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m -Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen.
Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g-Reinvent- ) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the trainee.
The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also atrainee.
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com