In the absence of two Swedish millionaire hotshots in Rolling Stones (8 wins in a row) who sensationally broke in his heat and Vasterbo Loveboat, a 10 win colt who also missed qualification, the(4 million SEK) is now a wide open affair.
There certainly doesn’t look like any Maharajah, Mr Lavec, Remington Crown or Zoogin in this lineup for one of the feature races of the Swedish season raced over 2640m on the Solvalla track.
A strong case could be made for’s colt Final Oak (Make it Happen) who has won his last three in a row to make it six wins and two placings from 12 starts. He was a hot favourite in his heat and covered the 2640m in under 2 minute time. He will have on board this week as Jorma Kontio is engaged to drive his usual employer Timo Nurmos’ colt Jens Patrik.
A son of dual Prix d’Amerique winner, Jens Patrik is just a 2 win horse, with his heat win just his second but it was the second fastest of the night, a tidy 1.14.1 (1.59.1MR) for the 2640m journey. His driver Kontio, will be going for his third win in the event.
Nurmos also has Sir Ratzeputz () who will be driven by in the field but he has only won three minor races so far and the heat place getter has a horror draw
Alkalizer Am has only had five starts but you can’t fault the form of Olimede gelding who is trained and driven by. He has won his last four on the trot and his Swedish bred dam Alltid V.G. was very good in this age group with a win in the Coccinelles and second placings in the E3 Langa, Guldstoet and at 4 seconds in the Stochampionet and Breeders Crown. Perhaps in the absence of true star power, his credentials shine a little brighter.
trained and drove Amazing Man ( ) to the fastest time in the heats at a very slick 1.13.5 (1.58.1MR) for the 2640m. He now has four minor wins in 11 starts and isn’t the worst.
Fredrik Persson trains Boys Going In () who has won five of nine including a win in the Going Kronos Mile on July 30 in Jagersro in 1.56 which earned him a 300,000SEK pay day. His driver will be who will be looking to emulate his brother Jimmy, who won the race in 1994 with Mr Lavec.
Rokkakudo () is a product of the giant Menhammar Stud and his win in the heat was his best performance so far, and just his second in 16 starts although he was third in the E3 heats and fifth in the final. trains the colt who will be driven by Ulf Ohlsson.
The ace draw went to Nimbus C.D. () is trained by at Jagersro and has had five wins in just eight starts but the win in the kriterium heats was his biggest. The gelding is however the half brother to European Derby and Breeders Crown winner Kadett C.D who actually finished eighth in this race.
has trained three winners of this race and he his entry Ruhuna Tea (Viking Kronos) was a hot favourite when going down in that heat and is also from the Menhammar Stud champion factory, and has a pretty smart record with 2 wins and 4 seconds from just 8 starts to date. He is out of mare Dimbula who was third in the Group II Ulf Thorensens Minneslop and from the good family of Hambletonian winner Duenna. He also has five time Travkriterium winning driver in the cart.
Roger Walmann’s Carelin (Super Arnie ) has won three minor races while Bjorn Goop’s B.B. Tigger has only had three starts, but has won two of them. Who knows, in this field they could surprise.
2640 (G1) Nat 3YOs €470,000
1 Nimbus C.D. (v Mythical Lindy - Kiss of Life) Dr: Per Nordström Tr: Per Nordström
2 Final Oak (3c Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Henrik Hoffman
3 Rokkakudo( h Varenne - Ikebana) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Anna Forssell
4 Amazing Man (h Ken Warkentin - Fayette Broline) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen
5 Jens Patrik (h Offshore Dream - Ebba Britta) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Timo Nurmos
6 Boys Going In (h Going Kronos - Namura) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Fredrik Persson
7 Attack Diablo (h Blue York Yankee - Chanson d'Inverne) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Peter Ingves
8 Ruhuna Tea (h Viking Kronos - Dimbula) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman
9 Alkalizer Am (v Olimede - Alltid V.G.) Dr: Marcus Lindgren Tr: Marcus Lindgren
10 Sir Ratzeputz (h Love You - Celebrate) Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr: Timo Nurmos
11 Carelin (h Super Arnie - Carte Blanche) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann
12 B.B.Tigger (h Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Björn Goop