Lars Nilsson’s outstanding filly Fascination will be looking to add a second Breeders Crown to her already stunning CV at Eskilstuna tonight in the Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO mares over 2140m for €235,000.
Fascination won the Swedish Oaks earlier this year and has already amassed over €630,000 in 19 wins and was a very easy winner of her semifinal for Johnny Takter.
The daughter of Super Arnie and the Italian bred mare Elissa F.Z (a daughter of Lemon Dra) will start the heavy favourite.
US bound Ake Svandtedt’s Rica Neo was a very impressive winner of the semifinal and is getting better with every race.
The daughter of French sire Juliano Star (the sire of Commander Crowe) could hand Anders Svanstedt his biggest Swedish win prior to his family’s departure to the United States.
Blended Scotch is the number two mare on earnings and beat Fascination and Rica Neo home when winning the Group I Swedish Mares Championship in July.
She tried to attack in her semifinal and faded in the straight. But if she is able to sit at the back and mount her assault later she could win this.
Catarina Lundström’s Gallant Barron mare Mousse is a former E3 final winner but has not been in good form of late, her fourth place in the semifinal being her best run since two victories in June.
She might be coming back into form, while Monica Janisels’ Home Alone mare Jeepster won her semifinal and has the ace draw. Scarlet Knight mare System Performance was also impressive in the lead up race and is improving all the time and is the other with a chance of figuring in the finish.
North American imported sires heavily dominate the field with only four horses sired by European sires. Surprisingly though, there are no North American resident sires represented – all of them are standing in Europe.
Italian supersire Varenne has two representatives as has recently deceased Super Arnie, a very successful US import who stood in Sweden.
SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN
03/11/13 (G1) Int Eskilstuna 2 140 4f 235 000
1 Jeepster (Home Alone - Princess Kullers) Kaj Widell Monica Janisels
2 Fascination (Super Arnie - Elissa F.Z. ) Johnny Takter Lars I Nilsson
3 Rica Neo (Juliano Star - Cristall Cashflow) Anders Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt
4 System Performance (Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Björn Goop Stefan Melander
5 Youana (Pearsall Hanover - Euro Sund) Peter Untersteiner Catharina Johansson
6 Priceless Pellini (Varenne - Garnelia Angus) Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann
7 Mousse (Gallant Baron - Fashion Tilly) Kajsa Frick Catarina Lundström
8 Blended Scotch (Super Photo Kosmos - Hopscotch) Per Linderoth Per Linderoth
9 Xena Brick (Super Arnie - Keystone Nora) Jorma Kontio Timo Nurmos
10 Bailey Sweet Grim (Quite Easy - Green Apple) Stefan Söderkvist Åke Svanstedt
11 Dream of Joy (Dream Vacation - Frida Filiokus) Stefan Persson Stefan Persson
12 Quadrille (Varenne - Tapdancer) Johan Untersteiner Roger Walmann