One of the biggest races on the Swedish calendar, the Swedish Trav Derby for 4YOs, will be held this Sunday at Jagersro for a purse of nearly 4,000,000SEK.
It is a 2640m event, and the best of Sweden’s 4YO crop raced in six heats last week at Jagersro, with the top two from each heat going into the final.
Sons of Viking Kronos have won this race twice and he will be vying to join only four stallions to have sired three winners of the race Bulwark, Locomotive, Scotch Nibs and Count’s Pride.
Viking Kronos is represented by the royally bred gelding Viking America, one of local training legend Lutfi Kogjini’s three representatives and will be driven by Jorma Kontio and who won his heat, the equal fastest, which was his seventh race victory. He has won 7 races worth 541,000SEK and has a best time of 1.11.8 (1.55.3).
Kolgjini who retired his only winner, 2010 champion Joke Face, only last week will be aboard Mosaique Face, a son of Classic Photo and a winner of 6 minor races and 856,000SEK.
But Kolgjini’s best chance though is Group I winner El Mago Pellini, a Chocolatier colt, and another heat winner who will be driven by big race specialist Johnny Takter, the brother of American super trainer Jimmy.
El Mago Pellini has won 9 races and 1.77 million SEK, has best time of 1.11.7 (1.55) and won the prestigious Konung Gustav V’s Pokal this season.
Former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who also had a stellar European racing career after his importation to Sweden (including a second place in the Monte Classic Prix du Cornulier when he was seven which may be a key to his success in Sweden) has two entries in the race both of them heat winners Molle CD (Daniel Reden with his second derby entry who has 9 minor wins) and Stefan Melander’s Increased Workload, a heat winner, who is driven by Orjan Kihlstrom in his seventeenth derby.
One of a trio of representatives of Stefan Melander, from Solvalla, who surprisingly has never won this race, Increased Workload will be one of the favourites having won 10 races and 1.7 million SEK. He has a record of 1.11.8 (1.55.3) and was fourth in last year’s Trav-Kriterium.
Kihlstrom has won the big race twice, one of them, famously, was with Swedish-bred From Above who also has two entries in the race, both trained by Per Lennartson - Mellby Apollo (8wins, 815,000SEK) and outsider Harvey Tornado (5 wins, 304,000SEK).
The past two winners of the race have been by French sires in Pato (Orlando Vici) and Beau Mec (Jag de Bellouet).
This year there are only three French sires represented, with Orlando Vici again having a good chance with one of the favoured runners, Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok who is off the 2 post and in the hands of champion Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop. He has won 4 races and just over 1 million SEK and has a record of 1.12.3 and was one of the two fastest heat winners.
Another well-fancied runner is likely to be Standout, a son of Ganymede, the winner of last season’s E 3 Final and another Melander runner. He starts from post 11, and no derby winner has started from this spot. He has 8 race victories which have earned a tick over 2 million SEK.
The other French stallion, dual Prix D’Amerique winner Offshore Dream is represented by Offshore Man, one of four geldings in the race and likely to be the outsider in the race having just 3 wins and only 345,000SEK in earnings. He will be driven by Torbjörn Jansson for Solvalla trainer Ulrika Wällstedt.
Quid Pro Quo was another heat winner and he starts off the 5 position in the hands of Erik Adielson for for Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath. The group one winner of the Prix Orsi Mangelli, one of Italy’s big races, Quid Pro Quo is also the winner of the Sprintermasteren Final in his 11 race victories which have earned him 3.6 million SEK so far.
The final entry is Ken Warkentin gelding Perfect Power who will be driven by his trainer Peter Untersteiner of Halmstadt. One of the outsiders in the race, he has won three races and 623,400kr.
SVENSKT TRAVDERBY Jägersro
2640m, Nat Group I 4YOs 4,000,000SEK
1 El Mago Pellini (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition) Dr: Johnny Taker Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini
2 Porthos Amok (4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Stefan Melander
3 Molle C.D. (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Tr/Dr: Daniel Redén
4 Increased Workload (4h Scarlet Knight - My Darling) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Melander
5 Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide – Hostage) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Svante Båth
6 Offshore Man (4g Offshore Dream – Ladymint) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Ulrika Wällstedt
7 Mosaique Face (4h Classic Photo - Iona Lb) Tr/Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini
8 Perfect Power (4g Ken Werkentin - Enjoy My Face) Tr/Dr: Peter Untersteiner
9 Viking America (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini
10 Mellby Apollo (4g From Above - Mellby Rubin ) Tr/Dr: Per Lennartsson
11 Standout (4h Ganymede - Ebony D.K. ) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Stefan Melander
12 Harvey Tornado (4h From Above - Beringa Queen) Hanover Dr: Thomas Uhrberg Tr: Per Lennartsson
By Dave Sanders