The featured V75 Gold division final at Solvalla on Saturday is the Frances Bulwarks Lopp which also counts as a leg of the Masters Series and has seen a very accomplished field qualify for this final.
Norway’s Yarrah Boko is an undisputed star in his adopted homeland with a raft of international wins in France, Norway and Sweden. He is undefeated in 2013 which started with a win in the prestigious Prix de Belgique at Vincennes in the beginning of the year, where he defeated Royal Dream, a couple of weeks before he won the Prix d’Amerique.
The Swedish-bred son of French supersireand top producing US mare Big Blue Kitten then went off to stud before returning to racing in July, and has not been beaten since with two wins in Norway followed by an eye-catching win in the Uno Sweds Minneslopp in Farjestad a fortnight ago over this very distance where he beat Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline who also made the final.
Trond Anderssen’s star can win from a mile to two miles as his record of 34 wins in 75 show for earnings of 9.6million SEK or €670,000. His best time over the sprint distance is 1’09”7 (1.52.1MR) and he will be tough to beat from the one pole in the hands of Ulf Ohlsson
Yarrah Boko was second in the Swedish TravDerby in his year as was rising Swedish star Panne de Moteur, who was going for four in a row until beaten last start in the V75 qualifier by Ake Svanstedt’s New Line, a Danish-bred son ofin Bollnas.
Panne de Moteur ‘s previous loss was in a qualifier of a previous V75 series, to Monster Drive and Harry Haythrow, but he came back to win the final convincingly in Hagmyren and then backed that up with victory in the Group I Jubileumspokalen, where beat none other than Sebastian K and Save The Quick.’s star for the publicly owned Travkompaniets Stall (stable) will be primed for this.
Another former age-group star is Kadett CD who won the Grand Prix de l’UET - which is one of the features the following day at Solvalla - in his year defeating the two French stars Timoko and The Best Madrik.
He followed that up a month later with Breeders Crown triumph but it would be fair to say that’s charge has not reached the heights of the French stars since with only two more victories in the past two seasons. But he has been mixing stud duties and he did come out of that season this year with a win in June, and he has been in the money the past three outings.
Magic Tonight is a US import in thestable and has had two wins and two seconds in six European starts. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall beat a good field of four year-olds including last year’s E3 winner Standout in the Fyraåringsstjärnan last start recently but this is a big step up for one so young.
Iceland is a former Elitloppet winner but hasn’t had a win since May last year, and the veteran son ofhasn’t been in the top three in his last 16 starts. He’s got ace Johnny Takter in the cart and he will need all of his experience and more than a little luck to win this.
Former 3YO Breeders Crown winner Perfectly Enough is trained bybut struggling to make an impression in the elite grades so far, while Monster Drive, Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline are tough old journeymen, but will need luck to get more than a share of this.
FRANCES BULWARKS LOPP
2140m (G2) Int Open €115 000
1 Yarrah Boko (NOR) (8h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Trond Anderssen
2 Monster Drive (7h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Reijo Liljendahl
3 Perfectly Enough (5h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson
4 Magic Tonight (4h Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann
5 Panne de Moteur (5h Credit Winner - Jalopy) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman
6 Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr: Kenneth Haugstad Tr: Johnny Johansson
7 Kadett C.D. (6h Scarlet Knight - Kiss of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh
8 New Line (8g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr: Åke Svanstedt
9 Iceland (9h Scarlet Knight - Grandezza Ri) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Stefan Melander
10 You Bet Hornline (7h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Robert Bergh