Swedish legendis taking his German-bred colt Indigious back to the land of his birth for a crack at the Grosser Preis von Duetschland, the country’s biggest race for 4YOs run over the staying distance of 2720m.
Indeed Johansson is one of no less than six Swedish trainers taking their charges to Hamburg in search of international Group I glory and a hefty purse of €200,000.
Johansson won this race four years ago withcolt Nu Pagadi, and Swedes have been successful in the last two runnings of the race, with last year’s winner being Kool du Caux gelding On Track Piraten (who races in the Swedish Championships at Aby this weekend).
Roger Walmann’s champion mare Tamla Celeber () was successful in 2011, and went on to win the US Breeders Crown for mares the following season.
Indigious, who is owned in Germany by Friedrich Gentz is fresh from a meritorious fourth place in the European 4YO Derby (Grand Prix de l’UET) in the hands of regular pilot, who will drive him here.
The well-performed son ofhas won 10 of his 22 starts since he began his career as a 3YO with five wins in a row and has already been second a Group I, when he followed Svante Bath’ (4mQuid Pro Quo (4h ) hone in Sprintermastern Final in July.
Quid Pro Quo is also in this race and Bath has engaged fellow trainerto drive him. Quid Pro Quo has 11 wins in 25 starts and was fourth in the Swedish TravDerby. He did not start in the European 4YO Derby after missing out in the heats – to Indigious.
Star Swedish driverwill be aboard Lars Nilsson’s Dreams Take Time, an colt who was second in the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown last year and won his last start, after taking a break in July after missing out on the Sprint Masterskap.
Lutfi Kolgjini never leaves home without a horse who has a chance and he fronts up with Viking America () who is out of a half-sister to Ette Extra, the dam of European Derby winning Qualita Bourbon and exciting new sire Sam Bourbon.
Viking America is yet to show the same flair on the track although he has won seven of 32 starts including a heat of the Swedish TravDerby recently – only to break in the TravDerby itself.
The Netherlands will be represented with two horses the best of them being Clint W Boko who was in impressive winner of his European 4YO Derby heat against a quality French field at Vincennes.
Coincidentally Paul Hagoort’s Dutch Derby winner is the son of a German champion,, who won the in a stellar career. Abano As also won the Grand Prix de l’UET, the race Clint W Boko was fifth in, in his last start, right behind Indigious. He may indeed share favouritism for this event.
Finland is represented by Tuomas Korvenoja’s filly Creme Brulee (4m) who won the mare’s Sprint final at Halmstad in July but has not won since in four starts. Her record is seven wins in 20 starts and might find the colts and the distance too much here.
Of the German runner 4mLindo Eden won the Grosser Preis NRZ-Pokal this year and was third in the Traben St Leger last year while Dream Magic BE was the German Traber-Derby winner who has been a regular placegetter in German group races since he was a 2YO.
Casanova was second in the German Derby while Betterthancheckers won the Bayern Pokal as a 3YO, and they are the only others with form in big German races.
GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND
13/10/13 Group 1 International 4YO (4m€200,000 2720m
1 Betterthancheckers (h Donato Hanover - Armbro Domino) Dr: Michael Schmid Tr: Josef Franzl
2 Caen Oldeson (h Offshore Dream - Krona Oldeson) Dr: John de Leeuw Tr: Frank A Westerveld
3 Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra - Chiptease) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Marcus Lindgren
4 Casanova (4h Ufo Kievitshof - Pinky) Dr: Roland Hülskath Tr: Paul Hagoort
5 Clint W.Boko (4h Abano As - Vantz Boko) Dr: Robin Bakker Tr: Paul Hagoort
6 Cowboy Fanatic (4g Broadway Hall - Super Fanatic) Dr: Rob de Vlieger Tr: Rob de Vlieger
7 Creme Brulee (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera) Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja
8 Dream Duo (4h Kadabra - Chip's Commission) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen
9 Dream Magic BE (4h Dream Vacation - Dantesca Cla) Dr: Josef Franzl Tr: Josef Franzl
10 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I Nilsson
11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson
12 Lindo Eden (4h Unforgettable - Quickstar Hornline) Dr: Arnold Mollema Tr: Arnold Mollema
13 Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage) Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr: Svante Båth
14 Viking America (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini