If history counts for anything, then D’One is a shoo-in for the Swedish Oaks on Saturday.
The Donato Hanover filly has breeding going her way, being not only the offspring of two world champions but her dam, Giant Diablo (1.50.1, US$1.98 million) is also a former winner of this race.
No one has won more Swedish Oaks in the bike than her regular pilot Örjan Kihlström, and her trainer Roger Walmann is second on the list of trainers who have won this Swedish classic, with three - behind Stig Johansson who has trained six but is not represented tonight.
D'One won the second of six heats from which the top two went into this race, and has won seven of her 10 starts and placed twice. Indeed she won her first four starts before a third in the Group I E3 Langa fillies final, and has won three of her last four. She has also has the number two draw in her favour.
But there are 11 other fillies who will be keen to deny her that place in the history books including Solvalla local Walmann’s second filly in the event Mellby Briolett who will also be one of the favourites, although she does mix her performances as her 3 wins 3 placings in 10 starts shows.
But the Going Kronos filly has already won the Group I E3 Langa final. She is also from a super family with her dam is a half-sister to Self Possessed from the family of Deweycheatumnhowe. She will be driven by Johan Untersteiner.
Walmann’s third entry is Mythical Fortune (Mythical Lindy) Torbjörn Jansson who was second in that heat and has been a consistent performer with five wins and three seconds in 13 starts.
Another Solvalla trainer Björn Röcklinger has heat winner Fly the World who went the fastest time in the heats with 1.13.5 but is drawn nine. The Juliano Star filly has won nine of her 17 starts and has a best mobile time of 1.13.2 (1.57.4MR) and will be driven by Juha Siirtonen.
Stefan Melander who is lying third in the Swedish training premiership has drawn the pole with Symmetric a daughter of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, arguably the most successful US stallion in modern times. This filly is a very interesting runner with, her dam being Magyare Turgot, a sister to Noba Turgot who won the French Classic Prix des Elites, which coincidentally is being run the very same night, in Vincennes.
Her win in the qualifying heat was her first but with her French bloodlines, it might just be that she is now getting mature enough to compete at this level.
Melander also has the lightly raced Classification in the race after she ran second in her heat in only her sixth start. Drawn six and with driving ace Bjorn Goop in the cart, she is also by Scarlet Knight and is out of an Italian mare who was a Group I placegetter in Sweden.
Tomas Malmqvist’s Backfire (Offshore Dreama) was a close second in her heat but will be one of the fancied runners because she has a habit of taking the runners-up spot in big races. She was second in the E3 Langa fillies final and also the E3 Korta fillies (sprint) final and also has a fast record of 12.1(1.56MR). She will be driven by Erik Adielsson.
Peter Untersteiner’s Neona Princess (Gigant Neo) won her heat and has a strong record of seven wins in nine starts. Apart from her heat win her best other victory was in the E3 consolation her best, while her quickest time is 12.5. She has drawn three and will be driven by Kenneth Haugstad.
Untersteiner’s other entrant is Our Precious (Pearsall Hanover) another heat winner although this was only her second win, and undoubtledly her best performance so far She has only had 10 starts but is beautifully bred, being from the same family as Super Bowl and will be driven by Jörgen Sjunnesson.
Ragata (Deweycheatumnhowe) was second in her heat and Swedish-based Finn Timo Nurmos’ filly’s best win was in March when she won the Coccinelles lopp in Solvalla, beating home Fly The World. She has Jorma Kontio in the bike.
Room to Go (Varenne) is trained and driven by Hans-Owe Sundberg and was also second in her heat in a time that was not bettered earlier. She has only won two of her seven starts but does have a very quick record of 12.3 (1.56.2MR) which she took when running a close second in the heat of the E3 to Mythical Fortune, so does have talent.
Donna di Quattro (Love You) is trained by Tomas Malmqvist and was second in her heat. She has been a consistent performer with four wins and five placings in 14 starts and will be driven by Thomas Uhrberg.
Solvalla 2140m (G1) Nat 3YO Fillies €330,000
1 Symmetric (3f Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot) Dr: Marcus M Melander Tr Stefan Melander
2 D'One (3f Donato Hanover - Giant Diablo) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr Roger Walmann
3 Neona Princess (3f Gigant Neo - Dew Princess) Dr: Kenneth Haugstad Tr Peter Untersteiner
4 Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover - Nova Brodda) Dr: Jörgen Sjunnesson Tr Peter Untersteiner
5 Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos - Merit Lane) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr Roger Walmann
6 Classification (3f Scarlet Knight - Elma Jet) Dr: Björn Goop Tr Stefan Melander
7 Donna di Quattro (3f Love You - Whoopie As) Dr: Thomas Uhrberg Tr Tomas Malmqvist
8 Ragata (3f Deweycheatumnhowe - Kemp's Emilie) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr Timo Nurmos
9 Fly the World (3f Juliano Star - Night Mare E) Dr: Juha Siirtonen Tr Björn Röcklinger
10 Backfire (3f Offshore Dream - Fashion Brodda) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr Tomas Malmqvist
11 Mythical Fortune (3f Mythical Lindy - Foreign Fortune) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr Roger Walmann
12 Room to Go (3f Varenne - Long Distance) Dr: Hans-Owe Sundberg Tr Hans-Owe Sundberg
by David Sanders for Harnesslinkl.com