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Univers de Pan wins 2014 Oslo Grand Prix

03:50 AM 09 Jun 2014 NZST
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Univers De Pan, harness racing
Univers de Pan with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard won the Oslo Gran Prix
2014 Oslo Grand Prix

Univers de Pan overcame a second tier start, heavy traffic, breakers and a three-wide move around the last turn without cover to steadily rally for victory in today's Gr. I UET Master Series classic Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke.

Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and his six-year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere handled the task very effectively to secure the 1.5 krone million first prize ($250,000 US).

They scored in 1.11.9kr by a length over Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane) and reinsman Geir Vagard Gundersen (also trainer) with Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) a fast closing third for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Solvato vacated the pylons early, tried unsuccessfully for the lead, retreated back into the third inside position and then was blocked until late. He finished very well.

Univers de Pan is a 73% French trotteur/27% standardbred outcross (3.8% inbreeding coefficient) and he recorded his third 2014 victory in eight starts with four second place finishes. Career earnings now exceed 11.6 million krone. He's a likely leader of the new European trotting contingent based his superb gait and manners.

Un Mec d'Heripre and Bjorn Goop had aggressively moved three wide at the halfway mark of the 2100 meter autostart test, to gain the death seat and out battled pacesetter B.B.S. Sugarlight late in the final turn before going offstride. Roi du Lupin and Raja Mirchi (racing with shoes) also made breaks during the early portion of the contest.

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Stelton (5g Dream Vacation-Nanuet’s Crown) took today’s Akershus Traktors Europamatch at Bjerke, scoring in 1.13.2kr over 2100 meters autostart for trainer/driver Jeppe Juel. Owned and bred in Denmark,

Stelton earned first money of 300,000 krone for the victory in this race for four and five year-olds. The winner is now perfect in 2014 with three wins in as many appearances. Last year he recorded seven victories in ten starts and was never worse than third. Today’s win moved his career earnings to over two million krone. Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication) held on for third driven by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer) finished fourth.

The Finn-Tack for Open Mares was a hotly contested affair with 12 entrants going 1609 meters autostart for 175,000 krone first prize.

Favored Canaka B.F. (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus) took the prize for Ulf Ohlsson at the lines for trainer Reijo Lilendahl. The invader from Sweden was timed in 1.11.8kr as she swept past rivals in the late going. France’s Tina du Citrus (7f Niky-Onna Lisa) was a good second for Bjorn Goop, driving for Jean Michel Asin trainer and for owner J-P Barjon of Ecurie Citrus. 

The Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel) finished second with Erik Adielsson aboard and former Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh (6f SJ’s Caviar-Odre Coucou) was fourth handled by trainer Frode Hamre.

Other interesting winners today were Denmark’s Ruth Reerstrup (6f Carmondy Lobell-Diva Reerstrup) in 1.13.6kr for Bo Westergaard, also trainer. She won the Contender Sulky sponsored race with 105,000 krone first prize in this 2100 meter autostart event three year-olds and up. Sweden’s You Talking To Me (6g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec) finished second for Erik Adielsson.

The BIS Maskins for four year-olds went to Italy’s Reve d’Amour in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson drove for Mike Lenders trainer. The mare by Love You-Daventry won for the second time in five 2014 starts, the other three times she was second. Finishing third was Il Pizzalolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce), trained by Frode Hamre and reined by Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Another  Italian, Relight My Fire (4g Ganymede-Basic) was second for trainer/driver Hamre.

A group of lightly raced three year-olds contested the 2100 meter autostart Stralfors for 60,000 krone first money. Nelson Nora (3f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday) took that one in 1.15.1kr for Bo Westergaard, her second win in four lifetime appearances. She’s been on the board every time.

The Bjerke card this day was an exceptional display of international trotting before a large and enthusiastic audience and winners representing many nations. The atmosphere was electric with emotion and excitement throughout the racing day.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for


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