Day At The Track

Norwegian Trotting Derby to Viking Va Bene

12:38 AM 09 Sep 2014 NZST
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Geir-Vegard Gundersen (left) and trainer/co-owner Sigbjorn Kolnes celebrate the big victory
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Viking Va Bene (4m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont-Viking Sun) took todays €245,600 Norwegian Trotting Derby in a close contest at Bjerke.

Geir-Vegard Gundersen drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Sigbjorn Kolnes and other owner Per Hauger. The winner, off at 10.8/1 odds, scored in 1.14.65kr over 2600 meters autostart to record his third career win.

Second was Ready Eddie (4m From Above-Delana) and teamster Eirik Hoitomt and third went to USA-bred Conquestador BR (4m Donato Hanover-Likely Volo) handled by trainer Bjorn Goop. Favorite Papagayo E (4m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T) was fourth for reinsman Vidar Hop.

The three year-old Norwegian Kriterium for €184,200 went to 12.7/1 outsider Undone (3m Cigar Bar-Sugarina Land) and pilot Johan-Herbjorn Undem.

Petter Hvistendahl trains the winner for Stall Undone, that scored in 1.13.82kr over 2100 meters autostart in a close bettle to the line.

Glen Ord Superb (3m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) was second for Geir-Vegard Gundersen with Victory Lap (3m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) third with trainer/owner Olav Mikkelborg up. Twelve contested the Kriterium.

The excellent Bjerke card also showcased a host of other major contests.

Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) and driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen won the €23,950 aged event over 2100 meters autostart. He scored in 1.11.6kr over a good field that included Winmecredit and Frode Hamre that finished second ahead of I’m The Answer with Vidar Hop up.

Masaya (3f I’Ideal Bricois-Independence Act-Flying Irishman) took the Finn-Tack Filly Kriterium for a purse of €103,700. She scored in 1.14.5kr over 2100 meters autostart for reinsman Andre H. Stensen. Diador BR and This Is it finished second and third.

Claudia BR (4f Dream Vacation-Sister Sahbra-Supergill) secured the VG Hoppe Derby over 2100 meters autostart in 1.14kr for Bjorn Goop. Glad Hall T was second for Bjorn Garberg, with Taja Be Young third for driver Gunnar Austevoll. The purse was €277,528.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 

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