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Who Will Win The Euros? Picks by Dave Sanders

01:00 PM 09 May 2014 NZST
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With the French racing gearing up for a massive Wednesday meeting at Caen next week, it is left to a Scandinavian double header this week for our handicapping interests, with a V75 double header at Sweden and Denmark (although the other big race meeting is in Finland, but we don't have handicapping access there).

Anyhoo a quick wrap up of last week's V75 which started off so well with BBS Sugarlight (1) 1.72, Sauveur (9) 3.03 getting home at first pick in our first two legs. In the third leg Digital Ink could not catch Reven d'Amour, a former European champion who I mistakenly thought had seen better days, but was outstanding in his first run for 2014, showing that good young horses such as Digital Ink often need a year or two in the top grade to be competitive.

We got one of our wide picks in for the next two legs in Star Advisor but I went for Drillbit As over Mermaid As as an alternate. If you were wise, you would have gone the other and got a share of the pick 5 consolation of$6.60, because though Nato Dream came up short, again, my favourite horse Mellby Viking stormed home to win the big staying test at odds of 3.58. Mellby Viking's win on top of our two earlier first picks gave us a $16.66 return on our $14.

And then to France, where Vision Intense decided to put in one of her occasional gallops to take our money with it, while the other two found one other to beat them, both coming second so if you'd gone each way you'd have covered the bets. Indeed if you had gone each way with your handicapping, you'd have done quite nicely because only Vision Intense and Canaka BF (race 9) failed to pay a place dividend out of 10 picks.

Anyhoo, on to this week's marathon. Two V75s and a ton of great racing in Europe. You gotta love it.

SATURDAY V75, Umaker, Sweden

V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Octopus (6) has three wins in a row but Uranus de Tyrole (4), Tresor d'Inverne (12) (who won at big odds last week) and Navigator Sib (10) are three that should be kept safe. Selection 6-4-8-10

V75-2 Klass I 2140m: The early money and tipping is leaning towards Venkatesh (12) but I'm not convinced with the draw and his capitulation last week. I like good form going into a race and Robis Salvation (7) with three on the trot has that while Vasterbo Fantast (11) has had a new lease in life at Svante Bath's barn and are my picks here. Selection 7 (11)

V75-3 Guldbjorken 1640m: Rocky Winner (1) has been racing in France and has been freshened up with one start since. He has the class to win this. Finnish entrant Sunrise Lover is an interesting horse and has been racing well in quick times, and I'm going to put him in here along with Up Date Hoss (11) who raced well last time out. Selection 1-4-11

V75-4 Mer Vinnare (Coldbloods), 1640m: Manprisen AM (10) wins when he doesn't gallop. I think he is an anchor here. Selection 10

V75-5 Klass II 1640m: Regent Zet (6) was a good second last week, so is the first one down in a tough heat to pick. I'm also throwing in Digital Photo (5) Bartender In (3), MT He's Mine (2) and Kirikou (4) who all have good form. Selection 5-6-3-2-4

V75-6 Berth Johanssons Memorial 2140m: This looks like between three horses, the very classy Quid Pro Quo (10), a dual group one winner, the US import Beer Summit (3), and Chapeau (11), who always seems to get me if I don't pick him, standouts for mine. Selection 3-10-11

V75-7 Bronze division 2640m: I know its always tough having an anchor in the last leg, but I like Time Machine (3), who will be going for four straight and will be very hard to beat from this good draw. Selection 3

TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20

SUNDAY V75, Charlottenlund, Denmark

V75-1 Stayer Series 2950m: This meeting is as hard to find an anchor in as any I have handicapped thus far, with some very open fields. I can't find anything I like more than Alfas da Vinci (7) as a stand alone shot, with three wins in his last five and a good tough win last time out. Fingers crossed here. Selection 7

V75-2 Fyraåringseliten Gr II 2000m: I know Corky (9) came third in the Hambo last year, and was a good 2YO, but US import horses are really struggling to gain traction in Europe at the moment, where the extra distance just seems to be beyond most of them. This is his first trip over 2000m and I am happy to risk him, even though he will go out at short odds. German Derby winner Tiger Woods As (1) is a very talented horse and from the ace draw is my first pick. I'm going to go for the Danish visitor Tano Bork (6) as my alternate, although you can take Corky if you are prepared to risk the extra distance an tough draw. Selection 1 (6)

V75-3 Bronze division 2000m: I really like VasterboontheNews (11) a lot, and in this really tough meeting, he's going to do me as my second anchor. Selection 11

V75-4 Silver division, 2000m: Peter Untersteiner's stable has been in super form and Sponsor (6) is coming off the back of two wins in this, so is at the top of his game. Sahara Fairytale (9) has been racing well recently as had the Dutch mare Bibi Barosso (3) who we'll put in our combinations. Selection 6-3-9

V75-5 Klass I 2000m: Derby Lobell (11) has won three on the trot, but the draw is against her, and there are plenty of in form horses in here such as MT Follow Me (7) Royal Trophy (2), Rumba Jet (8) and Codebreaker (4). It's a place to go wide. Selection: 11-7-2-8-4

V75-6 The Ultimate 5 Gr II 2000m: I like Stelton (1) but from this draw he is going to be tricky to match Nothing but Class (3) off the gate, so will likely trail. I think it will be between these two. Selection 1 (3)

V75-7 Copenhagen Cup Gr 1 (UETMS) 2011m: Two American breds will be favoured to win this, with Olympia Trot winner Solvato (5) meeting much vaunted US speedster Uncle Peter (1), who will have to get over a long trip and a rise in distance (and, class) and is only four, which is a baby on the continent. There are others with good claims like tough warhorses Beckman (6) and Caballion (10), who have been racing in France but I like Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face (7) in this, another tough customer who won the biggest Swedish races for 4YOs last year, and, a year older and more mature, he can win this at pretty good odds. Selection 7-10-5-1

TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20







Race 5 Octopus (6)


Race 6 Robis Salvation (7)


Race 7 Rocky Winner (1)


Race 8 Manprisen AM (10)


Race 9 Regent Zet (6)


Race 10 Quid Pro Quo (10)


Race 11 Time Machine (3)





Race 5 Alfas da Vinci (7)


Race 6 Tiger Woods As (1)


Race 7 VasterboontheNews (11)


Race 8 Sponsor (6)


Race 9 Rumba Jet (8)


Race 10 Stelton (1)


Race 11 Mosaique Face (7)


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