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Twist de la Vallee won today’s Quinte+ feature race at Enghien-Soisy. Teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato, the seven year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.13.8kr over the 2900 meters he traveled, overcoming a 25 meter penalty. Denmark invader Ouch was second for Christophe Martens with Norway’s H.M. Monocerus home third for Danien Bonne. Summary follows. July 3,2014, Enghien-Soisym Prix de la Porte de Charenton, European, £54,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot £4.75 million, 1.13.8kr Twist de la Vallee (7m In Love With You-Eillen du Chene-Workaholic), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato, 2900 meters, 5.3/1, seventh win for £258,720 career earnings Ouch (8g Ganymede-Javel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.3/1, 2875 meters, Denmark H.M. Monocerus (7f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova), Damien Bonne for Thierry Duvaldestin trainber, 3.3/1, 2875 meters, Norway. The prior day at Vichy, the Quinte+ went to the J-M Bazire teamed Ustang Ludois in 1.15.4kr over 2875 meters including a 25 meter distance penalty. The six year-old son of Joyau d’Amour scored at 2.9/1 odds in the £48,000 purse Priux de Vincennes. The Quinte+ jackpot that day was £4.7 million and it was not hit, causing another £50,000 jackpot addition to the next day. July 2, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Vincennes, £48,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Quinte+ £4.7 million jackpot, 1.15.4kr Ustang Ludois (6m Jioyau d’Amour-Iosca Ludoise-Off Gy), J-M Bazire, 2875 meters, 2.9/1, seventh win for £185,320 lifetime Uhal Berven (6g Corot-Oasis des Pres), Herve Sonneau, 2850 meters, 14/1 UrIal D’Harcouel (6m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel), P-Y Verva, 2875 meters, 7.5/1 Thomas H. Hicks

Tonight’s excellent Paris-Vincennes card featured European eligible and Gr. III action for four-year-old males and females plus the Gr. II €120,000 Prix Kalmia for three year-old colts. Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) and favorite Duke of Greenwood scored victories and Athena de Vandel won the four year-old mares contest defeating favorite Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover). Coverage follows. The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (Gr. III European four year-old females, purse €80,000) went to Athena de Vandel and trainer/driver Cedric Megissier. The Prince Gede mare scored her sixth career victory in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters raising career earnings to €190,500. The fast closing favorite Tast of Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) just missed for Jean-Pierre Dubois after escaping traffic trouble too late in the contest. Her stablemate Alisma du Corta (by Love You) was a very competitive third for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains the Dubois pair. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Heraclite, Gr. III European, €80,000, females, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.6kr Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3.4/1, owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel, sixth win for €190,500 earnings 1st Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, Denmark, 1.3/1 favorite, first foal of dam she a winner of 21races for €1,538,050 and third in Prix d’Amerique 2nd Alisma du Corta (4f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way), Franck Nivard for Jean Baudron trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 20/1 3rd Rori Axe (4f Ready Cash-Gamire Grif-Kaisy Dream), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/2, Italy 4th Mustang’s Sally (4f Quick Wood-Star Groenhof-Malabar Man), Robin Bakker up for trainer P.J.P, Hagoort, 11/1, Germany The €80,000 Gr. III Prix Camilla for four year-old males went to favorite Duke of Greenwood (4, Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road). Peter J. Strooper trains the Germany bred campaigner and Hugo Langeweg Jr. engineered the front end victory, his fourth for earnings of €174,698. The 2700 meter course was covered in 1.15.3kr. Regio (by Varenne) and Romanesque (by Love You) trailed the winner home. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Camilla, Gr. III European males, €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Grounhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Peter J. Strooper trainer and M. Rothengatter owner, fourth win for €174,698, 1.2/1, Germany 2nd Regio (4m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee), 9/2 odds, Robin Bakker for P.J.P Hagoort, Italy 3rd Romanesque (4m Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 29/1, Italy 4th Ah Quel Micha  (4m Rocklyn-Oceana du Phare-Vroum d’Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer, 6.5/1 5th Arpent d’Ostel (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-Ph. Mary trainer/driver, 16/1 The Prix Kalmia, a Gr. II event for three-year-old colts over 2175 meters went to great gaited  Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) for teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The owner/breeder is Frederic Saugue of this seven time winner of €318,950. He slipped through on the inside late to score a narrow win. Another Allaire pupil Boccador de Simm (by Rieussee) was a solid second for Pierre Vercruysse with third to favorite Brutus de Bailly (by Niky) and J-M Bazire. Purse was €120,000 and winning time was 1.13kr. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kalmia Gr. II males, €120,000, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou),  Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder F. Saugue, 2/1 odds, seventh win for €318,950 2nd Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussee-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse for Philippe Allaire, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire, 1/1 favorite 4th Bolide du Gueron (3m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia-Jenko), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 42/1 5th Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise-Blue Dream), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver,  18/1 odds The Prix Firmament for aged European eligibles went to Sweden’s Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night) in 1.14.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Franck Nivard drove the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner I.C. Equine AB. Moving On recorded her tenth win now for earnings of €179,966. Italy’s Plutonio (by Self Possessed) was second for Christophe Martens in this €56,000 event. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Firmament, European, €56,000m 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy, 7.5/1 odds, Sweden, owner I.C. Equine AB, tenth win for €179,966 2nd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out), Christophe Martens for trainer Ake Kristofferson, 4/1 odds, Italy 3rd Vertige d’Avril (5g Historien-Katia de Mai0Uhlan de Cocherel), M. Bezier up for Pascal A. Geslin 4th Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall), Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema, 4.8/1, Sweden 5th Revenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill), Mathieu Mottier for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 25/1, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Just when we thought it was going to get a little easier to get a handle on formlines, so the V75 shows you just why this is the best multi-race betting system in the world. While we got 2 legs home, we sat by as favourite after favourite got rolled as Sanity didn’t prevail and outsiders including a $50/1 longshot and two paying in the high teens came in. And the lucky punter who  chose the seven winning horses correctly walked off with 613,588.60 EUR ($845,437). And just to make it a little tougher, this week the V75 shifts to Norway for one of those occasional joint V75s, this one coinciding with a Norway versus Sweden apprentice drivers challenge. The Norwegian breeding programme is nowhere near as strong as Sweden’s and so the racing in one of Europe’s richest nations is heavily influenced by imports from not only its bigger neighbour but also Italy and the United States. Several prominent Danish trainers such as Bo Westerdaard, Flemming Jensen and Jeppe Juel  also make a living racing their second-string  horses  between Denmark and Norway while the top ones foot it in Sweden. And like Finland, coldblood trotters make up nearly half of the racing stock, which adds another bit of spice into the handicapping stew – although there is only one coldblood race in the V75. So what is the strategy? Does the horses for courses theory favour local runners or  do, Swedish raiders have the tougher racing so are basically dropping back in grade here? They certainly cleaned up in France which should be much tougher.  Or shall we go with the early tote, which to be frank hasn’t been that reliable lately as a guide to the “smart” money. Decisions, decisions. At least the French racing has a bit more familiarity to it, we've been following most of these horses over winter. Anyhoo here goes.   V75-1 Silver division   2140m: The Swedish-breds  Your Highness (12), Jaguar Broline (1), Stormysky (3) and Burning Line Gral (6) are the logical picks. Looking for an outsider, and there is a US-bred locally trained runner with three wins in her last five starts who might figure, so I’ve taken Cantabharmony (5).  Selection  12-1-3-6-5 V75-2 Klass I   1640m:  Ulf Ohlen’s  Pedro Bi (1) has had three Sovalla wins in his last five starts while Flemming Jensen’s Roxy Hill (2) won at Aby last start. From these draws, they look the two to beat. As Elvis had it,  1 for the money and 2 for the show. Selection  1 (2) V75-3 Dack Partner Bil-Vulkan loppet (mares)  2140m: Italian-bred Nalda Nof (5) has won group two races in Italy and Norway and been placed in the same class in France where she was trained for a while. Now with Marcus Lindgren in Halmstad, she looks a class above these, this is her second start back from a decent spell and has the brilliant Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the cart. That makes her an anchor.   Selection  5 V75-4 Östfoldpokalen    2140m: Coldblood race where Gylden Balder (13)  and Timian Scott (15) are the heavy early favourites. They’ll do me in the dartboard selection of the mix. Selection  13 (15) V75-5 Klass II  2640m: A lot of recent winners in this, so it’s a matter of sifting through who they beat and where. Flemming Jensen has another consistent performer here in Solo Nolo (12)  off the wide second draw, Reims Gasti (5) has three recent Solvalla wins,  while Spirit (2) has won three races in a row, at Aby, Sweden  and two in Denmark. This is wide open, with many chances but we’ll stick with these three.  Selection  12-5-2 V75-6 Steinlagers Hederslopp (Gold)  1640m: This has been a tough meeting to find bankers, but I was really impressed with  Francais du Gull   (1) last time out. He might not be in the class of Mr Picolet or Beanie MM, the last two winners of this race, but from this draw he should get to the front, and he is definitely good enough to win from there.  Selection:   1 V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Another toughie with More Than Enough (1), KLM Buymethemoon (6), Huge Star (10) who all have strong Swedish form looking the strongest suspects. We need an outsider somewhere and Vacqueryas (8) is due a change of form, and this might be an easier race than he has been in for a while.   Selection   1-6-10-8 R4    Prix Louis Forcinal (Group 2) monte 2700m: This looks a match race between the two best monte horses of their generations, Ulysse (8) and Vision Intense (9). Normally I would choose the older horse over the younger and the stallion over the mare, which in both cases favour Ulysse, but Vision Intense is something special and mares hold their own under saddle more than in the bike. So it’s Vision Intense for me. R8    Prix Robert Auvray (Group 2) 2850m: A very competitive race with plenty of form to consider. Jean Etienne Dubois’ Villeroi (8) has won his last two starts,  but is trailing the early favouritism to Viking de Val (9) while the Jean-Michel Bazire factor is behind  the 4 horse Varade d’Hermine’s short price (5/2). Jean Phillippe Dubois has three entries but I’m leaning towards Voltigeur de Myrt (10), the Criterium des 4 Ans winner who was a gallant sixth in the Prix de Selection in a joint equal fastest time  under handicap, (1.11.1 or 1.54.2MR/2200m) which was his new record. That indicates to me a horse at the top of his game, and there are no others in this field that fronted in that prestigious  group one.  So Voltigeur de Myrt for me. TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Momarken and Vincennes. SINGLE WAGERS  $2 MOMARKEN Race 5  Your Highness (12), Race 6  Pedro Bi (1) Race 7  Nalda Nof (5) Race 8  Gylden Balder (13)   Race 9  Solo Nolo (12)   Race 10  Francais du Gull   (1)  Race 11 Vacqueryas (8) VINCENNES Race 4 Vision Intense (9) Race 8 Voltigeur de Myrt (10)

It is common practice in France, but standing a stallion at stud while pursuing an active racing career is a rarity in the United States. So when Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey decided to stand their $2.2 million trotting star Wishing Stone at stud while also continuing his track career, it sent a buzz of excitement through the industry. Keeping stars racing is a proven formula for maintaining the public interest in Europe, and of course Wishing Stone himself has already proven himself highly competitive on both sides of the ditch, even more so considering his European sojourn was conducted when he was just four and five-years-old, a mere baby in European terms. And the news that he will also be available to European breeders has been warmly received – he has been oversubscribed already in Europe for services for the upcoming season – aware as they are that many of the top sires in Europe have competed successfully as an aged horse there – with Scarlet Knight and SJ’s Photo prime examples. “Wishing Stone brings to breeders, durability and longevity.   An exceptional colt and aged performer, it is likely his offspring will inherit those qualities,” says Sue Agopian, managing partner at Deo Volente Farms. Wishing Stone certainly ticks all the boxes as a potential stallion, a world record holder with major wins in four countries, the United States, France, Sweden and Denmark – he also competed in some of the very best races in Europe –where only the elite are invited. In France they pay down to seventh, and a placing in a group one event is the equivalent of a black type credential, with many going on to successful stud careers simply with the words classique or semi-classique on their CV. It showed they were good enough to race against the very best. Take Wishing Stone’s seventh placing in the 2011 Prix de France, one of the French Triple Crowns, the absolute jewels in the sparkling European circuit where the royally-bred French, Swedish and Italian elite race The winner of the Prix de France in 2011 was none other than Ready Cash, the greatest horse of a great generation in France. A dual Prix d’Amerique winner and winner of last year’s Masters du Trot grand final, he retired last month as the richest trotter in history with earnings of 4,282,300 euros (US $5,953,675).  . Second was Maharajah, the greatest horse that Sweden has produced in decades and the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique, while third was Lana Del Rio, a multiple Group One winning Italian millionaire mare, who beat the boys in Italy’s richest race, the Italian Derby. Fifth was Olga du Bewitz who retired as the twelfth richest horse of all time in France, and the best of her generation with wins in the world championship of saddle racing, the Prix du Cornulier and under harness a win in the Prix de Bretagne and a third placing in the Prix d’Amerique. These races mean little to American breeders, but mean plenty to those in Europe and again Wishing Stone appeared in this blue ribbon event as a 4YO, which is incredibly young in European terms. Wishing Stone not only competed against the best trotters in the world on their own turf, he won several of their biggest races. When he came from an almost impossible position, with a withering sprint to win the Copenhagen Cup, he ran down Quarcio du Chene, a Group One winner (Finlandia-Ajo) and one of Sweden’s best aged performers, with Group Two victories in France, Norway and Sweden. In the process he also beat the German sensation Brioni , the winner of the Elitloppet and Olympiatravet – the two biggest open Group One races in Sweden, and French star, and popular stallion Oynonnax (who won the Prix d’Amerique) and also another brilliant French horse Rapide Lebel, the greatest gelding of the R generation who was second in the Elitloppet by a whisker and earned 2.5 million euros. When Wishing Stone won the Group One King Gustav Pokal, he beat Kadet C.D and Raja Mirchi, two of the brightest young stars in Sweden and when he won the Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in France, he beat Premiere Steed  a multiple Group One winner, who won the prestigious French Prix Rene Balliere and Finland’s prestigious St Michel Ajo. In the USA he is a world record holder at 6 in 1:51.2f beating Uncle Peter,  Arch Madness and Market Share. As a 5YO he was winner of the Maxie Lee in 2013 (again over Uncle Peter) and before he left for his two-year-stint in Europe he was a top colt, winning the 2010 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats with a final time of 1:51.2. The same year he won the Matron, the American National and was third in the Hambletonian. Wishing Stone was also a winner as a 2YO with victories in the International Stallion Stake, the Bluegrass Stakes, and the NYSS at Monticello.  He has a super pedigree, especially for Europe, being the best son of Conway Hall, who is the brother of four successful stallions in Europe and closely related to several more. Wishing Stone is out of the super broodmare Meadowbranch Magic, a $330,000 yearling and the granddaughter of $1.1 Million winning Davidia Hanover. Wishing Stone’s full brother, Make It Happen, nearly a $1 million winner, has become a sought after stallion in Europe after producing two near Swedish  millionaires from his first crop including TravKrterium (Sweden’s top 3YO race)  second place finisher Final Oak.  Wishing Stone is also a sibling of three other $100,000 winners, which is always a great guide to prepotency. His durability says volumes for his physique and conformation and he is blessed with a perfect gait, which is a necessity for competition in France, where rough gaits lead to disqualifications. He has a wide-striding front action which will remind Swedes of the likes of Maharajah, the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique. With services to stallions in Europe heavily regulated, his popularity already is such that he is over-subscribed for his first season, for which he is in Maryland at SBS for frozen semen collection serving the non-US market.  He is to be distributed through Offspring Management in Sweden, Allevamenti Toniatti sas in Italy, ENS Snapshot in Denmark and Stallions Australasia  for Australia and New Zealand. “We plan to bring him home to New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms this week to serve the US breeding market,” says Sue Agopian.  “We will be breeding the mare Yalta Hanover dam of horse of the month Perfect Alliance to Wishing Stone this year. “He will continue breeding and start jogging and training at the training facility few miles from our farm and will be racing come summer. Breeding is part of his daily life, when we need to serve the US breeders we will bring him to the farm for collection.” Wishing Stone  will be breeding until June and his immediate racing programme is likely to  be focused on the the U.S looking towards the Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown. However, the Copenhagen Cup & TVG trot are also on the future agenda.  “Our strategy is for him to have a global career. With Ron [Burke] as his trainer we have all the confidence that he will have a well rounded global career,” says Sue Agopian.  There are no plans for how long  Wishing Stone can continue combining a race career and breeding, it is common in Europe for racing stallions to continue until nine and ten if their form holds up, Ready Cash a great example, retiring recently at nine, just as his first progeny were cleaning up group races in France.  “He will tell us how long to continue breeding and racing him.  He had an exceptional season at age 6 setting world records in the process.. As long as he is able to compete at that lofty level, we will breed and race. He has a phenomenal legacy and we want to make sure it remains that way!” By David Sanders, for

The weather’s improving in Europe, as Spring arrives and so are the fields, which makes handicapping a little more readable, if not easier. This week there are some nice races at Aby, and we can take heart from some close picks last week, although we did not strike the V75 at Farjestad we got four.  On our single wagers, our  two straight out wins (Archangel AM and Cali Maks) got our money back in Sweden, and our win on the brilliant Univers De Pan in France returned $5.80 for our $2 giving us a final return of $19.90 for our $16. There is nothing of note in France this week in one of the quietest weeks of the year. Good luck this week. V75-1 Silver division   1640m: Draw is all important in these sprint races, and although M.T. Harmony  (10) is a former Breeders Crown placegetter, I don’t like her gate position. Nothing But Class (1) has the pole, but if Claes Boko (5) can get to the front from the five spot, he will be hard to beat. Between these two for mine with 5 first choice. Selection  5 (1) V75-2 Larlingslopp  1640m:   We’ve been following Super Photogenic (3)  for a while, and he has been getting better and better and I think we should stick with him especially from this draw. He has two others inside of him Paramount (2) and Highspeed Call (1) which should be kept safe, so this is our three-way pick.  Selection  1-2-3 V75-3 Klass 1 2140m: Dante Boko (1) was very impressive in the Klass II and steps up here, although the switch in driver from Lutfi to son Adrian Kolgjini is a slight concern – his three wins in a row were with dad.  Still he is a class horse on the rise and should win if he gets the front, which he should do from the draw and is our anchor here. Selection  1 V75-4  Klass II   1640m:  Timo Nurmos looks like he has a nice horse here in Sensational Dream (4), a son of double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. He has only had 11 starts, but has won three of them, and placed second three times, including last start where he couldn’t  quite stay with the impressive Archangel AM who looks to be another star on the rise from the Kolgjini barn. He doesn’t face such a challenging prospect here, and from the four hole should get to the front and win this.  Danish trainer Christian Lindhardt, like several in his homeland usually races between Denmark and Norway, and brings his good ones to Sweden. For that reason it may pay to keep Maniaminmiami safe as an alternate after an impressive last start at Aby.  Selection  4 (6) V75-5 Diamantstoet (mares)  2140m: The mares race is a handicap affair with 13-win mare Hanna Banker (10)  the early favourite from the 20m mark. But this is wide open with Valkyria R.O.K. (1), Erica Hall (4) and Bedas Chip (14) the early tote selections – although in a loose field. For an outsider I’ve gone with Bjorn Goop’s drive Broadway’s Finest (9) – and I’m going to put her as my win wager too to try and sneak a nice divvie.  If you want to play safer go with 10.  Selection  10-1-4-14-9 V75-6 Gold division   2640m: This is a very good field, as the top liners start emerging from their winter break. Sanity (4) however has been working through,with the big boys in France, where he has been sensational. With the form he is showing, his superior big match fitness and from this draw, he should be able to account for this field, even of this quality. An anchor.  Selection 4 V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Roobois (4) and On Hold (11)  look the two strongest here and should be the first two on the ticket, while Leonas Kaiser (1) has won two of his last three and has the pole position. But it’s time to find a nice couple of outsiders to sweeten the pot, and while Royal Dream (2) isn’t the horse of Prix d’Amerique fame, he does have Johnny Takter in the bike, and will pay juicy odds if he can make use of his good draw.  Selection  4-11-1-2 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Here are my win wagers for Aby .  SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5  Claes Boko (5) Race 6  Super Photogenic (3)   Race 7  Dante Boko (1) Race 8  Sensational Dream (4) Race 9  Broadway’s Finest (9) Race 10  Sanity (4) Race 11     Roobois (4)

Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 Västerbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel Redén Tr: Daniel Redén 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante Båth 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Björn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders

The late scheduling of the €135,000  UET 3YO Championship  which conflicts with the buildup races to their 3YO classique the Criterium des 3 Ans means there are no French horses entered in the group one race over 2100m which makes its first appearance in Norway since 1996. In the French absence, Scandinavian powerhouse Sweden looks  to have the upper hand with two of the best of their crop, Peter Untersteiner’s  Attack Diablo (Blue York Yankee), who was runner up in the Swedish Trav-Kriterium and  Tomas Malmqvist's   Tiberius F (Going Kronos), a Group one winner of the E3 sprint final. Norway, as the host nation is represented by five horses with Norwegian Fillies Kriterium  winner  Glad Hall T (Boardwalk Hall), who tops the rankings Norwegian ahead of  group two winner Sir Benjamin (Jägermeister) the best of their chances. Denmark has two representatives the beautifully bred Crazed colt  Tumble Dust who was third in the Trav Kriterium and Tano Bork (Great Challenger) who was fourth in the same race and has Swedish driving ace Johnny Takter in the bike. Finland, which  has punched above its weight internationally recently has Kadabra colt  Harmi’s Frido who won two Finnish group races this year - the  Oulu Express and Seppeleajo . Realistically though Markku Nieminen’s colt  is probably not among the top Finnish colts with a ninth placing  in the Finnish Trav Kriterium. Netherlands fine crop of 3YOs is represented by Ken Warkentin filly  Danae F Boko, who was third in the Dutch Derby, and third in the Fokkers Trophy and Dream Vacation colt Dream With Me who is trained by Swede Lutfi Kolgjini, and whose five wins have all been at the sprint distance. Italy’s top ranked Robert Bi has withdrawn but there are two representatives in two representatives of their superstar sire Varenne headed by Jeanette Hansen’s Red Rose America, the fourth ranked filly. UET 3-YEAR OLD CHAMPIONSHIP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO UET (G1) Int 2 100 3 €135,000 (NOK 1,000,000) 1 Danae F Boko (NED) (3f Ken Warkentin - Shae Boko) Dr: Robin Bakker Tr: Paul Hagoort    2 Harmi's Frido (FIN) (3c Kadabra - Glamour Jet) Dr: Markku Nieminen Tr: Markku Nieminen    3 Attack Diablo (SWE) (3c Blue York Yankee - Chanson d'Inverne) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner    4 Tano Bork (DEN) (3c Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt    5 Glad Hall T. (NO) (3f Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit) Dr: Björn Garberg Tr: Björn Garberg    6 Red Rose America (ITA) (3f Varenne - Armbro Voice) Dr: Kenneth Haugstad Tr: Jeanette Hansen    7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed – Affinity) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Tomas Malmqvist    8 Tiberius F (SWE) .(3c Going Kronos - Peace Kronos) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Helena Burman    9 Sir Benjamin (NO) (3c Jägermeister - Evening Scarlett) Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld Tr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld    10 Riki d'Asolo (ITA) (3c Varenne - Mccall Magic) Dr: Vidar Hop Tr: Arnold Mollema    11 Dream With Me (NED) (3c Dream Vacation - Jolly Jane) Dr: Adrian Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini    12 Viking Va Bene (NO) (3c Rite On Line - Iriana du Mont) Dr: Geir Vegard Gundersen Tr: Sigbjörn Kolnes      Dave Sanders  

Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway heads the field for the  Axel Jensen’s Minnelop 4YOs over a mile at Bjerke, and the last of sixth races in the country which are part of the Europe’s elite UET Masters Series race. Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall)  should really  blitz this field, he is a runner-up in both the recent Swedish Breeders Crown (his dam is Swedish bred) and the UET Derby, the  Grand Prix de l'UETand he has earned three times the money of his next opponent. Nothing else in this field has competed at this level and it really should be a case of running for second place in this €76,000 event over the mile. However Ake Svanstedt’s departure to the US has seen the dispersal of his barn, and one of them, US import  Nothing But Class has found his way here in the hands of Peter Untersteiner  , looking or his fourth   win in what would be perceived has easier company than the highly competitive Swedish scene. The son  o fAndover Hall has the fastest time by a second over this distance, with a 1.09.9kr which is a second better than Thai Broadway, and the next best is a second slower than that. Norway’s leading trainer Frode Hamre has Underpaid Hanover, an imported  son of Revenue who stands in Norway, and  the winner of seven of his 19 starts this year. Denmark’s Steen Juul has fronted with Dream Vacation gelding Stelton and Scirocco Sisa, a son of the forgotten Hall brother Adams Hall who was a serious racehorse in Sweden long and the younger  brother to  Angus, Andover and Conway Hall who won  the equivalent of half a million in US dollars on the track with placings in some of Europe’s top races. Scirocco Sisa was second and Stelton was third in the Danish Derby, which at 3000m  is more a test of stamina than speed. Swedish trainers are also represented with  Bjorn Goop bringin Red Adair Superb (4h Orlando Vici) and Lutfi Kolgjini  fronting with Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos). AXEL JENSENS MINNELØP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO (G2)  Int 1 609 4 76 000 1         Red Adair Superb (4h   Orlando Vici - Orions Hilda) Dr:  Vidar Hop Tr:    Björn Goop       2         Thai Investment (4h   Broadway Hall - Thai Wonder) Dr:  Tom Horpestad  Tr:   Tom Horpestad           3         Stelton (4g   Dream Vacation - Nanuet’s Crown) Dr:  Jeppe Juel Tr:    Jeppe Juel       4         Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos - Sahara Shadow) Dr:  Adrian Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini            5         Golden Feline (4m   Look de Star - Dina Drew) Dr:  Hans Christian Holm Tr:    Anders L Wolden         6         Underpaid Hanover (4h   Revenue - Up Front Lisa) Dr:  Frode Hamre   Tr:  Frode Hamre           7         Nothing But Class (4h   Andover Hall - Bold Dreamer) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Peter Untersteiner            8         Ja El Tomcat (4h   Chocolatier - Topcat Hall) Dr:  Thor Borg   Tr:  Karoline Krogh-Hanssen             9         Scirocco Sisa (4h   Adams Hall - Outstanding) Dr:  Steen Juul   Tr:  Steen Juul           10         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:  Trond Anderssen       Dave Sanders

Even before a new movie featuring the trotter Tarok and his owners and breeders, the Laursen family, has hit the screen, Tarok is the talk of the town. On Saturday (Oct. 26), two daily national newspapers each ran a special supplement of six to eight pages just featuring Tarok! National and local TV stations, especially around the little town of Skive where Tarok was born and buried, aired several stories about the film, the horse and the people around him. In Skive, the town hall, together with the local racetrack, has made four tours where fans can see the places where Tarok and his people lived. The local museum has even made an exhibition about Tarok. Tarok was born in 1972 and raced 156 times. He won 111 races. In 1977 he raced in the International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway and no less than 600 Danish fans followed him to New York. When he died in late January 1981 he was the top story in the news on national TV and in every newspaper in Denmark. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming Tarok movie at this link. by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA web newsroom correspondent (Repritned with permssion from

Peak, who is one of three trotters brought in by the Butt brothers from Europe, impressed driver Anthony Butt when easily putting away a handy bunch of 4 or more win trotters at the Ashburton trials today. In what was his first ever go from a standing start, the seven-year-old chestnut entire made a safe beginning, before showing a good turn of foot, wheeling off sectionals of 57.0 and 27.9 to win by 1 & ½ lengths over Dixie Commando and Flying Isa.  “He is probably one of the nicest trotters I have driven,” stated Butt. “He is incredibly well gaited and has such a smooth action. It’s like driving a Roll Royce,” he added. Butt has also been very impressed with the temperament of the former Denmark Derby winner. “He has lovely manners and a great mouth on him. He travelled beautifully on the bit the whole way today.”  “He also has a lot of presence about him and is a very athletic type,” Butt enthused. Peak is set to have his first New Zealand start in the Ashburton Trotters’ Flying Mile on Monday, and while Butt admits it will be a tough ask racing the open class horses fresh-up, he is confident Peak will be competitive. “It is probably soon enough for him, but we want him to have a run under his belt before the Cup meeting, so Monday looks the best option. Butt said that he has done everything they have asked for so far and that his heart-rate was good after the trial, which indicates he is fit and ready to go. Peak will get his first taste on mile racing on Monday, having predominately raced over longer distances in Sweden, but the mobile gate is something he knows all about. “From what we have seen of his videos he can absolutely fly the gate, so that should be a big asset come Monday. Butt said if all goes well, it is likely Peak will start in both the Trotting Free-For-All and the Dominion Handicap. Also making his ‘Down-Under’ debut at today’s trials was fellow European import Kvintet Avenger, and while he only finished fifth, Butt was also happy with his effort.  “He is a fat wee fella, who doesn’t miss an oat so he is sure to get better with a few runs under his belt,” said Butt. He really just blew out the last wee bit, but that was to be expected as he is still a bit behind the other guy fitness wise,” he added. Kvintet Avenger will trial a couple more times, before kicking off his New Zealand career during the Cup meeting. Meanwhile, champion filly Adore Me also resumed in fine fashion at the trials today, and after losing 25 metres at the start, proved too strong for an open class field including Sleepy Tripp, Mah Sish, Jimmy Johnstone, Fly Like An Eagle, Jason Rulz, and Highview Tommy. The virtually unbeaten filly, paced the 2400m in 3-03.5, with slick sectionals of 56.1 & 26.4. She, like Peak, will resume at Ashburton on Monday. By Mitchell Robertson

US-bound Swedish star stallion Sebastian K (Korean) will defend his International Group I Aby Stora Pris crown against a stellar field on Saturday. If successful he will become the eighth two- time winner of the great race -  the first in ten years -  and will join Gidde Palema (2003, 2005), Victory Tilly (2000, 2002), Zoogin (1995, 1996), Idéal du Gazeau (1981, 1982), Lyon (1970, 1972),  Gelinotte (1956, 1957) and Iran Scott (1951, 1952). It will be a fitting farewell for the US-bound Ake Svanstedt who will achieve the double for the third time  with both Zoogin (Zoot Suit)  and Gidde Palema (Alf Palema) both being trained and driven by the Swede, who has also driven the the most winners with seven. He is not in the sulky this weekend as he was last year, with Jorma Kontio  doing the honours. The race at Aby, south Gothenberg,  has been part of the Swedish calendar since 1936 and has been run in two heats over 1640m and a possible run-off since 2005. It had varied in distance in both heats and as  single race from 2140m to 2640m in previous years. Sebastian K has drawn number 7 in heat one, for Svanstedt, who targeted this race rather than take up his earned place in the Masters Series final, and will be favoured to repeat in what will be one of his last races on his home soil in quite some time as he will relocate to Florida in November. Facing Sebastian K will be two Elitloppet winners in Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), who provided the quinella  in both heats last year,  and Nahar (Love You), who will be in the respective pole and number 2 hole in the first heat – and who then take the outside two slots in the reverse order second heat. Drawn three in heat one is world record breaking  French mare Save The Quick (Jasmin de Flore)  who like the two inside her and The Best Madrik (Coktail Jet), make their first appearances since the Masters du Trot final in France 10 days prior. The French horses were third and fourth in that race and will be looking to emulate Rapide Lebel, who won the race for the Republic in 2011. Italian Alessandro Gacciadoro, who is one of five trainers from the beleaguered country looking to relocate to Sweden, has Looney Tunes, a son of Ganymede entered, and he is drawn 6 in heat 1. Remarkably for what is essentially two sprint races, six of the field are by French stallions with only the two outsiders, both by Supergill,  Traveling Man and Denmark’s German-bred  entrant  Classic Grand Cru, who has shown liking for heat racing over a sprint distance – with a win in the Bjerke Cup in 2012. They will have to both put on performances of a lifetime to foot it with Sebastian K and the big guns. ÅBY STORA PRIS Åby 2013-09-21 Group I (Int)  1640m €282,000 HEAT  A 1         Commander Crowe (SWE)(10g   Juliano Star - Somack)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Fabrice Souloy             2         Nahar (SWE) (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline) Dr:  Robert Bergh Tr:   Robert Bergh            3         Save the Quick (FRA) (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse)  Dr:  Björn Goop  Tr:  Franck Leblanc             4         Traveling Man (SWE) (8h Supergill - Kimberly Lobell)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr:  Daniel Redén            5         The Best Madrik (FRA) (6h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois  Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois             6         Looney Tunes (ITA)  (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)   Dr: Alessandro Gocciadoro   Tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro   7         Sebastian K. (SWE) (7h Korean - Gabriella K)  Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             8         Classic Grand Cru (GER) (10h Supergill - Starlet's Victory)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Steen Juul             HEAT B  1         Classic Grand Cru (GER) (10h Supergill - Starlet's Victory)   Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr:  Steen Juul             2         Sebastian K. (SWE) (7h Korean - Gabriella K)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             3         Looney Tunes (ITA) (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)   Dr: Alessandro Gocciadoro  Tr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro  4         The Best Madrik (FRA) (6h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois             5         Traveling Man (SWE) (8h Supergill - Kimberly Lobell)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner  Tr: Daniel Redén            6         Save the Quick (FRA) (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse)   Dr: Björn Goop Tr:   Franck Leblanc             7         Nahar (SWE) (8g  Love You - Mahonny Broline)  Dr:  Robert Bergh  Tr:  Robert Bergh             8         Commander Crowe(SWE) (10g Juliano Star – Somack)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy             David Sanders

An excellent card of trotting action graced the Orebro Sweden racecourse on Saturday that included two events worth 800,000SEK to the winning connections. The E3 Final (Gr. I International) for three year0old colts went to Tiberius F (3m Going Kronos-Peace Kronos-Sugarcane Hanover) in a quick 1.11.9kr over the 1609 meter autostart distance. Bjorn Goop did the teaming for owner Falkbolagen AB. He earned the 800,000SEK first money by winning for the first time in his career in 12 starts. The Denmark bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust (3m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johnny Takter and he now has a 6-2-2-1 slate in 2013 for earnings of 838,873SEK. Kanha (3m Super Arnie-Lady New Dawn-JR Broline) took the third spot for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The E3 Final of fillies (Gr. I International, 1609 meters autostart, 800,000SEK first prize) was won by Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She scored over Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJ’s Caviar) with Erik Adielsson up for owner Linne Trav HB. Roaring Drunk (3f Viking Kronos-Bourbon Eyes-Smokin Yankee) was third with Ake Svanstedt aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. Saturday’s Silver Final for 250,000SEK first money went to Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-My Nevele) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson in 1.12.5kr over 2100 meters autostart. The win was his 16th in 43 lifetime starts. No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the second spot for Johnny Takter and Kaka A.T. (6m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui) finished third for Erik Adielsson. The Gold Express Gaxe (new Hall of Fame inductee) for free-for-all trotters included several starters in the upcoming Bergsaker featured event on August 24th, the Sundsvall Open. The Gold on Saturday offered 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) took the win for Johnny Taker in 1.12.3kr, his 25th victory in 58 career appearances for earnings approaching 6.3 million SEK. Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Peter Untersteiner with the Bjorn Goop handled Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) taking the third spot. Other upper class events on the Orebro card showcased the following winners: Twin’s Fairytail (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) in the Category II worth 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Ake Svanstedt was driver/trainer of the winner in 1.12.6kr; You Talking To Me (5g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec-Ata Star L) won the Category I event in 1.12.9kr, also worth 200,000SEK to the winning connections in this 2100 meter autostart course. Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of the winner; Le Mat (6g Juliano Star-La Concours-Super Arnie) won the Bronze Final worth 220,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and it was his 15th career win in just 32 starts. The August 24th classic Sundsvall Open (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart) was drawn and features a competitive field on V75 Weekend at Bergsaker. Sundsvall Open – August 24 Bergsaker Friction, S. Melander Nahar, R. Bergh Sanity, Johnny Takter Raja Mirchi, E. Adielsson Sebastian K, A. Svanstedt Formula One, Jorma Kontio Save The Quick, B. Goop Shaq Is Back, D. Reden Panne de Moteur, Orjan Kihlstrom Monster Drive, Johan Untersteiner The history of the Sundsvall Open is rich in its past winners and we expect 2013 to continue the tradition.   Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Kr time 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson Stall Stand In 1.13,6 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund  Gunnars Kiosk i Piteå AB 1.13,5  1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Håkan Andersson i Sundsvall AB 1.14,6  1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof  Marquise de Moratalla  1.13,0  2000 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson  Stall Kalas  1.12,7  2001 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,2  2002 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,1  2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Stall Palema  1.13,5  2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander  Martin Jean Raymond  1.12,0  2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson  Jägersklass KB  1.12,7  2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann  Stall Zenith HB  1.12,5  2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson Fredrik B Larsson  Stall Geidermark AB  1.12,7  2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman  Yvonne & Olle Lindström  1.11,6  2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro  P.P.Travträning AB (P Puro)  1.12,1  2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan  Guida Italia SRL  1.12,2  2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini  Stabb Behåll AB & Lutfi Kolgjini AB  1.11,7  2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Knutsson Trotting AB  1.11,6    by Thomas H. Hicks  

Mr. Picolit (6m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, scored a come from behind win in the Gr. I UET Master Series Broline Copenhagen Cup today at Charlottenlund Racecourse, Copenhagen Denmark.

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