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Uncle Peter will prep for the Elitlopp, to be held May 25 in Sweden, by facing nine rivals in Sunday's Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund Travbane in Denmark. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Uncle Peter will be handled by his regular driver, David Miller, in the 1-1/4 mile race, which has a purse of $140,000 for the winner. Uncle Peter drew post No. 1. Defending Copenhagen Cup champion Mr Picolit will start from post three. The field also includes Kash's Cantab, Solvato, and Magic Tonight - all who began their careers in the U.S. and were stakes winners. Solvato, incidentally, was bred by a group headed by Takter's wife, Christina, and is a full brother to Takter's star filly Shake It Cerry. The 5-year-old Uncle Peter arrived overseas early Wednesday morning. He enters the Copenhagen Cup off a half-length win over Sevruga in 1:52.1 on May 2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. A week earlier, he was second in his seasonal debut, finishing 1-1/2 lengths behind Modern Family in 1:51.1. "Against those horses (in the Copenhagen Cup), I think he's pretty comparable," Takter said about Uncle Peter, who has won 13 of 37 career races and $1.18 million for owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical AB, John and Jim Fielding, and Goran Falk. "It's probably a softer field than is going to be in the Elitlopp. There also is a big race Saturday in Finland, so some horses will be there." Uncle Peter is the only one of seven confirmed Elitlopp invitees competing in the Copenhagen Cup. Others expected in the Elitlopp, according to its website, are Maven, Pascia 'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, and Shaq Is Back. The field for the Elitlopp will consist of 16 horses. Takter won the Elitlopp and Copenhagen Cup with Moni Maker in 1998. Moni Maker, a two-time Horse of the Year Award winner, died May 2 at the age of 21. "I haven't been back since Moni Maker won it," Takter said. "It would be exciting to go back and win the race after Moni Maker just passed away. "You've got to take a shot. If you're not in it, you can't win it." Takter was unconcerned about the extra distance in the Copenhagen Cup, but thought Uncle Peter's post could be a disadvantage. "The two horses outside of him (Kash's Cantab and Mr Picolit) are extremely quick; they can leave faster than anyone," Takter said. "You can get into a little trouble there." The style of racing is different in Europe, Takter said, so it was good Miller was going to get a few drives under his belt before the Elitlopp. "It's really tough racing over there," said Takter, a native of Sweden who has lived in the U.S. for more than three decades. "You're getting drivers from a bunch of different countries and the driving is way different from our style. You almost get shocked when you see some of those races. They're parking each other, it's tight, you don't get any position, they keep you out three wide. It's not easy. "It's good for David. He's going to drive Uncle Peter and we got another drive for him Sunday. He can get a little familiar to European driving. David is a professional. I'm sure he will study the races and watch (video) so he is familiar with the style of racing. There is a horse outside all the time over there. It's tactic driven." In addition to Uncle Peter in the Copenhagen Cup, Takter's 4-year-old male trotter Corky will race on the undercard. Corky won last year's Beal Memorial and has earned $897,465 for owners Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding. "He's in a race for 4-year-olds, about $60,000 purse," Takter said. "I figure it's good for him to go over and not have to race against the (older) horses here. He can do three or four starts over there. If I'm going to send one horse over there, I might as well send two." Following is the field in post order for the Copenhagen Cup, with listed drivers: 1. Uncle Peter, David Miller; 2. Kash's Cantab, Erik Adielsson; 3. Mr Picolit, Jorma Kontio; 4. Orali, Jeppe Juel; 5. Solvato, Veijo Heiskanen; 6. Beckman, Franck Nivard; 7. Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini; 8. Harry Haythrow, Peter Untersteiner; 9. Magic Tonight, Orjan Kihlstrom; 10. Caballion, Bjorn Goop.

Holger Ehlert trained Nesta Effe returns to Vermo. Fineland on Saturday May 10 to defend last year's Finlandia AJO title. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event will be contested over 1609 meters autostart for purse of 190,000 euros. Three career winners of over 1 million euros are in the lineup (Nesta Effe, Sanity and Univers de Pan).Ten quality performers will be at the start: Juliano Rags, Noralf Braekken, Norway Oasis Bi, Claes Svensson, Italy Nesta Effe, Roberto Vecchione, Italy Sanity, Johnny Takter, Sweden Quite An Avenger, Marrku Nieminen, Finland Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, France Blue Porsche, Likka Nurmonen, USA Prussia, Pietro Gubellini, Italy Paladin Bleu, Joseph Verbeeck, France Air Gunner, Kari Rosimo, Finland Nesta Effe Replay of the 2013 event and post-race festivities are shown by link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZih-ToflI#t=362 The 2014 field at Helsinki shapes up as wide-open affair. Oasis Bi has 12 career wins in 35 starts for 3,263,264SEK. The six year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed has posted two wins in four starts this year against solid foes. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) has also started 2014 effectively with a 3-2-0 slate in five starts including success in France. He now has 30 wins from 69 appearances for earnings of 9,723,176SEK. Local player Air Gunner (6g Ray Gun-Dame Gallant-Meadow Gallant) has also begun the season well with three wins, the last two in 1.11.7kr for driver Kari Rosimo. Winners of the Finlandia include legends of the trotting wars internationally (e.g., Commander Crowe, SJ's Photo, Copiad, Davidia Hanover, Napoletano, Grade's Singing and Ideal du Gazeau). The race record 1.10.6kr was set in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene reined by Bjorn Goop. Winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy  France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer  United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi  Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet  France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola  Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade  United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné  Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen  Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson  Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway  United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop  United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson  United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen  United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen  United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop  Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin  Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre  France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David  France 1:15.6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

European trotting fans will be treated this weekend (Sunday May 11) to Charlottenlund’s Broline Copenhagen Cup in Demark. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series test is a meaningful Elitloppet prep and contains contestants from Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Uncle Peter makes his initial European venture after arriving from USA today. Previous USA import Solvato has raced well lately as has Magic Tonight that will have Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann. Start: Broline Copenhagen Cup (UET Trotting Masters Gr 1) 1.350.000 kroner ($227,000 US), 2011 meters auotstart 1) Uncle Peter (us) – David Miller – Jimmy Takter 2) Kash's Cantab (us) - Erik Adielsson – Stig H. Johansson 3) Mr Picolit (s) - Jorma Kontio – Raoul Engblom 4) Orali (dk) - Jeppe Juel – Jeppe Juel 5) Solvato (us) - Veijo Heiskanen – Veijo Heiskanen 6) Beckman (s) - Franck Nivard - Fabrice Souloy 7) Mosaique Face (s) - Lutfi Kolgjini – Lutfi Kolgjini 8) Harry Haythrow (s) - Peter Untersteiner – Johnny Johansson 9) Magic Tonight (us) - Örjan Kihlström – Roger Walmann 10) Caballion (s) - Björn Goop – Franck Leblanc Program pages for the Saturday Copenhagen Cup card can be viewed using links below: http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL1.pdf http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL2.pdf The Copenhagen Cup has a rich history, equine and human. The first three editions were won by the sport's legendary Charlie Mills driving Guy Bacon and Walter Dear (two wins). This pair were imported from the United States. Mills won again 29 years later with the equally legendary french mare Gelinotte. Winners of the Copenhagen Cup include many of the best in the history of the sport, including the late Moni Maker in 1998. Since Copenhagen Cup was introduced in 1975 there have been several  Danish victories including Hairos, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Legendary Lover K in 2002 and Wishing Stone in 2012. Dewayne Minor campaigned the last two in their successful US careers . The race record is held by the Italy’s Libeccio Griff , who scored in 1.10.7kr in 2011 for Bjorn Goop. Previous Winners Year Horse1 Driver Winning time 2013 Mr. Picolit Åke Svanstedt 1:11,7a 2012 Wishing Stone Jeppe Juel 1:11,3a 2011 Libeccio Grif Björn Goop 1:10,7a 2010 Nu Pagadi Erik Adielsson 1:11,7a 2009 Triton Sund Örjan Kihlström 1:12,8a 2008 Ghibellino Roberto Andreghetti 1:12,4a 2007 Kool du Caux Jean-Michel Bazire 1:12,0a 2006 Mara Bourbon Jean-Pierre Dubois 1:12,2a 2005 Steinlager Per-Oleg Midtfjeld 1:13,5a 2004 Revenue Lutfi Kolgjini 1:12,6a 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 1:13,5a 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 1:12,7a 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 1:13,4a 2000 Indian Silver Stig H. Johansson 1:12,8a 1999 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etinne Dubois 1:13,5a 1998 Moni Maker Wally Hennessy 1:12,6a 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 1:14,1a 1996 Triple T Storm Joseph Verbeeck 1:14,1a 1995 S J's Photo David Wade 1:12,8a 1994 Bolets Igor David Wade 1:13,2a 1993 Campo Ass Wilhelm Paal 1:14,6a 1992 Bravo Sund Jorma Kontio 1:14,9a 1991 Glass Hanover Henning Beckemeyer 1:14,5a 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:13,5a 1989 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,6a 1988 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,4a 1987 Hairos John K. Hansen 1:14,0a 1986 Junior Lobell John K. Hansen 1:13,6a 1985 Minou du Donjon Olle Goop 1:14,0a 1984 Lutin d'Isigny Jean-Paul Andree 1:13,8a 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter 1:13,9a 1982 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,0a 1981 Jorky Leopold Verroken 1:16,3a 1980 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,6a 1979 Charme Asserdal Heikki Korpi 1:15,5a 1978 Pershing Berndt Lindstedt 1:14,2a 1977 Keystone Pioneer William Haughton 1:15,0a 1976 Wiretapper Sören Nordin 1:17,2a 1975 Ritha Lyngholm Olle Lindquist 1:18,0a 1966 Roquepine Jean-René Gougeon 1:16,9a 1964 Elaine Rodney Jean-René Gougeon 1:15,4a 1962 Eidelstedter Johannes Frömming 1:21,0 1961 Rulle Rappson Sören Nordin 1:21,4 1960 Hairos II Willem Geersen 1:17,0a 1959 Jens Protector Trygve Diskerud 1:16,3a 1958 Adept Kurt Mattson 1:21,5 1957 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 1:18,7 1952 Frances Bulwark Sören Nordin 1:22,3 1951 Rollo Ragnar Thorngren 1:17,8 1949 Presidenten Casino The Great Folke Bengtsson Fredi Sølberg 1:23,1 1:22,7 1948 Harvest Druien Niels Jan Koster 1:23,8 1946 Future Aage Kristoffersen 1:19,9 1939 Sonny Diamond Niels Jan Koster 1:21,1 1938 Sir Walter Scott Calle Schoug 1:22,1 1932 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:19,6 1931 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:18,4 1928 Guy Bacon Charlie Mills 1:19,4 1 Country of owner (Wikipedia chart above) One of the most eventful, in this reporters opinion, Copenhagen Cup races was the 2006 edition when parked out Mara Bourbon gained advantage just before the line and held off charging Giant Diablo for the victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qloX5wLbL8 - 2006 Copenhagen Cup by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sweden provides an opportunity for stayers to gain valuable UET Masters Series points at Orebro on Saturday night, also doubling as the last leg of the V75. Swedish Masterskap winner On Track Piraten off a 40 metre handicap to the front runners is the class runner in the race. The altered son of French stallion Kool du Caux, is a group one winner over a staying distance having won Germany's top race last year, the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, at Hamburg over the 2720m distance. Hans R Stromberg's gelding is also the winner of the CL Mullers Memorial over 2640m at Jagersro and the Masterskap or Swedish Championships at Aby over the same distance, both races carrying group two status. His sire Kool de Caux was second in the Prix d'Amerique (2700m) but also had a good turn of speed with victories in the Group one Copenhagen Cup (2011m) and the Prix de France (2100m) in a stellar career in which he won 1.5 million euro and took a record of 1.09.8 (1.52.2MR). "The Pirate's" major opposition will come from the likes of last year's winner New Line a Danish-bred son of King Conch who was trained in the victory by Ake Svanstedt, who of course is now resident in the United States but has transferred the horse to son Anders' stable. New Line has true staying credentials, not only winning this event last year but placing in the Harper Hanovers Lopp, the staying test on Elitloppet weekend, and the Malmo Stads Pris, another 3km marathon. Another with claims is Mellby Viking, the royally bred son of Viking Kronos, who relishes the longer distance. He has a super French pedigree, being from the family of Romee, the foundation mare for a family which includes Prix du Cornulier winner Dream With Me, Indy de Vive, the sire of Ready Cash, Italian Derby winner Daguet Rapide - another highly successful sire - Lazio du Bourg, who won the Criterium des 3 Ans, and Giesolo de Lou, who won just shy of 2 million euro to name but a few. Mellby VIking is very lightly raced, with just 22 starts for 13 wins and two placings, but 3 of the wins are at this distance, and one suspects trainer Timo Nurmos has some choice French missions ahead for the six-year-old stayer who is off the 20m handicap. Porthos Amok is also one who could figure prominently. He is a son of Orlando Vici, a French sire whose son Un Mec D'Heripre is one of the rising stars in his native land. Orlando Vici has also Great Success in Sweden, with Pato a TravKriterium and TravDerby winner while Porthos Amok, himself, was second in last year's Swedish TravDerby. Another Swedish Travderby winner Beau Mec is actually in the race. Robert Bergh's a son of Jag de Bellouet, one of the true greats of the French scene, winning 4.4million euros on the back of victories in both the Prix d'Amerique and Prix Cornulier, the top races in France in harness and under saddle, and each race of the French triple crown. Beau Mec has won twice in France but apart from his Group one Travderby success, has largely been a bit part player since that win as a 4YO. OREBRO INTERNATIONAL 03/05/14 SE Group II Int UET Masters Series 3140 all 91 000 1 Kemas Magic (h Kadabra - Gold Dust) Dr: Fredrik Persson Tr: Fredrik Persson 3140 2 Super Photogenic (g Super Photo Kosmos - Foreign Fortune) Dr: Niclas Stenqvist Tr: Bo Hellkvist 3140 3 Diamond of Ace (h Turbo Sund - Catch the Moment) Dr: Leif Witasp Tr: Leif Witasp 3140 4 Corleone Shark (g Capetown Hall - Charlatan Shark) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Risto Airaksinen 3140 5 Ciske de Rat (g Castleton Bass - Keetje Tippel) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Bas Crebas 3140 6 Bar Plombier (g Tony Oaks - Francine Bar) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Eric Martinsson 3140 7 Jupiter Rodney (h Skogans Orlov - Judy Rodney) Dr: Palle Günther Tr: Bo Örberg 3140 8 On Hold (g Valley Victor - Kill Time) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Berne Gustafsson 3160 9 Narold Vox (g Orlando Vici - Bonnie Vox) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Krister Jakobsson 3160 10 Sem Jafet (g S J's Photo - Persilja) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 3160 11 Mellby Viking (h Viking Kronos - Naomi de Lou) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Timo Nurmos 3160 12 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Hans R Strömberg Tr: Hans R Strömberg 3180 13 Beau Mec (h Jag de Bellouet - Extreme Lady) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 3180 14 New Line (g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Anders Svanstedt Tr: Anders Svanstedt 3180 15 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Melander 3180 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Solvato, a US registered five-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide, stormed home for trainer Veijo Hesikanen to wins today's Gr. I Olympiatravet Final over 2140 meters autostart. He earned the first prize of 1.5SEK million ($228,000 US) with this his eighth win in 34 lifetime starts, now with career earnings of 3,818,026SEK. Solvato was a 2013 import from the US that last raced there on May 12, 2013 for Trond Smedshammer. Denco HB owns the winner. Sanity was a good second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Kash's Cantab rallying for third, handled by Erik Adielsson. The race time was a sharp 1.10.9kr. Noras Bean was a late scratch. Summary follows. April 26, 2014 Aby SWE, Olympiatravet Final, Gr. I UET Masters Series International, 2140 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.5SEK million to winner Fractions: 1.08.5kr at 500; 1.08.4kr at 1000, 1.10.5kr at 1500, 1.10.9kr at finish 1st Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), trainer Veijo Hesikanen up, 1.10.9kr, owner Denco HB, US import in 2013 and now winner of eight of 34 starts for SEK3,818,026 2nd Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, third or better in last nine outings with five wins 3rd Kash's Cantab (6m Cantab Hall-O'Cala kash-Overcomer), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4th Yarrah Boko, Ulf Ohlsson; Harry Haythrow, Peter Untersteiner finished fourth and fifth ahead of Raja Morichi, Mr. Picolit, Brad de Veluwe and Ed You. The 2014 V75-3 Olympiatravet final started off with breathtaking speed during the first lap. Raja Mirchi grabbed the lead position with a lap to go after been denied the front end early. Lutfi Kolgjini took back to fourth and then when the front settled he burst to the front ahead of early front-going Ed You. When getting to the last bend and into the home stretch Solvato surged past the tired leaders and secured an easy win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Damien Bonne steered Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine) to victory in the fourth leg of the Grand National du Trot today at Agen le Passage in France. The favorite defeated 17 rivals over 2625 meters, timed in 1.14.9kr. The Gr. III event carried a 90,000e purse as Urfa Jallerie rallied down the outside to score by a length from Vicomte Boufarcaux, for owner Patrick Orriere. The GNT was the Quinte+ race of the day with the jackpot now at 7.7 million euros.   April 23. 2014, Agen le Passage, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, leg 4, Gr. III, 90,000e, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, 1.14.9kr, top three traveled 2625 meters 1st Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron de Cebe-Nana du Domaine-Caballis in Blue), Damien Bonne, 1.6/1 odds, 18 winners for 274,950e earned lifetime for owner Patrick Orriere, trainer Dispense Art27 VIII 2nd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 6.5/1 3rd Ugo du Loisir (6m Niky-Isla Bonita), J-P Ducher trainer/driver, 4.3/1 odds At Laval the lightly raced Sam Bourbon three year-old colt Brosnan Jet scored his second career win for Jean-Etienne Dubois. Highly regarded Panne de Moteur also won today at Solvalla in an upper class event with 100,000SWK to the winner. The son of Credit Winner for Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy earned his third 2014 win in as many starts. Also at Solvalla, the US import Wish Me Luck was victorious for owner ACL Stuteri and trainer Roger Walman. Summaries follow. April 23, 2014 Laval, Prix Prosper Laisis, 22,000e, males, 2225 meters, 13 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Brosnan Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Rosemary Jet-Kaisy Dream), J-Et. Dubois, 1.8/1, second victory 2nd Beach Boy (3m Jag de Bellouet-Quisa Me Sweet), L-C Abrivard, 6.3/1 3rd Bob (3m Overtrick-Fee du Houx), Benoit Vassard, 17/1 4th Banguro (3m Ready Cash-La Suedoise), Pierre Vercruysse, 11/1 April 24, 2014 Solvalla, Prix Dartster, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.11.3kr 1st Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stefan Hultman trainer, his third 2014 win in three starts, career 18th win in 37 outings for earnings 6,995,500SEK 3rd Up Date Hoss (6m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Stig H. Johansson 4th Kaka A.T. (7m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui), Torbjorn Jansson, AT Also Solvalla winner Wish Me Luck (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), 1.14.5kr for 30,000SEK first money. Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walman and owner ACL Stuteri. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Olympiatravet, or the Olympia Trot is the first Group One of the new season for harness racing in Sweden and befitting its history it has drawn a stellar field of Scandinavian trotters. The UET Masters Series race, which has been a fixture at Aby since 1984 is worth 1.5 million SEK (330 000 euros) and is raced over two laps, or 2140m. This is a race whose alumni present a creme de la creme of European racing. Last year's winner was none other than Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah, while the two previous winners were both Elitloppet winners, Commander Crowe and Brioni. The greatest trotter of all time Varenne won the race twice (2000 and 2002), while US champions who have had a marked impact on the breed in Europe such as Pershing (1979) and Sugarcane Hanover (1988) have etched the name on the honour roll. And a Swedish horse who has repaid some of that debt and influenced modern North American breeding, Meadow Road (the sire of Kadabra), also won the race, back in 1985. A US stallion Texas, is joint top sire with three individual winners in Grades Singing (1987), Karate Chop (1991) and dual winner Copiad (1996-7). Italian-bred but of pure US bloodlines, and the most influential sire of the millennium in Sweden, Viking Kronos also has three winners including Maharajah (who holds the record with 1.11.0 (1.54.1MR)), with stallion sons Triton Sund (2009) and Thai Thanic (2006). Swedish star Gidde Palema with 3 wins in a row from 2003 has won the race more times than any other although four horses have won it twice. Leading the trainers and drivers' honours are legendary horseman Stig Johansson and an addition to US ranks, champion mentor Ake Svanstedt, who have both trained four winners of the race, who by virtue of driving their charges each time, both also top the drivers honours with four. Stig Johansson is back again this year with Kash's Cantab (by Cantab Hall), although he leaves the driving these days to Erik Adielson. Svanstedt of course is busy with Sebastien K, who ran third in this race last year, and the rest of his team ready for a campaign in the States at his Florida base. But there is certainly plenty of stars left in Europe to provide a stellar lineup. How about last year's Elitloppet winner Sanity? Check. This year's Prix de France winner (the biggest race in France over the same distance) Noras Bean? Check. The best horses in Norway (Yarrah Boko ) and Finland (Brad de Veluwe)? Check. Raja Mirchi, who won the top races in Sweden for both 2YO and 3YO and also won this year's Prix Tenor de Baune in France, is also in the lineup. Throw in the in form V75 stalwarts Mr Picolet, Harry Haythrow and Ed You, and the stage is set for a super showdown. OLYMPIATRAVET Abby 26/04/14 SE UET Masters Series Group I Int 2 140 All 330,000 euros 1         Kash's Cantab h   Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash   Erik Adielsson   Stig H Johansson      2         Ed You v   Love You - Lancia Brick   Robert Bergh   Robert Bergh            3         Mr Picolit h   Scarlet Knight - Good Enough   Jorma Kontio   Raoul Engblom            4         Brad de Veluwe h   Andover Hall - Amazing Ride   Tuomas Korvenoja   Tuomas Korvenoja      5         Raja Mirchi h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec   Lutfi Kolgjini   Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Solvato h   Donato Hanover - Solveig   Veijo Heiskanen   Veijo Heiskanen     7         Sanity v   Love You - Flash Light   Örjan Kihlström   Malin Löfgren     8         Yarrah Boko h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten   Ulf Ohlsson   Trond Anderssen        9         Harry Haythrow v   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda   Peter Untersteiner   Johnny Johansson     10         Noras Bean h   Super Arnie - Easy Bean   Stefan Söderkvist   Ulf Stenströmer   by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

A competitive field of ten are set for Saturday's Olympiatravet Gr. I UET Masters Series event that begins a string of upper class aged trotting contests in Scandinavia, leading to the Elitloppet at end of May. The field in post order is shown below. 26 April- Aby (m=male ; g=gelding ; f=female), 2140 meters autostart, 1.5SEK million to winner 1. Kash's Cantab (6m Cantab Hall-O'cala Kash-Overcomer), Erik Adielsson 2. Ed You (7g Love You-Lancai Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh 3. Mr Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Jorma Kontio 4. Brad de Veluwe (6m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee), Tuomas Korvenoja 5. Raja Mirchi (7m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay), Lutfi Kolgjini 6. Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen 7. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom 8. Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Ulf Ohlsson 9. Harry Haythrow (8g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner 10. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan), Stefan Soderkvist Also on the card is the 250,000SEK first money Lovely Godivas for five year-old mares. The 12 horse field will travel 2140 meters autostart and includes Circles (Canada) with Magnus Jackobsson, Stylish Hanover (USA) and Bjorn Goop, Gisela AS with Orjan Kihlstrom, Rica Neo with Jorma Kontio and the Robert Bergh teamed Hankypanky Pagan. byThomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), with Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver up, won today's Gr. I Prix d'Etain Royal at Seinjoki, Finland, an International UET Masters Series contest for 108,000e. The talented mare recorded her 14th win for career earnings of 226,073 efor owner Scuderia Verner Srl. Her victory, in race record time of 1.12.38kr over 2100 meters autostart, continued Italy's favorable results in Finland. Marlon OM won the 2012 edition for Gubellini and the 2013 contest went to Neste Effe. Prussia rolled three wide down the backstretch on the last lap to open a commanding advantage that she held to the line. Sweden's Quid Pro Quo ( 1.13.1kr ), the 2012 Mangelli winner of the last edition held in San Siro was second with Monster Drive ( 1.13.2kr ) third and Nesta Effe / Roberto Vecchione ) fourth in 1.13.2kr. Race summary and replay link are shown below. April 19, 2014 Seinajoki, Finland Prix d'Etain Royal-Seinjoki Ajo, 108,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.4kr 1st Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, 2.8/1 Italy, her 14th win for owner Scuderia Verner Srl 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage), Erik Adielsson up, 13/1, Sweden 3rd Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie), Per Lennartson, 5.5/1, Sweden 4th Nesta Effe (7m Naglo-Etna Sec), Roberto Vecchione, 2/1, Italy 5th Quite An Avenger (5g Quite Easy-Nobes Hanover), Miika Forss, 22/1, USA by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Last year's winner Neste Effe is the overwhelming favourite for this year's running of Finland's Prix d'Etain Royal one of three UET Masters Series races on Easter weekend, as the European spring-summer circuit hits the track running. The Group one event worth 110,000 euros has been brought forward a couple of weeks this year which surprisingly puts the race head to head with other big international races in France and Norway. Nesta Effe was supreme in the early part of last season, with wins in the opening two of the five Finnish international Group ones for elite aged horses. The Italian-bred stallion son of Sweden's Naglo followed up the win in the Prix d'Etain Royal, with a win in the FInlandia Ajo and a second in Norway's Oslo Grand Prix before a win in a heat of Sweden's Elitloppet highlighted a fine Spring programme. An unplaced effort when hampered for a run in the final heralded two further unplaced starts before being put aside until January when he prepared for an unsuccessful shot at the Prix d'Amerique with a warm up race in Florence Italy. Neste Effe fronted up in Turin in mid February to take out the Italian Group two Gran Premio Mario Locatelli before returning to France where he was unplaced in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse at his last start on March 9. None of the others in this field have been competing at this level and Holger Ehlert's handsome chestnut , who will be driven by usual pilot Roberto Vecchione will be at very short odds, being at less than even money in early markets. Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath's well-performed Quid Pro Quo has been a group one performer since a 2YO when he ran third in the only Group 1 for babies in Sweden, the tongue-twisting Uppfödningslöpning. He followed that up with a win in Italy's Group 1 Orise Mangelli for 3YOs and last year was the Swedish Group one Sprintermasteren final winner for 4YOs. The son of Yankee Glide has also had group one placings in Norway and Germany to prove that travel will not bother him, although just an early 5YO, it is age that might be against the rising star in an aged group one. B.W.L Champion is a veteran journeyman with 20 race wins capped off with a win in Norway's group two Radio Metro Cup last year, his only win in group company in seven seasons on the track. But the 9YO son of Pine Chip is a tough old campaigner and as followers of European trotting know, these guys can keep their speed well into their second decade. Ex-pat Finn Reijo Liljendahl who was Swedish legend Stig Johansson's right-hand man for 35 years until abruptly going out on his own last year at the age of 58 has the classy Monster Drive entered, and the son of Tap In has come in for a lot of support. Other local hopes will be on Jarno Kauhanen's Swedish Import Womanizer, a 10YO roan journeyman who is as tough as old boots And the Finns also have two other local stars in the race, including last season's Finnish TravDerby winner Quite an Avenger who has had two second this term and a former Finnish St Leger winner She Loves You who will have star Swedish driver Johnny Takter hooking up again. The group one winning mare who has won big races in Sweden and raced in France and returned to winning form last start after a long absence. PRIX D'ETAIN ROYAL Seinäjoki 19/04/14 GROUP 1 UET MASTERS SERIES Int 4-12 2100m  €110 000   1         Nesta Effe (h   Naglo - Etna Sec)  Dr:  Roberto Vecchione   Tr: Holger Ehlert     2100         2         Quite An Avenger (v   Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)   Mika Forss  Dr:  Markku Nieminen     2100         3         Monster Drive (h   Thai Tanic - Kewpie)  Dr:  Per Lennartsson   Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     2100         4         Womanizer (v   Tap In - Sandra Nibs)   Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen  Tr:  Jarno Kauhanen     2100         5         She Loves You (s   Love You - Sj's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm     2100         6         Surprise Lord (h   Classic Response - Beauty Bro)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen   Tr: Timo Hulkkonen     2100         7         Prussia (s   Ken Warkentin - Elvezia)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini Dr:   Tr: Pietro Gubellini     2100         8         Quid Pro Quo (h   Yankee Glide - Hostage)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth     2100         9         Pitch Command (v   Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Mia Kjellman     2100         10         B.W.L.Champion (v   Pine Chip - Lovely )  Dr: Ville Karhulahti   Tr: Petri Salmela     2100          by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Panne de Moteur and reinsman Orjan Kihlstom won The Onions Lopp at Solvalla over 1640 meters autostart. He recorded his second 2014 win in as many starts, scoring in 1.10.6kr for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompiets Stall AB. The six year-old son for Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail earned 100,000SEK first prize that increased his career earnings to 6,895,500SEK. The win was his 17th career triumph and probably helps ensure his participation in the Elitloppet. Trainer Hultman stated that he was pleased with the victory under no urging from driver Kihlstrom. April 9, 2014 Solvalla, The Onions Lopp, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.10.6kr Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman trainer and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB (public company), his second 2014 win in as many starts and 17th lifetime victory in 36 starts for 6,895,500SEK earned. Next four placed went to Hard Livin, Daniel Reden trainer/driver; Kaka A.T., Torbjorn Jansson and Drilbit As, Erik Adielsson The Solvalla undercard showed wins by the Credit Winner mare Wish Me Luck As with Kihlstom aboard for ACL Stuteri AB and Freeman T. Porter, in an Olympiatravet prep, with Conrad Lugauer aboard. Summaries follow. April 9, 2014, Solvalla, Kat2, 30,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.13.5kr Wish Me Luck As (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), Orjan Kihlstom for Roger Walman trainer, owner ACL Stuteri AB, her first 2014 win plus a second in two starts, and second career win. She last raced in US on October 16, 2013. The next two places went to Ocean Dream DE with Johan Wiman up and Liberty Federal and reinsman Jorma Kontio. April 9, 2014 Aby Olympiatravet trial, 70,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.14kr Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, first start and win in 2014, 14th career win in 51 starts for 1,500,096SEK won. The next three across the line were Arazi Boko, Daniel Olsson; Belgrado, Mattias Djuseand Caliber T.T, Fredrik Persson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Paris-Vincennes hosts the Prix Lallouet on Saturday. The Gr. II European Masters Series event included 11 monte specialists contesting for a purse of £120,000 over 2700 meters. Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, and jockey Eric Raffin, headline the field that also includes the consistent Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque at the lines. Prix Lallouet £120.000 - European Trotting Masters Series -Gr II monte, 2700 meters - Paris Vincennes Decarone (Ph. Masschaele) Rescousse de Barb (O.Y.Verva) Nene' degli Ulivi (A. Abrivard) Remember Jihem (F. Gence) Torre Crepin (A. Lamy) Utoky (F. Nivard) Rapide du Digeon (D. Bonne) Riglorieux du Bois (O. Seguin) Rsique Tout (Julier Raffestin) Quarry Bay (C. Levesque) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend. Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique. He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly. Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form. "The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December. The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line. Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back. Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros. Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking. Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat. Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs . LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro 05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR) 1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer 3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt 4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer 6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom 7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg 9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Omas NP (6g Brandy Dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf-Sugarcane Hanover) was a surprising winner of today's £45,100, 1660 meter, Premio Giorgio Jegher over the half-mile track Ippodromo di Montebello at Trieste Italy, that opened in 1892. Fernandoi Pisacane teamed the winner in a well-rated 1.14.8kr to defeat traffic affected favorite Linda di Casei (9f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Parinaz (5m Ganymede-Carmagnole Mb-Lemon Dra) ended a fast finishing third. Italian registered trotters also did well today at Halmstad Sweden and Rosso Pomodoro, a son of Donato Hanover), remained undefeated in 2014 with an impressive win engineered by teamster Johnny Takter. This one is owned by Falkbolagen AB and he scored today in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters. Paramount, a son of Angus Hall, also won at Halmstad for reinsman Peter Ingves in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. Trotting fans were treated to interesting events this weekend. On Saturday, at Solvalla, Sanity and Orjan Kihlstrom took the Gold Final Gr. II UET Maters Series. Timed in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, the eight-year-old gelded son of Love You recorded his third 2014 win in four starts, increasing his career earnings to over nine million SEK. The race winner earned 250,000SEK. Recent hot-trotting veteran Harry Haythrow was second ahead of Raja Mirchi handled by Lutfi Kolgjini. Other Solvalla winners included B.B.S Starlight in the Klass I final over 2140 meters. Peter Untersteiner teamed the son of Super Light, from a Sugarcane Hanover mare, to the 1.11.5kr win to earn 200,000SEK. Claes Boko, a son of Varenne, took the Silver Final to earn 220,000SEK. Erik Adielsson teamed this event winner in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters as they defeated Nothing But Class (Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail). Canaka B.F, a daughter of Jobie Tempest, scored in a sharp 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters to earn 200,000SEK in the Pixies Trot. Satisfied La Marc, a son of Andover Hall, won a Klass II event in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for reinsman Svante Ericsson. The winner prevailed in a close battle with Rose Hill Dream handled by Bjorn Goop. The day's monte feature at Solvalla went to Muskelmann G.T. and jockey Emilie Lovvold. The winner recorded his fourth straight in 2014, the last three under saddle. He's a son of Muscles Yankee, from a Dallas Lobell mare, and he scored in 1.13.9kr. At Kincsem Park in Hungary, the featured Cyrano DIJ (3160 meters distance handicap. 500,000Huf purse) went to Ollyan nincs, a six year-old gelded son of Pickaflick from the exceptional producing mare C'est la guerre. Andrea Fazekas teamed the winner to a rallying win (with 20 meter handicap) over Racerstina and Csaba Lakatos who almost overcame a 40 meter penalty to hold on after leading most of the way in this marathon-like test. Oguz took third for trainer Imre Fazekas, also trainer of Ollyan nincs. Replay can be viewed using the link below. US pedigreed sires Tony Oaks and Pickaflick produced two wins each on the card. Veteran Off Road also won on the program, the fifth straight for the gelded son of P.S. Dimo. http://82.131.211.99/video/ugeto/2014/2014_03_29/6_futam.wmv Next week in Italy (April 6) the Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori (Gr. I, £110,000, 1600 meters) at Torino promises to be a great race as Mack Grace SM has been engaged along with Pascia'Lest, Marielles, Owen CR and Napoleon Bar, this group recently contesting top-class races in France and Italy. Owen Cr Marielles Napoleon Bar Mack Grace Sm Pascia’ Lest Moses Rob Oropuro Bar Orione Degli Dei Probo Op Oibambam Effe Newyork Newyork Pace Del Rio Solid action also took place on March 28 at Paris-Vincennes. Tornado l'Ocean took the Prix RMC before a great evening crowd. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot that had grown to £6.4 million. Pierre Levesque teamed the 8/1 odds winner home in 1.13.3kr over 2100 meters autostart, for owner J-P Barjon and trainer Mike Lenders. US owned (Jesmeral Stable) Quid du Vivier finished sixth in this field of 18. The Ready Cash three year-old filly Blanche Mencourt took the Prix de Quartier Carnot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and veteran teamster Joseph Verbeeck. This even-money favorite scored for the second time in her young career, with this 1.16.7kr victory over 2850 meters. The monte featured Prix Monoceros (£55,000 purse, 2200 meters, lad jockeys) went to veteran campaigner Strogoff and jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Strogoff recorded his 11th career victory with this 1.14.2kr win that increased his career earnings to £267,980. J-E David trains the winner as he defeated favored Surlando de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah. There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of  a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown,  while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur. Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both  won big races in France as six-year-olds  to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune  in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win. Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy  indeed has  something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix  Tenor De Baune victory. But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series. He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion  last year in a very good field. Olympiatravet qualifier Solvalla 2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m 1         Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural)  Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth               2         Raja Mirchi (h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini                3         Sanity (g  Love You - Flash Light)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Malin Löfgren               4         Yanantin Boko (g   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko)   Dr: Darren Mizzi   Tr: Olle Alsén           5         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)   Dr: Peter Untersteiner   Tr: Johnny Johansson             6         Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Timo Nurmos                7         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson                8         Dreams Take Time (h   Andover Andover - B.My Honey)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Lars I Nilsson                9         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Erik Lindegren         Dave Sanders

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