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Johnny Takter steered 7/1 long shot Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) to a close score in 1.14.04kr to win the 2013 edition of the classic Prix Deutschland at Hamburg. The purse was 200,000 euros over the 2720 meter autostart distance. Sire of the winner was a $170,000 yearling in the U.S. and is a son of Andover Hall from Wac by Malabar Man. Indigious (4m Prodigious-Indication) was second for Erik Adielsson, owner Stall Express and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Quid Pro Quo (4m Yankee Glide-Hostage) was third for teamster Ake Svanstedt with Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pin e Chip) fourth for Per Lennartsson. Favored Clint W. Boko finished seventh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was the upset winner of today’s V75 feature at Aby. Johnny Takter used the open stretch to rally for the win in 1.12.2kr over 2640 meters. The winner earned 600,000SEK for the score and increased his career earnings to over 4 million SEK. This was his 10th win in 45 starts for the victorious On Track Piraten and owner Stall Morkermasse. Yarrah Boko (8m Cocktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), a winner of almost 10 million SEK, was second for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) rallied to be third for driver Peter Untersteiner. The undercard included fast class action as well with important winners shown below: Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) took the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr for Jorma Konto to defeat Stormysky (5g Andover Hall-Not A Spacecase-Barbeque) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson. Baretta Boko (5g SJs Caviar-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) won the Swedish Masters for Geldings in 1.13.4kr. Driven by Mattias Djuse, the winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Embassy Photo (5g SJs Photo-Persos Bellami-Embassy Lobell) was second for Oscar Nilsson. Dileva Kall (5f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell) won the Gr. II Swedish Masters for Mares to pick up 600,000SEK. She scored in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart for driver/trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Dileva Kall’s lifetime earnings reached over 5.9 million SEK with the win. Playing Tua (5f Gigfant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Thomas Ehrberg. The fastest event on the day was won by Zjanti River (7g Toss Out-Green Grove-Pine Chip) in 1.11.6kr for Ake Svanstedt. He scored over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to the winning connections. KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was second for Erik Adielsson with Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) third with Adrian Kolgjini up. Yesterday at Kalmar the Energusparloppet over 1640 meters (distance handicap) went to the Guida Italia Srl bred Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell). She scored in 1.12.3kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Jorgen Sjunnesson drover the winner who recorded her 26th lifetime win in 119 starts for earnings over 2.4 million SEK. On October 9 at Solvalla several solid wins were posted by US-sired offspring. Enya Boko (2f Broadway Hall-Victors Finesse-Valley Victor) scored in 1.14.7kr to earn 175,000 SEK in a Breeders Crown test over 1640 meters autostart. This young filly is undefeated in four starts for Per Lennartsson who also trains. Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-Ens Tag Session-Tagliabue) was second for Jorma Kontio. Delicious (4f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) recorded a 1.09.9kr win over 1640 meters autostart for Daniel Reden in a Klass II event worth 50,000SEK. Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) won for the fifth time in six starts lifetime for Ake Svanstedt. The KB Capulus Horses owned colt scored in 1.13.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 75,000SEK. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) won in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to secure a 150,000SEK paycheck in the Solvallaserien VIII. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Roger Walmann. The Donato Hanover son Pojke Kronos was second with Gisela As (4f Infinitif) third. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

The Svenskt Masterskap (SM) or  Swedish Championships   are run Saturday at Aby, but remarkably Elitloppet winner Nahar will not be there. The leading horse by stake earnings in Sweden this year simply did not score enough points to merit entry in the country’s gold medal presentation day. This was despite victories in the Elitelopp final and Norrbotten Stora Pris but a second place behind Orecchietti at Bergsåker recently  meant his points total  for qualification stopped at 2610. But On Track Piraten had accumulated 2673 points. So despite trainer Robert Bergh and owners Canadian Ice Hockey stars  Daniel and Henrik Sedin star having had  6 wins in 19 starts and more than 5,4 million SEK in the bank for the season, putting Nahar top of the money list, it was not enough. So he will have a winter break, without the honour of being crowned Swedish Champion. There will be six gold medals awarded at Aby on Saturday. In the main race Yarrah Boko is owned and trained by Norwegians who claim him as their own, but he was bred at Boko Stables in Stockholm, and he is back in the country of his birth to try and reclaim the SM-Male title that he  won two years ago.  Trond Anderssen’s star started off the year in brilliant fashion winning one of the famed B-races at Vincennes, the Prix de Belgique and won four of his five starts at elite level. Last start winner  Orecchietti returned to  form in brilliant fashion at Bergsåker this month, while Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face has also had a  recent victory in France, and will also have strong support. Also likely to find favour in with the punters is V75 warhorse Harry Haythrow and the  winner of Finland’s Kymi Grand Prix, the roan gelding Womanizer . The second  big feature on the night will be Sto-SM for mares which looks likely to be decided between Daniel Reden’s Muscles Yankee  mare Dileva Kall and Vincennes (Spotlite Lobell) in the hands of Johnny Takter. Gold medals will also be handed to the winners of SM races for Monte, apprentices,   Youth and  Equestrian Championships on the 13 race programme which doubles as the weekend’s V75 meeting.   SVENSKT MÄSTERSKAP Åby  2013-10-12  (G2)   Nat   2640m  all Male  €141,000 1         Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr:   Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              2         Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:   Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen               3         On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr:   Johnny Takter  Tr:  Hans R Strömberg               4         Perfect Toll (h Alf Palema - Tvindas S. ) Dr:   Åke Svanstedt Tr:   Åke Svanstedt               5         Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr:   Johan Untersteiner Tr:   Johan Lejon               6         Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Johnny Johansson               7         Monster Drive (h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr:   Björn Goop Tr:   Reijo Liljendahl               8         Womanizer (g Tap In - Sandra Nibs) Dr:   Tommi Kylliäinen Tr:   Jarno Kauhanen              9         Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:   Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson               10       Orecchietti (h From Above - Canneloni) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström  Tr:  Stefan Hultman       SE STO-SM Åby  12/10/13 (G2)   Nat 2140m all mares  €141,000 1         Ariel Boko   (Lemon Dra - Exciting Kronos) Dr:   Per Linderoth  Tr:  Per Linderoth              2         Vincennes   (Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr:   Johnny Takter Tr:   Sören Lennartsson              3         Playing Tua   (Gigant Neo - Sandy Nalan) Dr:   Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Thomas Uhrberg              4         Bell   (Jag de Bellouet - Maxi Limousine) Dr:   Lars-Göran Söderberg Tr:   Björn Svensson              5         Dileva Käll  (Muscles Yankee - Leva Käll) Dr:   Daniel Redén   Tr: Daniel Redén              6         Askens Valencia   (Rite On Line - Staro Ultima) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:   Timo Nurmos             7         Mermaid Ås   (Broadway Hall - Superlou Ås) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Peter Untersteiner              8         Global Kitten   (Striking Sahbra - I Dream the Dream) Dr:   Magnus Jakobsson  Tr:  Magnus Jakobsson              9         Olivia Lavec   (Lindy Lane - Espri Lavec) Dr:   Flemming Jensen Tr:   Flemming Jensen              10        Photo Princess   (Super Photo Kosmos - Milady Hornline) Dr:   Michael Lönborg Tr:   Michael Lönborg     by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Swedish legend Stig Johansson is taking his German-bred colt Indigious back to the land of his birth for a crack at the Grosser Preis von Duetschland, the country’s biggest race for 4YOs run over the staying distance of 2720m. Indeed Johansson is one of no less than six Swedish trainers taking their charges to Hamburg in search of international Group I glory and a hefty purse of €200,000. Johansson won this race four years ago with Love You colt Nu Pagadi, and Swedes have been successful in the last two runnings of the race, with last year’s winner being Kool du Caux gelding On Track Piraten (who races in the Swedish Championships at Aby this weekend). Roger Walmann’s champion mare Tamla Celeber (Cantab Hall) was successful in 2011, and went on to win the US Breeders Crown for mares the following season. Indigious, who is owned in Germany by Friedrich Gentz is fresh from a meritorious fourth place in the European 4YO  Derby (Grand Prix de l’UET) in the hands of regular pilot Erik Adielsson, who will drive him here. The well-performed son of Prodigious has won 10 of his 22 starts since he began his career as a  3YO with  five wins in a row and has already been second a  Group I, when he followed  Svante Bath’ (4mQuid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide) hone in Sprintermastern Final in July. Quid Pro Quo is also in this race and Bath has engaged fellow trainer Ake Svanstedt to drive him. Quid Pro Quo has 11 wins in 25 starts and was fourth in the Swedish TravDerby. He did not start in the European 4YO Derby after missing out in the heats – to Indigious. Star Swedish driver Johnny Takter will be aboard Lars Nilsson’s Dreams Take Time, an Andover Andover colt who was second in the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown last year and won his last start, after taking a break in July after missing out on the Sprint Masterskap. Lutfi Kolgjini never leaves home without a horse who has a chance and he fronts up with Viking America (Viking Kronos)  who is out of a half-sister to Ette Extra, the dam of European Derby winning Qualita Bourbon and exciting new sire Sam Bourbon. Viking America is yet to show the same flair on the track although he has won seven of 32 starts including a heat of the Swedish TravDerby recently – only to break in the TravDerby itself. The Netherlands will be represented with two horses the best of them being Clint W Boko who was in impressive winner of his European 4YO Derby heat against a quality French field at Vincennes. Coincidentally Paul Hagoort’s Dutch Derby  winner is the son of a German champion, Abano As, who won the Prix d’Amerique in a stellar career. Abano As also won the Grand Prix de l’UET, the race Clint W Boko was fifth in, in his last start, right behind Indigious. He may indeed share favouritism for this event. Finland is represented by Tuomas Korvenoja’s  filly Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta) who won the mare’s Sprint final at Halmstad in July but has not won since in four starts. Her record is seven wins in 20 starts and might find the colts and the distance too much here. Of the German runner 4mLindo Eden won the Grosser Preis NRZ-Pokal this year and  was third in the Traben St Leger last year while Dream Magic BE  was the German Traber-Derby winner who has been a regular placegetter in German group races since he was a 2YO. Casanova was second in the German Derby while Betterthancheckers won the Bayern Pokal as a 3YO, and they are the only others with form in big German races. GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND Hamburg 13/10/13  Group 1 International  4YO (4m€200,000  2720m 1         Betterthancheckers (h   Donato Hanover - Armbro Domino)   Dr: Michael Schmid  Tr: Josef Franzl              2         Caen Oldeson (h   Offshore Dream - Krona Oldeson)   Dr: John de Leeuw Tr:  Frank A Westerveld              3         Call Me Hanover  (4g Kadabra - Chiptease)   Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr:  Marcus Lindgren              4         Casanova (4h Ufo Kievitshof - Pinky)   Dr: Roland Hülskath Tr:  Paul Hagoort              5         Clint W.Boko (4h Abano As - Vantz Boko)  Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:  Paul Hagoort              6         Cowboy Fanatic  (4g Broadway Hall - Super Fanatic)   Dr: Rob de Vlieger  Tr: Rob de Vlieger              7         Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera)   Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja   Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja              8         Dream Duo (4h Kadabra - Chip's Commission)   Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr:  Veijo Heiskanen              9         Dream Magic BE  (4h Dream Vacation - Dantesca Cla)   Dr: Josef Franzl Tr:  Josef Franzl              10         Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson              11         Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication)   Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr:  Stig H Johansson              12         Lindo Eden (4h Unforgettable - Quickstar Hornline)   Dr: Arnold Mollema Tr:  Arnold Mollema              13         Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage)   Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr:  Svante Båth              14         Viking America  (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini            Dave Sanders

Today (Wednesday) at Axevalla (SWE) Breeders Crown eligible events took place for three and four year-old males and females, each contested over 2140 meters autostart with 75,000SEK to the winner. Summary results are shown below: Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJs Caviar) won the three year-old filly contest in 1.14.7kr for Erik Adielsson, her third 2013 win in ten starts for seasonal earnings of 1,198,000SEK. Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took the four year-old mares event in 1.14.7kr for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. This one scored her sixth 2013 win in 13 starts for 1,111,000SEK earned for the year. She narrowly defeated favored Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) and driver Johnny Takter. Fascination shows 2013 earnings of 1,648,250SEK for her 5-2-1 slate in nine appearances Poochai (3m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) took the three year-old male event in 1.15kr for Erik Adielsson, his first seasonal win in six starts. He easily defeated Darren Boko (3g Going Kronos-Lovely Kemp-Express Ride) and trainer/driver Markus Svedberg Twin’s Fairytale (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) scored in the four year-old male trot in 1.15.1kr for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, over stablemate Charlie Palema (4g Gidde Palema-Frosts Dime-Tibur) with Ake Lindblom aboard The previous day Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) won at Mantorp in the Sikta Mot Stjarnorna Final for 200,000SEK to the winner. She emerged from the pocket in mid-stretch to score in 1.14.2kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Jeannette Hansen. Developed by Jerry Riordan, and bred by Guida Italia Srl, the filly won for the seventh time in 13 starts this year. The Riordan trained Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) was the pacesetter and ended a good second for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. This one shows a 6-2-3 slate in 11 starts for 2013 earnings of 862,504SEK. Rufoli Lung (3m Pine Chip-Charmante Lung-Park Avenue Joe) was third for Juhani Partanen. The Mantorp co-feature for 100,000SEK first money went to Flash Oak (4g Super Arnie-Cara Bobs Crown-Wesgate Crown) for trainer/driver Oskar Svanberg. He was timed in 1.12.7kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance, scoring for the fourth time in 11 starts this year. This past weekend the Hungarian Trotting Association hosted their annual yearling sale. 31 head went through the ring with the sale topper being the Kabela Menes Kft. bred and raised Trotting Boy (Maximus Lindy-Jeans Lady) for US$8,039. Kabela Menes also sold the next four highest priced yearlings by stallions Ata Star L, and Maximus Lindy, each from solid producing HU mares. On the racing front Kincsem Park hosted a fine Saturday card including the 1.9 million HUf Ketevesek Nagydija. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam) took the victory over 1800 meters autostart for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft. The co-featured Oszi Hanca Dij for 1.5 million HUf went to Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-Augusta Bi) in 1.17kr over 1960 meters. The winner overcame a 40 meter distance handicap, traveling 2000 meters from trainer Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Dejan Bacic. Veteran classic winning mare Nana (by Tony Oaks) was third in her final start for trainer Imre Fazekas and amateur driver Andrea Nagyvary, timed in 1.16.9kr over 2020 meters. The weekly Open (Disco Dij) produced another win by Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack) in 1.18.3kr in the 500,000HUf purse event over 1960 meters. Landlord and Vamos Kemp finished next in line. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), with Orjan Kihlstom aboard, raced first up in the “death seat” before taking the lead at head of the stretch to win in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters. The V75 Gold victory was worth 150,000SEK to the winner that is owned by Travkompaniets Stall AB, also owner of Maharajah, and trained by Stefan Hultman. Orecchietti recorded his 15th victory in 32 lifetime starts for life earnings of over 3.95 million SEK. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), 2013 The Elitloppet winner with career earnings of over 9 million SEK, followed Orecchietti in a perfect second over spot for Robert Bergh before making a three wide surge halfway through the final turn. Nahar drew dead-even with Orecchietti before the winner inched away in the late stages. Update Hoss (7m Classic Response-Celebrfation Ride-Express Ride) closed late down the middle to be third, driven by Erik Adielsson. The US import Pastor Stephen (5m Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec) finished ninth for Daniel Reden, timed in 1.12.9kr. He was making his second 2013 start. Pastor Stephen, a career winner of 7.2 million SEK, last started in North America in September 2011. The Bergsaker co-featured Silver Division went to Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) in 1.10.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh trained and driven pupil earned 125,000SEK first money as he defeated Robin Ru (8g Gidde Palema-Ritzy As-Beseiged) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard. Pacesetter Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) ended third for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

Former USA 2YO Colt Trotter of the Year, Pastor Stephen, steps up into Swedish elite company incuding reigning Elitppet champ Nahar for the first time since joining Solvalla trainer Daniel Redén when he takes his place in the Norrlandskt Masterskap (Championship) at Bergsaker on the weekend. A million dollar stakes earner with a record of 1.52.4, Pastor Stephen was a sensational 2YO in North America reeling off wins in the Reynolds Memorial, Champlian Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and Simcoe Stakes for  trainer Juimmy Takter to gain the top vote in the 2YO colts and geldings category with 6 wins and 4 seconds from 11 starts and a record of 1.53.3 and earnings of around $US700,000. The Cantab Hall product of Kentucky’s Brittany Farms but an injury before the Canadian Trotting curtailed his 3YO although he won 4 of 11 starts and won just over $400,000, lowering his time to 1.52.4 with his best finish in the big stakes races being a fifth in the Hambletonian. Interestingly he is the third stallion from that year’s Hambletonian to be now plying his trade in Sweden,  joining that year’s winner Broad Bahn and Currier and Ives winner Fawkes, who was unplaced. Broad Bahn joined Stig Johansson’s stable and has yet to be sighted on Swedish tracks while Fawkes has had success in the ultra competitive elite Swedish ranks, winning the Swedish Group I King Gustav’s Pokal for 4YOs last year. Rated by top driver Yannick Gingras as one of the best horses he had ever driven, Pastor Stephen was urchased by Stall Zet in January 2011. The 3YO injury, though healing, prevented Pastor Stephen racing as a 4YO, although he did stud duties in Sweden serving some top mares such as E3 winner Sweet Desire,  and resumed training this spring, qualifying in Gavle in August. Since then Pastor Stephen has had just one start in a minor race at Gavle last month where he ran second in a sprint over 1640m in 1.12.7ak (1.57MR), interestingly beating home Group I winner Oracle (Ganymede). It is a tough test of his credentials with Robert Bergh’s Elitloppet winner Nahar (7g Love You) in the field and this will also be the first time that Pastor Stephen has raced over more than a mile (not counting the 1640m last start). Orecchietti (6h From Above) ran third in the Group II Arjangs Stora Pris in a top field behind Sebastian K and Formula One two starts back, and will be one of the favourites with Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart. Also in the field are last start winner Rakas (8h Victory Party), who won the 2010 Frances Bulwark and Finnish Group I winners  Up Date Hoss (7h Classic Response) trained by Stig Johansson  and She Loves You (6m Love You), a Finnish St Leger winning mare (and whose dam is a sister to SJ’s Caviar) who has not been in top form since returning from an unsuccessful stint in France. NORRLÄNDSKT VARMBLODSMÄSTERSKAP Bergsåker   5-10-13 V75 Gulddivision Ht, 2140m Auto 1         El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar - Otilia Sund)  Dr: Oskar J Andersson Tr:  Kristina Wiik   2         Haraldinho (6g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia)  Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström              3         David Sisu  (5h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious)  Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr:  Petri Salmela              4         Device  (9h Pine Chip - Vitessa) Dr:   Per Linderoth Tr:    Per Linderoth              5         Nahar  (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline)   Dr: Robert Bergh  Tr:    Robert Bergh              6         Francais du Gull (6h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:  Bo Eklöf  Tr:   Erik Lindegren              7         She Loves You (FI) (6m Love You - S J's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Jörgen Westholm Tr:    Jörgen Westholm              8         Up-Date Hoss (FI) (7h Classic Response - Celebration Ride)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson              9         Rakas (8h Victory Party - Tricky Woo) Dr:   Per Lennartsson  Tr:   Per Lennartsson              10       Pastor Stephen (US) (5h Cantab Hall - Gala Dream)   Dr: Daniel Redén  Tr:   Daniel Redén              11       Orecchietti (6h From Above - Canneloni)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Stefan Hultman              12       Parkin  (7g Tap In - La Bigi) Dr:   Henrik Svensson Tr:  Björn Persson   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Sunday's Swedish Trotting Oaks (Gr. I National) went to 3/10 favorite D’One (3f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. The well-bred filly covered the 2140 meter autostart course at Solvalla in 1.13.59kr for owner Stall Kennys Andelshast to closely defeat Mellby Briolett  (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane) with Johan Untersteiner aboard (timed in 1.13.64) also for trainer Walmann. Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover-Nova Brodda) ended third. Purse was 319,200 euro. The Grand Prix l’UET (Gr. I International, purse 400,107 euro, distance 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to favored 1.9/1 Mosaique Face (4m Classic Photo-Iona LB)) with Lutfi Kolgjini up. The Tommy Nilsson Holding AB owned horse was timed in a quick 1.10.79 (new Swedish record and also a new world record) in the start to finish score. Mosaique Face was clocked in the fast 1.09.4kr/500 meters and continued in a high and even pace, 1.11.9kr/1000 meters and 1.11.5kr 1500 meters. Rapidly closing Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick) was second (for owner Stall Grossere and trainer Tommy Anderssen) beaten less than a length for Gunnar Austevoll. Vaux le Vicompte ended third for J-M Bazire. Ulf Ohlsson won the featured Swedish Kriterium (Gr I National, purse 456,000 euro, distance 2640 meters autostart) with Rokkakudo (3m Varenne-Ikebana ) for owner  Anna Forssel AB and trainer Anna Forsell. Attack Diablo (3m Blue York Yankee-Chanson d’Inverne) was second for Peter Ingves with Final Oak (3m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) third with Erik Adielsson at the lines. Time for the winner was 1.13.5kr. TheSolvallaserien VII (four year-old mares) was also contested at Solvalla today (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner). Per Lindroth piloted Blended Scotch (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) to a close 1.12.3kr win over the imported KYSS winner Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) with Ake Svanstedt up. Delicious, also a US import, was third for Daniel Reden. by Thomas H. Hicks

One of the best fields in recent years has fought its way through to the final of the Grand Prix de l’UET to be held at Solvalla on Sunday. Despite the undoubted stature of the race, there is always the risk that either of the great powerhouses of European trotting, the French or the Swedes, will decide that the differing track conditions and travel is too great a hurdle for their stars, especially if they have already guaranteed a lucrative stud career with domestic glory. Many years the best of the crop stay at home, with the TravDerby, or a high placing in the Criteriums secured, when they see a rival in the Euro Derby that looks so dominant – such as a Brad de Veluwe  last year – that there is no advantage fronting up only to be shown to be vastly inferior. The French, in particular, are wont to bypass European events, the status of their own events being more than enough for their purposes, and they are also mindful that the tight kilometre tracks of Scandinavia often do not compliment the style of horses suited to the unique demands of Vincennes, with its undulations and wide open spaces and the need for three or four bursts of acceleration. The French are also rarely presented with a dominant champion, and the depth of their racing is such that upwards of a dozen or more have true claims of the type of genetic superiority needed to succeed on track and stud – which is the secondary purpose of group racing. This year a sizeable group of their elite four-year-olds fronted up, even with the disadvantages of a final on Swedish soil, and the best of the Scandinavians, and a Belgian horse with true championship claims are also in one of the greatest fields in recent memory. The two dominant horses in this Swedish crop, Lutfi Kolgjini’s Mosaique Face, the recent TravDerby winner and Timo Nurmos’ Chelsea Boko, who won the 3YO equivalent of this crop, the TravKriterium are both in the final as are the next three best credentialed Swedish colts who can all mount a serious challenge, Noble Knight (a former European 3YO champ) Indigious and Molle CD. The Swedish Group I winning  filly Your Highness is not without a chance either, although a filly has not won this race since the French superstar Qualita Bourbon in 2008, and she is nowhere near that good. Indeed she was the last French horse to win this event. In fairness to the French, they often have to make a difficult choice, front up in the bike here on foreign soil, or take their chance at Group I glory at home under saddle in the Prix Des Elites held on the same day at Vincennes, and one of the biggest races on the French calendar, such is the equal status afforded monte racing in that part of the world. In Varade d’Hermine (a winner of 11 of 16 and harshly disqualified – to non-French eyes – from second in the Criterium des 4 Ans), Vaux le Vicomte (second in the Criterium des 3 Ans) and with master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire in the cart, and to a lesser extent Vive Majyk, they have three highly credentialed participants, who fought their way to three of the four spots available in two heats at Vincennes a fortnight ago. The former two have great draws too and will be top chances. Then there is a Dutch-bred  son of a former German winner of this very event, (Abano As) who won the other heat at the Temple du Trot, Clint W Boko (the Dutch Derby winner), and even the French admit that this is a horse of rare quality – and he has drawn No 2, a great spot for the dominant front runner that he is. And the dark horse in the field is a Norwegian, by  US sire Broadway Hall, Thai Broadway (the Norwegian Derby third placegetter), who is also one who is suited to this style of racing, has impressive stats and has drawn the important pole position, from where he might be able to exert control. Denmark’s entry Satisfied la Marc (4h Andover Hall) was a surprise qualifier, and has the breeding to keep on surprising. So buckle yourself in, this is going to be a super race. GRAND PRIX DE L'UET Solvalla 2140m  (G1)  Int 4 YOm/f  €400,000 1         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)  Dr: Gunnar Austevoll  Tr: Trond Anderssen                2       Clint W Boko (4h   Abano As - Vantz Boko)   Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:   Paul Hagoort              3         Vaux le Vicomte (4h   Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin)   Dr: Jean Michel Bazire  Tr:   Jean Michel Bazire                4         Mosaique Face (4h   Classic Photo - Iona Lb)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:    Lutfi Kolgjini               5         Indigious (4h   Prodigious - Indication)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson Tr:   Stig H Johansson               6         Varade d'Hermine (4m   Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr:   Pierre Vercruysse Tr:    Jean Michel Baudouin                7       Satisfied la Marc (4h   Andover Hall - Loving Her Is Easy) Dr:   Svante Ericsson Tr:    Markus B Svedberg                8         Chelsea Boko (4h   Chocolatier - Kelsea Boko)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos                9         Your Highness (4m   Chocolatier - La Belle Lady)  Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:    Ulf Stenströmer                10         Noble Knight (4h   Scarlet Knight - Bruschetta)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:    Roger Walmann                11         Vive Majyc (4m   Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue)  Dr:  Louis Baudron Tr:    Louis Baudron                 12         Molle C.D. (4h   Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Dr:   Daniel Redén  Tr:  Daniel Redén        by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com

In the absence of two Swedish millionaire hotshots in Rolling Stones (8 wins in a row) who  sensationally broke in his heat and Vasterbo Loveboat, a 10 win colt who also missed qualification, the Travkriterium (4 million SEK) is now a wide open affair. There certainly doesn’t look like any Maharajah, Mr Lavec, Remington Crown or Zoogin in this lineup for one of the feature races of the Swedish season raced over 2640m on the Solvalla track. A strong case could be made for Henrik Hoffman’s colt Final Oak (Make it Happen)  who has won his last three in a row to make it six wins and two placings from 12 starts. He was a hot favourite in his heat and covered the 2640m in under 2 minute time. He will have Erik Adielsson  on board this week as Jorma Kontio is engaged to drive his usual employer Timo Nurmos’ colt Jens Patrik. A son of dual Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, Jens Patrik is just a 2 win horse, with his heat win just his second but it was the second fastest of the night, a tidy 1.14.1 (1.59.1MR)  for the 2640m  journey. His driver Kontio, will be going for his third win in the event. Nurmos also has  Sir Ratzeputz (Love You) who will be driven by Åke Svanstedt in the field but he has only won three minor races so far and the heat place getter has a horror draw   Alkalizer Am  has only had five starts but you can’t fault the form of  Olimede  gelding who is trained and driven by Marcus Lindgren. He has won his last four on the trot and his Swedish bred dam Alltid V.G. was very good in this age group with a win in the Coccinelles and second placings in the E3 Langa, Guldstoet and at 4 seconds in the Stochampionet and Breeders Crown.   Perhaps in the absence of true star power, his credentials shine a little brighter. Veijo Heiskanen trained and drove  Amazing Man (Ken Warkentin) to the fastest time in the heats at a very slick 1.13.5 (1.58.1MR) for the 2640m. He now has four minor wins in 11 starts and isn’t the worst. Fredrik Persson trains  Boys Going In (Going Kronos) who has won five of nine including a win in the Going Kronos Mile on July 30 in Jagersro in 1.56 which earned him a 300,000SEK pay day. His driver will be Johnny Takter  who will be looking to emulate his brother Jimmy, who won the race in 1994 with Mr Lavec. Rokkakudo (Varenne) is a product of the giant Menhammar Stud and his win in the heat was his best performance so far, and just his second in 16 starts although he was third in the E3 heats and fifth in the final. Anna Forssell  trains the colt who will be driven by  Ulf Ohlsson. The ace draw went to Nimbus C.D. (Mythical Lindy) is trained by Per Nordström at Jagersro and has had five wins in just eight starts but the win in the kriterium heats was his biggest. The gelding is however the half brother to European Derby and Breeders Crown winner Kadett C.D who actually finished eighth in this race. Stefan Hultman has trained three winners of this race and he his entry Ruhuna Tea (Viking Kronos)  was a hot favourite when going down in that heat  and is also from the Menhammar Stud champion factory, and has a pretty smart record with 2 wins and 4 seconds from just 8 starts to date.  He is out of Victory Dream mare Dimbula who was third in the Group II Ulf Thorensens Minneslop and from the good family of Hambletonian winner Duenna.   He also has five time Travkriterium winning driver  Örjan Kihlström  in the cart. Roger Walmann’s  Carelin (Super Arnie )  has won three minor races while Bjorn Goop’s B.B. Tigger has only had three starts, but has won two of them. Who knows, in this field they could surprise. SVENSKT TRAV-KRITERIUM Solvalla 2640 (G1) Nat 3YOs  €470,000 1         Nimbus C.D. (v   Mythical Lindy - Kiss of Life)  Dr: Per Nordström Tr: Per Nordström 2         Final Oak (3c   Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown)  Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr: Henrik Hoffman            3         Rokkakudo( h   Varenne - Ikebana)  Dr: Ulf Ohlsson  Tr: Anna Forssell       4         Amazing Man (h   Ken Warkentin - Fayette Broline)  Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr:  Veijo Heiskanen       5         Jens Patrik (h   Offshore Dream - Ebba Britta)  Dr: Jorma Kontio  Tr: Timo Nurmos       6         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)  Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr: Fredrik Persson          7         Attack Diablo (h   Blue York Yankee - Chanson d'Inverne)  Dr: Peter Ingves  Tr: Peter Ingves  8         Ruhuna Tea (h   Viking Kronos - Dimbula)  Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr: Stefan Hultman            9         Alkalizer Am (v   Olimede - Alltid V.G.)  Dr: Marcus Lindgren Tr:  Marcus Lindgren           10      Sir Ratzeputz (h   Love You - Celebrate)  Dr: Åke Svanstedt  Tr: Timo Nurmos           11      Carelin (h   Super Arnie - Carte Blanche)  Dr: Johan Untersteiner  Tr: Roger Walmann          12      B.B.Tigger (h   Going Kronos - Tigger)  Dr: Björn Goop Tr:  Björn Goop        Dave Sanders  

If history counts for anything, then D’One is a shoo-in for the Swedish Oaks on Saturday. The Donato Hanover filly has breeding going her way, being not only the offspring of two world champions but her dam, Giant Diablo (1.50.1, US$1.98 million) is also a former winner of this race. No one has won more Swedish Oaks in the bike than her regular pilot Örjan Kihlström, and her trainer Roger Walmann is second on the list of trainers who have won this Swedish classic, with three - behind Stig Johansson who has trained six but is not represented tonight. D'One   won the second of six heats from which the top two went into this race, and  has won seven of her 10 starts and placed twice. Indeed she won her first four starts before a third in the Group I E3 Langa fillies final, and has won three of her last four.  She has also has the number two draw in her favour. But there are 11 other fillies who will be keen to deny her that place in the history books including Solvalla local  Walmann’s second filly in the event Mellby Briolett  who will also be one of the favourites, although she does mix her performances as her 3 wins 3 placings in 10 starts shows.   But the Going Kronos filly has already won the Group I E3 Langa final. She is also from a super family with her dam is a half-sister to Self Possessed  from the family of  Deweycheatumnhowe. She will be driven by Johan Untersteiner. Walmann’s third entry is Mythical Fortune  (Mythical Lindy)   Torbjörn Jansson  who was second in that heat and has been a consistent performer with five wins and three seconds in 13 starts. Another Solvalla trainer Björn Röcklinger has heat winner Fly the World  who went the fastest time in the heats with 1.13.5  but is drawn nine. The Juliano Star filly has won nine of her 17 starts and has a best mobile time of 1.13.2 (1.57.4MR) and will be driven by Juha Siirtonen.      Stefan Melander who is lying third in the Swedish training premiership has drawn the pole with Symmetric a daughter of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, arguably the most successful US stallion in modern times.  This filly is a very interesting runner with, her dam being Magyare Turgot, a sister to Noba Turgot who won the French Classic Prix des Elites, which coincidentally is being run the very same night, in Vincennes. Her win in the qualifying heat was her first but with her French bloodlines, it might just be that she is now getting mature enough to compete at this level. Melander also has the lightly raced Classification in the race after she ran second in her heat in only her sixth start. Drawn six and with driving ace Bjorn Goop in the cart, she is also by Scarlet Knight and is out of an Italian mare who was a Group I placegetter in Sweden. Tomas Malmqvist’s Backfire   (Offshore Dreama)   was a close second in her heat but will be one of the fancied runners because she has a habit of taking the runners-up spot in big races.  She was second in the E3 Langa fillies final and also the E3 Korta fillies (sprint) final and also has a fast record of 12.1(1.56MR). She will be driven by Erik Adielsson.   Peter Untersteiner’s  Neona Princess  (Gigant Neo) won her heat and has a strong record of seven wins in nine starts. Apart from her heat win her best other victory was in the E3 consolation her best, while her quickest time is 12.5. She has drawn three and will be driven by Kenneth Haugstad.  Untersteiner’s other entrant is  Our Precious   (Pearsall Hanover)   another heat winner although this was only her second win, and undoubtledly her best performance so far She has only had 10 starts but is beautifully bred, being from the same family as Super Bowl and will be driven by Jörgen Sjunnesson.   Ragata (Deweycheatumnhowe) was second in her heat  and Swedish-based Finn Timo Nurmos’ filly’s best win was in March when she won the Coccinelles lopp in Solvalla, beating home Fly The World. She has Jorma Kontio in the bike.   Room to Go   (Varenne) is trained and driven by  Hans-Owe Sundberg   and  was also second in her heat in a time that was not bettered earlier. She has only won two of her seven starts but does have a very quick record of 12.3 (1.56.2MR) which she took when running a close second in the heat of the E3 to Mythical Fortune, so does have talent. Donna di Quattro  (Love You) is trained by Tomas Malmqvist and was second in her heat. She has been a consistent performer with four wins and five placings in 14 starts and will be driven by    Thomas Uhrberg.   SVENSKT TRAV-OAKS Solvalla   2140m (G1) Nat 3YO Fillies   €330,000 1         Symmetric   (3f Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr: Marcus M Melander  Tr Stefan Melander         2         D'One   (3f Donato Hanover - Giant Diablo)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr Roger Walmann             3         Neona Princess   (3f Gigant Neo - Dew Princess)  Dr:  Kenneth Haugstad  Tr Peter Untersteiner               4         Our Precious   (3f Pearsall Hanover - Nova Brodda)  Dr:  Jörgen Sjunnesson   Tr Peter Untersteiner             5         Mellby Briolett   (3f Going Kronos - Merit Lane)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr  Roger Walmann              6         Classification   (3f Scarlet Knight - Elma Jet)   Dr: Björn Goop Tr  Stefan Melander              7         Donna di Quattro  (3f  Love You - Whoopie As)   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg  Tr Tomas Malmqvist              8         Ragata   (3f Deweycheatumnhowe - Kemp's Emilie) Dr:   Jorma Kontio  Tr Timo Nurmos             9         Fly the World   (3f Juliano Star - Night Mare E)  Dr:  Juha Siirtonen  Tr Björn Röcklinger             10         Backfire   (3f Offshore Dream - Fashion Brodda)   Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr Tomas Malmqvist             11         Mythical Fortune  (3f Mythical Lindy - Foreign Fortune)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson  Tr Roger Walmann              12         Room to Go   (3f Varenne - Long Distance)  Dr:  Hans-Owe Sundberg   Tr Hans-Owe Sundberg          by David Sanders for Harnesslinkl.com

The featured V75 Gold division final at Solvalla on Saturday is the Frances Bulwarks Lopp which also counts as a leg of the Masters Series and has seen  a very accomplished field qualify for this final. Norway’s Yarrah Boko is an undisputed star in his adopted homeland with a raft of international wins in France, Norway and Sweden. He is undefeated in 2013 which started with a win in the prestigious Prix de Belgique at Vincennes in the beginning of the year, where he defeated Royal Dream, a couple of weeks before he won the Prix d’Amerique. The Swedish-bred son of French supersire Coktail Jet and top producing US mare Big Blue Kitten then went off to stud before returning to racing in July, and has not been beaten since with two wins in Norway followed by an eye-catching win in the Uno Sweds Minneslopp in Farjestad a fortnight ago over this very distance where he beat Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline who also made the final. Trond Anderssen’s star can win from a mile to two miles as his record of 34 wins in 75  show for earnings of 9.6million SEK or €670,000. His best time over the sprint distance is 1’09”7 (1.52.1MR) and he will be tough to beat from the one pole in the hands of Ulf Ohlsson   Yarrah Boko was second in the Swedish TravDerby in his year as was rising Swedish star Panne de Moteur, who was going for four in a row until beaten last start in the V75 qualifier by Ake Svanstedt’s New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch in Bollnas. Panne de Moteur ‘s previous loss was in a qualifier of a previous V75 series, to Monster Drive and Harry Haythrow, but he came back to win the final convincingly in Hagmyren and then backed that up with victory in the Group I Jubileumspokalen, where beat none other than Sebastian K and Save The Quick. Stefan Hultman’s star for the publicly owned Travkompaniets Stall (stable) will be primed for this. Another former age-group star is Kadett CD who won  the Grand Prix de l’UET - which is one of the features the following day at Solvalla - in his year defeating the two French stars Timoko and The Best Madrik. He followed that up a month later with Breeders Crown triumph but it would be fair to say that Robert Bergh’s charge has not reached the heights of the French stars since with only two more victories in the past two seasons. But he has been mixing stud duties and he did come out of that season this year with a win in June, and he has been in the money the past three outings. Magic Tonight is a US import in the Roger Walmann stable and has had two wins and two seconds in six European starts. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall beat a good field of four year-olds including last year’s E3 winner Standout in the Fyraåringsstjärnan last start recently but this is a big step up for one so young. Iceland is a former Elitloppet winner but hasn’t had a win since May last year, and the veteran son of Scarlet Knight hasn’t been in the top three in his last 16 starts. He’s got ace Johnny Takter in the cart and he will need all of his experience and more than a little luck to win this. Former 3YO Breeders Crown winner Perfectly Enough is trained by Stig Johansson but struggling to make an impression in the elite grades so far, while Monster Drive, Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline are tough old journeymen, but will need luck to get more than a share of this. FRANCES BULWARKS LOPP Solvalla 2140m   (G2) Int Open  €115 000 1         Yarrah Boko (NOR) (8h  Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson  Tr:   Trond Anderssen               2         Monster Drive (7h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr:  Björn Goop  Tr:   Reijo Liljendahl               3         Perfectly Enough (5h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr:   Stig H Johansson              4         Magic Tonight (4h Andover Hall - Miss Possessed)  Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr:   Roger Walmann              5         Panne de Moteur (5h Credit Winner - Jalopy) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Stefan Hultman               6         Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)  Dr: Kenneth Haugstad  Tr:   Johnny Johansson              7         Kadett C.D. (6h Scarlet Knight - Kiss of Life)  Dr: Robert Bergh  Tr:   Robert Bergh               8         New Line (8g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär)  Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr:    Åke Svanstedt               9         Iceland (9h Scarlet Knight - Grandezza Ri)  Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr:   Stefan Melander               10      You Bet Hornline (7h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri)  Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr:    Robert Bergh            Dave Sanders    

The European Derby heats or ( the Grand Prix de l’UET) moves from Vincennes, France,  to Solvalla, Sweden, tomorrow the same venue as the final on September 29. This is a pan-Scandanavian affair with all four Nordic countries represented along with two German horses, who are trained in Sweden. The first heat looks the toughest and brings together a mouthwatering clash featuring  the impressive winner of this year’s Swedish  TravDerby  Mosaique Face (4h Classic) Photo and the winner of last year’s Trav Kriterium Chelsea Boko (4h Chocolatier) who chose to bypass this year’s Swedish classic. Mosaique Face broke the Swedish Derby record at his last start for win number seven  in 24 starts and Lutfi Kolgjini’s drive has amassed 2.85million SEK in earnings. Chelsea Boko chose to compete in the latest leg  Solvalla four-year-old  series where he ran second last start. Timo Nurmos’ charge  has only raced six times this season for one win, but has only been out of the money twice and will be driven by Jorma Kontio. Also in the heat is Roger Walman’s Noble Knight  (4h Scarlet Knight) a former European 3YO champion and a runner up in the prestigious Group I  E3 final last year – where he took his record of 1’11”0 (1.54.1) but he has only won once in 11 starts as a 4YO. He will be driven by classy veteran driver Örjan Kihlström.  Catarina Lundström’s  well-performed mare Mousse (4m Gallant Baron) is one of four mares entered in the qualifiers, and the only one in this heat. She is a Group I winner of the E3 fillies final and also  a runner up in the International Group I Queen Silvias Pokal in May.  The mare has a wide draw at seven but does have driving ace Johnny Takter in the bike. Norway is represented in the heat by Love You Fox (4h Love You) the winner of  three of his 22 starts and  two of his last four, from the Anders Wolden stable, and he has top Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop in the bike. The German-bred and owned entrant is also a son of champion sire Love You,  Chapeau   is trained from the barn of the legendary Stig Johansson who  has trained twice as many  winners of this race as any one else (4) although his last win was in 2001 with Abano As (Dylan Lobell). He has also not had a winner other than those he drove himself. This horse however is a former runner-up in the European 3YO Championship, and although lightly raced due to some injury problems, has a good record of 1’10”9 (1.54) and has won nearly half his starts including  his last one in July  (7 from 16 with 4 minor placings). Johansson also has a German-bred and owner runner in the second heat, and Indigious (Prodigious) will be one of the favourites to progress. Indigious  is one of the first mixed blood sons of boom French sire Prodigious, and did not start racing until his 3YO when he rattled off five wins in a row and has risen to being one of the most competitive in this age group. He beat many of these top horses home in the ICA Maxi Fyraåringstest in Ekilstuna in July and was second in the Group I  Sprintermastern Final in the same month to Svante Bath’s  Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide) who he meets again in this heat. Lutfi Kolgjini’s Barracuda River (4h Express It)  was the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown champion last year and  won Norway’s  4YO Elite Race over a mile in May and will be primed for this. Finland’s entry is Pekka Korpi’s Diamond Duo (4h Andover Hall) a Kuopio Stakes and Breeders Crown division winner in his homeland, although he might find the step up here too big. Ulf Stenströmer’s  Your Highness (4m Chocolatier) is a well-performed mare who was second in the Mares Championship in July, but though she has Bjorn Goop in the cart, might find the going too tough against the boys. In heat four Kolgjini fronts up with Konung Gustav V’s  winner Pokal  El Mago Pellini (4h Chocolatier)  who broke in the Swedish Trav Derby but has won nine races and 1.77 million SEK,   a record  of 1.11.7 (1.55) and will be looking for amends in what looks like by far  the weakest heat with five non-Swedish-bred horses in the field. Tuomas Korvenoja won this race last year with Brad de Veluwe but it will be asking a lot of his horse this year Crème Brulee, a mare by French sire Meaulnes du Corta, to repeat the feat although she did win the Mares sprint final at Halmstad in July. Daniel Redén’s Molle C.D. (4h Scarlet Knight) was fourth in Sweden’s 4YO classic and is not to be discounted in this field, being a big improver this year. Roger Walman’s Italian-bred Pojke Kronos (4h Donato Hanover) has been racing in good company and picked up a couple of decent cheques recently, but has not won in over a year and earned most of his money as an early 3YO. Norway’s big hope is Thai Broadway (4h Broadway Hall) was third in  the Norway Trav Derby last month and is trained by Trond Andersson and will be driven by his regular Norwegian pilot Gunnar Austevoll , and could progress from this heat to give the minor Scandinavian players an interest in the final. Denmark’s first entry Satisfied la Marc (4h Andover Hall) will probably find this all a bit hard even with the ace draw while the second Saxo Holmsminde (4h Dream Vacation) has even less to recommend it. Grand Prix de I'U.E.T. Solvalla Qualifying heats 2013-09-18 4YOs  2140m HEAT 1  1     Love You Fox (NOR) (4h Love You - Sly Fox)  Dr:  Björn Goop  Tr:   Anders L Wolden      2     Mosaique Face (SWE)  (4h Classic Photo - Iona L.B)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:    Lutfi Kolgjini      3     Noble Knight (SWE)   (4h Scarlet Knight - Bruschetta)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Roger Walmann      4     Cool Style (SWE)  (4h Super Arnie - Donna Kronos)   Dr: Johan Sedström   Johan Sedström      5     Chelsea Boko (SWE)   (4h Chocolatier - Kelsea Boko)   Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:  Timo Nurmos      6     Here to Rock F. (SWE)   (4h Enjoy Lavec - Hey Face)   Dr: Mattias Djuse Tr:    Anna Forssell      7     Mousse (SWE)   (4m Gallant Baron - Fashion Tilly)   Dr: Johnny Takter Tr:    Catarina Lundström      8     Hertig Shim (SWE)   (4h Shim - Super Love)   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg  Tr:   Thomas Uhrberg      9     Chapeau (GER) (4h Love You - Crown Tess)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson      HEAT 2  1     Xena Brick (SWE)   (4m Super Arnie - Keystone Nora) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Timo Nurmos     2     Lucky Luke Zenz (SWE)   (4h Daguet Rapide - Noellyn Boko)  Dr:  Rikard N Skoglund  Tr:   Mathias Andersson      3     Quite a Fall (SWE)  (4h Infinitif - Victoria Falls)   Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr:   Catarina Lundström      4     New Approach (SWE)  (4h Prodigious - Chic Girl)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos      5     Indigious (GER)(4h Prodigious - Indication)   Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson      6     Barracuda River (SWE)  (4h Express It - Just About Enough)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini      7     Quid Pro Quo (SWE)  (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage)   Dr: Åke Svanstedt  Tr: Svante Båth      8     Diamond Duo (FIN) (4h Andover Hall - Salima Om)  Dr:  Tony Wallin  Tr:   Pekka Korpi      9     Your Highness (SWE)  (4m Chocolatier - La Belle Lady)  Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:    Ulf Stenströmer      HEAT 3  1     Satisfied la Marc (DEN) (4h Andover Hall - Loving Her Is Easy)   Dr: Svante Ericsson  Tr:   Markus B Svedberg      2     Pojke Kronos (ITA) (4h Donato Hanover - Flicka Kronos)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Roger Walmann      3     Drew Brees (SWE)  (4h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos     4     Dante le Soleil (SWE)  (4h Spotlite Lobell - Miss Sinkadus)  Dr:  Jennifer Tillman  Tr:   Stefan P Pettersson      5     Saxo Holmsminde (DEN) (4h Dream Vacation- Devil’s Lady)   Dr:  Marcus Savin Tr:    Marcus Savin      6     Molle C.D. (SWE)   (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million)  Dr:  Daniel Redén Tr:    Daniel Redén      7     Thai Broadway (NOR) (4h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)  Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:   Trond Anderssen      8     Creme Brulee (FIN) (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera )  Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:    Tuomas Korvenoja      9     El Mago Pellini (SWE)  (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini    by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

One of the biggest races  on the Swedish calendar, the Swedish Trav Derby for 4YOs, will be held this Sunday at Jagersro for a purse of nearly 4,000,000SEK. It is a 2640m event, and the best of Sweden’s 4YO crop raced in six heats last week at Jagersro, with the top two from each heat going into the final. Sons of Viking Kronos have won this race twice  and he will be vying to join only four stallions to have sired three winners of the race Bulwark, Locomotive, Scotch Nibs and Count’s Pride. Viking Kronos is represented by the royally bred gelding Viking America, one of local training legend Lutfi  Kogjini’s three representatives and will be driven by Jorma Kontio and who won his heat, the equal fastest, which was his seventh race victory.  He has won 7 races worth 541,000SEK and has a best time of 1.11.8 (1.55.3). Kolgjini who retired his only winner, 2010 champion Joke Face, only last week  will be aboard Mosaique Face, a son of Classic Photo and a winner of 6 minor races and 856,000SEK. But Kolgjini’s best chance though is Group I winner  El Mago Pellini, a Chocolatier colt, and another heat winner who will be driven by big race specialist Johnny Takter, the brother of American super trainer Jimmy. El Mago Pellini has won 9 races and 1.77 million SEK, has best time of 1.11.7 (1.55) and won the prestigious Konung Gustav V’s Pokal this season. Former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who also had a stellar European racing career after his importation to Sweden (including a second place in the Monte Classic Prix du Cornulier when he was seven which may be a key to his success in Sweden) has two entries in the race both of them heat winners Molle CD (Daniel Reden with his second derby entry who has 9 minor wins) and  Stefan Melander’s Increased Workload, a heat winner,  who is driven by Orjan Kihlstrom in his seventeenth derby.  One of a trio of representatives of Stefan Melander, from Solvalla, who surprisingly has never won this race,  Increased Workload will be one of the favourites having won 10 races and 1.7 million SEK. He has a record of 1.11.8 (1.55.3) and was fourth in last year’s Trav-Kriterium.  Kihlstrom has won the big race twice, one of them,  famously, was with Swedish-bred From Above who also has two entries in the race, both trained by Per Lennartson -  Mellby Apollo (8wins, 815,000SEK)  and outsider Harvey Tornado (5 wins, 304,000SEK). The past two winners of the race have been by French sires in Pato (Orlando Vici) and Beau Mec (Jag de Bellouet). This year there are only three French sires represented, with Orlando Vici again having a good chance with one of the favoured runners, Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok who is off the 2 post and in the hands of champion Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop. He has won 4 races and just over 1 million SEK and has a record of 1.12.3 and was one of the two fastest heat winners. Another well-fancied runner is likely to be Standout, a son of Ganymede, the winner of last season’s E 3 Final    and another Melander runner. He starts from post 11, and no derby winner has started from this spot. He has  8 race victories which have earned a tick over 2 million SEK. The other French stallion, dual Prix D’Amerique winner Offshore Dream is represented by Offshore Man, one of four geldings in the race and likely to be the outsider in the race having just 3 wins and only 345,000SEK in earnings. He will be driven by Torbjörn Jansson for Solvalla trainer  Ulrika Wällstedt.             Quid Pro Quo was another heat winner and he starts off the 5 position in the hands of Erik Adielson for  for  Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath. The group one winner of the  Prix Orsi Mangelli, one of Italy’s big races, Quid Pro Quo is also the winner of the Sprintermasteren Final in his 11 race victories which have earned him 3.6 million SEK so far. The final entry is Ken Warkentin gelding Perfect Power  who will be driven by his trainer Peter Untersteiner of Halmstadt. One of the outsiders in the race, he has won three races and 623,400kr. SVENSKT TRAVDERBY  Jägersro 2640m, Nat Group I 4YOs 4,000,000SEK 1         El Mago Pellini   (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition)   Dr:  Johnny Taker   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini           2        Porthos Amok  (4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok)     Dr:  Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan Melander              3         Molle C.D.  (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million)     Tr/Dr:   Daniel Redén      4         Increased Workload  (4h Scarlet Knight - My Darling)     Dr:  Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander           5         Quid Pro Quo    (4h Yankee Glide – Hostage)     Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth         6         Offshore Man  (4g Offshore Dream – Ladymint)     Dr:  Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Ulrika Wällstedt             7         Mosaique Face  (4h Classic Photo - Iona Lb)  Tr/Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              8          Perfect Power   (4g Ken Werkentin - Enjoy My Face)     Tr/Dr:  Peter Untersteiner              9         Viking America   (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)     Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini        10         Mellby Apollo   (4g From Above - Mellby Rubin )   Tr/Dr:  Per Lennartsson                 11         Standout  (4h Ganymede - Ebony D.K. )   Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Stefan Melander              12         Harvey Tornado    (4h From Above - Beringa Queen)   Hanover   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Per Lennartsson       By Dave 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  

In addition to the Legends of Trot on Wednesday evening at Solvalla, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 11,000 fans also enjoyed a top summer card of trotting. The Jubileumspokelen, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event over  2140 meters autostart for 1 million SEK first money, went to the well-bred Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.11.58kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman. He’s owned by Travkompaniet, a public company with 6,000 shareholders. Jalopy was a Hambletonian Oaks winner in the U.S. for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Jeff Gregory. Jubileumspokelen, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 1 million SEK first money 1st - Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Stefan Hultman, 1.11.6kr winning time 2nd - Occhione Jet (5m Pine Chip-Estella Jet), Erik Adielsson/trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd - Johnny B. Kemp, Johan Untersteiner Also at  Solvalla was the C. Th Erkssons Memorial (2640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money). 1st - On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Daniel Olsson  1.12.4kr winning time 2nd - Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal), Lutfi Kolgjini 3rd - Caddie Comet (9g Pine Chip-Fatgima Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Jorma Kontio The feature race of the day was the European Mares Championship ( Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money). French invader Save The Quick stole the show in record time of 1.10.88kr for the distance on a 5/8 mile track. Bjorn Goop drove for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1st - Save The Quick, Bjorn Goop/Franck Leblanc 2nd - Dileva Kall, Daniel Reden, also trainer 3rd - Princess Griff, Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Fabrice Souloy Well regarded Prussia ended  11th and Linda di Casei ninth for these Italian registered trotters. The Lindahls race at Solvalla (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) also produced a quick winner in Rosemary Gar. She scored in 1.11.4kr. 1st - Rosemary Gar (3f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC-Indro Park), Erik Adielsson 2nd - Rodin (3m Love You-Eva Kant Gianfi-Lemon Dra), Alessandro Gocciardoro 3rd - Massive Babe (3f Muscle Mass-Andover Babe-Andover Hall), Mika Forss Two other excellent events rounded out the Solvalla card as summarized below: Queen L/XL Byggs Lopp, 1649 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money 1st - Recation, Hans-Owe Sundberg, 1.11.2kr 2nd - Britt Hudson, Peter Ingves 1.11.2kr 3rd - O.U. Glide, Johnny Takter, 1.11.3kr Sandes Lopp, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1st - Chelsea Boko, Jorma Kontio 1.12kr 2nd - Digital Ink, Stefan Melander 3rd - For Pleasure As, Conrad Lugauer Thursday at Aby trainer Jerry Riordan scored another win with the well-bred and well-regarded prospect Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue). Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner to a 1.14.2kr victory in this 1640 meter autostart event for 25,000SEK first prize. Olimin (3g Olimede-Speedy Linda-Nordin Hanover) took the second spot for Fredrik Persson. A category II race, for 35,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart, was an easy win for Onirique (5g Andover Hall-Zeta di Jesolo-Buvetier d’Aunou) and driver Erwin Bot. He was victorious in 1.12.4kr, his best showing since moving in from Italy and before that in North America. by Thomas H. Hicks  

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