Philippe Moulin's brilliant mare Vision Intense heads the monte field for the Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes, a race for 4YOs over the sprint 2175m distance on the grand piste track. The daughter of Prodigious has been completely dominant over her crop under saddle having won eight of her 23 starts including the group one montes the Prix des Centaures and Prix de Vincennes and would have made it three if she hadn't been disqualified from the group one Prix du President de la Republique despite crossing the line first for an incorrect gait. She is often a tardy beginner and usually tails the field but has such a powerful finish she can usually overpower the field although she left it too late last time and was a fast finishing fourth to Valse Castelets in the Prix Olry-Roederer in her last start. Valse Castelets has now won seven of her eight races under saddle including three at group two level, and Franck Delanoe's daugher of Diamant Gede will also be at short odds to make it four. Vaquero du Mont has not had a win since March 2012, but has been picking up lucrative place prizemoney including a third in the group one Prix des Centaures and Herve Gille's son of Kaisy Dream is well due a change of luck. Criterium de Jeunes winner Vallaint Cash had his best run under saddle since he ran third in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs when he again ran third last start. He is an enigma, having won the top two-year-old race the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and then was first past the post in the Criterium des Jeunes but not in a gait which pleased the adjucators. The son of Offshore Dream has been horribly out of form for the past eighteen months, but there are signs that he is finally getting back in the game with new jockey Camille Levesque in the saddle for the third time. Valdice de Mars has risen rapidly through the grades recently and has won at group two level at her first try three starts back while Viva Forest has followed a similar path and was second in that same race. Another with perhaps a chance is former group two winner in the bike Very Look who is having his first monte start. PRIX PHILIPPE DU ROZIER Vincennes 01/12/13 Group 2 monte 2175m 4YOs â‚¬120 000 1 Veracity (m Neutron du Cebe - Jovialidade) Rd: Clement Frecelle Tr: Benoit Carpentier 2 Vicomte Boufarcaux (h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 3 Viva Forest (m Mickael de Vonnas - Java de Bazeille) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Vaillant Cash (h Offshore Dream - Kara du Redon) Rd: Camille Levesque Tr: Yoann Letellier 2175 5 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vincitore Ermitage (h Epicondyle - Petite Fontaine) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 7 Valdice de Mars (m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Loic Groussard 8 Vestphalie du Mont (m Diamant Gede - Ostia du Mont) Rd: Julien Raffestin Tr: Franck Delanoe 9 Very Look (h Look de Star - Milady Wood) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 10 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Rd: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 11 Vaquero du Mont (h Kaisy Dream - Lacovia) Rd: Anthony Dollion v Herve Gilles 12 Vision Intense (m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Philippe Moulin Dave Sanders
Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) was a soundly defeated fourth in today’s V-75 Gold (3140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner) at Gavle. Driver Ulf Ohlsson had a tough journey on the outside and his progress was impeded twice during the marathon event. Maharajah began to tire around the final turn and bravely lasted for fourth behind easy winner Perfectly Enough (5m Express It-Just About Enough-SJ’s Photo) handled by Erik Adielsson and timed in 1.14kr. Second went to Winning Love (7m Love You-Falin Amber Dance-Arndon) with Ake Lindblom up with third to Francais de Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) teamed by Erik Lindegren. The Gavle co-featured V-75 Silver went to Chapeau (4m Love You-Crown Tess-Crownton) in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart. Erik Adielsson piloted the winner to earn 125,000SEK first money. Sandringham Hanover (6g Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover-American Winner) took second for Lief Witasp. Three upper-class events graced the Paris-Vincennes card. The 100,000 euro, 2700 meter. Prix Chenonceaux (European) went to Vagabondu Mag (4g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravany) in 1.14.8kr for J-M Bazire. His career earnings now approach 400,000 euro. Red Red Red (5f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady) was second for Eric Raffin ahead of Unabella Perrine (5f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine handled by Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Quimper (European, 2100 meters autostart, 84,000 euro purse) went to favored Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Scandinavian invader scored comfortably in 1.12.9kr for owner Ecurie Commander. The de Chine (6g Blue Eyes America-Heparine) rallied for second handled by J.L. Cl. Dersoir with third to Nephenta Lex (6f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) driven by J-M Bazire and also trained by Souloy. The 2700 meter, 78,000 euro purse Prix Bagnoles Orne produced a victory for the Jean Baudron owned/trained Rockfeller Center (8m Jag de Bellouet-Mysterious Valley) driven today by Jean-Etienne Dubois in 1.13.9kr. The winner, who also serves as stallion in France, defeated Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus) with owner/trainer Sebastien Baude up. Quiz du Ginai (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Desopilanta) took third for Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Sweden’s top 3YO filly D’One will not get a chance to emulate her illustrious dam Giant Diablo in winning the Swedish Breeders Crown for 3YO fillies and in her absence there is a wide open look to the final at Eskilstuna tonight. The daughter of Donato Hanover is one of several top earners missing from the final with Fly The World (3) and Mythical Fortune (6) also missing from the top ten earners of the crop. Robert Bergh’s Swedish bred Amazon Am, a daughter of Gigant Neo, is a rapidly improving filly who was very impressive in winning her semifinal. She won the Group I E3 fillies sprint race in August and is well positioned to add another Group one to her resume from the number four gate. Neona Princess was fourth in the Trav-Oaks, which was her best result in the big races so far and Peter Untersteiner’s filly is not without a chance in this. She is a great gate speed which she can use to advantage from the number two pole and will probably get the lead. From there this second daughter of Gigant Neo is tough enough to dominate the race and is a very good chance. Roger Walman’s Mellby Briolett was second in the Trav-Oaks and won the E3 final over this trip, 2140m and the daughter of rising Swedish sire Going Kronos is a good chance to add another Group I to her CV if she can get over her poor draw –courtesy of a fourth place in her semifinal. Another improving filly is Pasi Aikio’s I Am Unique who won her seminfal and has the ace draw. The daughter of Canadian sire Kadabra showed a great finishing burst to win her semifinal and has the perfect draw to figure prominently in this. Tomas Malmqvist’s Backfire is one of the most consistent fillies in the country, a perrrenial bridesmaid, with second places in both E3 finals and a sixth place in the Trav-Oaks. She has drawn the three pole and has an added bonus with the talented Johnny Takteri n the bike. There are 10 sires represented in the 12 horse field, with a mix right across the board of US imports (4), French (2), Italy (1) and Swedish (2) bred European ones. Surprisingly Canadian sire Kadabra is the only frozen semen stallion from North America. Rising Italian-bred son of Viking Kronos, Going Kronos and former Swedish star Gigant Neo are the only ones with two entries. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 SE (G1) Int 2 140 3f 235 000 1 I Am Unique (Kadabra (CAN)- Unique Håleryd) Dr: Pasi Aikio Tr: Pasi Aikio 2 Neona Princess (Gigant Neo (SWE) - Dew Princess) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 3 Backfire (Offshore Dream (FRA) - Fashion Brodda) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 4 Amazon Am (Gigant Neo (SWE) - Eclat de Bois) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 5 Our Precious (Pearsall Hanover (US) - Nova Brodda) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Peter Untersteiner 6 Right of Way (From Above (SWE) - Hush Money) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Ari-Pekka Pakkanen 7 Symmetric (Scarlet Knight (US) - Magyare Turgot) Dr: Marcus M Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Acai Am (Going Kronos (ITA) - Kalmie Melody) Dr: Roger Malmqvist Tr: Roger Malmqvist 9 Katla Celeber (Look de Star (FRA) - Amanda Celeber) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Roger Walmann 10 Sally Hill (Quite Easy (US) - Eurythmics) Dr: Tomas Pettersson Tr: Tomas Pettersson 11 Mellby Briolett (Going Kronos (ITA) - Merit Lane) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann 12 Digital Pointer (Super Photo Kosmos (US) - Hermit Lady) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander Dave Sanders
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
In the absence of Jean Pierr Dubois’ royally-bred Belgian filly Tast Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), the Dream Vacation filly Trixi Östervang will take some beating in the Danish Hoppe Kriterium tomorrow night. Peter Untersteiner’s big, long striding filly took control of her heat early on and from her draw will look hard to peg back if Johan Untersteiner uses similar tactics on Sunday. The filly has won three of her ten starts with a record of 1.15.5, and earnings of 110,428kr. Tomas Malmqvist’s Tara, is a smaller filly but very nicely gaited and was also impressive in her heat. The winner of four of her eight starts, the daughter of Varenne will be driven again by her usual pilot Kasper Andersen. She has a record of 1.15.0. There is no more Danish a filly than Tutti Esterel a daughter of Danish-bred sire Esterel Sunset, a former Swedish E3 final winner who has averaged about 5 foals a year since he began his stud career 10 years ago. Nevertheless six out of ten of his progeny hit the trackand 20percent have earned more than 100,00Dkr. Rising young Danish trainer Jan Dahlgaard’s filly Tutti Esterel is posed to be number five on 99,000kr and might yet be the best of them. Although she had an awful draw in her heat but produced a withering burst to run second. She is not the worst by any means. The biggest earner in the field is Morten Juul’s Tut A P a daughter of popular Swedish-based American sire Quite Easy, from the first crop of Andover Hall. The filly has won four of her ten starts and 207,214kr But finishing third in her heat earned her a second row and she will need all of Birger Jörgensen’s driving skill to overcome that. Danish trainer Bo Westergård has two fillies in the field and has chosen to drive Treat Me Nice E P a daughter of French champion Offshore Dream, the winner of two Prix d’Amerique. But she is drawn nine and Westergård’s best chance will be heat winner Toffifee D who he has entrusted to veteran Danish horseman Steen Juul. The Great Challenger filly’s heat win was only her second, and whether she can fight off the challenge of the two on her immediate outside, Trixi Ostervang and Tara, will decide her fate for she will likely get buried on the rail. Swedish star driver Johnny Takter has once again been hired to drive Michael Lönborg’s Tiramisu. The filly by The Liquidator has only started four times, with a win and a fast finishing third in her heat, and she actually has the fastest record in the race, 1.13.8, a sub-2minute rating. Andover Hall’s Colonial Trot winning son The Liquidator has three fillies in the race, with his nexst best chance being Touch of Babe who is trained and driven by Henrik Lönborg and was second in her heat. But she might find these a bit too tough for her. The others in the race will also be add juicy odds. DANSK HOPPE KRITERIUM Charlottenlund 2013-10-06 Nat Group II 3f €60,000 2000m 1 Toffifee D (Great Challenger - Soffi Topp) Dr: Steen Juul Tr: Bo Westergård 2 Trixi Östervang (Dream Vacation - Kelly Jaam) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 3 Tara (Varenne - Walking Saltum) Dr: Kasper K. Andersen Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 4 Touch of Babe (The Liquidator - Jlo Monsterbabe) Dr: Henrik Lönborg Tr: Henrik Lönborg 5 Tutti Esterel Esterel Sunset - Fie Esterel) Dr: Jan Dahlgaard Tr: Jan Dahlgaard 6 Tiramisu (The Liquidator - Early Bee) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Michael Lönborg 7 Too Fast Shadow (The Liquidator - Tahitian Tasha) Tr: Gordon Dahl Dr: Gordon Dahl 8 True Line (Great Challenger - Hot Music) Dr: Jeppe Juel Tr: Christian Lindhardt 9 Treat Me Nice E P (Offshore Dream - C R Runaway Bride) Tr: Bo Westergård Dr: Bo Westergård 10 Twin Peaks (Daguet Rapide - Liss Coktail) Dr: Ken Ecce Tr: Ken Ecce 11 Tut A P (Quite Easy - Nasa Håleryd) Dr: Birger Jörgensen Tr: Morten Juul 12 Tango Bork (Ken Warkentin - Malou Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com
Orjan Kihlstrom drove the Stefan Melander owned and trained Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filo du Boscail) to a two-length score over fast closing Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Aby St. Leger marathon 3140 meters autostart feature Thursday at Aby Racecourse. The favored winner led most of the way to win in 1.14.4kr. Digital Ink now has eight wins in 11 starts this year for seasonal earnings of 1,271,000SEK. He’s now 12 for 23 lifetime. Paolo America was remarkably second after being interfered with numerous times behind breakers. This Jerry Riordan trained, Guida Italia Srl owned, Kenneth Haugstad driven son of Love You has a 2013 slate of 3-4-3 in 15 starts. The Aby card also produced wins by Priscilla Spin (4f Brad’s Photo-Dorilla Spin-Diamond Way) in 1.12.kr over 1640 meters autostart for Italian trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro as she nosed out Keeping Julia (6f Juliano Star-Keeping Goodtime-Dancer’s Victory) to earn 45,000SEK. The winner picked up her 11th win in 18 seasonal starts and her third straight. Manalapan (5m Kadabra-Garbo Tilly-Vip Tilly) took the XL Byggs race over 2140 meters autostart to earn 45,000SEK. He scored in 1.13.3kr for Peter Ingves defeating Tidied Accelerator (6g Yankee Glide-Cookout-Bonefish) for Kihlstrom/Melander. The two year-old filly Sevrine (2f Angus Hall-Geiorgia di Jesolo-Pine Chip) also won on the card in 1.18.6kr for her first victory in her second lifetime start. Erwin Bot is trainer/driver. Friday the Prix Charley Mills (European, 2850 meters, purse 64,000 euro) is the Vincennes feature. The race remembers the famous German harness racing driver and trainer of Irish descent. Charley Mills was one of the most legendary harness horsemen in Europe during a long career that lasted from the 1900s to the early 1960s.He gained 4,354 victories as a driver, trainer or breeder and had great influence on the development of German harness racing before World War II. Two of his most famous horses were the American bred Walter Dear and French Gelinotte. Mills was one of the six sons of an Irish horse trainer Anthony Mills. His father came to Germany working as a trainer at the newly opened Bahrenfeld race track in Hamburg and Charlie soon started to drive himself, winning his first race in 1903 at Berlin.In 1931 he started a stud farm named Gestüt Lindenhof in Templin, Brandenburg. After the war Mills moved to France in 1947 and had a farm at Senlis, north of Paris.Mills spent his last years in Switzerland where he died at the age of 83 and is best remembered for winning the Prix d’Amerique, Gran Premio Lotteria, Elitloppet, Aby Stora Pris, Copenhagen Cup and the Deutsches Traber-Derby. Favorites Friday in the Quinte+ event are Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee), a 326,000 euro winner handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 329,000 euro winner, and half-brother to Prix d’Amerique multiple winner Offshore Dream, Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) puts a four race winning streak on the line for trainer Christian Bigeon. Damien Bonne will be at the lines of this one. Hugo Langeweg Jr. will also be a probable factor with Global Money (6g Love You-Norwegian Beauty), a 247,000 euro career winner. by Thomas H. Hicks 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
Top flight undercard races from Paris-Vincennes on Saturday are summarized below, along with fast-class events at Bollnas: Prix Berck-Sur-Mer, 40,000 euro purse, 2100 meters, 1.15.1kr 1. Union des Pres (5f Indy de Vive-Kerrie du Prieur), M. Bezier up (odds 27/1) 2. Une Dame (5f Jeanbat du Vivier-Girl Begonia), Jacques Bruneau driving 3. Ultima de Carsi (5f Hulk des Champs-Heenike de Carsi), Anthony Barrier aboard Prix Emile Wendling, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 1.14.4kr 1. Rori Axe (3f Ready Cash-Gamine Grif), Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Phillipe Allaire, owner Scuderia Colibri 2. Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee- Ripley), Tomas Korvenoja, owner Ecurie OY Trot AB 3. Tast of Bourbon (3f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver and owner, Jean Baudron trainer 4. Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM), Dominick Locqueneux, R. Hagoort trainer, owner K.K. Bijerk (Holland) Prix Joseph Aveline, 80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 1.17.2kr 1. Vassila D'Orgeres (4f Love You-Falamine), Louis Baudron driver/trainer 2. Violetta Mauzin (4f Love You-Ouely de la Merite), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin 3. Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois (plus 25 meter handicap) 4. Very Nice Girl (4f Jasmin de Filore-Pocanontas de Line), B. Groult driver Prix de Basly, Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 1.14kr winning time 1. Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing), Pierre-Yves Verva the winning jockey at 21/1 odds 2. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Maryaboard 3. Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d'Alban), Anthony Barrier up was third Prix Montier en Der. European, purse 75,000 euro, 2700 meters, 1.13.5kr winning time 1. Upman (5g Keplar-Niyafi), B. Mascle up in a driving finish 2. Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Pierre Vercruysse up was second, trainer Mario Baroncini, owner Ecurie Balogna 3. Lobell Countess (5f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Hugo Langeweg Jr. up was third 4. Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Pierre Levesque driving ended fourth 5. Torrcelli (6m First de Retz-Olympic Star), Joseph Verbeeck up was fifth 6. Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire was sixth Prix du Mont Saint Michel, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, Quinte+ race of the day 1. Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne aboard at 10/1 odds - this is a 12 time career winner of 329.000 euro and half-brother to Offshore Dream 2. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau du Loir), W. Bigeon up was second 3. Tintin d'Ecouves (6m Lucky d'Hilly-Oasis de la Basie), J-M Bazire up ended third As noted, excellent racing also took place this day at Bollnas with exceptional winners being: True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) for Ulf Ohlsson in 1.10.7kr in the Bollnas Kommun for mares; winners share of purse was 125,000SEK over 1640 meters autostart, her 18th lifetime win good for over 2.75 million SEK. Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) was second for Ake Svanstedt; Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-Mr Nevele), a 1.10.9kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson in a Silver Division contest over 1640 meters for 125,000SEK first prize; New Line (8g King Conch-Pa'en Igen Frokjar-Pay Dirt) a 1.11.6kr winner over 2140 meters autostart in a Gold Division affair worth 150,000SEK to the winner. Ake Svanstedt piloted New Line that now has 16 wins and 2,392,000SEK earned; Royal Apanage (5m Offshore Dream-Queen Apanage-Alf Palema), a 1.12.2kr winner in a Class II event for 100,000SEK first money over the 1640 meter autostart course. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks
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
In a week which saw the world record for 2YOs smashed by US filly Cooler Schooner (1.51.3f), Swedish commentator Bob Taft has strongly condemned the practice of racing 2YOs at such intensity. “The U.S. has been racing two-year-olds for about as long as I can remember, and I never quite understood the sense in that practice, “ Taft wrote in his column on the English language page of the official ATG website. “Owners have always insisted that high-priced stakes races for the young horses are the only way they can recoup their high expenses from buying, training and paying the starting fees to get into those races” Taft, an American who has lived in Sweden since 2000 continued. “Most owners can afford to be owners, so their expenses are a given factor from the start. “Many owners have seen countless numbers of horses that perform successfully at two and three years old, only to develop injuries and be forced to retire from racing before they’ve raced as four-year-olds. I can’t get my head around how near-sighted so many owners must be. “The physical development of a horse might progress more quickly than a human; however, most veterinarians will agree that a high percentage of developmental problems arise from two and three-year-olds that are raced too hard,” says Taft who the site says has been involved in the industry since the 1960s as a journalist, photo journalist, race track announcer and assistant trainer . “We’ve all witnessed Olympic superstars who, at a very tender age, display phenomenal talents, win medals, and then disappear into the permanently-injured world of has-beens. “It’s not fair to them, and it isn’t fair to horses. Horses don’t decide that they want to race before their time.” Coincidentally Sweden last week also saw the first of its 2YOs Breeders Crown heats – there are four of them but interestingly, no final. And again it was the fillies who going the fastest, with the first three home all of the fairer gender. Second favourite Olympia Tilly, a daughter of US veteran Lindy Lane and a close relative to Swedish legend Victory Tilly was first for trainer driver Per Lennartson. Roger Malmqvist’s Soonerorlater by Going Kronos, a Swedish bred son of Viking Kronos and the third favourite was second with Even Sweeter, a daughter of dual Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream and trained byTomas Malmqvist, third. And the time. Well it was more than 10 seconds slower than that posted by the US freshman. The winner covered the 1640m in 1.16.0a km/r or the equivalent of 2.02.2MR. It also appears that the Swedish racing authorities also take a similar view to Taft as regards rewarding precocious trotting talent. The prizemoney for each of the Breeders Crown heats is a princely 378,000SEK or US$58,025. The prizemoney for the Swedish Travderby for 4YOs on the weekend is 4,000,000 SEK (US$614,031). BREEDERS' CROWN Bergsåker, SWEDEN 1640m 2YO 378,000 SEK N:r Plac. Häst Kön Härstamning Kusk Tränare Tid Dist. Odds Pris 1 Olympia Tilly (f Lindy Lane-Pearl Tilly) Tr/Dr: Per Lennartsson Lennartsson 1.16,0a 175,000 SEK 2 Soonerorlater (f Going Kronos-Inkasso) Tr/Dr: Roger Malmqvist 1.16,1a 1640 87,500 SEK 3 Even Sweeter (f Offshore Dream-Chick Hanover) Dr: Bo Eklöf Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 1.16,2a 43,500 SEK 4 King of Mine (c Muscle Memory-Nomine) Tr/Dr: Patrick Wickman 1.16,6a 25, 000 SEK 5 Run to the Hills (g Couch Doctor-Samba Brick) Tr/Dr: Erik Svensson 1.17,0a 17,000 SEK 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
There was great quality trotting action over the past weekend in addition to the Derby's in Germany and Hungary. Sunday at Amal the featured "The Right Way" for 100,000SEK first prize was taken by Lindus Key (9m Indus-Key To Me-Speedy Tomali) in 1.12.9kr over 1680 meters autostart. Magnus Jakobsson did the teaming. Saturday action was focused on Rattvik where the featured Sommartravels Finale was contested over 2140 meters for 400,000SEK first money. This Gr. II UET Masters Series event went to the Johan Untersteiner handled Zinedine Bob (7g Dahir de Prelong-Frost Energy Bob-Meadow Road) in 1.13.6kr. Other high-priced races at Rattvik included the following: Ego Boys Minne for 150,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart went to the classy Friction (6m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Stefan Melander. The winner of 17 races in 60 starts for earning of nearly 4.2 million SEK covered the course in a quick 1.10.7kr; Democrat (6gf Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.11.3kr to earn 125,000SEK. Ulf Ohlsson drove the winner for trainer Conrad Lugauer; The Bronze Div. for 110,000SEK first money went to Overtaker By Sib (5g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) in 1.13kr over 2140 meters. The 11 time winner in 34 starts was piloted by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman; The Witasp/Fricks Kat II for 100,000SEK to the winner over 1640 meters went to Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek). He was handled by Magnus Jakobsson to the 1.12.4kr win, his fourth from eight starts in 2013. The August 3rd feature at Halmstad, for 25,000SEK to the winner, was captured by high-class veteran Strong Boy DE (10g Echo-Deary Liesbois-Liam Almahurst) and Joakim Lovgren. The classy international campaigner scored in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters, his 36th win in 108 trips to the post. In France the featured action was at various venues. On August 5th at Meslay de Maine, a 35,000 euro contest over 2875 meters resulted in a victory by Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) driven by Damien Bonne. The winner, a half-brother to double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream, is owned and trained by Christian Bigeon. He scored for the 10th time in 45 outings in 1.14.9kr. At Cagnes-sur-mer on August 5th the Prix de Croisette, a Gr III event for 37,000 euro over 2925 meters, went to Armensito (3m Love You-Carmensito) with veteran Jean-Pierre Dubois driving. He owns the winner and Jean Baudron does the training. On the same card, the featured Prix Ville de Cannes (European, 60,000 euro, 2925 meters) resulted in a win for Quentin Rose (9g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose) with Rik Dupuydt up. He scored in 1.13.4kr to record his 20th career win in 96 starts for earnings in excess of 495,000 euro. Enghien hosted fine racing on August 3rd. The European Prix Porte Pouchet went to highly respected Italian invader Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM-Self Possessed) in 1.15.2kr for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer P.J. Hagoort. He earned the winners share of the 65,000 euro purse in this 2875 meter contest in an easy score. Another Italian performer, Rombo di Connone (3m Varenne-Cannoniere-Diamond Way) was second for Vincenzo P. Dell'Annunziata Jr. and Africaine (3f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) ended third for J-Etienne Dubois in this three year-old event. The monte feature, the Prix Forges les Eaux for 75,000 euro over 2875 meters, went to Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) in 1.15.3kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. She rallied in the long Enghien stretch for an easy win. Univers de Pan (5m Kenya de Pont-Gypsilore) earned a victory in the Prix de la Haye, an International contest over 2875 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. Philippe Daugeard was aboard the 1.15.5kr winner who scored for the 14th time in 40 outings for life earnings of over 640,000 euro. Roxana de Barbray was second for Dominik Locqueneux with the Franck Ouvrie driven Unabella Perrine landing the third spot. On August 2nd at Cabourg the Swedish invader Ouch (6g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough) took the 38,000 euro purse, 2050 meter Prix Conseil General in 1.12.5kr. Christophe Martens did the steering. Tomorrow is the eighth leg of the prestigious Grand National du Trot at Saint Malo. Thierry Duvaldestin's Swedishman is the series point leader to date. by Thomas H. Hicks
Today at Hippodrome d’Enghien two upper class events graced the card. The Gr. III European Prix de Milan for four year-olds drew a stellar field and the favorite prevailed with a 1.13.1kr score for Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos). The 2150 meter autostart event for a purse of 85,000 euro was a battle from the start with the winner rallying late for Franck Nivard, driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricole Biasuzzi. Viva Island with J-P Dubois up, pressed the pace and faded mid-stretch with second going to Voltigeur de Myrt (Dominik Locqueneux up) and third to Vagabondu Mag (J-M Bazire). This Quinte + race of the day carried a jackpot of 5.85 million euro The co-featured Prix de la Mediterranee (Gr. III European, 2150 meters autostart, purse 80,000 euro) produced another Souloy trained winner, favored Un Mec d’Heripre (5m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) with J-M Bazire driving. He comfortably defeated Real de Lou (Alexandre Abrivard up), Le Cannibale ( Franck Nivard) and Zorro Photo (Pierre Vercruysse) Last night at Cabourg Jean-Etienne Dubois earned a driving double, first winning the Prix Michel d’Ornaro for 35,000 euro with Vasco Jet (4m Buvetier d’Aunou-Passion de Morgagne). He scored in 1.15.4kr over the 2850 meter course. Vesuve d’Odyssee was second for Franck Nivard. Dubois also won the 24,000 euro Prix des Hibiscus over 2850 meters with Andover Jet (3m Prodigious-Delmonica Jet) in 1.16.8kr over the persistent Acrobate with Franck Nivard aboard. Dubois owns and trains both winners. At Cagnes sur Mer (CSM) last night the featured 55,000 euro International event went to Quickly Paris (9m And Arifant-Belle Calline) for driver Aymeric Thomas. He scored in 1.15.kr to defeat hard fighting Quentin Rose (Rik Dupuydt up) and Rambo Jet driven by Yannick Briand. The CSM card included two gallop events. Not often do we focus on aging veterans in the later stages of their careers. Not so at Mons-Ghlin (Belgium) yesterday in the Prix Hambourg over 2850 meters autostart (purse 8,400 euro). Prince du Verger (10g Axe des Sarts-Divine du Verger) prevailed for driver Lieuem de Groote in 1.15.2kr to bring his career earnings to over 648,000 euro. He defeated the upper class international player Perlando (10m Giant Cat-Keralda) for Nico d’Haenens, now a winner of 1,252,000 euro. Onyz d’Em was third with Orage Mauzin fourth, these with earnings of 654,000 euro and 322,000 euro respectively. It was also reported today that leading reinsman Matthieu Abrivard continues his rehabilitation from a May 27th accident at Chartres. He is recovering at Centre Européen de Rééducation réservé aux Sportifs at Capebreton. On July 24 the Quinte+ at Enghien went to 4/1 odds Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei-Donerail) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Mario Baroncini and owner ScuderiaBologna. He won the Gr. III European Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, for 85,000 euro purse over the 2875 meter course, in 1.15.7kr. Second place Nancy Sco (6f SJs Photo-Felce Sco-Baltic Speed) was off at 67/1 for Dominik Locqueneux and Argos third for J-M Bazire. The exact order payoff was 348,070 euro (without the jackpot) On the July 25 Enghien card Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with another owned/trained pupil, the youthful Amazone Jet (3f Quaker Jet-Mazarina-Goetmals Wood) in the 36,000 euro purse Prix de Vouvray. She was off at 13/1 in this 2875 meter event that she won in 1.16.5kr.. The recently retired Quaker Jet appears that he may become a good sire if this filly is any indication. On the same card Thomas Levesque won with the Mike Lenders trained Verrazano Bridge (4g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur=Tenor de Baune) in 1.16.8kr in the 35,000 euro Prix de la Place Radin. The 6/1 winner covered the 2875 meter distance to score by a length against a competitive bunch. Action this coming will be furious with various Derby races held globally, highlighted by the Hambletonian at the new Meadowlands. It promises to be a competitive event with eliminations and the final on the same card with the trots carried on racing networks globally. by Thomas H. Hicks
Matthieu Abrivard, a leading international and French harness racing driver, was seriously injured in a pre-race accident Monday at Chartres.
Nougat As (5g Striking Sahbra-Noblesse As-Mack Lobell) scored in start to finish fashion to win the storied Harper Hanovers marathon today at Solvalla.