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World Record holder Digital Ink heads a strong field of 4YOs competing for the group II Solvalla Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of  €115,000. His trainer Stefan Melander has five horses in the race and the son of Super Photo Kosmos is straight off the back of a dominant win in the 4YO Swedish Breeders Crown a fortnight ago on Saturday. He has been consistently placed in some of the big 4YO races this season, in what has been a particularly strong crop of 4YOs. He will be partnered with Ulf Ohlsson.   Melander also has Donato Hanover entire Nato Dream,  who was a very handy 3YO, with 5 wins and 4 placings in 10 starts for earnings of 873,135SEK but has struggled this season with only 2 wins in 10 starts. However one of those wins was last start against many of this field in a qualifier for this race, and he preceded that with a promising fourth in a handy field to show he might be coming back into his earlier form. He will be driven by top reinsman Bjorn Goop. Melander will drive Increased Workload (Scarlet Knight) who was third in both the Swedish Derby and Sprintermasteren (both Group ones) while his other charges are New York US (Andover Hall) and Licence Holder (Scarlet Knight). Sure to be prominent will be the German-bred and owned Indigious who easily won the German Breeders Crown last weekend, and is back in Sweden where he is trained by Stig Johansson. The classy stallion was fourth in the final of the Grand Prix de l'UET  (the European Derby) and is a very   good representative of rising French sire Prodigious with 11 wins and 6 placings in his 24 career starts. He will be the main opponent to Digital Ink although he starts off the second line. Johansson also has another very good German-bred  Franco-American entered in Chapeau, who was second in last year’s European 3YO championship at Jagersro. He is a winner of 8 of his 18 starts with an additional 4 second placings and is a very consistent competitor with a nice draw. Roger Walman has the group one winning mare Gisela As (Infinitif) in the race, who was formerly in Ake Svanstedt’s barn. A US-bred daughter of an Italian stallion of French maternal descent, formerly trained by a Swede who now lives in America – is one for the trivial pursuiters. She is one of the best of her gender but might find the males a bit tough, even though she does have a nice draw. SOLVALLA GRAND PRIX Solvalla 16/11/13 (G2) Int 2140m 4YOs €115,000 1  New York  U.S. (h Andover Hall - Bloodstock's Chat) Dr: Daniel Olsson  Tr:  Stefan Melander  2  Gisela Ås  (m Infinitif – Golden Door Lindy) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson  Tr:  Roger Walmann    3  Licence Holder  (h Scarlet Knight - Twisterella) Dr: Kaj Widell  Tr:  Stefan Melander   4  Checco Boko  (g Express It - Vintage Boko) Dr: Tony Wallin  Tr:  Timo Nurmos      5  Chapeau  (h Love You - Crown Tess) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr:  Stig H Johansson      6  Increased Workload  (h Scarlet Knight - My Darling) Dr: Stefan Melander  Tr:  Stefan Melander      7  Drew Brees  (h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise) Dr: Jorma Kontio  Tr:  Timo Nurmos      8  Nato Dream  (h Donato Hanover - Nugget Dream) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Stefan Melander      9  Digital Ink  (g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson  Tr:  Stefan Melander      10  Indigious  (h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson      11  M.T.Harmony  (m Quite Easy - Princess Pleasure) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner      12  Magic Tonight  (h Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann  Dave Sanders

The road to the 2014 Grand Prix d’Amerique officially kicks off at Vincennes on Saturday with the running of the first of the  four ‘B races’ the  Prix de Bretagne, which gives the winner a ticket to the great race on the last Sunday in January. The winners prize of €54,000is secondary. Two Swedish horses are among the 13 nominated for the 2700m volt start event, both with varying amounts of French breeding in their pedigree, while there is one Italian bred of pure American stock – the grand old campaigner Main Wise As, who was third in last year’s Prix d’Amerique. Last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream was a nomination for this race but has withdrawn as has highly rated Texas Charm, while Ready Cash has chosen to bypass the race as he did last year, when he ran second to Royal Dream. Ready Cash won the Prix de Breatgne in 2011 on his way to winning the Prix d’Amerique for the second time the following January. But last year’s winner Roxane Griff, the best mare of the stunning R generation is once again back – she was also the runner-up in 2011 – fresh from a win under saddle in the opening semi-classique (Group II) race of the Vincennes Winter Series, the Prix Reynolds. Two well-credentialled  Swedes are in the line up with Anders Lindqvist-trained Pato, a former Swedish Trav-Derby and Trav-Kriterium  winner  who has fouled out of both his starts in France, including last time out at Vincennes recently. But he is a very talented son of Orlando Vici and was bred by the Finnish master breeder Petri Puro, who of course bred Commander Crowe on a similar Franco American cross – a French sire with a dam of pure American bloodlines. Robert Bergh’s Kadett C.D. was second in the Criterium Continental on this track last year, a rare international intrusion into the placegetters of France’s Criteriums. He has won the European Derby (Grand Prix De l'Uet (Gr1)) and the Swedish Breeders Crown and is fashionably Franco-American  bred, being by former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight out of a half-French mare. Franck Leblanc’s exceptionally talented young stallion Up And Quick makes first start since his brilliant win in the Criterium des 5Ans in mid-August. He has a strong record of being in the money in big races in both Sweden and France. The field also includes the multi-talented Tiego d'Etang sixth in last year’s Prix d’Amerique and second in the Prix de Paris, but is also a group two monte winner, and the afore-mentioned super Italian-bred Main Wise As, a multiple group one winner in France and Italy, and a place getter in the Prix d’Amerique and Prix de France. The only horse in the race of pure American bloodlines, he has been an outstanding ambassador for the breed. There is also the reappearance of the four-time Group one winning mare Vanika du Ruel who was an  entrant in this year’s Prix d’Amerique at the youngest possible age. Of the older brigade Quoumba de Guez was second in this race last year and is a grand old campaigner while the only representative of the S generation is Singalo, a monte specialist who won this year’s Prix De Cornulier and  has also won the group one Prix de l’Ile-de-France. All his 15 victories have been under saddle. He may be aiming at one last tilt at the big race to add to his already solid stud credentials. The Prix d’Amerque is not a race the S generation has excelled in with only two horses ever competing in it, with Severino’s sixth its best effort. By contrast the R generation has eight representatives in the big race for three winners, two runners-up and another in the top five – which is why the French consider it one of the two greatest generations. The road to the greatest race in trotting starts on Saturday. PRIX DE BRETAGNE Vincennes 16/11/13 FR (G2)  Int 2700m volt 4-9 120,000 1  Pato (SWE) (5h Orlando Vici- She's My Pie)   Dr : Johanna Lindqvist  Tr: Anders  Lindqvist 2 Uhlan du Val (5h Islero de Bellouet- Indiana Beautiful) Dr : Cédric Megissier  Tr: Cedric Megissier 3 Treskool du Caux (6h Kool du Caux-Intervista) Dr : Tony le Beller Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Kadett CD (6h Scarlet Knight - Kiss Of Life)  Dr: Robert Bergh Tr : Robert Bergh 5 Up And Quick (5h Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre) Dr : Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc   6 Tiego d'Etang* (6h Chaillot- Harolene) Dr : Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 7 Vanika du Ruel* (4m Jardy-Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr : Franck Anne 8 Quinoa du Gers (Ganymede-Targa du Chalange) Dr : Matthieu Abrivard  Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Rêve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant- Heloise Poterie) Dr : Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood- Ingala) Dr : David Thomain  Tr: Louise Baudron 11 Quoumba de Guez* (9m Urfist des Pres- Vanina de Mareuil Dr : Jean-Michel Bazire ) Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 12 Main Wise As* (7h Yankee Glide-Desert Flower K)  Dr : Pierre Levesque  Tr: Mike Lenders 13 Roxane Griff* (8m Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise)  Dr : Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato "B-races" at Vincennes: Prix ​​de Bretagne - 16 November Prix du Bourbonnais - December 7 Prix du Bourgogne - December 29th Prix de Belgique - January 12 Dave Sanders

REVEN d’AMOUR WOULD LOVE TO GET ANOTHER BIG WIN Former European 3YO champion Reven d’Amour heads a field of nine in the Konung Carl Xvi Gustafs Silverhäst (Silver Horse), the V75 gold division final at Solvalla on Saturday night. Reven d’Amour was disappointing in his last start, but was a dominating winner in his previous start where he returned to the form of old with a brilliant front-running display. From former US-based Swedish champion Revenue’s first crop, Reven d’Amour is still  his sire’s richest Swedish-bred son and has recorded two wins in only six starts this season. Revenue is now based in Norway where he serving full books after four seasons in the US where he sired current open class star Market Share, and Breeders Crown winner Break The Bank K, although he failed to crack the US market despite these successes. Reven d’Amour has endured several unproductive seasons as he struggled to recreate his early brilliance, although after he has been rejuvenated since a five-month break earlier this year. He has a great draw, good gate speed and is well positioned to make it three wins from seven this campaign. In contrast Perfectly Enough has picked up a cheque on 15 of his last 15 visits to the racetrack, although only two of them have been wins. He was third in last year’s TravDerby and is a former Swedish Breeders Crown 3YO champion, but the 5YO  is in the middle of that tricky period between age-group and full maturity which most European horses struggle with. But the son of Express It is at Swedish master Stig Johansson’s barn and has Erik Adielsson in the bike and will be right in contention. There are none tougher than old warhorse Womanizer, the Finnish trained roan son of Tap In. Jarno Kauhanen’s nine-year-old gelding has seven wins and three second placings in 17starts this campaign and is another fast beginner who will appreciate his number 3 alley. Monster Drive is another of those tough V75 campaigners, with a win and seven placings  in 17 starts this year.  But he is always there and there abouts and Reijo Liljendahl  has engaged top Swedish pilot Bjorn Goop, who partnered him in his last win, back in July. He was unlucky last start and is in good form, having not finished further back than fifth before that in 10 starts. The pole position goes to out of form Scarlet Knight gelding Haraldinho, a former Swedish Breeders Crown placegetter who has not won in more than a year. KONUNG CARL XVI GUSTAFS SILVERHÄST Solvalla 16/11/13 (G2) Int 2140m all €115,000 1  Haraldinho  (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr: Catarina Lundström     2  Perfectly Enough  (5h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson     3  Womanizer (g Tap In - Sandra Nibs) Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen Tr: Jarno Kauhanen      4  Reven d'Amour  (h Revenue - Melody d’Amour) Dr: Fredrik B Larsson  Tr:  Fredrik B Larsson     5  Winning Love  (h Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr: Åke Lindblom Tr: Åke Lindblom     6  Monster Drive (h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     7  Francais du Gull  (h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr: Erik Lindegren Tr: Erik Lindegren     8  Perfect Toll  (h Alf Palema - Tvindas S. ) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom     9  Up-Date Hoss  (h Classic Response - Celebration Ride) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson Tr: Stig H Johansson    Dave Sanders

Lars Nilsson’s outstanding filly Fascination will be looking to add a second Breeders Crown to her already stunning CV at Eskilstuna tonight in the Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO mares over 2140m for €235,000. Fascination won the Swedish Oaks earlier this year and has already amassed over €630,000 in 19 wins and was a very easy winner of her semifinal for Johnny Takter. The daughter of Super Arnie and the Italian bred mare Elissa F.Z (a daughter of Lemon Dra) will start the heavy favourite. US bound Ake Svandtedt’s Rica Neo was a very impressive winner of the semifinal and is getting better with every race. The daughter of French sire Juliano Star (the sire of Commander Crowe) could hand  Anders Svanstedt his biggest Swedish win prior to his family’s departure to the United States. Blended Scotch is the number two mare on earnings and beat Fascination and Rica Neo home when winning the Group I Swedish Mares Championship in July. She tried to attack in her semifinal and faded in the straight. But if she is able to sit at the back and mount her assault later she could win this. Catarina Lundström’s Gallant Barron mare Mousse is a former E3 final winner but has not been in good form of late, her fourth place in the semifinal being her best run since two victories in June. She might be coming back into form, while Monica Janisels’ Home Alone mare Jeepster won her semifinal and has the ace draw.  Scarlet Knight mare System Performance was also impressive in the lead up race and is improving all the time and is the other with a chance of figuring in the finish. North American imported sires heavily dominate the field with only four horses sired  by European sires. Surprisingly though, there are no North American resident sires represented – all of them are standing in Europe. Italian supersire Varenne has two representatives as has recently deceased Super Arnie, a very successful US import who stood in Sweden. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN  Eskilstuna  03/11/13 (G1) Int Eskilstuna 2 140 4f 235 000 1              Jeepster     (Home Alone - Princess Kullers)     Kaj Widell     Monica Janisels                      2              Fascination     (Super Arnie - Elissa F.Z. )     Johnny Takter     Lars I Nilsson                      3              Rica Neo    (Juliano Star - Cristall Cashflow)     Anders Svanstedt     Åke Svanstedt                      4              System Performance     (Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady)     Björn Goop     Stefan Melander                      5              Youana     (Pearsall Hanover - Euro Sund)     Peter Untersteiner     Catharina Johansson                      6              Priceless Pellini     (Varenne - Garnelia Angus)    Örjan Kihlström    Roger Walmann                     7              Mousse     (Gallant Baron - Fashion Tilly)     Kajsa Frick     Catarina Lundström                     8              Blended Scotch    (Super Photo Kosmos - Hopscotch)     Per Linderoth     Per Linderoth                     9              Xena Brick     (Super Arnie - Keystone Nora)     Jorma Kontio    Timo Nurmos                     10              Bailey Sweet Grim     (Quite Easy - Green Apple)     Stefan Söderkvist     Åke Svanstedt 11              Dream of Joy     (Dream Vacation - Frida Filiokus)     Stefan Persson     Stefan Persson                   12              Quadrille   (Varenne - Tapdancer)    Johan Untersteiner    Roger Walmann      Dave Sanders

The Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO males at Eskilstuna tonight is missing many of its leading money-earners with Trav-Derby winner Mosaique Face, Quid Pro Qho, Indigious, El Mago Pellini, Increased Workload and Standout all missing from the top ten. Porthos Amok is the highest earner in the field with just under 2million SEK banked, while World record holder Digital Ink  and Thai Broadway are the only three who are currently in the top ten money earners. Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok won his heat of the Trav-Derby and was second in the final to Mosaique Face. The son of Orlando Vici won his Breeders Crown heat and has ace driver Bjorn Goop in the bike and has a great draw at three. However  Melander’s other charge Digital Ink is a dominating favourite for the event even though he was beaten by Dreams Take Time, who he meets here again, in the semifinal. The  Super Photo Kosmos gelding had to overcome a tough trip in that race  and was still impressive and as long as he can get a drag through from his second line draw behind polesitter by Molle C.D.  he should be able to get well positioned to get a decent chunk of the €235,000 prizemoney. Dreams Take Time is the second favourite and the son of Andover Andover has a great draw. With ace driver Johnny Takter in the cart, he will get every chance to add some Group I credentials to his CV. Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway was considered unlucky in the semifinal  and has to overcome a bad draw in this but is very talented. Daniel Redén  Molle C.D. has been  consistently among the top contenders in the big races this season but has been hampered by the draw. But the son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight gets the ace which will enable him to use his gate speed to advantage. If he can get to the front Per Lennartson might have the horse to win this from the front. While Viking Kronos and his sons provided half the field in the 3YO equivalent of this race, there is only one Viking Kronos son in this field in Lutfi Kolgjini’s Viking America. French sire Orlando Vici is represented by two runners, while Kiss Francais is also a French sire  and the only other European  sire is Skogans Orlov, a Swedish sire of mixed German, French and Swedish bloodlines. Broadway Hall and Ken Warkentin are the only two US resident stallions represented, with one horse each but the rest of the field are by North American imported sires. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1) Int 2140 4m/g €235 000  1  Molle C.D.  (h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Dr:  Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén    2  Dreams Take Time  (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson    3  Porthos Amok  (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:Stefan Melander    4  Verymuchkiss Karsk  (g  Kiss Francais - Kiss Me Karsk) Dr:  Johan Untersteiner Tr:Åke Svanstedt    5  A.Hannibal  (h Skogans Orlov - Repute) Dr:  Åke Lindblom Tr:Åke Lindblom    6  Linslusen A.U.  (g  Fast Photo - Victoria A.U.) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:Reijo Liljendahl    7  Drew Brees  (h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise) Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:Timo Nurmos    8  Viking America  (g  Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:Lutfi Kolgjini    9  Digital Ink  (g  Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Melander    10  Global Octopus  (g  Lindy Lane - Ninja November) Dr:  Kaj Widell Tr:Sören Lennartsson    11  Thai Broadway  (h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll Tr:Trond Anderssen    12  Twin's Fairytail  (h Orlando Vici - Mint Hornline) Dr:  Stefan Söderkvist Tr:Åke Svanstedt   Dave Sanders

The UET Masters Series,  resumes after a week’s break  and Commander Crowe head a top quality field in the CL Mullers Memorial, a Group II international  and one of two Masters Series events at Jagersro, Sweden this weekend. Commander Crowe will be attempting to win his third CL Mullers Memorial, a race that has been an every-present on the Swedish calendar since the 1920s. Fabrice Souloy’s brilliant chestnut won in 2008 and 2009 but that was his last appearance in the 2640m staying race (approximately 1 mile and five-eighths), which has been dominated in recent years by horses with at last some French blood in their pedigrees. Last year’s winner Quarcio du Chene is by Capriccio,  2011’s winner Yellow Eden was by Duc de Bossis, Maharajah the 2010 winner has French blood on his damside. Commander Crowe (himself by Juliano Star)  followed four other winners with French sirelines in Arras (Echo), Garros (Coktail Jet), Spring Ray (Gentle Star)  and Insert Gede (Jet du Vivier). The last horse of American-bloodlines was  the Sugarcane stallion E.V. Cane in 2003. Commander Crowe, although in the last couple of months of his 10-year-old season, has been in good form recently, with a second in the final of the Lotteria a fortnight ago after winning his heat at the re-scheduled Grand Masters event at Agnano, Naples. He will be driven by top driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Commander will face recently crowned Swedish champion On Track Piraten, who was a surprise winner of the Swedish Masterskap race at Aby, also a fortnight ago. He will be driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Hans Stromberg. Yarrah Boko, the Norwegian owned and trained son of Coktail Jet was second in that event and Trond Anderssen’s star  lines up again here in his third attempt at the race and has the pole position. Johnny  Johansson’s V75 King Harry Haythrow, who has   drawn two, and Fredrik Larsson’s honest campaigner Caballion are others with a good chance of picking up a decent proportion of the stake. Anders Svanstedt will be in the bike for his dad Ake Svanstedt’s King Conch gelding New Line as the current leading trainer continues his long goodbye to his homeland before his depature to the States next week. C.L.MÜLLERS MEMORIAL Jägersro 2013-10-26  Group II Int 2 640 all 110 000 1         Yarrah Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen             2         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Johnny Johansson             3         Winning Love(h  Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:  Åke Lindblom  Tr:   Åke Lindblom             4         Obi-Wan (h  Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr:  Flemming Jensen  Tr:   Flemming Jensen             5         You Bet Hornline (h  San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr:  Robert Bergh Tr:    Robert Bergh             6         Caballion (h  Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr:  Fredrik B Larsson Tr:    Fredrik B Larsson             7         New Line (g  King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr:  Anders Svanstedt  Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             8         On Track Piraten (g  Kool du Caux – Monrovia) Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Hans R Strömberg             9         Commander Crowe (g  Juliano Star – Somack) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:    Fabrice Souloy             10         Haraldinho (g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström               Dave Sanders  

French T-generation superstar Timoko has the chance to surpass the 2 million euros in earnings this weekend in the Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in Beaumont de Lomange, France on Sunday. Richard Westerink’s star is currently on E1,957,230 and is an odds on favourite  to win the 200,000 euro event over 2400m, which also carries points for the UET Masters Series. There is no Ready Cash in this field, Timoko is unbeaten in France when he has raced away from Vincennes, where he is facing the cream of French racing. And the last time that Timoko was beaten before that was in the Elitloppet final, where he went down to Nahar and a fast finishing Arch Madness. Timoko’s biggest challenge is likely to be in form former Swedish gold division stalwart Sanity, who raced in the 2012 Elitloppet heats. Sanity, like Nahar, is a Franco-American by French champion sire Love You, and will be looking to make it three wins in a row in the republic since moving in to the French stables of ex-pat Malin Lofgren. Sanity was unplaced, not surprisingly against the stellar field in the Masters Series final in Vincennes but has since reeled of victories in Le Croise-Laroche in the Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord and again last start in Meslay-du-Maine in the Grand Prix Anjou-Maine He was paying E3.50 on early French betting today. Patrick Martin’s 8YO gelding Ru de l’Arirou is the only other horse paying less than $10 on the French tote, with early odds showing 7/1  after a win and four second placings in his last five starts. But he has only just graduated to Group racing at the age of 8 and this looks beyond him. Smart mare Une Fille’d’Amour and veteran Paladin Bleu are the next best chances,  GRAND PRIX DU SUD OUEST Beaumont de Lomagne 2013-10-13 € 200 000 2400m 1 Ru de L'Airou (8g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Michel Charlot Tr: Patrick Martin 2 Supervisor (7h Podosis - In Camera) Dr: Franck Jamard Tr: Joel Despres  3 Paladin Bleu (10h Jag de Bellouet - Una Picolina) Dr: Frederic Clozier Tr: Loic Thieulent 4 Prince Charmant (10h Ulster du Cadran – Jalsovia) Dr: Jean Philippe Tr: Treich Jacques Henri Treich 5 Timoko (6h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Richard Westerink 6 Risque Tout (8g Giant Cat - Little Pearl) Dr: Jean Philippe Ducher Tr: Gerard Paille 7 Pepa (10 Achille – Asicia) Dr: Denis Brossard Tr: Denis Brossard 8 Sanity (7g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Lofgren 9 Renato Alstare (8g Jade Bocain - Elise Geneste) Dr: Manuel Criado Tr: Manuel Criado 10 Tina du Citrus (6m Niky - Onna Lisa) Dr: Eric Audebert Tr: Jean Michel Asin 11 Aisle Stand (6m Scarlet Knight – Twisterella) Dr: Jean Francois Senet Tr: Ronny Kuiper 12 Une Fille d'Amour (5m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Cyril Raimbaud   Dave Sanders

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  

The first day of the Kriterieauktion yearling sale in Sweden produced solid results. 95 head sold from 112 cataloged (84.8%) for gross proceeds of 12.692.000SEK. The average was 133,600SEK ($20,810 US). Sale toppers (leading pair) were hip 80 Charlene As (f Yankee Glide-Novelty As) at 610,000SEK ($95,014) to Roger Walmann and hip 59 Sambuca Knight (m Scarlet Knight-Lady Mirabelle) for 450,000SEK ($70,093) to Robert Bergh. Both are profiled below along with hip 88 (MT Kingofthehill by Muscle Hill). #80  Charlene Ås (filly Yankee Glide - Novelty Ås - Striking Sahbra) 610 000 kr. buyer Roger Walmann #59 Sambuca Knight (male, Scarlet Knight - Lady Mirabelle - Jag de Bellouet) buyer Robert Bergh 450 000 kr. #88 Muscle Hill filly M.T.Kingofthehill (Muscle Hill - Princess Pleasure - Viking Kronos) 390 000 kr to Björn Goop. Next sessions will be Friday-Saturday. by Thomas H. Hicks, for    

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

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  

Fascination takes Mares Trotting Derby

Jagersro started the Derby weekend with excellent racing today, a glimpse of what is in store for harness racing fans, wagering patrons and the connections performing tomorrow. The Sunday program can be viewed using the link that follows and both Derby events promise exciting competition: Today’s action is summarized below with the featured Gold Division going to veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Peter Untersteiner. He earned the 150,000SEK first prize with a 1.10.9kr victory over 1650 meters autostart, his third of the year in 15 starts. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Kadett C.D. (6m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) took third for Robert Bergh. Strong Boy DE and Linda di Casei were in the beaten field. Other noteworthy winners today at Jagersro were: Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), 150,000SEWK first money in the Jagersro Stora Tearingspris for Ake Svanstedt, 2140 meters in 1.13.3kr; Alama Boko (6m SJs Photo-Andiamo-Pine Chip), 110,000SEK winners share for his Bronze Division win in 1.14.3kr over 2640 meters autostart. Flemming Jensen is driver/trainer; No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering), 125,000SEK for winning a 2140 meter autostart test in 1.12.5kr, also for Flemming Jensen. The winner now has 24 career wins in 53 starts; Stylish Hanover (4f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) earned 100,000SEK for a 1.15.1kr win over 2140 meters turning start with Adrian Kolgjini up. The winner scored for the sixth time in 10 starts in 2013; Oxford SAS (5m Diamond Way-Glide By Nimble-Yankee Glide) took a 1.12.7kr win to earn 50,000SEK for driver Martijn de Haan and trainer Conrad Lugauer over the 1640 meter autostart course, in his initial 2013 start (he’s eight for 18 lifetime); Premier Kronos (4m Donato Hanover-Nordic Gold November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.12kr to take home 50,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart test. Adrian Kolgjini did the teaming for his training father. by 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  

Royale Geraldine (8f Invar-Isis du Moulin), with Tony LeBeller aboard, held on to win today's (Wednesday's) eighth leg of the Grand National du Trot at Hippodrome Saint Malo. She scored over 2950 meters (plus distance penalties for the highest lifetime money winners) in 1.14.4kr to defeat Ru de L'Airou with Franck Ouvrie steering. Rose de Sarthe was third for Anthony Barrier and Singapore Sling ended fourth for Christophe Martens. The purse of this Gr. III event was 90,000 euro and the victory was the 16th in 64 starts for Royale Geraldine. Royale Geraldine earned 15 points for the victory toward the final in December, moving her in the top 10 to-date. The GNT, with 18 starters, was today's Quinte+ race of the day in France with a jackpot of 5.5 million euro. Ticketholders with the first five in exact order earned 246,813 euros without the jackpot. The Mauquenchy feature race today, the Prix Marceau Decle for 30,000 euro over 2850 meters, went to veteran mare Tarina Sly (6f Buvetier d'Aunou-Les de Fourcade) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Louis Baudron. She rallied to narrowly defeat the Thomas Levesque handled So Long. Yesterday at Avenches (Switzerland) Noble Limousin (12g Debois de Santal-Uskara des Bordes) took the featured Prix de Vitesse in 1:57.39 over the 1609 meters (one mile) distance on the dirt. Jacques Juriens was in the bike and he's also owner/trainer. The remainder of the Avenches trotting card was on the turf ("herbes") and close finishes prevailed (as evidenced by the win of Ramuntcho Fleuri and driver/trainer Jeean-Bernard Matthey pictured below). Yesterday at Cabourg the featured Prix des Hetres (70,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) went to Used To Me (5m Nuage de Lait-North Lane) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The pair scored in 1.15.8kr. Shortly thereafter, in the Prix Dauphinelles for 21,000 euro over 2850 meters, Julien Dubois scored with Very Charm (4g Let's Go Along-Jelly Charm) in 1.17.3 over two other Dubois' family students, Vrai Secret teamed by Jean-Philippe and Victorious Sam with Jean-Etienne driving. In Sweden yesterday a series of 80,000SEK first money events took place at Bergsaker, all over the 1640 meter autostart distance. There were four filly divisions and three for the colts with winners noted below, some of which are high profile youngsters: Mythical Fortune (3f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune-Foreign Office), a 1.12.3kr winner for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walman, her fifth win in 10 starts lifetime; D'One (3f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), a 1.12.7kr winner for the same combination. She's now 5-1-1 in seven starts; Air Frame (3f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJs Photo), a 1.12.4kr winner for the Melander Stable with Per Lennartsson doing the driving; Denim Boko (3f Chocolatier-Radiant Lindy-Dream Vacation) with a 1.12.4kr score for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. She recorded her sixth win in nine lifetime appearances; Djali Boko (3m Ready Cash-Lucky Lavec-Pine Chip), a 1.11.6kr winner for Per Nordstrom, his sixth score in 14 attempts; Rolling Stones (3m Viking Kronos-Hot Pants-Pine Chip), 1.13.7kr winner for Orjan Kihlstom teaming for Stefan Hultman. The winner is undefeated in eight starts; Nochebuena Face (3m Kiss Francais-Evening Ann-Lisas Boy), winning in 1.12.3kr for Daniel Ohlsson and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. On August 5th legenday Olle Goop won three straight at Arjang including with Culp Fiction (4f Chocolatier-Clever Catch-Andover Hall) in 1.16.7kr over 2140 meters. His other wins, also over 2140 meters, were with Junior Troy (4m Thai Tanic) in 1.14.8kr and Jula In Focus (3m Love You) in 1.16.9kr. The same day at Mantorp fast-class mares competed for 40,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. Britt Hudson (7f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) took that one in 1.11.2kr for Peter Ingves over Miss Shape (5f Goetmals Wood) and Canaka BF (6f Jobie Tempest). Pearl Axe was fifth and Bold and Fresh ended seventh in the well-balanced field. Thomas H. Hicks  

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