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Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied off stablemate Volstead’s death seat cover to easily win the 2016 Solvalla Gr. I Jubileumspokalen for a total purse of €188,475. Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom reined the winner owned and trained by Stefan Melander. He recorded his seventh 2016 victory in nine starts to go along with two seconds, raising his seasonal earnings to 5,798,650SEK and career earnings of 23,931,376SEK. The career slate is 33-14-2 in 49 starts. Off at 3/10 the winner bested 23/1 Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) for Kevin Oscarsson with third to 9/1 Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Scellino Luis, another son  of Andover Hall, ended fourth. Time was 1.10.7kr off even fractions (1.09.5kr at the first 500 meters; 1.10.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.3kr after 1500) in the 2140 meter autostart course. Nuncio was four wide in the first turn, settled on the outer and then was covered by Volstead that ended fifth. Earlier in the card The Queen L for aged mares (purse €21,702) went to 1.14.1kr (2640 meters autostart) timed Bostonz Credit (6f Credit Winner-Pleasecometoboston-Cumin) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Kelley Racing Stable US product won for second time in 2016 in six starts. Off at 9/2 the winner defeated 1.2/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Third was 30/1 Coco De Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Melander. The Solvalla program also included the Breeders Course for two year-olds raced over 1640 meters autostart. The easy gate to wire victory went to 1.1/1 favorite Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation-Jument D’or-Super Arnie) was next for Jennifer Tillman. Timed was 1.15.9kr for the winner that earned 50,000SEK for her second win in as many starts. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander won today’s €121,916 purse, 1640 meters autostart, Arjang 2016 Stora Sprinterlopp in Sweden, by half-length after stating from post eight and sitting the death seat after the first quarter mile.  Nuncio was the 7/10 favorite and scored in 1.09.7kr (mile rate 1:52.15). Pacesetter Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was a game second at 19/1 for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. 29/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) rallied to be third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with fourth to 3.9/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter. Ten horses contested this International event with Chelsea Boko and Harry Haythrow fifth and sixth to the line. Nuncio posted his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts, with two seconds, including the Elitlopp win. His career slate is 32-14-2 in 48 appearances, now for 22,931,376SEK earned. "He has everything put together really well. He is strong, a quick starter and has good closing speed.", said driver Örjan Kihlström. On the undercard Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) win the Silver Division for Thomas Uhrberg and Cab Hornline (5m San Pelligrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard) took the Bronze test for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Gr. I International Sprintermaster Final (928,830SEK to winner ($109,000 US), 1609 meters autostart) at Halmstad, Sweden, went to 2.15/1 second favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.09.3kr and piloted by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains the US import that was campaigned by Jimmy Takter. Uncle Lasse now has a 12-9-5 slate in 36 career starts, with earnings of 8,543,357SEK. Second in the Halmstad final was 8.3/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) and driver Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This pair defeated Uncle Lasse in their elimination, timed in 1.10.6kr. The 2.6/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldide-Credit Winner) took third in the final for Bjorn Goop and trainer Melander, French Laundry was unplaced for Johnny Takter as was 1.6/1 wagering choice Southwind Mozart. The eliminations (first) went to 6.9/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) for the Eriksson/Lugauer team timed in 1.10.6kr. The 0.53/1 Uncle Lasse was second for Kihlstrom/Melander and 1.73/1 Telecommando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-Sj’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop/Wim Paal. The elims were raced over 1609 meters for 125,000SEK first money. The second elim went to 1.77/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Mass-Alldide-Credit Winner) timed in 1.11kr for Goop/LMelander. 0.38/1 favorite Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, ahead of 14.83/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover), the third place finisher for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Elim three was won by the quick 1.09.5kr clocked Southwind Mozart (4m Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone-Mack Lobell) off at 0.56/1 for trainer/driver Veljo Heisanen. 7.97/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Third was 15.76/1 Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. On the undercard was the Travronden for 75,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event with ten starters and trainer/drivers. 9.33/1 The Way I Am (5g Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) scored in 1.13.3kr with Petri Salmela driving. The 8.6/1 Sylvester America (5m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was a close second driven by trainer Jerry Riordan for Riordan Stables HB. Third was 4.08/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) for trainer/driver Reijo Liljendahl. Saturday’s V75 Halmstad program was an excellent one led by the StoSprinern Final for four year-old mares. The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was Italy’s Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. The winner earned 557,298SEK in this 1609 meter autostart contest and now has a 6-3-2 slate in 1 starts. She was off at 1.18/1 odds and won her second straight. Bacio (4f Muscle Hill-Lily Kronos-Varenne) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander, Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Timo Nurmos. The card also included the V75 Gold over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEWK first prize. Veteran Harry Haythrow (10g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) scored at 17.2/1 timed in 1.12.2kr. Another aging star, Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflicken-Prince Mystic), took second for Orjan Kihlstom and third went to Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) with Stefan Soderkvist the pilot. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money went to well-bred US registered King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) at 10.6/1 odds. He started from post 12 and was timed in 1.10.9kr to defeat post one Trust Launcher (8g Gallant Baron-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) with Peter Untersteiner driving in this 12 horse field. Third was the Erik Adielsson teamed Emmett Brown (5m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo). Divisionist was fifth in this group. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner in the 2640 meter voltstart contest went to Bravo Navarone (5m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for Erik Adielsson clocked in 1.14.3kr as the even-money favorite. The Halmstad card also showed other interesting winners. A Klass II event for 100,000SEK over 2140 meters autostart went to 1,3/1 Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) won the 100,000SEK first prize Breeders Course timed in 1.14.2kr at 2.2/1 over 2640 meters distance handicap, overcoming a 20 meter penalty. The Summer Mares for 100,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprint went to Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) at 1.15/1 for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. This top mare scored her third straight victory and now has 18 wins in 66 career starts. She was timed in 1.10.7kr. Three year-olds battled in the 75,000SEK first money Euro Classic Next Year with victory to 1.96/1 Ultra Bright (3f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. High Beam Hanover and Gwenda di Quattro were next across the line, both by Cantab Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Watch final heat at https://youtu.be/nsVzLdYrA1o Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) prevailed gamely after a parked out journey for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander to capture the Gr. I International 2016 Benders Elitloppet (3SEK million to the final winner (€323,100), 1609 meters autostart) narrowly holding off Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) by half-length, that one driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Pacesetter Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was a gutsy third, a length back, for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Elim winner Timoko rallied from between horses to be fourth for Bjorn Goop but he never threatened the top three. Propulson ended fifth and Oasis Bi sixth. Royal Fighter left quickly from post six, reached the pocket, and could not close, ending seventh with Billie de Montfort at the end. Nuncio was the wagering favorite, off at 0.5/1 on the ATG system and 2.1/1 on Fintoto. Resolve was 1.96/1 on ATG and 4.56/1 on Fintoto. Fractions again were quick early and late (1.07.6kr at 500 meters, 1.09.6kr at the 1000) with the finish timed in 1.09.2kr (mile rate 1:51.34). All starters were timed in 1.09.9kr or better. Nuncio completes the fabulous day with a career slate of 31-13-2 in 46 starts, good for 21,597,726SEK earned. Pinkman wins for Takter/Gingras Pinkman (4g Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall) with Yannick Gingras up for trainer Jimmy Takter reached the front before the first quarter, rated the pace albeit parking out Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra), and put that one away at top stretch to win the Gr. II Tommy Hannes for four year-olds (500,000SELK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters).   Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) rallied for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander to fall short by a head. The race was timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47 mile rate). Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) rallied to be third for Jorma Kontio and trainer Melander. Fractions were quick early and late with Pinkman getting some soft time mid-race (1.07.8kr at 500 meters, 1.10kr at the 1000 mark).   Pinkman was off as even-money favorite with Uncle Lasse at 2.3/1 and Divisionist at 14/1. Pinkman now has a career slate of 18-5-2 in 28 starts for earnings of 21,382,178SEK.   A race earlier the Gudrans Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13.4kr timed New Muscle As (4g Muscle Mass-New Circle As-Malabar Man) for Bjorn Goop and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The roan colt Antonio Tabac (4m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) pulled pegs pocket late to be second beaten half-length with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson.   Timoko takes first elimination division   Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant)  took the first elim of the 2016 Benders Elitloppet gate to wire for Bjorn Goop and trainer Richard Westerink, his third straight victory and 30th lifetime in 85 starts for earnings of 37,756,090SEK.   Away from post four Timoko quickly took the front and held off parked out Volstead until top of stretch when Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) rallied three wide from fifth for Ake Svanstedt with Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) following that one. Both closed stoutly with Resolve a half-length from the leader at the wire and Propulsion another half-length behind. Oasis Bi enjoyed a pocket position and did not threaten,   Fractions were sharp (1.07.8kr at the first 500 meters, 1.09.2kr at the 1000) and finished at 1.09.1kr for the 1609 meter one-mile test with 250,000SEK to the winner, Oasis Bi and Volstead rounded out the top five and Your Highness was scratched. The winner was off at 1.9/1 on Fintoto and 4/5 on the PMU network.   Early Solvalla action on this 2016 Benders Elitloppet day saw Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) take the Rune Stolts for mares (250,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) timed in 1.10.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The mare was parked without cover and eased to the line ahead of Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona de Ling-Super Arnie) and driver Bjorn Goop.   A race later the 2016 undefeated (five of five now) Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) took the Hakan Wallner Memorial (300,000SEK to the winner) for driver Ulf Ohlsson clocked in 1.11.8kr. Parked without cover the dimunitive colt closed steadily to capture the win from Mindyourvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) with Ake Svanstedt driving for trainer Robert Bergh. The winner now has 11 wins in 13 starts lifetime. Un Mec d'Heripre wins second elimination division  Respected FR speedster Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) sat outside leading Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for Per Eriksson, avoided traffic when Call Me Keeper went offstride on the backstretch, and moved alongside and then eased past Royal Fighter to the lead at top stretch.   Favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, surged into contention from fifth but could not overtake the Jos Verbeeck reined, Fabrice Souloy trained Un Mec d’Heripre that held by a length timed in 1.09.3 kr (fractions 1.08.8kr at the 500 meter mark and 1.09.6kr atg the 1000). Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   The winner was off at 8/1 on the PMU network while Nuncio was the favorite at 0.5/1 on PMU and 9/10 on Fintoto. Driver Verbeeck has enjoyed a successful weekend so far after winner yesterday with Bird Parker.   Post positions for the final with 3SEK million to the winner follow: 1. Un Mec d’Heripre 2. Timoko 3. Resolve 4. Nuncio 5. Propulsion 6. Royal Fighter 7. Billie de Montfort 8. Oasis Bi by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Stefan Melander has trained some great trotters during his harness racing career, including 2006 Prix d’Amerique winner Gigant Neo and 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, but he has never enjoyed a relationship with a horse in quite the same way as with Elitloppet favorite Nuncio. Nuncio, who is also owned by Melander, is the 2-1 favorite according to online oddsmakers to win Sunday’s (May 29) prestigious Elitloppet, an invitational for older trotters that features an international lineup, at Solvalla Raceway in Stockholm. Nuncio, a 5-year-old stallion who was a star in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3, has won all four of his races this season and 14 of 17 starts since arriving in Europe last year. He finished third in last year’s Elitloppet. “Last year he was just great; he came to Sweden in good shape,” Melander said in an e-mail translated by associate Simon Hagen. “Jimmy Takter and Jim Oscarsson (who each trained Nuncio in the U.S.) did a great job with him. He trained very good so we decided to participate in the Elitlopp last year even if I think it was a little bit too early. He arrived to my farm in February so he just had two races before the Elitlopp. “This year I have been able to get him in good shape before the race. He has grown enormously much. Last year I saw that he probably needed a year to be perfect, which I think he is now. He is much bigger and stronger.” Nuncio is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the mare Nicole Isabelle. He raced primarily for Oscarsson at age 2 and solely for Takter at age 3, when Nuncio and regular driver John Campbell won the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finished second in the Hambletonian. For his career, Nuncio has won 30 of 44 races, never finishing worse than third in any start, and earned $2.18 million. “I am really impressed that he makes everything so easy,” Melander said. “He is so special, too. He knows that he is best in our stable but he is not cocky or anything. He is so smart. I have trained Gigant Neo and Scarlet Knight, but this horse is so special he actually understands you when you talk to him sometimes.” Melander, who is a renowned photographer as well as a horseman, won the 2010 Elitloppet with Iceland. He grew up less than a mile from Solvalla Raceway and took photos in the stables when he was a teenager. “If I could win again with Nuncio it would be just great,” Melander said. “Iceland was a really good horse but cannot compete with Nuncio. I train them different. Nuncio just wants to race with all my other horses so I have to drive him for himself on the straight track. Usually we have up to 30-35 horses in every set.” Nuncio trained Thursday and will jog and walk in the days prior to the race, Melander said. “He loves to go out and jog,” Melander said. “We also ride him and he really loves it.” Melander has been Nuncio’s regular driver, but will give the lines to Orjan Kilhstrom for Sunday’s Elitloppet. Kilhstrom won last year’s Elitloppet with Magic Tonight and the 2003 edition with From Above. “Orjan Kilhstrom is a better driver than me,” Melander said. “I think sometimes that I am a little bit too kind to (Nuncio). I actually wanted John Campbell to drive him, but his daughter would be getting married this weekend, which I understand is more important.” Nuncio races Sunday in the second of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. The first elimination features the next three best bets to win the race according to the oddsmakers: 2014 champion Timoko (7-1), formerly U.S.-based Propulsion (9-1) and U.S. representative Resolve (10-1). Timoko, who finished second in this year’s Prix d’Amerique, has won three of six starts this season. The 9-year-old stallion has earned $4.43 million in his career. Five-year-old Propulsion, who raced for trainer Tony Alagna in the States, is 3-for-3 this year. Resolve is trained and driven by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt. “This year almost all the horses can actually win this race,” Melander said. Nuncio isn’t Melander’s only shot at winning the race. He also sends out Volstead in the first elimination. Volstead is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Madame Volo. He was purchased as a yearling for $50,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to stakes-winner High Bridge and his family also includes stakes-winners Missy’s Goalfire, Have You Ever, Lassie’s Goal, and Lear Jetta. “I actually think Volstead has a good chance to be among the (top) three,” Melander said. “His last performance he was outstanding. If we take it to the final and get a decent position, I would almost be worried if I was Nuncio.” Sunday’s card at Solvalla also features appearances by two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman, French Laundry, and Uncle Lasse in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old trotters. Yannick Gingras will drive Pinkman. Also, millionaire Wild Honey competes in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Stefan Melander’s Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took today’s 1640 meter autostart HKH Prins Daniel V75 Gold (400,000SEK to the winner) clocked in 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Melander drove the 4.8/1 odds third choice and earned an Elitloppet invitation as a result of the win, his 13th in a career that also shows six seconds in 30 starts for earnings of 2,937,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable. 1.1/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baine) was second today for Erik Adielsson, ahead of 13/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. 8/1 Mosaique Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up and 12/1 Food Money reined by Jennifer Tillman ended fourth and fifth with Magic Tonight sixth for Orjan Kihlstom and Cool Keeper seventh. Today’s HKH Prins Daniels resulted in the winner Volstead and Magic Tonight to be added to the Elitloppet lineup. The group named so far follows: Magic Tonight Volstead Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulsion Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko The Elite race is shaping up to be competitive and interesting to see Nuncio and Timoko do battle. Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) won Solvalla’s Kat 1 on the V64 Wednesday harness racing program over 1640 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winner. Owner/trainer Stefan Melander was again at the lines as the 2/5 odds favorite scored timed in 1.10.3kr (mile rate 1:53.11). 7/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of third finishing 3/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Food Money and I Saw You were fourth and fifth.  Nuncio, bred by Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA USA, now has a 30-12-1 slate in 44 career outings for 18,472,726SEK earned. Today’s victory was his sixth straight and 12th in the last 13 starts since being 2-3 in the 2015 Elitloppet. Nuncio scored on April 27 timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47), his best of the year. The Elitloppet accepted invites now include Nuncio, Timoko, Your Highness, Oasis Bi, Un med d’Heripre, Propulsion, Resolve and Voltigeur de Myrt.. Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio (5h Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) scored this night in a swift 1.09.9kr (mile 1:52.47) for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander at .68/1 odds from post one in a 1640 meter autostart contest at Sovalla, Sweden. It was the fastest time in Europe so far this year. Nuncio now has three wins in as many 2016 starts and a career slate of 29-12-2 in 43 starts for earnings of 18,372,726SEK. Winner’s share of the purse was 80,000SEK. The 3.4/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second for Jennifer Tillman with 4.2/1 Nimbus CD (6f Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) third for Orjan Kihlstrom. On the same V86 card another 1640 meter autostart even, worth 60,000SWK to the winner, went to 2.9/1 Pepi di Jesolo(7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Edvib Ceka. This 1.11.5kr timed winner bested 3.1/1 Ski To The Max (5f Conway Hall-Enjoy The Sun-Enjoy Lavec) driven by Per Lennartsson. Arden Homestead Stable co-bred this mare with Adelaide Skoglund. 9.6/1 Neon Face (6f Igor November-Pelopanic-Coktail Jet) was third, that one trained by Stig H. Johansson. On Saturday (April 30) at Aby will be the Gr. I Olympiatravet, over 2140 meters autostart with 1.5SEK million to the winner. Nine solid performers will be at the start following the scratch of Papagayo E. 1) On Track Piraten – Johnny Takter 2) B.B.S.Sugarlight – Peter Untersteiner 3) Anna Mix – Pierre Vercruysse 4) Nahar – Robert Bergh 5) Your Highness – Björn Goop 6) Sauveur – Åke Lindblom 7) Spartan Kronos – Conrad Lugauer 8) Papagayo E. – non runner 9) Mosaique Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 10) Gigant Slugger – Jeppe Juel The undercard includes the Lovely Godivas (first prize 250,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) and that field includes the Chocolatier mares Coco de Vie and Ultimate Wine. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tonight’s Solvalla feature was The Onions worth 80,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart contest with ten starters, and, as expected, the 1.1/1 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) recorded the win for Stefan Melander and his Stall TZ. Nuncio now has two wins in two 2016 starts and a slate of 28-12-2 in 42 career starts good for 18,292,726SEK earned. Timed in 1.10.7kr, same as his prior current year winning time, Nuncio defeated the same timed Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) for Jennifer Tillman, off at 5.8/1, and third finishing Nothing But Class (7m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Smilin Eli was fourth for Erik Adielson and the Reden/Stall Zet team. Russell Williams bred the winner. In undercard action at Solvalla, Moni To Spare (5g Chocolatier-Live Moni-Conway Hall-Moni Maker) took his second 2016 win in as many starts for driver Kenneth Haugstad and owner/trainer Nicklas Johannson. This one now shows a slate of 7-1-0 in nine career outings for earnings of 249,300SEK including today’s 40,000SEK first money for the 1.13.6kr timed verdict over 2140 meters autostart. Moni To Spare was bred in the USA by Moni Market Stable and was unraced as a two and three year-old. Lady Lee takes SebNor Recycling Mares Trot at Bergsaker Today’s Bergsaker SWE feature was the SebNor Recycling Mares Trot for 100,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. The 40/1 outsider Lady Lee (7f Ride The Night-Princess Fri-Probe) rallied late for a long neck victory timed in 1.13.5kr. Kirsten Hell piloted the winner for owner Jan Hagg to her 11th career win in 105 starts. 86/1 Rondine d’Asolo (6f Varenne-Valdagna Ons-Park Avenue Joe) was second for Hanna Olofsson after circling the field to gain advantage around the final bend before facing the winner late. Third was 38/1 Elles W.Phedo (10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolota-Rapido) for driver Ove Lindqvist. The 1.38/1 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) was away comfortably along the pegs and remained there until past the 1000 meter mark when driver Orjan Kihlstrom hustled that one to the front. Then the US import began rough gaited in the final bend and went offstride. Early leaders Cantabs Fortune and Ninepoints Lucy faded late with Cantabs Fortune also going offstride for trainer/driver Daniel Reden. Another US import, Bostonz Credit, stayed along the pegs and finished fourth for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Daniel Reden. On the Bergsaker undercard the US import Fighting Bax (4m Muscle Massive-Bax Machine-Earl) scored in 1.14.7kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Bred by Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable, the winner now has three wins in five 2016 starts. The victory tonight added 60,000SEK to his scorecard. Tommaso America (4m Muscle Hill-Onda Degli Dei-Windsong’s Legacy) was second. The Bergsaker’s finale was theForsakringskonsult for 40,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart event. 22/1 Bourne Identity (5m Sugar Trader-Santana-Super Arnie) scored in 1.14.1kr for Martin Akerlund, his eighth career victory in 24 outings. US import Stand Bayou (5m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) was second at 2.3/1 for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team, timed same as the winner (this one also bred by Spears’ Windsong Stable. Voulez Vous was third for Ove Lindqvist. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink  

Trotting action in Sweden is stepping up as preparation for the 2016 Elitloppet is underway. Last evening at Solvalla the Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the latest US import, Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) at 1.8/1 for Stefan Melander, also trainer and owner through Stall TZ. Timed in 1:57.1 mile rate the easy winner defeated 24/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) hanlded by Ulf Ohlsson and 8/1 Calno de Pebrisy (4m Ouragon de Celland-Peggy de la Noe-Capriccio) hanlded by Magnus Jakobsson. The winner now shows career earnings of 7,152,027SEK and 10 wins in 30 lifetime appearances. Several other interesting tilts were on the card. The Deleva Kalls (five year-old  mares, 40,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter0Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) handled by owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This half-sister to Scarlet Knight recorded her 10th career victory in 28 starts. Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) was next to the line driven by Jorma Kontio and Diamond River (5f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran performers battled in a distance handicap event over 2640 meters for 40,000SEK first prize. The top five money winners faced a modest 20 meter handicap and the top three finishers overcame the penalty. The 2.1/1 Opitergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), from Italy, recorded the win for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. This one now has 15 wins in 47 career starts. Co-favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Also on the Solvalla card were victories by Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson in a three year-old colt event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. This colt now has seven wins in nine career starts. Destiny Am (3m Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Three year-old fillies also raced for 100,000SEK first money and Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took that event for Torbjorn Jansson. Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) landed second for Kihlstom. Four year-old mares battled for 80,000SEK to the winner with Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) victorious for Magnus Jakobsson driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. On Tuesday at Eskilstuna, in the Kungsfors Grus AB race for 35,000SEK to the winner, the victory went to Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) clocked in 1:54.1f (mile rate) in a 1640 meter volt start contest, a volt start world record. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Charrua Forlan (6g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg ahead of the Kenneth Haugstad reined Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) that Lars Friberg conditions. The race winner Shadow Woodland was bred and is owned in Finland and this was his initial 2016 appearance. His career slate is 18-8-5 in 45 starts, now for 1,670,893SEK earned. ATG announced that several notables are aiming to prep before month end. Nuncio is set to start April 13 at Solvalla in The Onions race over 1640 meters autostart, his second 2016 appearance. Delicious is expected to race April 21 in a sprinter distance event at Bollnas and Anna Mix is anticipated to enter for the April 30 Olympiatravet at Aby for trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Harness racing driver Franck Nivard teamed 6.5/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) to victory Wednesday in the second leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf, a 3000 meter distance handicap event with 16 starters. The total purse was €90,000. Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner bested three rivals that sought to overcome a 25 meter penalty. 4/5 favorite Viking Blie (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue) was second for trainer/driver Y-A Briand and 30/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) landed the third spot ahead of 35/1 Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoison) and driver Stephane Cingland. 21/1 Urus (8g Kiwi-Troika de Mar) was fifth for Cedrik Terry. The prestigious GNT series visits many rural venues throughout the summer and fall season before a final at Paris-Vincennes at start of the winter meet. This day’s GNY was the Quinte+ race of the day with a €4 million jackpot. The same day at Solvalla was the Kentucky Fibbers over 1640 meters autostart with 80,000SEK to the winner. Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) made his 2016 first start an easy winning one for owner/driver Stefan Melander. Timed in 1.10.7kr Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams in Pennysylvania,  took the lead early and battled Oreccechietti before that one tired and was disqualified. Venkatesh (7g Varenne-Honey Face-Viking Kronos) ended second for Orjan Kihlstrom, over eight lengths off the winner. Smilin Eli (6m Muscles Yankee-Gerri’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for Daniel Reden ahead of fourth finishing Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip and driver Per Lennartsson. Saturday’s V75 card is at Solvalla and it includes several events worth 200,000SEK of better to the winners. Top flight horses will be on display such as Donna di Quattro, Blended Scotch, On Track Piraten, Spring Erom and Marta Chip. Thomas H. Hicks

Well regarded US exports Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) and Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) scored major victories today at Solvalla. The V75-3 Konung Carl XVI Gustafs for 250,000SEK to the winner went easily to Delicious and Orjan Kihlstrom. The diminutive mare won her fourth straight, this one nearly gate to wire (parked almost the first quarter from post eight), as she scored with ease and with shoes all around, in the 2140 meter autostart event. Off at 1.2/1 favorite Delicious fought off a threatening Volstead that faded late to be off the board enabling Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) to be second for Flemming Jensen with third to Arazi Boko (8f Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for Christoffer Eriksson. Oliver Kronos and Mind Your Face finished fourth and fifth. The fractions were well-rated (1.10.3kr at first 500; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.14kr after 1500 meters; 1.13.2kr finish). Winner Delicious now has a career slate of 19-9-7 in 44 starts for earning of 5,666,572SEK (US$654,256). Two races later Nuncio took the John Deere-Solvalla Grand Prix with 400,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart contest. Stefan Melander confidently piloted his owned and trained champion to a three-quarter length victory after being three-wide past the opening quarter. Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) raced superbly (this one was bred in the US by Ann-Marie Daley and developed by Dan Daley) to be second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden, then it was five lengths back to the rest of the field. Fractions were well-rated (1.08.3kr at the first 500 meters; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.9kr after 1500 meters; 1.12.2kr finish). Nuncio now sports a slate of 26-12-2 in 40 starts for earnings of 18,132,726SEK (US$2,093,583). Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) was third for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson with pocked placed Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) fourth to the line. This day at Avenches was held the Grand Prix du Trotteur Francais-Suisse (purse €20,815, 2425 meters, 9 starters) with victory to 1.3/1 favorite Padolin (12g Giant Cat-Adolina) timed in 1.16.8kr for reinsman Marc-Andre Bovay and owner Roland Muller. The classy veteran defeated 4.8/1 Swing d’Eronville (9g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d’Eronville) driven by Jacques Juriens for owner/trainer Bernard Perrin. 7/2 Podium du Rib (12g Giant Cat-Gallia de Vandel) rallied for third for Mme. Rene Aebischer, also trainer, and owner Ecurie Rhythm & Blues as six horses were within a long length for second. Tomorrow the action moves to Milan Italy for a superb program that includes the Gr. I Gran Premio d’Europa for a purse of €209,000 and the Gran Criterium for €187,000. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

At Lyon la Soie, France this day the featured Prix Ourasi (purse €32,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 13.3/1 odds, 1.16.2kr timed Hot Deposit (8g Victory Abroad-Family As) teamed by Stephane Cingland and trainer Lennart Frolander. Mme. Linda Frolander from Sweden owns the winner. 12/1 odds Super G (10g Gidde Palema-Super Jacqueline) overcame a 25 meter handicap to land second for Jean Boillereau driving for Vincent Lacroix. Third went to 9.1/1 odds Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet-Perle d’Aunou) for reinsman Laurent Lamaziere for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Today’s Prix Dauga Champions Series (purse €10,000, 2100 meters autostart, International) was the feature at Munich-Daglfind. 3.8/1 Abano H (8g Abano As-Countess Diamond) took this victory for trainer/driver Jochan Haide at 3.8/1 odds. 5.3/1 Oncoming Diamant (7g SJ’s Photo-Oruscha Diamant) landed second for Detlef Fleischer and trainer Gerhard Bieldl with third going to 3.5/1 Wild Viking (7g Vikings Way-Walpurgis Crown) handled by trainer Rudolf Haller. Well-regarded Dream Magic BE at 3.3/1 was disqualified for a miscue. Top action is on the schedule at Solvalla on Saturday November 14. The Konung Carl XVI Gustafs (Gold Division V75, 2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to winner) showcases Delicious in this 11 horse lineup: Arazi Boko, Christoffer Eriksson Nato Dream, Jorma Kontio Mind Your Face, Johnny Takter Oliver Kronos, Carl Johan Jepson Dreams Take Time, Peter Untersteiner Obi Wan, Flemming Jensen Quid Pro Quo, Erik Adielsson Delicious, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Stefan Melander Thai Broadway, Bjorn Goop Kaffir Face, Ulf Ohlsson The John Deere Solvalla Grand Prix (four year-olds, 2140 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to winner, 12 starters) is led by Nuncio against what appears to be an overmatched group: Party Boat Hanover, Torbjorn Jansson Exodus Hanover, Orjan Kihlstrom Emmett Brown, Johnny Takter Daley Lovin, Erik Adielsson Nuncio, Stefan Melander Explosive de Vie, Jim Oscarsson Sylvester America, Christoffer Eriksson Global Revenge, Stefan Soderkvist Martiniwithmuscle, Ulf Ohlsson Furious Francis, Bjorn Goop Digital Collection, Robert Bergh Gross Weight, Jorman Kontio Unero Montaval wins Quinte+ at Le Bouscat Frank Nivard teamed 4.3/1 Unero Montaval (7g Nem-Heroine du Loir) to victory in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €40,000, 2650 meters, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.15.2kr. Co-favorite 2.9/1 Agora (5f Prodigious-Ibiza ds Baisants) was second for Eric Raffin ahead of 2.9/1 odds co-favorite Naglo’del Nord (8g Naglo-Entites’ des Nord) with Christophe Martens driving. Quinte + LE BOUSCAT - GRAND PRIX DYNAVENA MAISAGRI DURAN Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Unero Montaval F. Nivard Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 2ème 6 Agora E. Raffin F. Tardieu A. Buisson 3ème 7 Naglo'Del Nord ITY C. Martens Denco HB V. Martens 4ème 8 H.M.Monocerus NOR A. Barrier G. Nordbotten T. Duvaldestin 5ème 5 Sir de l'Esque J. Chavatte Ecurie Danover B. Goetz This day on the Paris-Vincennes evening card the Prix Laetitia (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters) went to the 4/5 odds favorite Bianca des Iles (4f Open Charm-Higa Paguerie) for driver Mathieu Abrivard and clocked in 1.14kr. 1.3/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) ended second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 7.6/1 Brindille de Mai (4f Repeat Love-Ketoune) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Boskio de Vandel (4g Prince Gede-Ottih de Vandel) scored victory in the co-featured Prix Mebsuta (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens at 9.7/1 odds. Vincent Martens trains this winner for Ecurie Campus RPF. 2.2/1 Boeing du Bocage (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) was second for J-M Bazire, driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. 6.8/1 odds Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nika) was third for Franck Nivard, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. Also on the Vincennes card was the €42,000 purse Prix Gyptis over 2200 meters for 10 two year-olds. Joseph Verbeeck piloted 4/1 Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) to victory clocked in 1.17.1kr for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. Even money Don’t Explain (2f Prodigious-Quormen du Gite) was second for reinsman Mathieu Allaire and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 7.8/1 Divine Seven (2f Niky0Terre d’Any) landed third for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire. On Thursday at Vincennes is the Q+ Orix Marcel Laurent with a top field albeit well-regarded Bird Parker has been scratched. The filed is shown below. Prix Marcel Laurent - purse €120.000 – Gr. 2 - 2100 meters - autostart Légende : No shoes = . No shoes front = . No shoes back = . With shoes = . 1 BRUTUS DE BAILLYB. BOURGOIN 0a142m0a6a4a2m1m6a4a1'13"0(Vinc.) (NIKY - NINON DE BAILLY) - Propriétaire : M. HULAK - Entraineur : B. BOURGOIN - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 396250 € 2 RED ROSE AMERICAF. NIVARD 3a3a2a2a8a1'12"6(Vinc.) (VARENNE - ARMBRO VOICE) - Propriétaire : Stall PANAMERA RACING (DEN) - Entraineur : F. SOULOY - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 254420 € 3 ALADIN D'ECAJEULE. RAFFIN 1a2a3a9a1a2a4a1a5a141'09"8(homol) (QUAKER JET - NANCY D'ECAJEUL) - Propriétaire : PH. DEWULF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 950140 € 4 BACKFIREB. GOOP 4a143a1'10"8(Vinc.) (OFFSHORE DREAM - FASHION BRODDA) - Propriétaire : Stall LINNE TRAV AB (SWE) - Entraineur : T. MALMQVIST - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 550332 € 5 AFRICAINEP. VERCRUYSSE 3a3a6a4a8aDa3a2a2a3a1'11"0(Vinc.) (OISEAU DE FEUX - ITALIENNE) - Propriétaire : J.ET. DUBOIS - Entraineur : J.ET. DUBOIS - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 557220 € 6 POOCHAICH. MARTENS 0'00"0 (MAKE IT HAPPEN - IN VINO VERITAS) - Propriétaire : ROXY HORSES KB (SWE) - Entraineur : S. BATH - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 454092 € 7 BIRD PARKERJ. VERBEECK 3a1a1aDm5m1a4a141mDa1'13"1(homol) (READY CASH - BELISHA) - Propriétaire : Mme EL. ALLAIRE - Entraineur : PH. ALLAIRE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 742330 € 8 ATHENA DE VANDELC. MEGISSIER DmDm4a3m9a1m1m1m7a7a1'11"3(Vinc.) (PRINCE GEDE - MAELIA DE VANDEL) - Propriétaire : Ecurie LA TOUR DE VANDEL - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 437600 € 9 AVE AVISJ.M. BAZIRE 7a0a1a4a5a6a1a2a3a4a1'11"3(Vinc.) (KESACO PHEDO - MAGNA AVIS) - Propriétaire : Mme O. ROFFI-URANO - Entraineur : J.M. BAZIRE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 452880 € 10 AL CAPONE JETY. LEBOURGEOIS 7a8m2m8mDaDa14Dm2m3m1'13"1(Vinc.) (JAG DE BELLOUET - PASSION DE MORGANE) - Propriétaire : Jean Louis FERAY - Entraineur : P. COIGNARD - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 252820 € 11 RAUL BREEDV. CIOTOLA 0a7a0a6a5a3a5aAa1'12"6(Vinc.) (YANKEE SLIDE - FIAMMA D'ASOLO) - Propriétaire : Az.Agr. PURLARI SRL (ITY) - Entraineur : SALVATORE MINOPOLI - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 120242 € 12 BANDIT HORNLINED. LOCQUENEUX 2a0a1'14"3(homol) (SAN PELLEGRINO (US) - DASH GIRL) - Propriétaire : Stall SAGOBO AB (SWE) - Entraineur : R. BERGH - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 132485 € 13 SPECIALESSR. ANDREGHETTI 1a6a3a147a1'11"8(Vinc.) (GANYMEDE - ENNA DRA) - Propriétaire : Ecurie NEVI (ITY) - Entraineur : F. SOULOY - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 197583 € This card also includes the Prix de la Clayette for a purse for €85,000 for the monte performers over 2175 meters. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Stefan Melander’s owned, trained and teamed Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) produced a hard-earned victory in today’s Breeders Crown Final over 2140 meters autostart with 800,000SEK to the winner. This Gr. I winner now has a 9-2-1 slate in 12 starts in the current year for 3,200,000SEK (US$370,340) earned and 25-12-2 lifetime in 39 starts for 17,732,720SEK (US$2,052,231). Buzz Mearas(4g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) rallied between horses to be second for Adrian Kolgjini with Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) third for Stefan Soderkvist. Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom with Sorbet and pacesetter Owen Face next to the line. Nuncio again raced gamely all the way on the outer to score in 1.12.1kr (1:56 mile rate). Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7jYUxJUeE8 Other Breeders Crown winners (each earned 800,000SEK for their successes) on the Sunday card were as follows: Pacific Broline (3m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) in the three year-old colt event driven by Bjorn Goop. Heavy favorite Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) was second for Jorma Kontio. Winning time was 1.12.42kr over 2140 meters autostart (mile rate 1:56.52) Trinity Zet (4f SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall) took the four year-old mares event for trainer/driver Daniel Reden defeating Olympia Gold (4f Olimede-Sheila Gold-Good As Gold) teamed by Per Linderoth. The winner was timed in 1.12.99kr (mile rate 1:57.44 over 2140 meters autostart). Italy’s Treasure Kronos (3f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) took the three year-old fillies Crown for reinsman Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. This one scored only her second career victory, timed in 1.12.85kr, mile rate 1:57.22 over the 2140 meter autostart course. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini ahead of Cayenne Ovel (3f From Above-Piova Kronos-Viking Kronos). On the Saturday card at Eskilstuna the featured V-75 Gold Division went to US-bred Food Money (7g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) for driver Jennifer Tillman. This pair defeated solid veterans O’Grady, Standout, Nato Dream and Knows Nothing, the second through fifth finishers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

October 7 at Solvalla was an interesting harness racing card headlined by the sixth consecutive win by Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) reined by owner Stefan Melander clocked in 1.12.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for this Kat 2 victory and now has an 8-1-1 slate in 10 starts this year for 2,350,000SEK earned. The lifetime stats are 24-11-2 in 37 starts for 16,882,726SEK. Off at even money Nuncio gained the front in the first turn and led the rest of the journey to secure a three length victory. 28/1 Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Per Lennartsson and third went to 19/1 Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with Wim Paal. On the Solvalla card was a prep for the October 18 Grand Prix de l’Uet and 1.8/1 Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) took home the 150,000SEK first money for Per Lennartsson. 5.4/1 Sorbet (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of 3.5/1 From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Erik Adielsson aboard. The Breeders Crown for two year-olds (175,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) went to 23.7/1 outsider Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 5.3/1 Rhyme Broline (2f Celebrity Secret-Candelin-Armbro Goal) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Bath. Third was 17/1 Inga In Heaven (2f Orlando Vici-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Fredrik Wallin. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 10, 2015 - Thursday’s top race in Europe was at Gavle SWE where the Fyraaringsstarman was conducted over 1640 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to the winner. This harness racing event for four year-olds went to Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander driving. Clocked in 1.09.6kr, Nuncio won by three lengths to improve his 2015 slate to 7-1-1 in nine starts good for 2,310,000SEK earned. Lifetime he is 23-11-2 in 36 starts for 16,042,726SEK earned. The Jim Oscarsson trained, Per Linderoth driven Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) was second ahead of King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for conditioner Roger Walmann. Also at Gavle the Tommy Astroms (75,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.5kr clocked EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) with Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann trainer. The winner scored his first 2015 victory for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Per Lennartsson teamed the Melander/Stall TZ trainee Wannacmyguns (5g Conway Hall-Distaff-Self Possessed) home second. The weekend promises to satisfy top trotting enthusiasts. On Saturday September 12 at Paris-Vincennes will be held the €240,000 purse Prix de L’Etoile over 2200 meters. 14 three through five year-olds will be at the start led by Captain Crazy teamed by Tony Le Beller for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Cristal Money with Franck Nivard driving for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. The €240,000 purse Prix de Normandie will also be an interesting contest with 15 monte players traveling 3000 meters. The probable leaders in this field are Alexia with Eric Raffin up for Philippe Moulin, Andalouse with Anthony Barrier in the irons, Ariane du Goutier and jockey Mathieu Mottier and Attentionally with David Thomain up. Veteran monte starts will contest the Prix Georges Dreux (purse €105,000, Gr. III International, 2850 meters, 11 starters). This group is led by Torre Crepin, Scarlet Turgot, and Nene’Degli Ulivi. Sunday September 13 shows Mons Ghlin hosting the €504,000 purse UET Master Series Final over 2300 meters autostart. This 13 horse field lines up, with drivers, as follows: Oasis Bi (Claus Svensson) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) BBS Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Timoko (Bjorn Goop) Vincennes (Orjan Kihlstrom) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Creatine (Johnny Takter) Pascia’Lest (Roberto Andreghetti) Papagayo E (Eric Raffin) Rue du Bac (Franck Nivard) Deuxieme Picsous (Jos. Verbeeck) Thomas H. Hicks

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