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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 Breeders Crown for 3YO males at Eskilstuna tonight throws up an interesting mix of form and class into the equation with several highly touted colts vying with some late bloomers showing good form. Travkompianet’s Rolling Stones started off his career with eight wins on the trot including the Group I E3 final but has been struggling of late and didn’t make the final of the biggest race of the season, the Trav-Kritierium. Stefan Hultiman’s son of Viking Kronos has the chance to atone here although he again did not flatter in the semifinal, running fourth. He would not need to improve too much to be a major factor in this race. Final Oak was third in the Trav-Kriterium, while AlkalizerAm and Boys Going In also earned a cheque in the Swedish Classic. But the form horse is Call Me Keeper who was very impressive in his semifinal where he recorded his seventh win in just nine race starts. Danel Reden’s son of Pine Chip showed he could make the step up to elite classes with that performance and a similar run here will put him right in contention. The ace pole is taken by Svante Bath’s Poochai who has won his two two races after a short break  after disappointing in the E3 final, which was his biggest test to date. He has the perfect draw to take advantage of his gate speed. Another who is stepping up in class but looked very good in his semifinal is Leif Witasp’s Broadway Hall colt Cool Keeper,  and he is another who could win this if he continues his improvement. Italian-bred Viking Kronos and his sons Going Kronos and Make It Happen  provide half of the field with two apiece, while Olimede is the only representative from the French sirelines in the field which otherwise comprise pure North American sirelines, which perhaps represent their early speed bias. There are two US based sires represented in Muscles Yankee and Broadway Hall. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1)  Int 2 140 3m/g 235 000 1   Poochai (h Make it Happen - In Vino Veritas) Dr:Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Svante Båth      2   Cool Keeper (h Broadway Hall - Missys Go Go) Dr:Leif Witasp Tr:Leif Witasp      3   Call Me Keeper (h Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr:Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén      4   Breakbumper (h Viking Kronos - Lovely) Dr:Robert Bergh Tr:Robert Bergh      5   Boys Going In (h Going Kronos - Namura) Dr:Fredrik Persson Tr:Fredrik Persson      6   Good Dynamite (h Donerail - Good Leasing) Dr:Jorma Kontio Tr:Pekka Korpi      7   Final Oak (h Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Henrik Hoffman      8   Rolling Stones (h Viking Kronos - Hot Pants) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Hultman      9   B.B.Tigger (h Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr:Björn Goop Tr:Björn Goop      10   Jonesy (h Muscles Yankee - Ripley) Dr:Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja      11   Alkalizer Am (g  Olimede - Alltid V.G. ) Dr:André Eklundh Tr:Marcus Lindgren      12   Carelin (h Super Arnie - Carte Blanche) Dr:Johan Untersteiner Tr: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

REVEN D'AMOUR  (11,73) was our savior last week, although you would not have gotten rich even if you had managed to pick the right selections from our list of V75 contenders. We had six winners somewhere in the seven listed but the payout was poor, and you would have had to have gone pretty wide to have gotten it (7 correct  5,206; 6 correct  55,20; 5 correct  5.90). This week I have narrowed it down further – and have a $5 Harnesslink V75 ticket worked out – which I will be sticking to in the future for continuity. So here are my selections V75-1 V75 International (G2) 2140m:  Look no further than Panne de Moteur (5). Great draw where he will be able to dominate if he makes his usual fast beginning. He also has a great driver and well on his way to being  great horse. So Panne de Moteur an anchor   Selection  5 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Vacqueyras (4), Talk The Talk (8), Let It Happen (1) and Britt Palema (9) should be on the ticket in a tough field.   Vacqueyras (12) has won his last three starts and could make it four although this is a tough race.  Selection  4-8-1-9 V75-3  Bronze Division: Although Zinedine Bob (1) has a great draw for a horse with speed off the gate, you have to go short somewhere in a V75 and  Robert Bergh’s Laurier Dag (3) would be my single bet off the draw, and I am picking he will make up for the mistake he made in his last race and continue his previous winning form.  So Laurier Dag an anchor. Selection  1 V75-4 Klass I 1640m: Handsome Knight (1) Trust Launcher (5),  VasterboontheNews (11)  and Nimbus CD (12) would be the four to put in the combinations. In Swedish racing around half the races are won from the front, and this is one where the fast starting Handsome Knight (1) holds the ace draw and would be my anchor. Selection   1 V75-5 Stayers Race 3140m: There are a few here with claims, Udo’s Oiler (13) and MT Guti  (5) off the front mark, Zanimede (10) and Sem Jafet (15)  off the 40 metre handicap have to be in the combinations but the one I really like is Jerry Riordan’s Paolo America (12), who went a storming race last start and I reckon can win this at longer odds. Go wide here. Selections  13-5-10-15-12 V75-6 Silver Division 1640m: Democrat (3) is a great off the gate and has a super draw, and Ulf Ohlsson will take advantage to try and dominate from the start. Selection  3 V75-7 CL Mullers Mem (G2) (Gold) 2640m: There is a distinct anchor in the last, although perhaps not as strong as the first leg, with Commander Crowe (9)  will be out to add his third CL Mullers Memorial to his already bulging CV  although he has a bad draw. Caballion (6) will be favourite, while On Track Piraten (8) beat a good field last start but is out on the wings in this while Harry Haythrow (2) has the great draw as has Yarrah Boko (1). But for me The Commander can still win this but it is a tough final leg and we can only pick three to stay inside our $5 bet - but you can go wider if you like. Selection  9-1-6 TOTAL COMBINATIONS  60 – Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Jargersro. Next week the French Winter Meeting begins, and I will have selections from that also. JAGERSRO SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5 Panne de Moteur (5) Race 6 Vacqueyras (12) Race 7 Laurier Dag (3) Race 8 Handsome Knight (1) Race 9 Paolo America (12) Race 10 Democrat (3) Race 11  Commander Crowe (9)

Once a year the V75 celebrates its anniversary with an elite race for the up and coming stars (4 and 5YOs), the V75 International worth €110,000  (and a leg of the UET Masters Series) and this year is  even more special being the 20th anniversary of the game which is credited with changing the face of Swedish trotting. Rarely has a bold marketing strategy reaped such rewards, and the Swedish trotting industry has benefitted enormously since it replaced the ailing predecessor the V65. ATG’s main betting pool which had been the engine for the racing industry had been stagnant for seven years with annual turnover of around 1.5 billion SEK, and more disturbingly was in decline The ATG Board of Directors  made the bold move to launch V75, in a complete revamp The V75 consisted of seven races instead of six, 50 cents in row price, three profit pools instead of two,  and the introduction of the computer lucky dip called Harry Boy. But the real marketing coup was the slick new  TV show:  Vinnare (Winner) which became a huge success. The impact was immediate with turnover jumping from   25 million SEK to  over 39 million SEK for the first week of the V75. On track, more than 8,000 fans were   at Jägersro to see Copiadwin the inaugural Gold Division race while more than 390 000 viewers tuned in on TV to watch Vinnare with Swedish comedian Lasse Brandeby as host. Twenty years on and the V75 is still the driving force behind the Swedish trotting brand, which along with France, is the most successful in Europe –and the V75 is played all over the world. This is where the best horses and drivers race for the highest prizemoney in Europe outside France, the so-called Premier League of trotting, and well-placed to play a leading role in the industry for another 20 years and more. Saturday’s field is headed by Olympiatravet star Panne de Moteur, fresh from his clearing of a positive doping investigation arising from the Elitloppet.   The son of Credit Winner, who is trained by Stefan Hultman, tested positive after a Elitloppet swab  on Solvalla on May 26, this year.  The sample analysis showed the presence of the antibacterial agent trimethoprim. The Swedish Authorities  did not not allege that Stefan Hultman willfully or negligently caused the horse to receive the product off but he was as the horse trainer responsible for the incident. But  the investigation concluded that actual amount of trimethoprim (1 nanogram per ml of plasma) could not affect the performance or temperament, that the current reporting levels are very likely to change , which means that the measured result would not be classed as a positive doping test and   the disciplinary board believed that it was unfair to impose a penalty. Panne de Motteur, the winner of the Group I Jubileumspokalen and the Frances Bulwark, is the odds on favourite for the event, with the only other horse showing single figure ods being Stig Johansson’s five-year-old stallion Perfectly Enough, a winner of the 3YO Swedish Breeders Crown in 2011. US stallions dominate the eight-horse field with four US-domiciled sires Credit Winner (2), Broadway Hall and Andover Hall represented as well as exported US sires Toss Out  and Express It – both sons of Supergill, who was also exported. Interestingly Italy is the birthplace of the other two sires, Viking Kronos and Infinitif.   V75 INTERNATIONAL Jägersro  2013-10-26  Group II  Int (UET Masters Series) 2140m  4&5YOs  €110,000 1         Perfectly Enough (5h  Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:  Erik Adielsson Tr:   Stig H Johansson              2         Mermaid Ås (5m  Broadway Hall - Superlou Ås) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:  Peter Untersteiner             3         Quite a Fall (4h  Infinitif - Victoria Falls) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:   Catarina Lundström              4         Pershing Bi (4h  Toss Out - Fidji Bi) Dr:  Christoffer Eriksson Tr:   Jerry Riordan             5         Panne de Moteur (5h  Credit Winner – Jalopy) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:   Stefan Hultman              6         Rocky Winner (5h  Credit Winner - Level Fortytwo) Dr:  Peter Ingves Tr:   Jörgen Westholm               7         Orione Spin (5g  Viking Kronos - Karisma Zet) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              8         Magic Tonight (4h  Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr:  Johan Untersteiner  Tr:  Roger Walmann            by David Sanders for  

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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    

Top flight undercard races from Paris-Vincennes on Saturday are summarized below, along with fast-class events at Bollnas: Prix Berck-Sur-Mer, 40,000 euro purse, 2100 meters, 1.15.1kr 1. Union des Pres (5f Indy de Vive-Kerrie du Prieur), M. Bezier up (odds 27/1) 2. Une Dame (5f Jeanbat du Vivier-Girl Begonia), Jacques Bruneau driving  3. Ultima de Carsi (5f Hulk des Champs-Heenike de Carsi), Anthony Barrier aboard Prix Emile Wendling, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 1.14.4kr 1. Rori Axe (3f Ready Cash-Gamine Grif), Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Phillipe Allaire, owner Scuderia Colibri 2. Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee- Ripley), Tomas Korvenoja, owner Ecurie OY Trot AB 3. Tast of Bourbon (3f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver and owner, Jean Baudron trainer  4. Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM), Dominick Locqueneux, R. Hagoort trainer, owner K.K. Bijerk (Holland) Prix Joseph Aveline, 80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 1.17.2kr 1. Vassila D'Orgeres (4f Love You-Falamine), Louis Baudron driver/trainer 2. Violetta Mauzin (4f Love You-Ouely de la Merite), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin 3. Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois (plus 25 meter handicap) 4. Very Nice Girl (4f Jasmin de Filore-Pocanontas de Line), B. Groult driver Prix de Basly, Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 1.14kr winning time 1. Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing), Pierre-Yves Verva the winning jockey at 21/1 odds 2. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Maryaboard 3. Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d'Alban), Anthony Barrier up was third Prix Montier en Der. European, purse 75,000 euro, 2700 meters, 1.13.5kr winning time 1. Upman (5g Keplar-Niyafi), B. Mascle up in a driving finish 2. Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Pierre Vercruysse up was second, trainer Mario Baroncini, owner Ecurie Balogna 3. Lobell Countess (5f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Hugo Langeweg Jr. up was third 4. Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Pierre Levesque driving ended fourth 5. Torrcelli (6m First de Retz-Olympic Star), Joseph Verbeeck up was fifth 6. Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire was sixth Prix du Mont Saint Michel, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, Quinte+ race of the day 1. Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne aboard at 10/1 odds - this is a 12 time career winner of 329.000 euro and half-brother to Offshore Dream 2. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau du Loir), W. Bigeon up was second 3. Tintin d'Ecouves (6m Lucky d'Hilly-Oasis de la Basie), J-M Bazire up ended third As noted, excellent racing also took place this day at Bollnas with exceptional winners being: True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) for Ulf Ohlsson in 1.10.7kr in the Bollnas Kommun for mares; winners share of purse was 125,000SEK over 1640 meters autostart, her 18th lifetime win good for over 2.75 million SEK. Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) was second for Ake Svanstedt; Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-Mr Nevele), a 1.10.9kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson in a Silver Division contest over 1640 meters for 125,000SEK first prize; New Line (8g King Conch-Pa'en Igen Frokjar-Pay Dirt) a 1.11.6kr winner over 2140 meters autostart in a Gold Division affair worth 150,000SEK to the winner. Ake Svanstedt piloted New Line that now has 16 wins and 2,392,000SEK earned; Royal Apanage (5m Offshore Dream-Queen Apanage-Alf Palema), a 1.12.2kr winner in a Class II event for 100,000SEK first money over the 1640 meter autostart course. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

Orjan Kihlstrom used a patient pylon trip plus a bit of luck to escape heavy stretch traffic and win the hotly contested Sundsvall Open (2140 meters autostart, 199,500 euro purse, Gr. I International UET Master Series) today (Saturday) at Bergsker Racecourse in Sweden with Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.10.9kr. The son of a Hambletonian Oaks winner is trained by Stefan Hultman for owner Travkompaniets Stall AB (a public company) and the winner scored at 6/1 odds over the game pacesetter Sebastian K (7m Korean-Gabriella K-Probe) handled by trainer Ake Svanstedt. Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse) hung on for third driven by Bjorn Goop after the she brushed three wide from last to get into contention. Formula One was fourth for Jorma Kontio ahead of Monster Drive, Raja Mirchi, Nahar, Shaq Is Back, Sanity and Friction in a top flight field. The Open was fiercely contested from the start as Sebastian K took a quick early lead from post five and was immediately confronted by Raja Mirchi. The pair raced as a team and about halfway through the race Robert Bergh made a bold three wide move with Nahar. He was unable to clear the two leaders and faded late allowing Panne de Moteur to escape the pylons, move to the far outside and zoom past for the win over Sebastian K and Save The Quick. Today’s undercard also contained several interesting winners: Ginala (7f Rite On Line-Ima Spender-Big Spender) won a 250,000SEK first money mares handicap event in 1.13.3kr for Helena Johansson, defeating the 20 meter handicapped Pantholops (5f Andover Hall-Klipspringer-Banker Hall) that was timed in 1.12.8kr. The winner recorded her 11th victory in 34 lifetime starts; Vasterbo Highflyer (5g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) won a 110,000SEK first money event over 2140 meters volt start, scoring in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Pink Elephant was second for the Kihlstom/Hultman team in a close contest; Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) took a three year old event over 2140 meters autostart for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt in 1.13.8kr. The winner now has three wins and a second in just four lifetime appearances. Yesterday at Bergsaker, Drillbit As (5f Chocolatier-Perla d’Hilly-Mack Lobell) won the Malabar Cricle As race over 1640 meters autostart. She scored in a sizzling 1.10.1kr to earn 100,000SEK first prize. David Sisu (5m Linbdy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) was second timed in 1.10.2kr for Ulf Ohlsson. Two other Bergsaker August 23 events are worth noting: Beer Summit (4m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) took home 100,000SEK first monet with a 1.11.8kr score over 1640 meters autostart. Mr. Chicago (4m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) was second with Ake Svanstedt up; Sandra Volo (4f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory) was a 1.13.9kr winner over 2140 meters autostart in another 100,000SEK first money event. Svanstedt was also trainer/driver of this one. Yesterday at Kalmar, the well-regarded, Guida America Srl owned, Jerry Riordan trainer Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored an easy win in 1.14.1kr to earn 25,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. Kenneth Haugstad did the teaming as Red Rose won for the sixth time in 11 start this year. by Thomas H. Hicks  

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