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Lazarus has a rival for the biggest Down Under name to tackle some of the world’s best over the next week. Record-breaking Aussie driver Kerryn Manning (pictured) celebrates the 21stanniversary of arguably her most amazing achievement when she heads back to Scandinavia this weekend. It was 1997 when Manning teamed with star Aussie trotter Knight Pistol to win the Harley Davidson Trot in Norway, becoming just the second female to drive a Group 1 winner in Europe. Manning made such an impact with the a win and during an extended stint driving Knight Pistol in Europe, she got a call “out of the blue” from Swedish officials with an all-expenses paid trip across to drive in the Ahsell Legends Invitational Drivers’ race at Solvalla in Stockholm on August 14. “It’s half a lifetime ago, literally, for me. I can’t believe they still remember,” Manning said. “Obviously they do. Fred Crews has just been across there for the Elitlopp with Maori Time and told me there were lots of people asking after me. It’s amazing really. “It was only three or four weeks ago I had a missed call from a Swedish number and I thought it might have been one of scam calls. I listened back to the message and it was the invite to come across for this race. “It’s a busy time with the Breeders Crown just around the corner here, but Grant (Campbell, Manning’s husband) talked me into it. He can’t come, so Mum (Barb Manning) is coming with me instead. “We leave Friday, have Saturday at the big race meeting in Gothenburg then the race I’m in is back in Stockholm (Solvalla) next Tuesday.” Manning was told the race has become an annual highlight for the Swedes since being launched in 2013. “Stig Johansson is the legend over there. He retired from driving to focus on training a few years back, but he makes a one-off comeback every year to drive in this race only,” she said. “My experience over there with Knight Pistol was incredible it will be great to get back over there, even if it’s just for a few days.” Closer to home, Manning said her pair of glamour mares – Ameretto and Our Golden Goddess – could both be Inter Dominion-bound. “Ameretto has proven herself at Grand Circuit level and she’ll definitely go to the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion,” she said. “Ability-wise Our Golden Goddess is right there with Ameretto and she looks to have come back better than ever. The next few runs will shape what we do with her. She’s got the Breeders Crown mares’ free-for-all and then the Breeders Crown Open free-for-all as well. Ameretto won both last year.” Our Golden Goddess has looked fantastic winning both runs this campaign.   Adam Hamilton

Maori Time's Euro trip continues Sunday morning and the locals have again stamped the Aussie trotter's passport with a big red 'visitor'. Fred Crews' mare has drawn gate 10 - the widest gate and colloquial "visitor's draw - for her race over 1640m at Arjang in Sweden. Worth a tick over $AU90,000 (600,000SEK), the Årjängs Stora Sprinterlopp is considered the track's "largest race for hot blood", being a Group 2. A crack field has entered for the race, headlined by Elitloppet runner-up Propulsion, who will start from gate seven, and Dante Boko, who relegated Propulsion to second in this same race last year. Erik Adielsson will again take the reins for Maori Time, who continues to race under the eye of trainer Stig H Johansson. Maori Time runs at 2.43am on Sunday.   Michael Howard

Owner Fred Crews has confirmed Maori Time has run her last race in Australia and will do the rest of her racing in Europe before retiring to the breeding barn.  Maori Time competed in Sunday’s controversial first elimination of the Elitloppet and finished sixth after galloping at the start. “We always had the option of leaving her with Stig Johansson for a period of time after the weekend but after her performance on Sunday (in the Elitloppet) it makes sense to leave her here for good,” Crews said. “Stig is confident she can compete in some of the best races in Europe and I’d love to see her have another crack at Solvalla in twelve months that’s for sure.” Crews was approached by a number of administrators at Solvalla representing different racetracks in Europe with offers to compete in feature events but has confirmed the mare’s future racing campaign will be decided by Johansson. “As an owner I try and remain in the background and let the trainer do their job and pick and choose where the horse races. “The only time I have really stepped in and told a trainer where and when we will be racing is with Maori Time and Brent Lilley when I wanted her to come to Sweden, so I’ll be going back to letting my trainer decide what races to target. “There are a couple of options coming up for Maori Time, there is a race in Norway in just over a week, but that will depend on how she pulls up from her run at Solvalla and we also received an invitation from Finland for a race on July 15, but Stig can deal with those decisions.” Solvalla Racing Manager Anders Malmrot has confirmed Maori Time ran the fastest final 1400 metres in her elimination after galloping at the start.  The track has an advanced individual timing system in place and she was electronically timed to run the final 1400 metres in a kilometre rate of 1:08.9 or a mile rate of 1:50.8. Interestingly, the Elitloppet final was won by Ringostarr Treb in equal race record time.  The kilometre rate was 1:09.0.  “It wasn’t the result we wanted but it hasn’t changed my thoughts about Sweden and the people, what a remarkable country and what lovely people, they just all make you feel so welcome and hopefully we can be back here again. “To get to Sweden there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes and without the support from people like Duncan McPherson and his Aldebaran Park it wouldn’t have been possible.  Duncan introduced me to the right people, knew who was who and his love of trotting is so infectious.  “Andrew Kelly from Harness Racing Australia is another person who needs a special mention because he was looking after issues that I didn’t even know were dramas.  He put her name up in front of the team from Solvalla but then he was able to get her into Sweden when there was an issue with customs and taxes, he does a remarkable job.” There has been no decision on when Maori Time will be retired to become a mum and she will continue to race while she holds her form and is injury free. “I own horses to race and that’s what she will do until she tells us she has had enough and then I will sit down and work out which stallion to send her to in Europe and whether to serve her to northern or southern hemisphere time.   “If she is served to southern hemisphere time I look forward to seeing her return to Australia. “It has been one great ride for Elisabeth and I, we have made some lifelong friends.  I look forward to watching Maori Time continue her career in Sweden with Stig.”   Greg Hayes


Olympiatravet, or the Olympia Trot is the first Group One of the new season for harness racing in Sweden and befitting its history it has drawn a stellar field of Scandinavian trotters. The UET Masters Series race, which has been a fixture at Aby since 1984 is worth 1.5 million SEK (330 000 euros) and is raced over two laps, or 2140m. This is a race whose alumni present a creme de la creme of European racing. Last year's winner was none other than Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah, while the two previous winners were both Elitloppet winners, Commander Crowe and Brioni. The greatest trotter of all time Varenne won the race twice (2000 and 2002), while US champions who have had a marked impact on the breed in Europe such as Pershing (1979) and Sugarcane Hanover (1988) have etched the name on the honour roll. And a Swedish horse who has repaid some of that debt and influenced modern North American breeding, Meadow Road (the sire of Kadabra), also won the race, back in 1985. A US stallion Texas, is joint top sire with three individual winners in Grades Singing (1987), Karate Chop (1991) and dual winner Copiad (1996-7). Italian-bred but of pure US bloodlines, and the most influential sire of the millennium in Sweden, Viking Kronos also has three winners including Maharajah (who holds the record with 1.11.0 (1.54.1MR)), with stallion sons Triton Sund (2009) and Thai Thanic (2006). Swedish star Gidde Palema with 3 wins in a row from 2003 has won the race more times than any other although four horses have won it twice. Leading the trainers and drivers' honours are legendary horseman Stig Johansson and an addition to US ranks, champion mentor Ake Svanstedt, who have both trained four winners of the race, who by virtue of driving their charges each time, both also top the drivers honours with four. Stig Johansson is back again this year with Kash's Cantab (by Cantab Hall), although he leaves the driving these days to Erik Adielson. Svanstedt of course is busy with Sebastien K, who ran third in this race last year, and the rest of his team ready for a campaign in the States at his Florida base. But there is certainly plenty of stars left in Europe to provide a stellar lineup. How about last year's Elitloppet winner Sanity? Check. This year's Prix de France winner (the biggest race in France over the same distance) Noras Bean? Check. The best horses in Norway (Yarrah Boko ) and Finland (Brad de Veluwe)? Check. Raja Mirchi, who won the top races in Sweden for both 2YO and 3YO and also won this year's Prix Tenor de Baune in France, is also in the lineup. Throw in the in form V75 stalwarts Mr Picolet, Harry Haythrow and Ed You, and the stage is set for a super showdown. OLYMPIATRAVET Abby 26/04/14 SE UET Masters Series Group I Int 2 140 All 330,000 euros 1         Kash's Cantab h   Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash   Erik Adielsson   Stig H Johansson      2         Ed You v   Love You - Lancia Brick   Robert Bergh   Robert Bergh            3         Mr Picolit h   Scarlet Knight - Good Enough   Jorma Kontio   Raoul Engblom            4         Brad de Veluwe h   Andover Hall - Amazing Ride   Tuomas Korvenoja   Tuomas Korvenoja      5         Raja Mirchi h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec   Lutfi Kolgjini   Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Solvato h   Donato Hanover - Solveig   Veijo Heiskanen   Veijo Heiskanen     7         Sanity v   Love You - Flash Light   Örjan Kihlström   Malin Löfgren     8         Yarrah Boko h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten   Ulf Ohlsson   Trond Anderssen        9         Harry Haythrow v   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda   Peter Untersteiner   Johnny Johansson     10         Noras Bean h   Super Arnie - Easy Bean   Stefan Söderkvist   Ulf Stenströmer   by David Sanders, for

Last year's winner Neste Effe is the overwhelming favourite for this year's running of Finland's Prix d'Etain Royal one of three UET Masters Series races on Easter weekend, as the European spring-summer circuit hits the track running. The Group one event worth 110,000 euros has been brought forward a couple of weeks this year which surprisingly puts the race head to head with other big international races in France and Norway. Nesta Effe was supreme in the early part of last season, with wins in the opening two of the five Finnish international Group ones for elite aged horses. The Italian-bred stallion son of Sweden's Naglo followed up the win in the Prix d'Etain Royal, with a win in the FInlandia Ajo and a second in Norway's Oslo Grand Prix before a win in a heat of Sweden's Elitloppet highlighted a fine Spring programme. An unplaced effort when hampered for a run in the final heralded two further unplaced starts before being put aside until January when he prepared for an unsuccessful shot at the Prix d'Amerique with a warm up race in Florence Italy. Neste Effe fronted up in Turin in mid February to take out the Italian Group two Gran Premio Mario Locatelli before returning to France where he was unplaced in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse at his last start on March 9. None of the others in this field have been competing at this level and Holger Ehlert's handsome chestnut , who will be driven by usual pilot Roberto Vecchione will be at very short odds, being at less than even money in early markets. Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath's well-performed Quid Pro Quo has been a group one performer since a 2YO when he ran third in the only Group 1 for babies in Sweden, the tongue-twisting Uppfödningslöpning. He followed that up with a win in Italy's Group 1 Orise Mangelli for 3YOs and last year was the Swedish Group one Sprintermasteren final winner for 4YOs. The son of Yankee Glide has also had group one placings in Norway and Germany to prove that travel will not bother him, although just an early 5YO, it is age that might be against the rising star in an aged group one. B.W.L Champion is a veteran journeyman with 20 race wins capped off with a win in Norway's group two Radio Metro Cup last year, his only win in group company in seven seasons on the track. But the 9YO son of Pine Chip is a tough old campaigner and as followers of European trotting know, these guys can keep their speed well into their second decade. Ex-pat Finn Reijo Liljendahl who was Swedish legend Stig Johansson's right-hand man for 35 years until abruptly going out on his own last year at the age of 58 has the classy Monster Drive entered, and the son of Tap In has come in for a lot of support. Other local hopes will be on Jarno Kauhanen's Swedish Import Womanizer, a 10YO roan journeyman who is as tough as old boots And the Finns also have two other local stars in the race, including last season's Finnish TravDerby winner Quite an Avenger who has had two second this term and a former Finnish St Leger winner She Loves You who will have star Swedish driver Johnny Takter hooking up again. The group one winning mare who has won big races in Sweden and raced in France and returned to winning form last start after a long absence. PRIX D'ETAIN ROYAL Seinäjoki 19/04/14 GROUP 1 UET MASTERS SERIES Int 4-12 2100m  €110 000   1         Nesta Effe (h   Naglo - Etna Sec)  Dr:  Roberto Vecchione   Tr: Holger Ehlert     2100         2         Quite An Avenger (v   Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)   Mika Forss  Dr:  Markku Nieminen     2100         3         Monster Drive (h   Thai Tanic - Kewpie)  Dr:  Per Lennartsson   Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     2100         4         Womanizer (v   Tap In - Sandra Nibs)   Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen  Tr:  Jarno Kauhanen     2100         5         She Loves You (s   Love You - Sj's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm     2100         6         Surprise Lord (h   Classic Response - Beauty Bro)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen   Tr: Timo Hulkkonen     2100         7         Prussia (s   Ken Warkentin - Elvezia)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini Dr:   Tr: Pietro Gubellini     2100         8         Quid Pro Quo (h   Yankee Glide - Hostage)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth     2100         9         Pitch Command (v   Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Mia Kjellman     2100         10         B.W.L.Champion (v   Pine Chip - Lovely )  Dr: Ville Karhulahti   Tr: Petri Salmela     2100          by David Sanders, for  

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for   

Back to normal this week after our brief dalliance with French racing, in which you would have done well with each way bets on our picks and with a nice winner in Asana Trembalaise. This week we are at Aby for a V75 qualifying round which features 'The Emperor' Maharajah in the gold division race. V75-1 Silver division 1640m: German horse Chapeau (12) was a strong winner of his last race, and is a former European 3YO Championship placegetter in Stig Johansson's barn but has a poor draw. The dangers are Prey Frontline (2) off a good draw and Stelton (9) who will be hoping his strong Norwegian form will carry over the border. I still think Chapeau is the class horse, but it might be prudent to carry an alternate with the other two, and I think Prey Frontline should be included in selections. Selection 12 (2) V75-2 Mares race 2140m: Spurs Rain (9) has won three in a row while Bascaphi In (5), Pompano Dream (1) and La Prinsess (4) are all coming off two wins in a row. This is a race to be safe in so I've taken all four. Selection 9-5-1-4 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Maharajah (8) was undone by an aggressive drive in a staying drive when just a little underdone last time out. Back over the sprint distance he should be too good. Selection 1 V75-4 Klass II 2140m: This is a tough class with seven of the field being last start winners - favourite Reckless (9), Storm Passage (10), Indian Shore (3) and Quite Windy (12) winning their last two. Corleone Boko (5) is starting to show some of his early promise and should be included while Petri Puro's Napoleon C.D. is another on the way up and is well supported in the early markets. Selection 9-5-6-10-3 V75-5 4YOs 2140m: Tore (11) came straight out of Ake Svanstedt's barn and won a Klass I V75 final last start for new trainer Glenn Persson and looks well placed to keep to make it three in a row, even from the 20m mark. Bjorn Goop's Qualis Talis (4) is a product of Menhammar's breeding programme and has three wins from his first six starts and looks like one on the way up and may be best to be kept safe . Selections 11 (4) V75-6 Klass I 2640m: VästerboontheNews (10) has been very consistent in this class and is good enough to overcome the draw, Mercury Broline (2) is drawn well has hit good form and has top driver Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart, while Flemming Jensen has seems to have sorted out the problems that had beset Monte Major (4) and from that draw he is a definite danger. Selection 10-2-4 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: I'm a huge fan of Mellby Viking (8), who I think could be a Vincennes horse in the future but this is shorter than his ideal trip, while Mellby Amiral (5) is no slouch and By Air (6) is also a danger. Still I'm going for the son of Viking Kronos from the one of top current French families in Mellby Viking. Selection 8 (5) TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Aby . ABY SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Chapeau (12) Race 6 Spurs Rain (9) Race 7 Maharajah (8) Race 8 Napoleon C.D. Race 9 Tore (11) Race 10 VästerboontheNews (10) Race 11 Mellby Viking (8)  

 Well two out of seven ain’t bad, it’s plain awful. Digital Ink first pick in the last was my only anchor that weighed in, while Seabiscuit as one of the three chosen in the first to get us off the dock. From there we just sank without trace, with Reven d’Amour running second to the roan horse Womanizer in the third leg and Global Midnight and Ariel Boko ran second and third in the fifth, about as good as it got. I had stuck with Laurier Dag and Vacqueryas as anchors in legs 2 and 6 and they repaid my faith by running like they were tied to an anchor. The two rank outsiders that ran one and three in leg four, keeping any of our five picks out of the placings, kind of summed it up.  5 correct was a jackpot, 6 correct was $19 and all seven paid just $3,246. And my single picks. Well I just did dough, with the win on Digital Ink hardly moving me off the floor. Oh well there is always this week. V75-1 Klass I 1640m:  Verymuchkiss Karsk (6) raced against the top 4YO horses at Solvalla last time and looks a good chance here. That’s My Pal (5) has won in V75 this year wile Elite Sund (3)will be tough to beat if he gets to the front from this good draw.  Selection  6-5-3 V75-2 Klass II 2140m:  Vaqueryas (11) was disappointing again last start but was in great form before that and I just know that if I leave him out he will bite me. Julio de Luxe  (3) has raced at a higher level while Quarter of An Hour (10) was a nice second last start and could go one better.  Jennie Lovecroft (7) had picket fence form previously  before a mistake last start and should not be discounted, she is going to be my one off wager.  Selection 11-3-10-7 V75-3 Gavle Stora Pris, Gold  division 3140m: Superstar Maharajah (9) set yet another national record at his last start and has won over 4150m so the 3140m trip won’t worry him.  Anchor.  Selection  9 V75-4 Coldbloods 2140m: Manprinsen (4) won the Swedish Championship two races back and although he failed  last start he should be another anchor. Selection   4 V75-5 3YOs 2140m:  Maverick Man (6) was impressive on debut for Ake Svanstedt  and  is now back with the trainer who qualified him. An anchor.  Selections   6 V75-6 Silver Division 1640m: Stig Johansson’s German-bred Chapeau (5) finished fifth in the Solvalla Grand Prix, which is a higher level than this. An anchor for me.  Selection  5 V75-7 Bronze division 2140m: Melby Amiral (3) has been in good form lately with two nice wins and could carry on here again. Others in with a chance are Elite Haleryd (1), Tresor d’Inverne (10), In Rock (2) and Tell Me No Lies (13). Selection  3-1-10-2-13 TOTAL COMBINATIONS  60 – Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Gavle. GAVLE  SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5  Verymuchkiss Karsk (6) Race 6  Jennie Lovecroft (7) Race 7  Maharajah (9) Race 8  Manprinsen (4) Race 9  Maverick Man (6) Race 10   Chapeau (5) Race 11     Melby Amiral (3)

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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