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April 27, 2019 - At Aby Goteborg, Sweden, today was the harness racing Gr. I UET Masters Series Olympiatravet (purse 271,050€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters). Victory went to the 1.4/1 favorite Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Propulsion won for the 34th time in a 68-race career, this one by a length. 31/1 Handsome Brad (6m Bred de Veluwe-Ulrica M) was second for C.J. Jepson and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. Third was 40/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer Junior Guelpa. Both were timed in 1.11kr. Day And Night In, Cyber Lane and Utupem completed the top six. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Halmstad Sweden the 2018 Elitloppet winner Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral- Supergill) returned to the races (first since October 13, 2018 at Yonkers) and scored in gate to wire fashion in the Yngve Larssons Memorial (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart).   Race time was 1.10.3kr for the 2.4/1 harness racing favorite that is trained by Jerry Riordan for EVAM Racing Trotter Srls. of Italy and reined by Wilhelm Paal.   Ringo won for the 31 st time in his 88 race career and he now has career earnings of 13,434,364SEK.     The pace was quick (first 500 1.08.4 (3 Ringostarr Treb), 1000 1.09.5 (3 Ringostarr Treb) and Ringo was a diminishing length winner over 2.54/1 Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) reined by trainer Joakim Lovgren and third finishing 9.49/1 odds Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with trainer Adrian Kolgjini up.   Earlier on the card was the Euro Classic New Year (50,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) with that victory to 17/1 Global Action (3m Broadway Hall-Global Mix-Cantab Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Joakim Lovgren. Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) at 1.6/1 odds took second for Johan Untersteiner and 48.6/1 One Deep Valley (3m Weingartner-Heavenly East-Juliano Star) was third for Stefan Soderkvist. Also today the lineup for the April 27 Olympiatravet at Aby was announced as shown below.   Thomas H. Hicks  

April 19, 2019 - The 1.37/1 harness racing favorite Perfect Spirit (5m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) took today’s 250,000SEK first money Prins Carl Philips Prize at Farjestad, raced over 1640 meters autostart. Race time was 1.10.1kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the former Hambletonian winner that is owned by SRF Stable and trained by Daniel Reden. Perfect Spirit now has 17 career wins in 31 starts for 9,787,579SEK earned.  Hanover Shoe Farms bred the winner that defeated 13/1 Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) teamed by trainer Peter Untersteiner. 7.7/1 Eldorado B (5m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was third with Torbjorn Jansson the pilot. Yesterday in Sweden, at Gavle, there were two interesting winner. The 3/2 favorite Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) won a 2140 meter autostart event (first prize 100,000SEK) with Alessandro Gocciador up, the trainer for owner Scuderia Pink and Black. Race time was 1.13.kr for this three time winner in 10 career starts. Also on the Gavle card was a 2140 meters autostart event for mares (150,000SEK first prize) that went to 4.6/1 Vivacious Allie (4f Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed). Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden. Race time was 1.15.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s V75 harness racing card in Sweden was at Mantorp. The big races were the STL Gold worth 200,000SEK to winner of the 2140 meters autostart event contested by seven upper level campaigners.   The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) with Carl Johan Jepson aboard.    This was the first 2019 appearance for the now 11 time career winner of 2,212,543SEK. Second was 7.3/1 Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and third was 3.7/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) for Ulf Eriksson.   This one was bred in the USA (Ohio) by Dick and Joyce McClelland.   The co-featured Kjell P Dahlstroms Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) saw the 1.8/1 favorite Zack’s Zoomer (5m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall) score timed in 1.14.1kr.   The Stall TZ owned and Stefan Melander trained winner secured his 15 th career victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up this day, in 37 starts now for 2,712,260SEK earned, with this first 2019 start.   Brittany Farms bred Zack’s Zoomer last raced in the USA for Erv Miller in October 2017. 12.9/1 Catch My Love (5f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) took second ahead of 4/1 Transcendence (5g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight).   Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today top trotting action was at Padova (Italy) with two co-featured harness racing events. The Gr. III Grand Premio Citta di Padova (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sole del Rio-Varenne) score timed in 1.12kr over the half-mile track, with Andrea Farolfi aboard for trainer Mauro Baroncini. The winner sat the pocket before emerging for stretch surge that increased his career earnings to 205,996€. Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bar) was second after racing parked out for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zante Laser (4f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) was third. The other top race was the Grand Premio Padovanelle (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) and veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) benefitted from a pocket trip engineering by driver Alessandro Gocciadoro to win timed in 1.12.3kr. Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Cod-Uronometro) was second for driver Rene Legati, with third to Viola Trio (5f Nad Al Sheba-Face Trio-Toss Out). On Saturday March 9 the V75 Gold in Sweden was at Farjestad (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.4/1 favorite On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), his second straight Gold win in 2019. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Hans R. Stromberg trainee that scored in 1.13.1kr, for the 45 time in a 144 race career now for 17,516,005 SEK earned. 9.3/1 Phantasm SOA (6m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uver LB) took the second check for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Anders Lundstrom. Third went to the 89.5/1 longshot Rocky Winner (11m Credit Winner) reined by Oskar J. Andersson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Today at Kalmar 2/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Lauren-Cantab Hall) scored in the Stayerserien (35,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart) timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer Robert Bergh at the lines. Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes own Muscle Hustle that won for the 15th time in 47 career starts now for 3,945,230€ earned. He last raced in October 2016 in Canada before export. He is being pointed for a possible Elitloppet appearance in late May. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s V5 action was at Bergsaker and the aged trotters raced in the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner 2140 meters autostart).   The 1.13.4kr timed winner was 4.3/1 odds Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer- EL Dolly-Conway Hall) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Katja Melkko, to his 20th career win in 43 appearances, now for 5,083,700SEK earned. 24.3/1 outsider Nappa Scar (7m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) took second for Per Lennartsson ahead of 6/1 Queer Fish (10g Varenne- Gambari-Victory Dream) with Ulf Eriksson up. Fourth went to 39.4/1 Kadett CD (12m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune).   Saturday at Kincsem Park was he featured Wind Scot DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and it produced an explosive finish with the victory to 5/1 Uptown Boy M (6g Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) handled by Ferenc Nagy III for trainer Balazs Juhasz.   Race time was 1.19.3kr as the winner bested six rivals in the picture with second to Ujrczz! (6m Maximus Lindy) and driver Sandor Turbucz for the trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third was Trencsen (7m Ata Star L) with trainer Istvan Papp at the lines.   Uptown Boy M     -Kincsem Park and ATG photos   The undercard included the Dolgos Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.18.8kr timed victory earned by 2/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) with Sandor Turbucz up for trainer Laszlo Kolozi. Unipress (6f Incredible Cole) took the second check with third to Vanadium Boy (5g Maximus Lindy).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday at Jagersro was the V75 Gold Arvid Stjernswards (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) with victory to the 2.8/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by harness racing trainer Adrian Kolgjini. 17/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) took second with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third was 59/1 Art On Line (12g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for pilot Carl Johan Jepson Thomas H. Hicks  

January 5, 2019 - Saturday’s V75 card at Bergsaker included the featured harness racing Gold Division Zoogins Lopp for 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart event. The 2.7/1 second choice Zenit Brick (8g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) prevailed timed in 1.13.4kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Timo Nurmos. Zenit recorded his 21st career win in 70 starts now for 4,549,396SEK earned. 29.6/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Bogeuil) was second for driver Nicklas Westerholm and trainer Robert Bergh. Another Bergh trainee Nimbus CD (9g Mythical Indy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor du Baune) took third money with Bergh aboard at 9.8/1 odds. The 3/2 wagering favorite Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was fourth with his owner Goran Antonsen driving for trainer Daniel Reden. 17.8/1 Beau Mec was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 22, 2018 - Saturday harness racing V75 action in Sweden was at Mantorptravet with the STL Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) going to 1.6/1 Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern), timed in 1.13.5kr and driven by his owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. Lionel, by a good FR sire (and a son of Coktail Jet foaled in 1999) and bred in Norway, now has recorded 24 wins in 72 career starts for 16,143,083SEK earned. He has four wins in 14 starts during 2018. He won an elimination to the 2018 Elitloppet timed in 1.09.7kr and then finished fifth in the final. 1 2/1 Whitehouse Express (7m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell) was second this day for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and 2.9/1 On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) was third for Oskar J. Andersson. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 15, 2018 - The Saturday V75 Gold was at Aby Sweden in the Legolas Minne (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and victory went to 1.10.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with harness racing driver Erik Adielsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. 12.2/1 Torno di Azzurra (6m Love You) was second driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Steen Juul. Third was 15/1 Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) handled by Bjorn Goop for Mikko Aho. Probo OP was fourth for Wim Paal. On the undercard, the Belgium invaders Rick Ebbinge (driver) and Jeroen W.M. Engwerda (trainer) were successful with two victories, the first with Velten Versailles (3m Prodigious-Sugar-Pine Chip), his fifth consecutive victory, and then in the V75 Bronze with Tuxedo Bi (6g Love You-Iberia Bi-Supergill), also his fifth win in a row. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2018 - Sweden’s oldest stake race, the Svensk Uppfodningslopning (2018), took place Saturday at Jagersro (700,000SEK to both dead heat winners, 1640 meters autostart), saw a harness racing dead heat finish. The winners were 1.13/1 By The Book (2g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath and Stall Morklund HB; and 4.03/1 Belker (2m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Sten Jansson and Ingels Jansson. Race time was 1.13.7kr. Third went to 13.8/1 Aetos Kronos (2m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) with Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. The race was preceded by the post parade led by the 1998 race winner Revenue. The great champion still looks in superb form and he showed interest in taking on the 2018 two year olds. This is an opportunity to summarize the performances of Revenue (1996 by Reve d’Udon-Hazel Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), undefeated at two, a career winner 47 times in 110 starts for US$1,998.608, and sire of five million dollar winners including Market Share US$3,792,101, Melady’s Monet, Hot Shot Blue Chip and others. In Europe he sired Reven d’Amour, In Vain Sund, Ravello, Mafioso Face and the fine mare Tiffany Brodda. Thomas H. Hicks

The V75 Gold Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 21 40 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the featured harness racing event on Saturday’s excellent Solvalla program and was billed as the next step in Propulsion’s training toward the January Prix d’Amerique. However, Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner), at 4.2/1 odds, went gate to wire this day from post five to score timed in 1.11.9kr, with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl.  The winner recorded his second 2018 victory and 21st in 59 career starts, now for 5,814,415SEK earned. Zenit Brick (7g Maker It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie), from post 11 and at 17.8/1 odds, was second for driver Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied for third after trailing the field for much of the way. He was the 1.6/1 favorite. Milligan’s School. On Track Piraten, I Love Paris and Antonio Tabac finished fourth through seventh. The undercard was loaded with upper class trots with good purses, The Gr. II International Solvalla Grand Prix (12 four year old starters, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 23.6/1 outsider Hard Times (4m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Ola Asebo. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr for his second win in 2018 in 12 starts. Eldorado B (4m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg at 5/1 and third went to Output Pressure (4g Gigant Neo-Joda Lesdelles-Sebrazac) for driver Jorma Kontio. The V75 Silver Division (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Chief Orlando (5m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) scored at 11/1, timed in 1.12.5kr. The now six time 2018 winner defeated Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up and third finishing Don’t Mind Me (6m Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind-Armbro Charger). The Habo Boss V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 14.4/1 Milliondollarrhyme (4g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) score timed in 1.12.1kr. Fredrik B. Larsson trains and drove the now five time 2018 winner. Esprit Sisu (4g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to Dizzy River (7g Dream Vacation-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) with Johan Untersteiner up. The other races with 250,000SEK to the winner included the Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart) that Cobbys Olifant (4g Orlando Vici-Peach Penny-Spotlite Lobell) won for Thomas Uhrberg timed in 1.13.2kr; the Diamantstoet Final (2140 meters voltstart distance handicapped) that went to Queen Of Sand (4f Maharajah-Frillan Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.14kr for driver Stefan Soderkvist; and the Klass I Final (2140 meters autostart) that saw Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Earlier on the card was the Mustaschkampen Monte (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, eight starters) that went to 1.32/1 odds Assault (4g Weingartner-Northern Gleam-Love You) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons. This pair defeated 4.7/1 Lorina Citron (4f Niky-Valley Victorian-Andover Hall) for Anna Erixon and third finishing 68.2/1 Zola Wind (4g Zola Boko-Indra Wind-Indro Park) with Jenny Bjork up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Breeders Crown Sweden action was on stage today at Eskilstuna, Sweden. Before those events began was the Olof Brodin Mares (purse 25,752€, 2140 meters autostart, nine entrants) with victory to 1.7/1 favorite In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB) timed in 1.12.6kr. The Stall Zet owned and Daniel Reden trainee was reined by Erik Adielsson and the win increased her career earnings to 456,632€. 2.9/1 Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) was a nosed out second for Christoffer Eriksson, the driver for owner Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. 13/1 Eva IH (5f Ready Cash-Magalloway) took third for Mika Forss. The Breeders Crown for three year old fillies (purse 160,640€, 12 starters) went to the 5/10 favorite Conrads Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team, timed in 1.12.42kr. The easy four length winner bested 5.2/1 Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey) handled by Mika Forss for trainer A.P. Pakkanen. Third home was 4.7/1 A Sweet Dance (3f Maharajah-Sugar Step) for driver Per Lennartsson. The winner now has a career bankroll of 418,216€. Next up was the Breeders Crown for three year old males (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) saw the 4/5 odds favorite prevail and Global Welcome (3m SJs Caviar-Share The Promise) scored in 1.12.2kr by an easy length. Erik Adielsson teamed the Svante Bath trainee that Olof Brodin owns. His life earnings are now 354,763€. 4.7/1 Into Boko (3g Chocolatier-Sue Boko) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was 3.4/1 Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Jerry Riordan. The four year old female Breeders Crown (the Menhammar Stuteri) players contested that 160,640€ purse event raced by 12 horses over 2140 meters autostart. The 3/2 odds Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) scored in 1.12.4kr for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer for Mellby Gard AB.  Her life earnings are now 545,255€. The 10/1 Hevin Boko (4f Going Kronos-Welat Boko) took second with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. 12/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinium Shine) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Four year old males completed the Breeders Crown (this one named the RS Mustang) events (purse 160,640€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants) and the winner was 8.3/1 Selmer IH (4g Love You-Magalloway) with Mika Forss up for Stall Ratu and trainer Ingemar Hultqvist. His life earnings increased to 203,822€. The 7/10 favorite Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) was second for the Kilhstrom/Reden/Stall Zet combination, and third was 44/1 Vainqueur RP (4m Infinitif-Global Affair) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Frode Hamre. At Wolvega (Netherlands) this day was the Gr. II UET Masters Series’ Prix des Geants (purse 66,000€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters). The 2.38/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6g Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) scored again, now six in a row, in his usual gate to wire fashion for owner/trainer/driver Oskar Kylin Blom. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Antonio now has earned 259,486€, most for Oskar, the result of an 8-2-0-1-1 slate in the 12 starts under Oskar’s management. Antonio “found his Oskar” and took a 1.10.2kr record on June 21 and came back impressively in 1.11.1kr on September 29. Prior to current management the winner was only 5 for 67 under the legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The 121/1 Panoramic (8g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) rallied late to be second for Robin Bakker and trainer H.A.J. Grift. 3.8/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was a game third for Wim Paal, trainer Antoine Lherete and Ecurie Quick Star. This former Prix d’Amerique winner and third in the 2018 Yonkers International, made an aggressive rush for lead at the halfway mark, could not repel Antonio, took back to third and tried again in the final turn, ending third. 53/1 Banker Transs R (10g Revenue) was fourth for Jaap Van Rijn. BBS Sugarlight at 23/1 and even money favorite Billie de Montfort were miscue dq’s. The pedigree of Antonio Tabac is interesting and gives rise to his gray coloring. His dam Grace Tabac is by the gray Tap In (Armbro Goal) and her maternal family includes Ata Star L, Speedy Spin, Frances Nibs and Speed King (Volomite). Grace won 13 times in 79 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Then 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) led throughout to score in Saturday evening’s Jagersro featured C.L. Mullers Memorial (Gr. II International, V75 Gold, purse 74,368€, 2640 meters autostart).  Orjan Kihlstrom piloted the Daniel Reden trainee that Stall Zet owns, to his eighth 2018 victory in 12 starts. His career earnings is 22,585.317SEK after the 400,000SEK first prize earned with this victory. Race time was 1.12.6kr. Propulsion now has 32 career wins in 63 starts. 11/1 Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was a pocket sitting second for trainer/driver Johan Unterste iner and 36/1 Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) took the third heck for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took a run at the leader and held on for fourth ahead of Racing Mange The solid card also included the Final Breeders Course for 2018 Two Year Olds, with nine starters vying for 600,000SEK first prize in this 1640 meters autostart contest. Amelie Grif (2f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) scored in that event timed in  1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Ronald F. Nooteboom. Osoma (2f Trixton) took second for Peter Ingves and third was Hill Of Fame F (2m Muscle Hill) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Fourth was Goofy Sisu (2m Even Better Odds-Siren Hall-Striking Sahbra) driven by trainer Per Nordstrom. A small field of monte specialist battled in the Certego Stora Montepris 2018 and that went to 1.13.7kr timed Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). Leo Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. Shogun DK and Nantucket chased the winner home. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Saturday’s V75-3 Gold Express Gaxe at Orebro in Sweden (200,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) saw 5.2/1 Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) score gate to wire timed in 1.12kr for driver Oskar Kylin Blom and owner Gerth-Owe Karlsson. The winner scored for the fifth consecutive time and now has seven wins in his last 10 outings. He now has 17 career wins for 2,265,800SEK earned. The 2.4/1 Nadal Broline was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to 2.2/1 odds Love Matter that was reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Volstead and Cash Okay were scratched from this event. Top flight action is just ahead in Italy. On October 28 at Visarno will be the male and female divisions of the GP Anact, each with a purse of 110,000€. On November 1st at Torino will be the Orsi Mangelli Filly for 88,000€ and two elims of the GP Mangelli, each elim for a 22,000€ purse. Also that day will be the UET Master Series GP Della Nazione for the 154,000€ purse. Dijon and Timone EK are expected to be at the start in that event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday, the Gr. I National Svenskt Trav-Oaks (1,400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Conrad’s Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Rodluva now has a 4-2-0 slate in seven career outings for 3,165,500SEK earned. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for Mika Forss and third went to Adorable Lady (3f Zola Boko-Malabara-Supergill) for driver Pasi Aikio. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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