Two very hot Breeders Course finals await at Solvalla on Sunday. One final for the open class with SEK 1 million to the winner and one filly final with SEK 600,000 to the winner.
“Two fantastic races” says Magnus Rundgren from Breeders Course. “I am maybe extra excited over the filly final. Even if we ‘cheated’ a bit and had some filly races last year, this is the first real filly final. And our investment has indeed been very well received”.
Anders Malmrot, Racing Manager at Solvalla racetrack agrees with Rundgren’s analysis.
“Two fantastic finals and we will get to see some exceptional three-year-olds in this year’s Breeders Course finals. I am really looking forward to this”.
You might already know that there has been a lot of Dutch success in Breeders Course. This final last year ended with a triple victory for trainer Paul Hagoort, where Robin Bakker drove the winner Hurricane DK.
The second final for the three-year-olds, held at Jägersro, was won by Gio Cash and Dion Tesselaar. Tesselaar also won the final for two-year-olds with Novato, who is one of the favorites in the open class on Sunday and comes into the final with seven straight wins.
“He’s a fantastic horse who has behaved perfectly in every start and has never had to go all out. He feels good in training and keeps getting better and better and everything is well with him going into this start” says Tesselaar.
And this year again, a lot of focus is on the Netherlands, where five of the eleven finalists in the open class come from.
In the filly final, we get to enjoy, besides twelve top fillies, the North American top driver Dexter Dunn, who gets the chance behind Stefan P Pettersson’s talented filly Kitty Hawk. She started her career in the US, but Tim Tetrick and Brian Sears who drove her there.
We will also keep an eye on Adrian Kolgjini’s Countess Face, who is undefeated in two starts.
“She has gotten Muscle Hill’s (sire) gait and the extreme strength from Ready Cash (the dam’s sire). She has gotten it all and I can’t imagine a better horse” and those are big words coming from a Kolgjini.
But as Magnus Rundgren very fittingly sums it up:
“We have got two very nice finals and it will be incredibly interesting to see how they turn out”.
Race 4, Final, filly class
1 Kitty Hawk - Dexter Dunn
2 Eteria - Ulf Ohlsson
3 Countess Face - Adrian Kolgjini
4 For Real - Mats E Djuse
5 Elegance Kronos - Björn Goop
6 Eli Jet - Santtu Raitala
7 Emma Jet - Michael F Rothengatter
8 Eleven As - Örjan Kihlström
9 Esperia Font - Åke Svanstedt
10 Sierra S.- Johan Untersteiner
11 Esmeralda Bez - Alessandro Gocciadoro
12 Larah Westwood - Magnus A Djuse
Race 8, Final, open class
1 Epsom As - Ulf Ohlsson
2 Ice Pack - Magnus A Djuse
3 Novato - Jeffrey H Mieras
4 Cincinnati Beach S. - Micha Brouwer
5 Daniel Hazelaar - Dion Tesselaar
6 Yin Yang - Robin Bakker
7 Kilgore - Daniel Wäjersten
8 Nacido Boko - Örjan Kihlström
9 Eros Jet - Alessandro Gocciadoro
10 Noah Boko - Santtu Raitala
11 Escobar Fi - Carl Johan Jepson
Both finals will be raced over 2,140 meters and started behind the gate.