Wow, what a final it can be.
The Breeders Course final at Solvalla in connection with Elitloppet looks like it could be something really special.
Tonight, two elimination races will be decided and on Saturday another one. And there are lots of top horses on the starting lists.
Before the last competition at Solvalla, we highlighted Pure Atlas, but he was far too alert and galloped away his chances. Now he makes a new attempt together with Örjan Kihlström (who wins everything these days). But we have seen Drake Kronos make very impressive efforts and it will be a worthy opponent, even if trainer Svante Båth sends out a small warning:
– He has had a cold since the last start so it is difficult to know exactly how the form is. He has otherwise shown high capacity in this year's starts and if he runs up to his capacity then he is an early bidder here.
Almost at the same time, a elimination race is decided at Jägersro and Jerry Riordan - he also trains Pure Atlas - and Adrian Kolgjini are in the lead role.
Kolgjini harnesses Hepburn, who was third in the final for 2-year-olds last autumn, but at least as interesting is Expelled - a three-year-old with Walner as father who has developed strongly in recent starts. Riordan has two outsiders in Dea Grif and Joli Mearas.
The elimination race at Victoria Park in Wolvega is a real treat; there we find Gio Cash who won the Breeders Course final at Jägersro last autumn. Monastery Boko who was second behind Tetrick Wania in Svensk Uppfödningslöpning, Danish Melody who won a group race for mares in Italy.
And if all plans go well, Barack Face will be out in the remaining elimination race at Åby next week.
- It is the worst horse I have driven, Adrian said after a lunch race at Halmstad in the beginning of the month.
With Tetrick Wania already qualified, the final, if all the pieces fall into place, can be something really special.
Entries, Solvalla, 2140 meter
1 Williamsburg, Jorma Kontio/Stefan Melander
2 Drake Kronos, Ulf Ohlsson/Svante Båth
3 Dream Time Bi, Alessandro Gocciadoro
4 Pure Atlas, Örjan Kihlström/Jerry Riordan
5 Jewilla, Mats E Djuse/Stefan Melander
6 Dont Touch Me IT, Jim Oscarsson
Jägersro, 2140 meter
1 Muscle Man Boko, Rick Ebbinge/Gennaro Casillo
2 Dea Grif, Gustav Johansson/Jerry Riordan
3 Hepburn, Dante Kolgjini/Adrian Kolgjini
4 Joli Mearas, Victor Rosleff/Jerry Riordan
5 Lightning River, Stefan Persson/Ola Samuelsson
6 Expelled, Adrian Kolgjini
Wolvega, 2100 meter
1 Monastery Boko, Micha Brouwer/Paul Hagoort
2 Sountrack, Jaap van Rijn/J-P Dubois
3 Danish Melody, Andrea Guzzinati/Philippe Allaire
4 Donna Trixton, Paul Haagort
5 Gio Cash, Dion Tesselaar
6 Hurricane, Robin Bakker/Paul Hagoort
7 Diapason, André Bakker/Paul Hagoort.