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We saw the biggest race for three-year-old horse decided at Solvalla in Stockholm last weekend, as Brambling claimed the Swedish Trotting Criterium.

Trained by Daniel Reden and driven by Örjan Kihlström, the son of Bold Eagle earned connections a huge SEK 4 million, the equivalent of £380,000.

On the same card, the Oaks, and the SEK 2.8 million prize when the way of Eagle Eye Sherry. In the sulky this time was Stefan Persson who was stepping in for the suspended coach and usual driver, Björn Goop. 

While Goop will have been disappointed to miss out on adding yet another big race success to his CV, he will have been somewhat pleased to see the mare come through to victory as she was in fact, bred by his mother Annika.

Back in action the very next day, though, and Goop wasted no time in getting back into the winner’s enclosure.

His first big assignment in the sulky was taking in the qualifiers for the European Trotting Derby. He was on board my favourite horse in training, Ecurie D, on Sunday, who once again what a unique horse he is when strolling to a simple success to land the first qualifier of the day.

The second qualifier was landed by Aetos Kronos, who while he is a very good horse, should be no match for Ecurie D in the final.

While the main event is held in Vincennes in France, even the french horses who qualify will have a tough ask to take victory on their home soil.

There will be €200,000 up for grabs for the horse who can claim European supremacy on October 16th, a prize which could be a ten-fold increase on their investment for the owners for Ecurie D.

The four-year-old was not entered for the race at the initial entry stage, but once the talent the horse possessed became clear, they took their chance to buy into the race for a fee of €20,000 - one that looks to be a sound way to invest their money.

While Goop may have a big race in the future to look forward to with Ecurie D, Saturday’s main event winning coach wasted no time in landing another feature.

Daniel Reden, less than 24 hours after landing the Criterium, picked up another SEK 1,125,000 when his horses Missle Hill and Double Exposure came home in first and second in a race for the older elite at Solvalla.

As for Reden’s former star Propulsion, the case into his disqualification and investigation into what happened shows no sign of ending quickly.

Since the revelations about his past operation emerged, a lot of time has passed but the only thing that has happened has been an additional lawyer coming in to get an idea of the situation.

A new deadline has been set to reach a verdict has been set for the end of October, so we shall watch this space.

More immediately, we look forward to my best bet this week which comes at Skellefteå.

In race 5 at 3:20 I believe very much in number 12, Västerbo Pokerface.

He was a bit unlucky last time but despite the slightly worse starting position, he’s got the capacity to right the wrongs of last time, especially now has he that man Björn Goop up behind him.


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