Having clashed previously, we saw the admirable Cyber Lane get his revenge on Åby conqueror Very Kronos at Jägersro last Saturday. Getting to the front early on in the weekend’s feature contest, Johan Untersteiner’s horse made the task for Very Kronos too tough to overhaul who put up a gallant run to finish second.
Nordström works his magic at Jägersro
Also in the past week, we had qualifiers for the year’s biggest two-year-old race on Wednesday. Decided at the Jägersro track in Malmö, it was a Stockholm raider that arrived with the big favourites. Svante Båth saddled the market leaders for each of the two qualifiers, but ultimately, they let supporters down, not having their best day on the track.
Instead it was the home team that took victory, with Per Nordström winning both qualifiers. First up it was Good Vibes who streaked clear in the first qualifier. The driver/coach looked to be set for a double in the sulky when he sent Felix Orlando to the lead. However, when asking for more in the end, the pair saw Islay Mist Sisu sprint past them.
Nordström looked satisfied though, as he also trained that horse. The Malmö trainer now has a great chance to claim a second straight victory in the final in two week’s time.
Breeders Crown takes centre stage
Looking forward to this weekend, it’s time for the finals for the three and four-year-olds in the Breeders Crown.
In the final for the four-year-old mares, the Finnish-trained Mascate Match will be a big favourite. She has done everything right in her career and has won 28 of the 32 races she has started in. If she wins on Saturday, she will pass the eight million krona mark in total earnings.
The interesting thing about her is that she is owned through a project with a local sports team, where 1000 members retain a share in her. That will all change after Sunday’s race when she will be sold at auction. It’s rare in Sweden for horses at this high level to go for sale at Auction, so it will be fascinating to see what her final price tag ends up being.
Another week, another winner
The good run of winners continues for this blog, with last week’s selection Farlandar Am making it four wins in a row for our best bets. He returned a nice winning price of £3.11 at Jägersro.
This week's best bet comes in race 10 (5:20) at Eskilstuna on Saturday. Number four, Vagabond Bi can show real top form when he’s on his day. He gets a good number to start from here and is likely to secure an early lead and stay prominent throughout, something he is excellent at doing. Good luck, and lets hope he can stay out in front.