Eight eliminations of the famed Swedish stakes, King Gustav V's Trophy and Queen Silvia's Trophy for 4-year-old trotters homebred and foreignbred trotters were raced Sunday afternoon at the Åby-track in Gothenburg. The top three from each advance to the finals which will be raced with $135,000 going to each winner.
The King Gustav V's Trophy has a certain favorite, as the totally dominating colt of last season, Brad de Veluwe (Andover Hall - Amazing Ride by Muscles Yankee), has returned to the races perfectly and has come back good as a 4 year old. He won his elimination superiorly ahead of the brave U.S import,
Attorney Hanover (Angus Hall - Astraea Hanover) and Swedishbred Panne de Moteur (Credit Winner).
Trainer Tuomas Korvenoja guided him to a 1:58.1 rated win over 2,140 meters.
Dontellmewhattodo (Offshore Dream - Possessive Lilly by Self Possessed), Edward Ale (Here Comes Herbie - Mustang Donna by Pine Chip), Opitergium (Pine Chip - Jovelinotte by Passionant) were the other three winners In the final entered. Also advancing is the U.S-bred Fawkes (S.J.'s Caviar).
The most impressive of the mare winners was the recent import Love N Hate (Muscles Yankee-R.Heavenly Hills-Balanced Image) who won wire to wire for her trainer Åke Savanstedt in the new track racord for 4-year-old mares of 1:58.2 for the 2,140 meters.
The classy Canadian bred mare, Crys Dream (Taurus Dream - Crysta's Image by Balanced Image) with much more North American merits tired after a slow start and then a fast challenge that led to a trip outside the leader.
Jumble As (Tagliabue-Judy As by Mack Lobell for Peter Untersteiner, Jolene af Solnäs (Mr Pine Chip - Jasmine af Solnäs by Biesolo) for Åke Svanstedt and Askens Valencia (Rite On Line - Staro Ultima by Gazoulis) for Ulf Ohlsson took the other three eliminations.--by Lars G. Palm
Here are the draws for the Queen and King finals:
Post - Mare - Trainer
1. Askens Valencia - Timo Nurmos
2. Jolene af Solnäs - Åke Svanstedt
3. Love N'Hate - Åke Svanstedt
4. Jumble Ås - Peter Untersteiner
5. Unite d'Habern - Åke Lindblom
6. Celica Palema - Åke Svanstedt
7. Oyster Kronos - Lutfi Kolgjini
8. Only Kronos - Lutfi Kolgjini
9. Pomona Wibb - Timo Nurmos
10. Mermaid Ås - Peter Untersteiner
11. Password - Lutfi Kolgjini
12. Chat Chip - Fredrik Persson
Post - Horse - Trainer
1. Donttellmewhattodo - Per Lennartsson
2. Opitergium - Lutfi Kolgjini
3. Brad de Veluwe - Tuomas Korvenoja
4. Edward Ale - Petri Puro
5. Let's Go Face - Åke Svanstedt
6. Nelle Käck - Anna Forssell
7. Mr Vida - Per Lennartsson
8. Prawns - Roger Walmann
9. Attorney Hanover - Åke Svanstedt
10. Stormysky - Stig H Johansson
11. Panne de Moteur - Stefan Hultman
12. Fawkes - Åke Svanstedt