Nuncio wins Swedish debut for Melander
April 22, 2015
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Nuncio won his Swedish debut on Wednesday night at the Solvalla track in Stockholm. With his trainer and co-owner Stefan Melander in the sulky, the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall was an easy two-length winner in 1:54.
The race was a distance of 1,640 meters (about one mile) and Nuncio started from post 9 in the second tier. Finishing second in the race was I Saw You while Disco A.E., a son of Melander's Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, finished third. Former North American competitor Knows Nothing took fourth.
"Nuncio is not even close to his best form, but still he made such a fantastic performance tonight," said Melander in a trackside interview after the race. "We didn't get the best trip. I had to choose to sit at the rail as number eight or go up on the outside. With 600 meters to go, Nuncio just started to trot faster and he went on to win very easy."
Nuncio was purchased by Melander as a yearling for just $7,000. He was trained by Jim Oscarsson as a 2 year old and when Oscarsson returned to Sweden prior to the colt's 3-year-old campaign, Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter took over. Among Nuncio's North American accomplishments were victories in the Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity, Bluegrass and Matron. He was the runner-up to his stablemate Trixton in the Hambletonian. He earned $1.9 million and took a mark of 1:50.4.