A closer look at Steinar
20 January 2022 18:29
Seven Scandinavian runners line up when the Dubai World Cup Carnival continues tomorrow. In this story, we take a closer look at the Swedish-trained colt Steinar who runs in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.
Race three at Meydan tomorrow will see Steinar (Union Rags-Tapit’s World) enter stall eight in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial. Fernando Jara will be in the irons and it will be up to him to get Steinar out of the stalls quicker than he previously has in his first two races.
Steinar's trainer, Susanne Berneklint, and owner, Hästgruppen i Lund AB, have been at Meydan before. In 2020, they won the Mina Hamriya worth 105 000 USD with Plata O Plomo (Paddy O’Prado). Bred by Spendthrift Farms, Plata O Plomo was bought by Sweden for 30 000 USD at Keeneland as a yearling. His younger stablemate, Steinar, took another route to Sweden.
Unsold at Keenland, he found his way to the Arqana Breeze Up @Doncaster, where he was bought for 40 000 GBP.
The purchase has proved a major success, as Steinar is unbeaten in two starts as a two-year-old with winnings of 215 000 SEK. The chestnut colt by Union Rags has been slow out of the gate but has been able to close his races strongly. Looking at the breeding, it is likely that Steinar will improve with distance and Friday’s distance of a mile might be on the shorter side.
“I actually don’t know the story behind Steinar coming to England, but I do know we bought him privately after the sale. I think that he will need longer distances and we are aiming for the Derby with him, the Swedish Derby that is” says Susanne Berneklint.
“I can also tell you that both Plata O Plomo and I Kirk are training exceptionally well and I am very pleased with everything here in Dubai” Susanne continues.