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Presentation of the runners in the Swedish Derby 2022

15 July 2022 19:08

Sunday's Jockeyklubben Svenskt Derby (Swedish Derby) at Jägersro is the richest and most prestigious race in Sweden. Here is a presentation of the 14 runners.

1 Sea Lodge (Sea The Stars) is an Irish import bought for Stall Perlen for 110 000 guineas at Tattersalls as a yearling. She has only made three starts but is obviously held in high regard by her trainer, Wido Neuroth, who has won 12 editions of the Swedish Derby.

2 Tin Win (Appel Au Maitre) is a Swedish bred son of Appel Au Maitre who won the Derby in 2007. He won impressively in a trial race for this after a long layoff. The opposition today is stiffer, but he won going away over 2200 meters and his trainer, Lennart Junior Reuterskiöld, has won the Derby three times in the last 10 years.

3 Chiefof Comanches (Gormley) was a inexpensive yearling in the US and is now in training with Niels Petersen in Norway. Chiefof Comanches has always been mentioned when talking about the Derby, but he didn’t show much at the track before winning The Derby Trial quite easily. Since 2016, Carlos Lopez has won four Swedish Derbys so Chiefof Comanches is in the best of hands.

4 Running Rolf (Appel Au Maitre) is a somewhat complicated Swedish-bred who has won two starts out of three. Both wins have been on the dirt and he is expected to take to Jägersro as good as his sire, Appel Au Maitre, did. If Ulrika Holmquist wins, she will be the first female rider to win the Derby.

5 Una Matina (Golden Horn) is a filly bred to win the Oaks but she is surely in with a chance against the boys. She was bought for 40 000 euros in France and as soon as she was upped to 1600 meter she won her maiden in an impressive fashion. She has two wins in a row, the latest coming in the Swedish 1000 Guineas where she was produced late to win in a very good fashion. She promises to stay and might be one of the really good ones.

6 Hard One To Please (Fast Company) is a gelding bought for 80 000 guineas at Tattersalls Breeze-Up last year. In three starts at Övrevoll the chestnut has shown some promise but this is his most difficult task so far. He is not sure to stay and he has yet to encounter a dirt track. Could he be the jack-in-the-box?

7 Rangoon (El Kabeir) might be bred in Ireland, but you will find a lot of American blood in him. He did only cost 12 000 guineas at Tattersalls as a yearling. Rangoon won his maiden in May and then he was third behind Cheifof Comanches and El Pepino in a trial race for this. Rangoon has shown that he will stay the distance and he won’t be as green this time out. Fredrik Reuterskiöld knows how to prepare a horse for this race and you can be sure Rangoon won’t be lacking a work out for this.

8 Röde Baronen (Casamento) was beaten far in Voterlöpning, but showed a liking for distance when winning a race over 2200 meter latest. The Swedish-bred looks to be up against it on collateral form, but he likes the track and comes in peak form making him an interesting contender.

9 Odd Type (Swipe) is the lowest ranked horse in the Derby. Although he is Swedish-bred he is by Swipe (Birdstone) out of a Majestic Warrior mare. Odd Type was beaten 11 lengths by Tin Win in the prep race and has to progress to be a contender.

10 American Impact (Distorted Humor) is a stable companion of Running Rolf and this American horse cost 70 000 GBP at the Arqana Breeze-Up at Doncaster. He was a bit of a disappointment last time out behind Chiefof Comanches but there might have been som excuses that day and it is worth noting that he is the pick of stable-jockey Per-Anders Gråberg.

11 Downtown Leo (Speightstown) cost 95 000 GBP at the Arqana Breeze-Up at Doncaster. The colt by Speightstown has not traveled from his home track, Övrevoll, yet but Wido Neuroth always has his horses ready for Jägersro. Downtown Leo will step up in distance for the first time, but with Galileo as the dam-sire you can expect that the distance will work out for Downtown Leo.

12 Steinar (Union Rags) is an American bred to stay today’s distance. Steinar has always been one of the best in Scandinavia and cost 40 000 GBP at the Arqana Breeze-Up at Doncaster. Steinar was the only horse able to keep up with Mystery Night in Voterlöpning and is sure to improve with the extra distance. Major player for sure and don’t expect high odds.

13 El Pepino (The Gurkha) has only made three starts and has been kind of green. The chestnut by The Gurkha is by a Street Cry mare and did cost 23 000 GBP as a yearling at the Goff’s at Doncaster. El Pepino is on his way up and is sure to be in the thick of things come the finish line.

14 Pjerrot (Hard Spun) is by the mighty Hard Spun but did only cost 85 000 GBP at the Breeze-Up in Doncaster. Lone-Kaj Nielsen and Bent Olsen won the Derby with Red Cactus in 2019 and Pjerrot has been matched for this. Pjerrot looked very good in Dubai, but was a disappointment in two starts back in Scandinavia and the draw was the worst one you could imagine.

Jockeyklubben Svenskt Derby 2022

The Jockeyklubben Swedish Derby is run at Jägersro in Malmö on Sunday, 17 July, at 5.10pm local time.

The Derby has been ridden since 1918. The race is open for imports and 10 out of 14 horses are imports. The race is run over one and a half miles (2400 meter) on the dirt track and the winner will take home 1 245 000 SEK (approx. 100 000 GBP).

More information can be found on the Swedish-language website Svenskt Derby.

You can also find starting lists in English on ATG:s Swedishhorseracing.com

Jockeyklubben Svenskt Derby 2022

The Jockeyklubben Swedish Derby is run at Jägersro in Malmö on Sunday, 17 July, at 5.10pm local time.

The Derby has been ridden since 1918. The race is open for imports and 10 out of 14 horses are imports. The race is run over one and a half miles (2400 meter) on the dirt track and the winner will take home 1 245 000 SEK (approx. 100 000 GBP).

More information can be found on the Swedish-language website Svenskt Derby.

You can also find starting lists in English on ATG:s Swedishhorseracing.com

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