by Thomas Hedlund
Swedish trainer Timo Nurmos has some incredible horses in his barn. Three weeks ago, 3-year-old Villiam won the Swedish Kriterium in new world record over the 1.6 miles distance.
On Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14), 5-year-old Readly Express showed that he is the best horse in the nordic country.
Readly Express (Ready Cash—Caddie Dream) won the $245,000 Jubileumspokalen in an impressive way in August and when it was time for Swedish Championship (for Swedish bred horses) at Åby racetrack, Nurmos’ horse extended his winning streak.
Readly Express is unbeaten in the last 12 starts and in SM (Championship for Swedish horses), driver Jorma Kontio controlled the field from the front, winning in a mile rate of 1:55.3, a respectable time over the long distance.Readly Express is one of the most interesting horses for the forthcoming meeting in Paris during the winter. The Prix d’Amérique is one of the main objectives for Nurmos with the son of Ready Cash.
”The horse was as good as usual and when someone is on his outside, he always fights and wants to win,” Kontio said.
Readly Express is getting close to reaching $1,250,000 in earnings after just 22 starts in his career.
In the Swedish championship for mares, 8-year-old Super Ariel (Super Arnie—Qrika Lep) and driver Micael Melander made use of the open stretch at Åby racetrack. Heavy favorite Nancy America was in the lead and Super Ariel followed easily behind her. In the home stretch, Super Ariel had the best power and could comfortably pass the leader. Kennet Häggström is the trainer of Super Ariel and he made the trip from France, where Super Ariel has raced since 2015, to participate in SM.
The mile rate over 1.3 miles was 1:56 and the victories in both races were worth approximately $62,000.
The best gelding in the world?
French top trainer and driver Jean-Michel Bazire has most certainly one of the best gelded trotters in the world in his barn. On Sunday afternoon his U.E.T. Masters final winner Aubrion du Gers (Memphis du Rib) played a solo show in Grand Prix du Dud-Ouest in Beaumont de Lomagne, France.
Aubrion du Gers was a little bit excited behind the gate and started the race by making a break. Bazire got the 7-year-old in right direction soon thereafter and Aubrion du Gers was sent three wide for the lead.
In front position, the son of Memphis du Rib was superior and Bazire could wave to the spectators halfway on the home stretch. Aubrion du Gers ran 1:57.1 as mile rate on the distance 2,400 meters (approximately 1.5 miles) and got $105,000 for the victory.
Merited Anna Mix finished strongly for the silver medal and Billie de Montfort took third place.
Unfortunately for the entourage around Aubrion du Gers, geldings are not allowed to participate in the biggest races during the winter meeting in Paris, so we are not going to see the 7-year-old in Prix d’Amérique in January.