Johan Untersteiner won the $97,000 Solvalla Grand Prix with his Cyber Lane (Raja Mirchi) on Saturday afternoon and could objectively point out that he has the best 4-year-old trotter in 2017 Swedish crop 2017.
by Thomas Hedlund
Cyber Lane had no chance to get the lead since Diamanten (Adrian Chip), with new trainer and driver this time, started from the post inside of Cyber Lane. Erik Adielsson sent Diamanten to the front and Cyber Lane had to do heavy work on the outside the whole way of the 1.3 mile race.
Love Matters (Explosive Matter) left quickly from post 7, but made a break in the first turn and the story was, by then, about the two horses in front.
Johan Untersteiner has had a great year, both as a trainer and driver. Cyber Lane is the biggest star in his stable and after victories in Swedish Derby, Breeders Crown and now Solvalla Grand Prix, he can call himself the king among the 4-year-olds in Sweden. Untersteiner’s Bredders Crown day in Eskilstuna two weeks ago was spectacular when he won three out of four divisions as driver and two as a trainer.
At Solvalla yesterday, Cyber Lane played with the opponents and Diamanten was a beaten horse when the field turned in on the home stretch and Cyber Lane came home in 1:56 (mile rate), which must be considered as an excellent time for the season, when the temperature at Solvalla was below 32°F.
“I felt already in the warm up that my horse was more relaxed than earlier. During the summer, he got a little bit more stressed by racing, but in the last starts he has shown that he is something special. I’m proud of what Cyber Lane has done and I really think that he is the best horse in the crop, which I wouldn’t have said in the fall when he was 2-years-old. He didn’t impress on me by that time, but since we started to race him, he has developed for every start we’ve made,” Untersteiner said after the race.
Cyber Lane was undefeated in six starts as a 3-year-old and this season he can look back at 10 victories in 13 attempts. Nearly $865,000 has rolled into Cyber Lane’s bank account.
”He is the best right now, but that does not mean that he will be that next year. I know how tough it is to take the step from being a good 4-year-old horse to become a top horse in the elite, but we’ll give it a try,” Untersteiner said.
Cyber Lanes race replay