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|Maharajah won the Olympic Trot before at big crowd at Aby in Sweden|
He was followed to the wire by the French mare Roxanna de Barbray, driven by Dominik Locqueneux, while Sebastian K, driven by Ake Svanstedt, finished third after being parked outside the leader for most of the trip.
A very emotional Kihlström returned to the winner’s circle.
“I might have won bigger races than this, but today’s victory was definitely something special, Kihlström said.
Maharajah was campaigned at the French winter meet a couple of months ago, but disappointed several times and many experts had written him off. But after Saturday’s very impressive victory Maharajah is now considered as one of the favorites for the upcoming Elitlopp in one month’s time.
Another trotter being aimed for the Elitlopp is the French trotter Timoko, who yesterday won the Grand Prix de l’Atlantique, over 1-5/16 miles, at Enghien, located on the outskirts of Paris.
Timoko, who now has the services of top international Jos Verbeeck, was in command the whole trip and managed to hold-off a late charge from Triode de Felliere, driven by Anthony Barrier, to win by one-half length in 1:57.1 (mile rate).
The winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique, Royal Dream, with Jean Philippe Dubois, returned to action in this race, but was boxed-in down the stretch and never found racing room and finished sixth.