Mosaique Face, a 4-year-old trotter who earlier in September won the Swedish Trotting Derby, was an impressive winner of the Grand Prix de l’UET, also known as the European Trotting Derby, on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) at Solvalla, Sweden.
Mosaique Face, who is sired by Classic Photo, had his trainer Lutfi Kolgjini in the bike and took an early lead and gamely held on to win the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:54f (mile rate) followed by Thai Broadway (by Broadway Hall) of Norway and Vaux le Vicome (by Nahar de Beval) of France.
The purse for the winner was $275,000.
However, a 3-year-old trotter took a bigger purse later in the afternoon at Solvalla.
In the Svenskt Trav Kriterium -- the biggest race in that country for 3-year-old trotters -- Rokkakudo, driven by Ulf Ohlsson, passed the finish line first and was awarded no less than $625,000.
Rokkakudo, who is trained by 34-year-old Anna Forsell, who also owns the horse with her father, Torsten, was entitled to a bonus of 100 percent of the purse money in the Kriterium.
In Sweden every 2-year-old trotter is entitled to a purse of $3,000 if they qualify in “Premielopp.” If the owner decides not to go for $3,000, the horse will be entitled to get a 100 percent bonus in the Kriterium, where the purse for the winner is two million SEK. The Forsells had opted to go for this bonus and therefore Rokkakudo got two times two million SEK -- or a total of approximately $625,000.
Also the winner in the Oaks, D’One, was entitled to the bonus and she took home a purse of $440,000.
D’One has a world class pedigree; in fact she has the world’s fastest pedigree, as both her parents (Donato Hanover and Giant Diablo) have taken a mark of 1:50.1.
D’One, who is trained by Roger Walmann, had Ôrjan Kihström in the bike.
In Paris the European championship for 5-year-old trotters was won by the French trotter Un Mec d’Heripre, driven by Franck Nivard, followed by the Finnish trotter, Brad de Veluwe (by Andover Hall), who was in command most of the trip.