August 10, 2012, Sweden ~ The Stockholm Arabian Cup, run at Täby on September 9 over 1 m. 2 F, is one of three PA Gr3 races in Sweden and is traditionally run come September. With some 8000 euros to the winner, this years field included three challengers from the Netherlands.
Having won the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup earlier this season, the Dutch raider Athlete del Sol (Dormane) trained by Karin v.d. Bos went to post as favorite in spite of being 2 kg worse off for his one length victory over the homeboy Al Dahis (Sheridhah), trained by Pia Höiom. Obviously in with a good chance Al Dahis was made joint second favorite with Sartejano (Dormane) from Diana Dörenbergs stables in the Netherlands, which last month won the Swedish Derby with Munahis. Sartejano himself finished third in last years Swedish Derby to Gharra’a but, though being a smart performer and highest rated in the field, had never won on the dirt so far.
The Pick of the Paddock, Sartejano was about to make amends for that.
When the gates opened, he immediately went to the front followed by Al Dahis, Yaqoot (Gorec) on the outside and the eager fourth favorite and turf specialist El Weiron (Neiron), who was out to prove it wasn’t a fluke, when he beat Al Dahis in his latest outing. Halfway down the back stretch Athlete del Sol made his attempt from midfield and was in third position coming into the straight, where Sartejano led Al Dahis by two lengths. Soon enough, however, it was clear Athlete del Sol was not at his best on this day and he left it to Sartejano and Al Dahis.
Upsides the pair went clear in a ding-dong battle and at the line Sartejano prevailed by a head with Athlete del Sol seven lengths in arrears and El Weiron a further twenty adrift in fourth place.
Sartejano (FR) born 2007, by Dormane out of Serafina /Kesberoy.
Trained and owned by ms. Diana Dörenberg of The Netherlands.
Lifeperformances: 5 – 0 – 4 from 15 races.
Report and photos thanks to Nils Rosenkjaer