The ten-race series has been created by the Swedish Racing Authority for three year olds to be run in 2018 and is worth SEK9.4 million (£864,000 /€992,000). Alongside the Derby, eligibility for this series includes entry in to the SEK1.2 million Voter and the SEK1 million Hurricane, whilst the Sofiero and the Derby Day Sprint are worth SEK500,000 each. In addition, the Derby Consolation and the Derby Trial are worth SEK300,000 each whilst the SEK1.4million Swedish Oaks and the SEK400,000 Altamira are restricted to fillies only.
When the initiative was announced last month, GoffsUK Scandinavian agent Filip Zwicky commented: "It has been an ever-growing wish from Scandinavian owners and trainers to be able to enter their Breeze Up purchases in the valuable Swedish Derby and Oaks Series but an early closing date has made it impossible – until now. This is the first time in history that a sales company has entered their entire catalogue for the series and by doing so, we are offering our clients a chance to win these valuable races that is not available at any other Breeze Up sale. I’m extremely excited about the new initiative and am looking forward to assisting the growing number of Scandinavian purchasers in Doncaster on 11 and 12 April."
GoffsUK are reportedly expecting a sizeable contingent of Scandinavian buyers today, with over 30 hotel rooms booked on their behalf across Doncaster.
Viktor Kalejs was sold for £10,000 to Roy Kvisla by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables, who had paid $10,000 for the Spring At Last colt through Chad Schumer at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale. Collins also sold the Bullet Train colt Ninety Bullets for £12,500 to Kvisla.
"He was the one we most wanted after the breeze," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He has a lovely professional way about him, a lovely walk, and it's nice he's a brother to a multiple winner."I liked him here as a yearling and was tempted then, and he's obviously gone the right way."
"He's been bought for Peter Swann, who heads up the Cool Silk partnership," said Matt Coleman, who signed the ticket. "We bought Prince Of Lir here last year from Con Marnane, and Con said to me that this horse is this year's Norfolk horse."He didn't breeze as well as Con wanted him to but he's a very good-looking horse and Swiss Spirit has obviously had a good start."Prince Of Lir breezed like an aeroplane whereas this horse just did a nice breeze, but Con said he's not really got hold of him at home and he ran a bit green, that's why he didn't really light the clock up."We've had luck buying off Con before, I bought Robin Of Navan from him, and he's adamant this is a very special horse so we've taken his word for it!"
"It's hard to believe," said Rea, "although I did think he would sell well. He was very professional here."Last year was the second year I went to Keeneland. I enjoy buying out there and came back with six."
"We bought him as a foal but couldn't sell him as a yearling," said Roger O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho. "He was a lovely horse, very easy, and we wish them all the best with him."He added: "In fairness to Donny, they've done a very good job, the buyers are here. But after last year [success on the track], people had to pay attention."