Winning passport for Plantagenet

Trade Fair’s latest feature winner arrived in Sweden on Tuesday when Plantagenet took out the G3 Pramms Memorial (1700m) at Jagersro.

Plantagenet (6h Trade Fair – Crafty Buzz by Crafty Prospector) led home a international trifecta with a last-to-first victory after the leaders cut out the opening 800 metres in 46.80s.  The Spanish bred gelding scored by over a length from Energia Colonial (Brz) with another five panels to Lindenthaler (Ger) in third place.

Trade Fair stands at Alwyn Park Stud in Serpentine.  His Swedish success comes on the back of recent feature winners Trade Storm (Dubai G2 Zabeel Mile) and Packing Whiz (HK G2 Chairman’s Trophy).

In the last twelve months, Plantagenet’s passport includes visas from Spain, Dubai, Morocco and Sweden.

His first trip to Dubai produced a victory in the 2012 SOG Finance Handicap (2000m).  He went home to Madrid via Casablanca where he was runner-up in the Grand Prix Majeste Le Roi Mohammed VI (2400m).

Returning to the Gulf this year, he won the Gloria De Campeao (2000m) at Meydan in March and was then sold to the Norwegian ownership of Rune Vidar Nordum and Athletic Walgren.

Plantagenet (Spa) is now trained by Niels Petersen and was ridden by champion jockey Per-Anders Gråberg in the Pramms Memorial.  “I knew he wouldn’t be in the rush from an outside barrier,” Gråberg explained.  “But I was concerned when we were 15 lengths behind the leaders down the back-stretch.

“When I gave him marching orders, he found the rhythm.  And when we turned for home it felt amazing.  He probably got to the front a little bit too early.”

It was the third leg of a winning treble for Petersen and Gråberg on Tuesday.  They had earlier combined with Irish bred Beat Baby (Johannesburg) in the LR Jägersro Sprint and French bred Without Fear (Refuse To Bend) in the Tattersalls Malmö Handicap.

Petersen said Plantagenet will run in the G3 Stockholm Stora Pris (2000m) at Taby next month.

Plantagenet’s USA bred dam Crafty Buzz was a Listed winner at Meadowlands.  Her three-quarter brother Gone For Real was a G3 winner at Hialeah and he later stood in NZ.

Gone For Real was based at Dallacine Farm but died in 2009 after two seasons at the Palmerston North property.  He was by Gone West who also sired Trade’s Fair’s sire Zafonic.

Studmaster John Andrew will stand Trade Fair for $4,950 (inc gst) at Alwyn Park this year.

– Karl Patterson