The first Swedish Derby was run in 1918, so we have just seen the hundred Derby. The record first prize of almost 150 000 Euros went to the filly Dorcia, who paid 55-1. On a rainy day she defeated the favourites Stricker (by Poet’s Voce) and Gold Tyranny (by Zoffany) with an impressive finish..
Dorcia (by Henrythenavigator-Spinola by Spinning World) was bred by Qatar Bloodstock Ltd in England and bought by owner Roland Johansson and trainer Lennart Reuterskiöld Junior at Arquana in France as a yearling for 40 000 Euros.
The Derby was her seventh start. She has only twice ended worse than second in her races. Her trainer started three other stablemates in the race, among them 3rd Gold Tyranny.
It was the seventh time a filly won the race. Last time was in 2001 when the Caerleon daughter Final Care secured the win for Norway. This time the best Norwegian trained horse was fifth (Bolt by Poet’s Voice).
The winning jockey was Chilean bred Carlos Lopez, who also won the Derby last year with Duke of Burden. A son of Footstepsinthesand – trainer again Lennart Reuterskiöld Junior.
In spite of the rain more than 5 000 spectators showed up. The turnover was a good 1,3 million Euros.
The Swedish Derby 2017 was won by the rank outsider Dorcia, ridden by Carlos Lopez.