Tariq Too bids to give Weaver more success
Preview: Norway, Thursday (6.50pm BST)
Ovrevoll: Polar Cup (Group 3) 6f½, turf, 3yo+.
Newmarket trainer Amy Weaver saddles Tariq Too (Elione Chaves) against five rivals from Denmark, Norway and Sweden in this Group 3 event.
Tariq Too has won four handicaps in his last eight starts but will have to be at his best against local hope Giant Sandman (Rune Haugen/Rafael Schistl) and former Italian-trained Silver Ocean (Niels Petersen/Per-Anders Graberg).
That pair are likely to dominate the market, while Swedish challenger Tertio Bloom (Fabricio Borges/Lennart Hammer-Hansen) was a good runner-up in a Group 3 in Germany last time out.
Giant Sandman took this race 12 months ago and has won three of his last four starts. After this, he will be prepared for a tilt at the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc day in October.
Weaver is no stranger to Scandinavia, having trained a winner from two runners in Denmark last year and she said: "Tariq Too has travelled over well and seems in good shape. Hopefully I am going to get to canter him on the turf track on Wednesday."
She added: "On ratings we have a lot to do and the top two look very good. However the more rain we get the better it should suit our horse. The tight,undulating track is an unknown, but he has won at Goodwood and Thirsk and is a compact, neat horse so we hope he handles it well."