Sir Lando in a class of his own in Ovrevoll Group 3
Report: Norway, Saturday
Ovrevoll: Walter Nilsens Minnelop (Group 3) 1m 4f, turf, 3yo+.
SIR LANDO (Wido Neuroth/Fredrik Johansson) romped to a seven-length success over Without Fear, showing that his five-and-a-half length defeat of the same rival in last month's Stockholms Stora Pris at Taby was not a one-off.
Last year's winner Bank Of Burden was a further length away in third, but Sir Lando, the 11-10 favourite, was in a class of his own.
The five-year-old son of Lando was held up in the middle of the ten-runner field before making stealthy headway to track the leader from halfway. He took up the running inside the final quarter of a mile and soon had matters under control, quickening clear for an impressive victory.
Winning jockey Johansson said: "He won easily. We had feared it would be too heavy for him but he coped with the conditions."
"Sir Lando is more mature now," said trainer Neuroth. "We will be looking to win a Group 2 now, or a Group 1, to enhance his value as a stallion. We will go to Berlin next and then back to Ovrevoll for the Marit Sveaas."
The Berlin race referred to by Neuroth is the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten on July 22, in which Sir Lando finished sixth last year behind subsequent Arc winner Danedream.