Cokstile (9m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) took the Finandia AJO (purse 190,000€, 1620 meters autostart, Gr. I International) at Vermo Helsinki, Finland timed in a new race record 1.09.6kr.
This victory earned Cokstile an Elitloppet 2022 invitation for the May 29 classic.
Christoffer Eriksson teamed the Erik Bondo trainee for Scuderial Santese Srl. This was Cokstile’s 25th career win in 68 starts for 1,283,086€ in life earnings.
Cokstile sat outside Bepi Bi and Majestic Man before surging to the front in the final bend and he drew off comfortably.
Stoletheshow (7m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) was second for pilot Bjorn Goop and third home was Gareth Boko (9m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for Santtu Raitala. Tycoon Conway Hall (12m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) finished fourth.
The race chart and replay video link are shown below.
The Finlandia AJO was inaugurated in 1980 with the previous race record set in 2017 by DD’s Hitman at 1.09.8kr. Recent race winners from 2021 back to 2012 were Hickothepooh, Zarenne FAS, Readly Express, Pastore Bob, DD’s HItman, Propulsion, Bret Boko, Univers de Pan, Nesta Effe amd Sebastian K.
Cokstile’s Elitloppet 2022 invite has him joining Dom Fanucci Zet, Etonnant, Vivid Wise As, Back Of The Neck, Extreme, Perfetto, Vernissage Grif, and Onas Prince.
The next major test in northern Europe is the 2022 Paralympiatravet (Gr. I International, 150,000SEK to winner, raced over 2140 meters autostart, at Aby on May 7. That field includes:
Extreme, Bjorn Goop
Upstate Face, Adrian Kolgjini
Delia du Pommereux, David Thomain
Who’s Who, Orjan Kihlstrom
Born Unicorn, Magnus A, Djuse
Spickleback Face, Daniel Wajesten
Best Ofdream Trio, Kim Eriksson
Night Brodde, Conrad Lugauer
Mindyourvalue WF, Robert Bergh
Pacific Face, Giuseppe Lubrano
ATG, Abytravet, Vermo
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink