23 Aug 20: He is the undisputed champion in Scandinavia on dirt tracks, and Duca di Como is also one of the best on turf – something we saw clearly as he outclassed his eight rivals in the Giant Sandman Polar Cup (LR) over 1370 metres on Derby day. The five-year-old son of Clodovil, as always partnered by Elione Chaves, displayed his blistering speed, shrugged off a challenge from Backcountry turning for home, before quickening right off for an impressive daylight win. Stable companion Match Maker ran on strongly from the back to take second, giving Cathrine Erichsen a fine one-two in one of the most important races of the season.
“He may be better suited by going a bit further than this”, Cathrine said of the progressive runner-up, while admitting that the team has become used to expect a win every time 'Duca' runs. “He has such a mental strength”, Cathrine said after the race, “and he was not happy after losing his last two races”. Asked whether a trip to Dubai in the winter is possible, the trainer replied; “We will see, we do have some plans”.