Crowned Eagle will be sharper in Stockholm says Marco Botti

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Last year's runner-up Crowned Eagle heads a two-strong British challenge for the Stockholm Cup International at Bro Park.

Twelve months ago he was beaten two lengths into second place behind Thundering Blue in a one-two as Britain took the Group 3 event for the first time in 12 years.

And Marco Botti expects another big run from Luke Morris's mount, who finished fourth in a Listed race at Windsor last time out. 

"He's well," the trainer said. "He ran a good race last year when second to Thundering Blue and should have conditions in his favour. 

"There are more local runners in the race this time so I'd hope for a good performance. He ran a respectable race at Windsor, where he was a bit rusty.

"He should be sharper for that and we've put the cheekpieces on to help."

Ed Dunlop bids for the £88,000 first prize with Amazing Red, who won a Listed race at San Sebastian in Spain last month.

"I hope he goes well," the trainer said. "This is a step up from Spain, but he's in good form. It seems there's a very good local horse in the field but the big, galloping track should suit."

The chief home hope looks to be Robert Havlin's mount Square De Luynes, who has won Group 3 races at Ovrevoll in Norway on his last two starts and whose trainer Niels Petersen took this race every year from 2011 to 2015.

Other British trainers with runners on the card are Richard Hughes (Another Batt, Old News, Puds), Archie Watson (Mitty's Smile, Corinthia Knight), Tom Clover (Gypsy Spirit), Simon Crisford (Maamora) and Jim Boyle (Hateya).