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    Brave Aussie shines in European Group One Brave Aussie shines in European Group One

    JUST BELIEVE became the first Australian-bred trotter to earn $1million thanks to his Melton win tonight

    AUSTRALIA’S Greg Sugars backed his brilliant trotter and Just Believe responded with an extraordinary second in the Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden just moments... Brave Aussie shines in European Group One

    AUSTRALIA’S Greg Sugars backed his brilliant trotter and Just Believe responded with an extraordinary second in the Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden just moments ago, putting Victorian harness racing front and centre on the world stage.

    The Swedish Group One was the last stop of Just Believe’s European tour and he was outstanding, racing outside the leader Francesco Zet and running him all the way to the line for a close second for trainer Jess Tubbs.

    “So proud of him mate, that was as good as winning,” Sugars said.

    Sugars eased forward from the starting gates as Mellby Jinx rocketed to the front from his outside draw, with short-priced Francesco Zet balancing up from gate one.

    After settling three-back in the running line Sugars advanced three wide when Francesco Zet claimed the lead, with Just Believe sitting in the breeze for the last mile of the 2140-metre event.

    Sugars pressed on the leader’s hip for the entirety of the trip, giving a length off the final turn but digging in to gain ground on the line and claim a brilliant second ahead of Mellby Jinx.

    “Everyone here has told us how good Francesco Zet is, so to park outside of him the whole way and go down fighting like that I’m super proud,” Sugars said.

    The outstanding result caps a remarkable European campaign, which has reaffirmed how far the country’s trotting breed has come courtesy of the likes of breeding trailblazer Pat Driscoll of Yabby Dam Farms.

    Driscoll paired US mare Heavens Above with French stallion Orlando Vici to produce Just Believe, which preceded to have an outstanding career for Cranbourne trainer Michael Hughes.

    In September 2022 the squaregaiter joined Tubbs’ and Sugars’ Larajay Farm camp and found a new level, winning country cups before claiming Australia’s top trotting trophies – the Inter Dominion and Great Southern Star in an extraordinary summer.

    That prompted an invitation to Sweden’s Elitloppet, which his big and adoring group of owners readily accepted.

    While ‘The Elite Race’ didn’t go to plan, with Just Believe breaking in the final straight after striking traffic, he had caught the eye of a supportive Swedish contingent and then enhanced his reputation with a brilliant third at Ostersund.

    That would see Just Believe enter tonight’s major on the second line of betting and he proved he was worth all the adulation, putting in an outstanding, brave run that has Sweden wanting more.

    “Next year’s definitely a possibility if all goes well and everyone wants to do that again,” Sugars said. “I’d love to come back. But for now our time is done, I have to get back home and do some work.”

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