In the last seven days we’ve crowned a new Swedish champion in the world of trotting racing in the form of Very Kronos.
A horse, who’s talent has often been marred by his affiliation to break into a gallop at crucial points of his races, he finally put it all together last weekend.
In the hands of his usual driver Erik Adielsson, the six-year-old showed his best side at Åby, not only winning the feature race of the day over 2640m, but also setting a new world record pace of 1:11:6 secs/km in the process.
Finally putting it all together was worth SEK 500,000 to his connections, a big prize that is sure to be repeated at some point in the future if he continues to behave on track.
For the mares, it was another simple victory that crowned our champion of the division. Hevin Boko, with Mika Forss in the sulky, never looks like being beaten as she too, took a big win on the day.
The majority of the younger horses will be calm in their stables now until next week when we will enjoy a qualifier for the Breeders Crown final.
However, the exception is for a handful of elite horses that have travelled to France for Friday’s European Derby held at the Vincennes track in Paris. Clear favourite for the big race is Sweden’s exceptional trotter Ecurie D who has a great chance to seize the first prize of €200,000.
Great results for trotting racing
In other news, Sweden’s racing pools operator ATG is set to break all previous records when it comes to interest in betting on racing in the country.
This is perhaps not entirely surprising given the developments in the world in regards to Covid-19.
With people more isolated at home, trotting and gallop racing has been able to offer sports fans exciting competitions to bet on from their own home, leading to a higher turnover in the betting pools.
A well-developed digital investment has made this possible for racing fans in not just Sweden, but also around the world, especially with the partnerships created internationally such as the one with the UK Tote.
New coach and new distance for our best bet
Looking closer to home, we tackle our best bet this weekend. He comes in race number 10 at Gävle, which is due off at 5:20pm.
Number 1 on the card, Born Unicorn was a winner most recently when making his first start for his new trainer, Daniel Reden.
With that race in the bag, and Örjan Kihlström taking the drive in the sulky, we could have a good winner here as he tackles the longer distance, something I think will suit him perfectly.