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Last weekend's big race in Sweden was Åby's Grand Prix over the mighty distance of 3140 metres. We were treated to an impressive winner in Moni Viking and Björn Goop who again decided with a very quick finish.

The win was their third big race success over the staying distances this summer, and it’s likely that we will see Moni Viking being aimed at some of the big races in France over the winter.

Big race season is upon us

August is the time for the biggest races of the year for three and four-year-old horses in Sweden. First out will be the four-year-olds who will line up in the Derby at Jägersro.

As is the case in most countries, the Derby is the most prestigious race you can win in racing, and that is no different when it comes to trotting racing. 

In Sweden, the Derby is definitely the biggest race you can win as a young horse. On August 25th, the search for our final Derby field of 12 will begin. Six qualifying races will take place with the first two in each earning their place in the main event.

This year’s favourite is Don Fanuci Zet. He leapt to the front of many people’s mind after his victory in the Sprinter Champion this summer.

If he makes it to the final, we will see him, and 11 others, do battle on the first Sunday of September, as is tradition, on September 6th.

While many thoroughbred Derbys are open to three-year-olds, that generation of horse in harness racing has a different big target for their season.

The Swedish Trotting Criterium will take place at Solvalla on September 26th, and will see a whole host of horses who have shown their talent so far line up to decide which of them is the king of the litter. 

Changes are afoot

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we have had to adapt to best enjoy the sport we love, with racing behind closed doors now accepted for the time being.

The newest change we have in Sweden is a novelty in some ways. The pursuit to buy the next big thing in trotting racing goes online in the coming months.

Potential buyers will no longer be able to head to the sales to purchase the latest crop of young horses, and instead will have to watch and bid via the internet.

A small auction was held in this format earlier this year with a successful result, and it will now be taken to the biggest sales of the year. 

While the sales changes were somewhat expected and a bit of a novelty, we also received some sad news this week.

Swedish Trotting have announced that the prize money will go down by SEK 50 million next year, which will be a huge blow to owners, coaches and drivers in 2021.

Best bet for Saturday

Looking to the more immediate future, Saturday at Romme sees the finals in the E3 competition for three-year-olds, run over the sprint distance.

The mares even is where I find this week's best suggestions for a tip.

In the seventh race of the day (6:05pm), I think that number 4 M.T.Perette looks the obvious winner.

She gave the best impression when seen over a shorter trip at Farjestad last time out, winning well. She recorded a fast time in those trials and looks a great bet this weekend.

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