After waiting for many weeks, we finally got an update on the long-running saga of this year’s Elitloppet winner Propulsion.
In summary, it has been established that the 12-time Group 1 winner had undergone ‘nerve cutting’ surgery, something that would prohibit him from participating in trotting competitions in Sweden.
Despite that fact, when the horse was imported from the USA, the Swedish Trotting Association noted that reference to this operation was not made in any documentation.
It has been found that the owner and trainer of the horse are the ones responsible for keeping track of this.
Therefore, the authorities have established that the coach, Daniel Reden, has albeit unintentionally, breached his coaching responsibilities.
The consequences are huge. Since moving to Sweden, Propulsion has earned around €3 million - the owner of the horse has now been ordered that they must pay that money back.
All of the nine-year-old’s Swedish results will be removed from the record, and the horse cannot now be used as a stallion in the future - though any horses already sired by Propulsion are free to race.
Although a decision has been made, it’s unlikely we’ve heard the end of the Propulsion case.
Big week for Bergh in Breeders Crown
Moving onto something a bit more fun and exciting to look forward to, namely, the Breeders Crown qualifiers run last Sunday.
Robert Bergh saw both of his top four-year-olds, Hail Mary and Power, go on to victory in a very good way.
The three-year-old division saw San Moteur impress again, a performance which saw him installed as the favourite for the final.
Finnish mare Mascate Match will be the favourite among the four-year-old mares. While the three-year-old mares look more closely matched, but I’d expected Loaded Maria to be the most likely winner in the final.
In the Italian Lotteria race, the victory went to the home horse Zacon Gio, who found the lead straight from the off, and stayed there until crossing the winning post. He set a steady tempo on the first lap of the track, but kicked on towards the finish, leaving his rivals in his wake, earning connections a winning prize of €272,000.
Favourite for the race, French-trained, Face Time Bourbon was the nearest pursuer, closing well at the finish but it was all for nothing, having to settle for second place.
Good run of winning bets continues
This week, we look forward to some of the elite horses in Sweden competition in Malmö at the Jägersro track.
Three tough horses look likely to fight out the finish of the 17:42, worth SEK 3776,00. Number five, Moni Viking has impressed with some nice victories this summer, while there is also the new Swedish champion, Very Kronos to consider.
However, the one I think will take all the beating is number six, Cyber Lane. If he can get to the lead, he’ll be hard to catch.
We enjoyed another winning best bet last week, with Seismic Wave taking victory, although the returns were quite modest at £1.69.
We could aim for a slightly bigger return with this week’s pick which comes in race nine on Saturday at 16:50. Farlander Am, handed the number six position for this race was a very good second last time out. Stefan Persson takes over in the sulky, and I think with a better driver in the carriage, it will be time for victory again.