The late summer heat prevails over Sweden at the moment, which is providing the optimum weather for the horses performing at their best at a time of some of our biggest races.
Last Saturday we saw the youngsters battle it out in the finals of the sprint distance - and there was plenty of speed on show!
The best time came in the mare’s race where the surprise winner Globalizer, coached by Jerry Riordan, recorded a new Swedish pace record of 10.9 (suggesting she’s run a km in 1:10:9) on her way to victory.
In the open division, victory went the way of Kim Pederson’s Hennessy Am, who clocked a time of 11.3 - enough to take the prize. That prize consisted of SEK 950,000 to the winner of each division.
Reden dazzles with Solvalla hat-trick
We had some great midweek racing at Solvalla in Stockholm on Wednesday.
A great card of contests was held, in particular the Jubileumspokalen, which is the largest race for the five-year-olds of the year.
The whole evening was all about one team though - that of driver Örjan Kihlström and coach Daniel Reden.
First they won the Mares European Championship with a nice performance from Conrad’s Red Riding Hood who took the race and earned the pair SEK 900,000 in the process.
They took even more prize money in the evening’s main race, picking up SEK 1,000,000, when Missil Hill flew home late on to take the Jubileumspokalen.
A hat-trick was secured in the Big Noon Cup, and in some style. Golden Tricks recorded the fastest ever time in a volt start in Sweden when clocking a time of 10.7. Despite the achievement, the victory cheque was a little more modest this time at SEK 300,00. Still, a very successful evening for Daniel
Reden, with the three wins earning his barn a cool SEK 2.2 million.
Looking forward to the weekend
It’s a busy week for the man who trains from just outside the town of Enköping; not only did he have huge success at Solvalla, but he also found out that Svensk Travsport have had to delay the investigation into his disqualified champion Propulsion.
Looking ahead to the weekend, it was so nearly Reden, again, who was responsible for our best bet.
However, with his runner Vae Victis Club now a non-runner at Solänget in the ninth race of the evening, we look towards number two, Zap Di Girofalco.
Ridden by Björn Goop, they are a formidable team in top form, and look to be the class act here in what is great placing from his coach.
Goop, like fellow driver Örjan Kihlström, doesn’t seem to be capable of making mistakes at the moment. If you are new to betting on Swedish trotting races, I can have no better recommendation than following those two drivers as they are winning races like never before at the moment.
Further ahead, we can look forward to the qualifiers for the Swedish Derby, which will take place at Jagersro, Dannero and Boden on Tuesday. We wait in anticipation for the future champions of Swedish racing that we could see next week.