Last weekend it was the time of the younger horses to battle it out to be named champion two-year-old in Sweden.
The final big race for the age group, the Swedish Breeding Race, was run at Jägersro in Malmö.
It was a surprise to see coach Per Nordström win both of the qualifying events, but that shock disappeared when his runners confirmed their superiority in the final.
Victory went to Islay Mist Sisu for the barn, who was driven by Peter Ingves, who took the lead early and managed to stay there.
Nordström himself was in the sulky on the fifth-placed horse, while the yard also had the third. In total, it wasn’t a bad day for the team, who are based near the track who picked up combined prize money of 1,855,000 SEK (around £160,000).
Ecurie D has his work cut out
This weekend’s best action comes from Solvalla, near Stockholm. Tonight we will see Ecurie D return to the track in the final of the Solvalla Grand Prix.
There is 300,000 SEK to the winner, where Frode Hamre’s star is clear favourite to take the spoils.
I have to say though, he didn’t look as good as he previously had even when winning last time.
Furthermore, he starts from the second row behind the gate today, so will need to be at his best to win.
The biggest danger comes from Power for Robert Bergh, but there are also possibilities such as Brother Bill and Aetos Kronos who will be ready to capitalise if the favourite doesn’t perform.
Rivalry renews in Silver Trophy
On Saturday, the best horses will compete in the King’s Silver Trophy, where we will be treated to another duel between Cyber Lane and Very Kronos.
It’s pretty even between them, with the former taking three victories in their five previous meetings.
What could decide who takes the race this weekend is their starting positions. This time, it could be Cyber Lane who gets the breaks, having been handed a great number to find the lead early. When he does that, the horse is usually very reluctant to let anyone pass him.
We’ll look back on their rivalry and the rest of the 2020 Swedish campaign in future blog posts.
In terms of a bet this week I’m looking to number one, Global Agreement, who runs in race six (15:42) at Solvalla on Saturday.
He’s another that once, in the lead, can be hard to peg back, and I’ll be siding with him to make amends for our third place tip last weekend.