After an exciting summer of racing, it has been a relatively quiet week in the Swedish trotting racing world.
Autumn is approaching, and along with a lot of rain, the nights are drawing in and the days are getting shorter.
What that brings with it is tougher conditions on the trotting tracks around the country. With that comes a heightened chance of an upset in each race, something to remember when betting on the racing in Sweden in the next few weeks.
Looking ahead to this weekend, we look forward to the deciding day of racing for the Swedish Championship at Åby in Gothenburg.
We’ll see a range of classes decided across the card, with titles being decided, not just for the best horses, but also for the young riders as well as the equestrian elite.
While there’s individual prizes for the drivers up for grabs, the biggest Swedish Championship to win is still for the horses, with both an open class and a mares division to be decided.
There is set to be a clear favourite for the open class in the form of number 5, Who’s Who, coached by Pasi Aikio.
However I think there is a strong challenge in number 11, Cyber Lane. He was fantastic in his victory last time out, even though he wasn’t blessed with an ideal number to start from. He is capable of overcoming adversity, and can be a real danger to the favourite.
Among the mares, it looks more open, with many of those lining up set to have a chance of glory.
I’m siding with a relative outsider in the race, Wild Love. She’s been given a perfect number in the race (number 2), which will allow her to get a good early position and save her energy to deliver her sharp turn of foot at the finish.
Across the whole card though, my best bet comes in race number six (3:42). Zoccoloduro O.P. looked really strong at the finish when winning five times this season, and given the number nine slot today, he can wait until late to unleash that good closing speed to sprint to the finish.
We had a good winner last week with my best bet Västerbo Pokerface winning and returning odds of £4.11 - hopefully we can continue that this weekend.
Next Friday, we’ll be treated to the European Derby at Vincennes with the exciting Ecurie D set to travel, something that I am really looking forward to seeing.