Wintery conditions are beginning to set in around Sweden, with the snow starting to fall in the northern parts of the country. This time of year has a profound effect on racing and betting on racing in this country.
Between December 1st and February 28th all trotting horses are required to compete with shoes on. While most thoroughbred compete with shoes on as standard, the split between those coaches choosing to put shoes on their horses or not is more equal.
This change throughout the winter is an important factor to keep in mind when evaluating a horse’s chance in a race.
On the whole when you put shoes on a horse that is used to walking and racing without them, it tends to have a negative effect rather than a positive one.
Besides the new shoe ruling, the tracks and the weather are obviously much worse during the winter. This makes racing more unpredictable and betting on them more tricky with more bangs and collisions during the races.
French raid for Milliondollarrhyme
A lot of Sweden’s best horses tend to travel to Paris throughout the winter to try their luck in the biggest races in Europe where there is some good prize money up for grabs.
Plus, there’s also the benefit for some horses that they can continue to compete without shoes when they head to France.
Last year’s Swedish champion, Milliondollarrhyme, competed in Paris for the first time last Saturday, and he made his mark from the outset.
With Frenchman Eric Raffin in the sulky he was able to land the €70,000 Prix Languedoc in his first visit to the French capital.
Connections have said that he will now stay in France to target another couple of big races.
More news on the domestic front
Next Friday we may have a hotly-anticipated duel on our hands at Solvalla with the top two four-year-olds in the country, Hail Mary and Ecurie D entered for Solvalla Grand Prix.
As for the ongoing case around disqualified champion, Propulsion, the authorities provided an update simply to state that they will not reach a final verdict on the case until sometime in the new year.
The final bit of news to bring you is a positive update on the number of horses in training. It’s been announced that there are more trotting horses in competition this year than for a number of the previous campaigns. This is a welcome break in the trend that has seen the number of horses in training reduce year on year.
Front runners for victory
Looking back on last week’s domestic action, Very Kronos added another top class victory to his record on Saturday, after securing an early lead and simply staying there. It was a simple victory for Svante Båth’s horse who will not follow the likes of Milliondollarrhyme and head to Paris to challenge the French in December.
We also got to see my best bet win again last week with Van Gogh Z S leading from start to finish at Romme to return a winning dividend of £1.96.
This week our best bet on Saturday comes in race 7 at Jägersro, due off at 16:05. Ovation L. A., comes from the best position having been handed the number one spot, will often go from the front where she is so difficult to catch over the sprint distance.
Hopefully she can secure a good position and stay there until crossing the line.
Good luck if you decide to join me with my best bet.