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Elitloppet 2017

May 28, 2017 - Trotting, 1.609 meters, Solvalla, Sweden

Preview from April 19, 2017

One of the biggest events in this year's horse racing will take place in Stockholm on May 28. Bold Eagle, currently by far the best trotter of the world, will travel to Sweden to face Nuncio for the first time, the only horse assumed to be able to beat him.
Also one of the best American trotters could enhance the 2017 Elitloppet field, as the A.J. Cutler Memorial winner is guaranteed a place. Furthermore, with Timoko a living legend is expected in Solvalla.
Like Nuncio several of the other possible participants are bred in the USA, namely Propulsion, Uncle Lasse, Delicious US or last year's runner-up Resolve. In the light of the big clash between Bold Eagle and Nuncio they all will only be outsiders though.

Bold Eagle is well outstanding in today's trotting scene, the two times Prix d'Amérique winner captured 32 of his 37 starts. This year he did something other horses had not managed for 41 year, he gained the Prix d’Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris. However, the six-year-old won almost all his races on the extensive racetrack in Paris-Vincennes. It is difficult to say how the tight track in Solvalla will suit him. Bold Eagle has never run over a shorter distance than 2,100 meters, but demonstrated his enormous acceleration many times. For him it will be the first race in Sweden. His preparation for the 2017 Elitloppet will start with the Prix l’Atlantique in Enghien on April 22.

Nuncio has never ended one of his 52 starts worth than third, already celebrated victories on highest level in the age of three in the USA, then won almost everything he could in Sweden, including the 2016 Elitloppet. Due to an injury Nuncio could not make it to this year's Prix d'Amérique, had to stay off the track for five month instead. This year he already won two smaller races, but surprisingly got beaten by Kadett CD in the V75-final on April 1. Nuncio's next start is likely to be the Olympiatravet on April 28.

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Like Nuncio, several of the other Elitloppet contenders will be born in the United States and now trained in Sweden too, such as Resolve, Uncle Lasse, Delicious US or Propulsion. According to trainer Daniel Redén Propulsion will try to defend his Finlandia Ajo title on May 6, before he runs the Elitloppet three weeks later. The son of Muscle Hill had managed a strong fourth place in this year's Prix d'Amerique, despite he had come from a two month break.
Following a six month layoff Delicious US already won three times this year, most recently the Yngve Larssons Trophy ahead of strong contenders like BBS Sugarlight. It was her twelfth victory in a row.
There will also be a 'real' American in the Elitloppet field, as the winner of the A.J. Cutler Memorial (Meadowlands, USA) on May 6 will be qualified directly.

Timoko, winner of the 2014 Elitloppet, got an invitation to Solvalla after he had won the Criterium de Vitesse for the fourth time on March 12. The ten-year-old meanwhile collected 4.5 million Euros and is the most profitable French trotter ever. It is well known that the living legend loves short distances like the mile in the Elitloppet, still he was once again without a chance against Bold Eagle in the 2017 Prix d’Amérique earlier this year.

Four of the sixteen Elitloppet participants will qualify in the following races: Finlandia Ajo (Helsinki), A.J. Cutler Memorial (Meadowlands/USA), Algot Scotts Minne (Åby), H.K.H. Prins Daniels Lopp (Gävle). The other twelve horses will get invited by the organiser.
Initially there will be two heats on May 28, the eight best placed horses will run the final heat on the same day.

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