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Elitloppet 2017

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

Preview from March 15, 2017

It seems like one of the really big events in horse racing will take place on May 28. Bold Eagle, at present 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 a place is guaranteed for the A.J. Cutler Memorial winner. 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. The six-year-old won almost all his races on the extensive racetrack in Paris-Vincennes, it will be interesting to see how he will get on with tight track in Solvalla. Bold Eagle has never run over a shorter distance than 2,100 meters, but has several times demonstrated his enormous acceleration. The 2017 Elitloppet will be his first race in Sweden, beforehand he will try to win the Prix de Paris over 4,100 meters on February 26.

Nuncio celebrated several victories on highest level in the USA in the age of three, won 20 of his 25 starts in Scandinavia afterwards, crowned with the triumph in the 2016 Elitloppet. Due to an injury he could not make it to this year's Prix d'Amérique, now the big clash with Bold Eagle is supposed to take part on May 28. At the end of a five month break Nuncio gave a successful comeback in Axevalla on February 18. In preparation to the 2017 Elitloppet he will run the V75 Final in Solvalla on April 1 and the Olympiatravet on April 28, according to his trainer Stefan Melander.

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Most of the other contenders in the Elitloppet final will probably are born in the United States and now trained in Sweden too, like Resolve, Propulsion, Uncle Lasse or Delicious US. But there should also be a 'real' American horse in the field, as the winner of the A.J. Cutler Memorial in Meadowlands (USA) on May 6 will be qualified for the Elitloppet.

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.

Ante-Post odds on the Elitloppet 2017 can be found at RaceBets.com

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