Preview 2018 Elitloppet 2018 - Trotting

2018 Elitloppet

May 27, 2018 - Trotting, 1.609 meters, Solvalla, Sweden

Preview from January 31, 2018

The Prix d’Amérique is history, the world of trotting now slowly directs towards Sweden, where the so called 'Sprint World Cup' is run over a mile in May. Amérique winner Readly Express will be the horse to beat in his homeland. Nuncio and Timoko, the last two Elitloppet winners, have retired, also Bold Eagle and Bird Parker will not participate at the 2018 Elitloppet. A serious contender is last year's runner-up Propulsion, former US-Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder might arrive from Canada.

Readly Express probably started a new era by beating Bold Eagle in the 2018 Prix d’Amérique. The only six-year-old is now the best trotter of the world, his record of 21 victories from 25 starts is more than impressive. Doubts, he could have problems with the narrow racecourse at Solvalla are not necessary, there he won the Svenskt Trav-Kriterium, the Grand Prix de L'UET, the Jubileumspokalen and the 5YO European Championship. The only question could be about the distance of 1,600 meters, so far the son of Ready Cash never run less then 2,140 meters in his racing career. Readly Express will stay in France for the moment, at the Utah Beach in the Normandy. According to trainer Timo Nurmos his next start will probably not before May.

Propulsion came runner-up behind Timoko in the 2017 Elitloppet. He has not yet got an invitation for this year, but he will surely get one soon. He passed the line one length behind Readly Express at the Prix d’Amérique. That might change in Solvalla, as the son of Muscle Hill-Sohn loves the tight racetracks in Sweden. Last year he run the quickest time ever clocked in Europe at the Hugo Åbergs Memorial in Jägersro (1:08,1).

Marion Marauder, 2016 US-Trotting Triple Crown winner, might also take part at the Elitloppet, that is at least what trainer and owner Mike Keeling is planning. Marion Marauder had finished runner-up in last year's Yonkers International Trot behind the Italian Twister Bi, who could be another 2018 Elitloppet contender. Other possible candidates are the current Svenskt Travderby winner Cyber Lane or the Norskt Travderby winner Ferrari BR. Lionel could be another Norwegian horse in the Elitloppet, at least owner Gøran Antonsen said he would accept an invitation. Lionel will initially try to defend his Olympiatravet title in Åby on April 28.

The Elitloppet is run since 1952. The eight best placed horses of the two qualifying heats run the final on the same day. From this year on it will not be possible anymore that one driver can lead two different horses in the qualifying heats, every horse will have a fixed driver.
Twelve of the sixteen participants are invited by the Elitloppet committee, the other four can qualify by winning the following races: A.J. Cutler Memorial (Meadowlands/USA, May 5), Finlandia Ajo (Helsinki, May 6), Algot Scotts Minne (Åby, May 12), H.K.H. Prins Daniels Lopp (Gävle, May 19).

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