May 25, 2014 - Trotting, Group 1, 1.609 meter (1 mile), Solvalla, Sweden
Preview from May 21, 2014
Strong competitors from the USA, France, Italy, Norway and of course Sweden will arrive for the world's most prestigious
sprint race for trotters at Stockholm on Sunday, though Swedish superstar Maharajah cannot take part due to an injury.
Stefan Hultman’s charge Panne de Moteuer
will enter this year's event as favourite. He was knocked out
in the elimination race of the
but won the Jubileumspokalen and the Sundsvall Open afterwards, never finished worse than
second in his last nine starts. Panne de Moteuer is very fast out and also strong from the back, which
allows driver Örjan Kihlström several tactical opportunities. He loves to race on his home
track at Solvalla and will face one of his top opponents in Heat 2 already:
came to Europe for the first time in May where he could not impress at the Copenhagen Cup, but he
will be in much better shape for the Elitloppet. The five-years-old set a World record of 1:08,7
at Pocono Downs in June last year.
The other two top favourites will clash in Heat 1 at first. Timoko
came third in last year's
Elitloppet, disappointed back home in France during the winter, though he at least finished fifth in the
Prix d’Amérique 2014
Under new driver Björn Goop
he found back to success in May, won the Prix Kerjacques in Vincennes. He will meat Digital Ink
the elimination race, who has never been placed worst than third in his last 22 starts. The Swedish hope
set a world record for four year olds last year and won the Swedish Breeders' Crown and the Solvalla Grand Prix.
There are several other Swedish horses with good chances:
came from the USA to Sweden last year to set a new Swedish record for 1640 meters. After
a seven month break she won her first race last week and will now face the top opposition for the first time.
Also Shaq Is Back
started his career in America where he won three million dollars as a two- and three-years-old.
He did not make it to the final of last year's Elitloppet, but won all four starts in 2014. The seven-years-old usually
wins his races from the lead, so his post position should help him in Heat 1.
was always attested great ability, but never really found a place among the elite. Things improved
since he moved to Franck Leblanc in France. In May he won his first big race when defeated horses like Olympiatravet
winner Solvato or Uncle Peter in the Copenhagen Cup.
Lutfi Kolgjini's Raja Mirchi
has always been a special horse with capacity and experience, still it would be
a surprise, if he would make it to the podium on Sunday.
Another trotter that must get a mention is the US-mare Maven
who won ten of her 14 starts
in 2013 and holds the world records over 800 (1:09,5) and 1000 meters (1:09,0). She is not the best starter but can
display great speed later in the race. For her the Elitloppet will be the first appearance in Europe, as it will be
for her Canadian top driver Yannick Gingras.
, the son of two-time Elitloppet winner Varenne, will represented Italy. He is trained by
Thierry Duvaldestin (Ready Cash) and surprised when won the Prix de l´Atlantique ahead of several French top trotters in April.
won the Elitloppet last year and should be among the hottest candidates therefore this year, but he had not
displayed good form since. In three of his last eight races he got even disqualified.