Trotting preview: 2020 Elitloppet
2020 Elitloppet

2020 Elitloppet

May 31, 2020 - Trotting, 1,609 meters, Solvalla, Sweden

Preview from March 4, 2020

Horses from three continents may arrive in Sweden for the 2020 Elitloppet. Gimpanzee from the United States and Dance Craze from Australia seem serious candidates for the so called 'Sprint World Championship Of Trotting'. Bold Eagle, Propulsion or the world's best gelding Cleangame are probable top-class candidates from Europe.

Propulsion will take part at the Elitloppet for the fifth time, he got runner-up there 2017 and 2018. After a break and a pretty useless preparation, Sweden's 2019 trotter of the year run in the 2020 Prix d'Amérique, where he unsurprisingly had no chance. His real goal has always been the 2020 Elitloppet. Propulsion, who came from the USA to Sweden in 2015 and clocked a time of 1:08,1 at the 2018 Hugo Åbergs Memorial, still stays at France at present, but will try to defend his title in the Olympiatravet, now Paralympiatravet, at Åby on April 25.

Gimpanzee already impressed as a two-year-old in the United States, won all nine starts 2018. In August 2019 he got beaten for the first time in the Hambletonian Stakes, defeated Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade a month later in the Yonkers Trot though. Gimpanzee is trained by the Swede Marcus Melander at New Jersey. Melander already expressed, he would like to come to the Elitloppet with him. No doubt, Gimpanzee would enjoy the tight turns at the Solvalla racetrack.

Cleangame is considered to be the best trotting gelding of the world. The eight-year-old won his last seven races, most recently the Prix du Luxembourg with ease. His trainer Jean-Michel Bazire does not really like starts at Scandinavia, but as geldings are not allowed to start in most of the big races in France, he would have the chance to compete with the world best horses in Solvalla. Bazire has done that last year already, when his meanwhile deceased gelding Aubrion du Gers became runner-up in the Elitloppet. Cleangame got an invitation to the Paralympiatravet, where the French could make himself familiar with the smaller Swedish racetracks.

Bold Eagle will be the star of the 2020 Elitloppet, although nobody really believes he could still win a race like this. The winner of the Prix d'Amérique 2016 and 2017 has taken part in the Elitloppet twice, even run the track record of 1:08,4 in the qualifying heat 2017. However, he ended only fourth in the final heat, already failed at the start one year later. Bold Eagle will probably run in North America later this year as well. He is up to gain more prize money than Timoko, would be the world's richest trotter ever then.

Milliondollarrhyme came fifth in last year's Elitloppet, ended runner-up in the Jubileumspokalen and won the Svenskt Mästerskap afterwards. The six-year-old gelding has found a place among the world's best trotters, even belongs to the favourites in the Elitloppet betting market.

Dijon finished third as outsider in last year's qualifying heat, then run the race of his life in the final heat, won the 2019 Elitloppet ahead of the big favourites Propulsion and Aubrion du Gers. Since then the seven-year-old son of Ganymède completed only four disappointing starts. It will be interesting to see, how the title holder will appear in the upcoming weeks.

Dance Craze is a six-year-old mare from Australia, who could enhance the 2020 Elitloppet. At least trainer Anton Golino declared after her recent victory in the Australian Trotting Grand Prix, his mare would be ready to start in Europe. Dance Craze had been successful in the 2017 Breeders Crown 3yo Fillies final and the 2019 Great Southern Star, Australia’s richest trotting classic.

Fixtures ahead of the 2020 Elitloppet:
  April 04
Prix de l'Atlantique
2.150 m
Enghien, FRA
  April 25
Critérium de Vitesse
1.609 m
Argentan, FRA
  April 25
2.140 m
Åby, SWE
  May 02
Cutler Memorial
1.810 m
Meadowl., USA
  May 03
Prix Kerjacques
2.700 m
Vincennes, FRA
  May 03
GP della Lotteria
1.600 m
Naples, ITA
  May 10
1.609 m
Vermo, FIN
  May 13
Ducs de Normandie
2.450 m
Caen, FRA
  May 17
Copenhagen Cup
2.011 m
Charlottenl., DEN
  May 23
Prins Daniels Lopp
1.609 m
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The Elitloppet is hold with a qualifying and a final heat. All heats are run over a mile on the same day. The eight best placed horses of the two qualifying heats are taking part in the final. The horses get invited by the Elitloppet committee, the winners of the Finlandia-Ajo (May 10) is qualified as well.

  Antepost-odds and the Livestream for the Elitloppet are available at Racebets

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