2022 Elitloppet

2022 Elitloppet

May 29, 2021 - Trotting, 1,609 meters, Solvalla, Sweden

Preview from April 25, 2022

This year the price money of the Elitloppet has been raised to 1.1 million Euros, why the 'Sprint World Championship of Trotting' is now the most valuable harness race in Europe. Not only for this reason, we can expect a high-quality field at Solvalla at the end of May.

Don Fanucci Zet will be amongst the top favourites, as he had won the 2021 Elitloppet. But he had lost his form after the big success, also disappointed on his only start this year, when finished seventh in the Prix de Bourgogne at Paris on January 2. The six-year-old, who is bred and trained by Daniel Redén, has definitely no problems with short distances and two starts on one day. One year before the Elitloppet he had already won the SprinterMästaren.

Vivid Wise As came runner-up in last year's Elitloppet final. It was not the first time the eight-year-old Italian proved his great sprinting ability. He won several Group 1 races over short distances, like the Gran Premio Lotteria, the Premio Gran Nazionale, the Prix de France or the Prix de Vitesse, where he was clocked in 1:08,6 two years ago. Most recently he defended his title in the Prix de l'Atlantique.

Etonnant got beaten by Vivid Wise As in the Prix de l'Atlantique, but had some huge problems in the race, why his performance deserves credit. He had actually beaten Vivid Wise As in the Prix de Vitesse before, and shown that he is capable to win on short distances too. The Richard Westerink trained French colt defeated Face Time Bourbon in the Prix du Bourbonnais at the end of last year, therefore entered the 2022 Prix d'Amérique as favourite, but disappointed on the eighth place. Etonnant is doing well on all distances, won last year's Prix de Paris over 4,150 meters.

Calgary Games is Sweden's big hope for the upcoming years. The five-year-old son of Readly Express has not yet lost a race, won the Svenskt Trav-Derby with a new race record and had no problems in the UET Grand Prix too. Of course, he run only against even-aged horses so far, still seems to have very good prospects. A start in the 2022 Elitlopett is not certain, until now his Finnish trainer Timo Nurmos has been very patient with him.

Extreme will represent Denmark after a four year absence. The 2020 Dansk Trav Derby winner gave some strong performances in Sweden last year, won the European Championship 5Yo at Åby ahead of Aetos Kronos and Don Fanucci Zet, then gained the CL Müllers Memorial in Jägersro. As he most recently also won his seasonal debut, he is now unbeaten for four races. Ahead of the Elitloppet he will have another start at Halmstad on April 23 and then run the Paralympiatravet on May 7.

Back Of The Neck made it under the first three in 22 of his 32 starts in the United States and will now have a try in Europe. His trainer Åke Svanstedt considers him strong enough to have a word in the Elitloppet. And he should know it, as he won that race in 2004 and 2009. Back Of The Neck's race record over 1,600 meters stands at 1:09,3. He won a qualifying run at New York on April 9 and will have two more races in the States before travelling to Europe.

Admiral As could win 19 of his 31 starts, also his seasonal debut on March 26, where he directly defeated strong opponents like Very Kronos or Milligan's School. Despite all these successes, the six-year-old son of Ready Cash never really prevailed in group 1 races so far. Still, trainer Reijo Liljendahl definitely wants to see him in the 2022 Elitloppet. Ahead of it, he is supposed to take part at the Paralympiatravet.

Vernissage Grif is, besides Vivid Wise As, the second starter form the Italian stable of Alessandro Gocciadoro. The eight-year-old son of Varenne got an invitation after his victory in the Premio Costa Azzurra at Turin. He is not unknown in Sweden, won the Jämtlands Stora Pris and the Årjängs Stora Sprinterlopp last year, where he stayed under 1:10 not for the first time.

Perfetto will come from Canada to Sweden. The quick starting seven-year-old gelding managed 25 victories in his homeland and was elected 'best older horse' 2020 and 2021. In Canada's most prestigious race, the Maple Leaf Trot, he got only third last year, why he will rather range amongst the outsiders in the Elitloppet.

  Antepost-odds and the Livestream for the 2022 Elitloppet are available at Racebets.

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Fixtures ahead of the 2022 Elitloppet:
March 13
Critérium de Vitesse
1.609 m
Cagnes, FRA
Etonnant
April 10
GP Costa Azzurra
1.600 m
Turin, ITA
Vernissage Grif
April 23
Prix de l'Atlantique
2.150 m
Enghien, FRA
Vivid Wise As
May 01
Finlandia Ajo
1.620 m
Vermo, FIN
Cokstile
May 07
Paralympiatravet
2.140 m
Åby, SWE
Who’s Who
May 11
Meadow Roads
1.640 m
Solvalla, SWE
Snowstorm Hanover
May 14
Ducs de Normandie
2.450 m
Caen, FRA
Etonnant
May 15
Copenhagen Cup
2.011 m
Ch'lund, DEN
May 21
Prins Daniels Lopp
1.609 m
Gävle, SWE

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