26 May 2013 - Trotting, Group 1, 1.609 meter (1 mile), Solvalla, Sweden
Preview from the 24th of May 2013
The picture of the Elitloppet 2013 has become clearer since the Oslo Grand Prix is run and
the two heats were drawn last Sunday. We will see an exquisite international field at the
so-called Sprint World Cup in Solvalla, even though the big players from France won’t be there.
As Olympiatravet winner Maharajah
has been scratched due to a swollen leg,
the top favorite for the Elitloppet will be Sebastian K
after his recent impressive success
in Oslo. The Finnish superstar Brad de Veluwe
haven’t been very successful in 2013 yet,
but should be in top form on Sunday and will also be among the hot candidates.
beat almost the complete French trot elite in the Criterium de Vitesse (1609 m) and
at the Prix de lAtlantique (2150 m) in April, subsequently was the first who got an invitation
to the Elitloppet. Previous year's runners-up Arch Madness
got invited too, but he recently
was defeated by Wishing Stone in Meadowlands and didn’t start in Oslo due to an injury.
Finnland Ajo-winner Nesta Effe
beat Brad de Veluwe twice this year already, also came
second in Oslo and can’t be underestimated anymore. After a long absence Formula One
run the best European time of the year on the 1st of May, he will be the ‘dark horse’ in the field.
In contrast title holder Commander Crowe
seems pretty much out of form these day,
became only last in Oslo two weeks ago.
2013 Group 1 races in Scandinavia ahead of the Elitloppet