2021 Elitloppet

2021 Elitloppet

May 30, 2021 - Trotting, 1,609 meters, Solvalla, Sweden

Preview from April 25, 2021

A new generation may dominate this year's 'Sprint World Championship of Trotting' as several five-year-olds are on the shortlist of the 2021 Elitloppet.

Ecurie D is currently the Elitloppet favourite despite his young age of only five years. His last season's performances were really impressive, some even believe he could follow Face Time Bourbon, who won't come to Solvalla this year again. 15 of his 18 races were won by Ecurie D. He finished only fourth when competed against older horses in the Hugo Åbergs Memorial last year, but outperformed several battle-tested older horses when started to the season at Solvalla on April 7. Subsequently, he was the first horse that got an invitation for the 2021 Elitloppet. The colt, who is registered in Denmark and trained by Frode Hamre in Norway, will previously take part in the Paralympiatravet on May 8.

Hail Mary is another outstanding five-year-old, he was beaten in only three of his twenty starts. The Robert Bergh trained son of Googoo Gaagaa was awarded Sweden's 2020 Horse of The Year after he had won the Svenskt Travderby and the Breeders' Crown. He easily won the first start of the year in Boden on April 9 and targets the Jubileumspokalen in August. It is not clear, if he will take part in the Elitloppet, so far Hail Mary never run less than 2.140 meters.

Aetos Kronos, also five years old, impressed at the Paralympiatravet trial at Halmstad on April 24, won the race despite number 12 and a two-month lay-off. His participation at the Elitloppet is not sure either. He will run the Paralympiatravet next, where he will be amongst the favourites. The third of last year's derby had beaten Ecurie D in the Solvalla Grand Prix last November.

Vivid Wise As started to the new season on March 14, won the Prix de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer over the mile. On the same track he was clocked in 1:08,9 (1.609 m) last year, had proven his sprinting qualities with victories in the Freccia D'Europa and Premio Gaetano Turilli. The seven-year-old Italian got disqualified in the first heat of the 2020 Elitloppet. He also fell into gallop in the Gran Premio Costa Azzurra in Turin on Easter Sunday but demonstrated his great ability when gained the Prix de l'Atlantique on April 24 against strong opposition. Ahead of the Elitloppet Vivid Wise As will try to defend his title in the Freccia D'Europa in Naples on May 2.

Don Fanucci Zet has shown that he likes the sort distance when won the SprinterMästaren last year. Over the middle distance he ended only runner-up in the Konung Gustaf Pokal and Svenskt Travderby but should be suited by the mile in the Elitloppet again. Bred and trained by Daniel Redén, he got beaten when returned from a seven-month break on Good Friday in the Prins Carl Philips Jubileumspokal, but easily won his second start three weeks later.

Milliondollarrhyme appears in outstanding form so far this year. He got only beaten by Ecurie D on his debut, then impressively won the Onions Lopp wire-to-wire over the sprint distance against the favourite Missle Hill on April 21. The son of Ready Cash, who hasn't had a good season last year, already run twice in the Elitloppet, gained a fifth place as a five-year-old two years ago.

Dorgos de Guez is rated the best French gelding besides Cleangame, he won 31 of his 66 starts. And because he is not allowed to take part in the most important races of his homeland as a gelding, a participation in the Elitloppet is obviously an opportunity. Trainer Jean-Michel Bazire did not exclude that either after his charge had won the Prix Jean Riaud on April 17, but wants to see him in the Prix Kerjacques (May 9) and Prix des Ducs de Normandie (May 19) first. Should Dorgos de Guez really start in the 2021 Elitloppet, Jos Verbeeck would be his driver. Verbeeck had driven Bazires' last Eiltloppet horse too, the gelding Aubrion du Gers, runner-up 2019.

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Fixtures ahead of the 2021 Elitloppet:
March 14
Critérium de Vitesse
1.609 m
Cagnes, FRA
Vivid Wise As
April 04
GP Costa Azzurra
1.600 m
Turin, ITA
Billie de Montfort
April 24
Prix de l'Atlantique
2.150 m
Enghien, FRA
Vivid Wise As
May 08
2.140 m
Åby, SWE
May 08
Finlandia Ajo
1.609 m
Vermo, FIN
May 09
Freccia d'Europa
1.600 m
Naples, ITA
May 12
Meadow Roads
1.640 m
Solvalla, SWE
May 16
Copenhagen Cup
2.011 m
Ch'lund, DEN
May 22
Prins Daniels Lopp
1.609 m
Gävle, SWE

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