Yes, folks, this is what it all boils down to – the inestimable sport of Trotting or Harness Racing. The latter, according to Wiki, is the more correct title and is described thus:
Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which the horses race at a specific gait (a trot or a pace). They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky, or spider, occupied by a driver. In Europe, and less frequently in Australia and New Zealand, races with jockeys riding directly on saddled trotters (trot monté in French) are also conducted.Wikipedia
But as my next-door-neighbour, Jimmy The ’63 (don’t ask), wisely said only last night, “…why would you have a punt if you have no form?” Fortunately, my vast compendium of knowledge extends to even this small corner of Nordland. So far from being a Besserwisser, as they say in Stockholm, I see Raceweb as having that essential Fingertoppskänsla ability
Yes, here at Raceweb Towers, we have researched and delved and can say without hesitation that some of our suggestions today could well win. Possibly.
And don’t forget you can watch all the action if you have an account with the Swedish Tote. Probably. Alternatively, you might with William Hill or Sky Bet.
It’s not quite racing, and its not quite as gripping… but much like self-isolation, one can get used to it.
1:45 p.m. NUCLEAR RODNEY TROT – 2140m – 2,664.00 €
LOVER BAC (12), a 4-year-old gelding from Robert Bergh is big enough to dominate the older ZEKROM JONS (1) , VEMYRAS VILMA (13) and AVENA INDEPENDENT (5) who are all threats. He was clearly beaten on his seasonal debut, but looked fit and should come on. He also faces easier completion and the likes of SIDESTEP look unconvincing and prone to mistakes. He debuts for a new trainer and the market will say if there is interest.
14:08 NAIF PHI TROT – 2140m – 9 888.00 €1
MARY AM (1) looks fit and ready to open her account and was beaten by a better animal LTO. The opposition looks easier. EAGLE IN DISGUISE (7) is well-bred and an undeserved outside. Looks the wrong price. FIRST LOVE (2) ran twice as a 2yo, but has apparently wintered well and is interesting with Erik Adielsson. DIONES SAMRAGD was a big fancy on debut after a nice qualifier, and looked to give up when pushed. If there was such thing in Dennaro it would have a Timerform squiggle.
14:30 BLACK CLOUD – 2140m – € 5,035.00
HOMBRE D. (1) has not won yet but shown good speed for this class. Seems reliable too and faces nice conditions here. However, we like the look of VALLEY DOC (5) who improved last autumn and kept a decent second lead in the last race of 2019. EMPEREUR D’INVERNE (2) came back alright after a mistake LTO and was a fast-finishing second in the race before after running defensively.
15:00 NELSON DU VANDEL TROT – 3140m – 14 970.00 €
The favourite should be AMOUR AMOUR (3), but I quietly fancy OPTIMUM TERMINATOR (14) who has been running well of late and looks value.
15:22 NORMAN JET TROT – 2140m – 14 970.00 €
Six from eight, means GGOJJDO (4) will be the hard-to-beat favourite. KALLSJOVIKING (14) , TIPPEX (10) and HIBOVALLE (12) are good for straight forecasts.
15:45 NIPPY GIRL TROT – 2140m – 14 970.00 €
MR MARVELOUS (1) had a brace fo nice 3yo wins and won the last race of 2019 – looking in tip-top form. His Liljendahl stable looks to be flourishing and this an interesting seasonal debut. DIGITAL DOMINANCE (6) was beaten on speed in the lead in the seasonal debut two starts back and one suspects that this improving type will use the draw to attack from the front. LET’S GO ERNIE (14) has shown promise and his new trainer Nicklas Westerholm has been talking him up at home. He is not without a chance given his finishing speed.
16:07 NOISE TROT – 1640m – 14 970.00 €
ULVSASEN (1) , can win again having just won the third race of his young career, can still win. ANGSODIN (12) , RONNINGSELD (13) and KLACK TORE (14) for forecast purposes.
16:30 NEW YORK TROT – 2140m – 14 970.00 €
2 Ring of Fire – 8 Globe du Chatelet – 3 Global World News – 7 Galba Ringeat
16:53 NORGINIO TROT – 2640m – 14 970.00 €
5 Elsas Faks – 3 Rappodina – 7 Storspjuver – 2 Tangens Lilja
17:16 NOCTIS BLUE – TROT – 1640m – 14 970.00 €
1 Zinco Jet – 2 Kövras So Far – 6 Final Dream – 9 Empire Garbo