The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled.
Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion.
She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup.
Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final.
Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season.
So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race.
's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here.
's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race.
A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding.
But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field.
The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree.
This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event.
A few facts
Horses with most wins
2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000)
2 -(1988, 1989)
Drivers with most wins
3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009)
3 -(1988, 1989, 2004)
3 -(1985, 1986, 2007)
2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987)
2 -(1998, 2003)
Trainers with most wins
3 -(2003, 2008, 2009)
2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000)
2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989)
2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987)
Sires with most winning offsprings
2 -(Giesolo de Lou, )
2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick)
2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad)
2 -(Davidia Hanover,
Countries, number of wins
10 - United States
9 - France
7 - Sweden
4 - Finland
1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010)
All winners of Finlandia-Ajo
Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time
2013 Nesta EffeHolger Ehlert Italy 1:10.9
2012 Sebastian K BjÃ¶rn Goop BjÃ¶rn Goop Sweden 1:11.1
2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel BazireSweden 1:13.7
2010 Quarcio du Chene BjÃ¶rn Goop BjÃ¶rn Goop France 1:10.6
2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel BazireFrance 1:11.8
2008Jean-Michel Bazire France 1:11.3
2007 Opal VikingNils Enqvist Sweden 1:10.8
2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari LÃ¤hdekorpi Sweden 1:11.5
2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel BazireFrance 1:12.2
2004 RotationUnited States 1:12.5
2003 KiwiFrance 1:12.0
2002 H.P. PaqueUnited States 1:11.7
2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi Finland 1:11.2
2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.2
1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.6
1998 Dryade des BoisJean-Baptiste Bossuet France 1:12.5
1997 Zoogin Ã…ke Svanstedt Ã…ke Svanstedt Sweden 1:12.1
1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola Finland 1:12.5
1995United States 1:13.3
1994 Copiad Erik BerglÃ¶f Erik BerglÃ¶f Sweden 1:12.5
1993 Born Quick Tommy HannÃ© Tommy HannÃ© Finland 1:12.1
1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen Finland 1:13.7
1991 Atas Fighter L. TorbjÃ¶rn Jansson TorbjÃ¶rn Jansson Sweden 1:13.5
1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway United States 1:13.3
1989Stig Engberg United States 1:12.9
1988Stig Engberg United States 1:14.1
1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1:14.1
1986 Davidia HanoverUnited States 1:14.7
1985 Keystone PattonAntti Savolainen United States 1:14.1
1984 Shane T. HanoverUnited States 1:14.9
1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop Sweden 1:13.2
1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin Sweden 1:13.9
1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre France 1:14.3
1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David France 1:15.6
by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com