They call the Swedish V75, the Premier League of Trotting, in reference to soccer's English Premier League, the most popular football league in the world.
There are many similarities including the gathering of the cream of the sports elite athletes in a high class weekly competition which is followed by avid fans all over the world.
And following that soccer analogy, if Sweden is the Premier League, France could be the Champions League.
Certainly, aside from a small group of aged trotters in the US and Canada, the best trotting action in the world is available for regular consumption to punters and trotting afficianados alike on the continent.
The main European summer season is drawing to a close, but that just means that the French Winter Season is nearly upon us and that means the best of the best will be heading to Vincennes for four months of great racing.
So, along with our comprehensive previews and reviews in Harnesslink.com, we are going to provide a small handicappers guide to the best French and Swedish races as my colleague Steve Wolf does for the North American scene.
This week the handicapping action is at Aby in Sweden and in Beaumont de Lomagne, in South West France.
57,000E Monte-Swedish Championship
3rd Race Aby Saturday - The French take their monte very seriously, and although he has not been competing at Vincennes YPSILON BOKO (8) has been racing – and winning - in France which speaks volumes for his ability, perhaps because he is a gelding and the opportunities for monte racing at the Temple du Trot are limited, he had two wins three seconds and a third in six races in France. Should be too good.
138,000E GII Nat Sto-SM, Swedish Mares Championship
7th Race Aby Saturday - Former TravOaks and Breeders Crown winner VINCENNES (2), was also a Group winner against elite company last year. She has 12 wins in 23 lifetime starts, 3.8 million SEK in earnings. She has only had four starts this year, and this is her third start back from a break. She has a great draw so will get my money.
27,300E V75 Silver Division Heat 3
10th race Aby Saturday - The Silver Division, is the tier below the elite, and where the up and comers learn their trade. ANTHONY BOKO (2) is a US import who was a very good performer in Norway, and is taking on the Swedish rising stars for the first time. His last two starts were placings over 2 mile equivalent but back to his favoured shorter distance, and with a good draw, this is my outsider for the night. Should be at juicy odds.
138,000E GII Nat Svenskt Masterskap, Swedish Open Championship, V75 Gold Division
11th Race Aby Saturday - This is the big race for the weekend, and in the absence of Elitlopp winner Nahar, I’m going for Norwegian star YARRAH BOKO (2). A classy veteran, the Swedish product of the Boko stables has wWon this race before. He has drawn well and has four wins out of five, in top company this year. He should make it five from six, even against this field.
200,000E GII Int Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest
6th race Beaumont de Lomagne Sunday. It took all of three seconds to pick this with TIMOKO (5) the stand out. This is a champion against good horses, even with Swedish gold division stalwart Sanity going for his third win in a row in France. But Timoko is unbeaten on the French provincial tracks this year, and should win.