The German-trotter, Brioni, who last year won the Elitlopp, returned to form Saturday afternoon winning in 1.52.1f - the fastest time in Europe this year. Brioni, who is trained and driven by Joachim Lovgren, has struggled to find the same harness racing form as he had last year when he won and elimination and final of The Olympic Trot in April.
But just in time for the big race next Sunday he returned to form yesterday winning at Gävle.
However, Brioni was not the most impressive trotter in the race, as Caballion and driver Fredrik B. Larsson were going to win, but went off stride 100 yards before the finish line and were disqualified and placed last. Despite the disqualification Caballion got an invitation to race in the Elitlopp.
Later today the draw will take place for the two eliminations from which the four first finishers in each will advance to the final.
Here are the 16 invited trotters:
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by Karsten Bønsdorf