Officials named Nahar to start in the 2014 Elitloppet to defend his 2013 title against Maven, Pascia'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Uncle Peter, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, and Shaq Is Back.
Eight additional contestants have yet to be named.
Nahar blossomed last year after being acquired in spring 2012 by hockey playing brothers Henrik and Daniel Seden. They placed the horse with conditionerand the historical stayer became enlightened with speed. The then seven year-old was second to Sanity in the Norbotten Pris and won a V75 test at Bollnas. He won twice that winter (2013-2013) in France before earning an Elitloppet start with a 1.09.7kr win at Gavle. He finished a good second to Sebastian K in his Elitloppet elimination and then won the final easily in 1.10.1kr defeating Arch Madness and Timoko.
Nationality: Sweden (Stall Sedin HB)
Trainer: Robert Bergh
Åge/Sex: 9 g Love You – Mahonny Broline
Earnings: 9.117.098 kronor
KR record: 1.09,7
Later in the season after several disappointing and off-stride appearances, Nahar was put away and a comeback prepared for, leading to the 2014 Elitloppet.
In related news trainer Thierry Duvaldestin reports that Pascia’Lest is expected to be fine for the Elitloppet after a disappointing sixth in the Lotteria first elimination. The trainer blamed a long journey to Naples and the track surface. He expects the Solvalla track to be more suitable and will fly his horse from Belgium to Stockholm.
Thomas H. Hicks