The favorite Carat Williams is scratched out of Harper Hanover's race.
Due to delays with transportations the team around Carat Williams chose not to load the horse on the plane leaving France Friday afternoon according to reports from Travronden.
Handsome Brad proved all the experts wrong in his last start when he beat the three favorites to win in an equalled world record time.
Saturday is his next big test when he's racing in the V75 feature Harper Hanover's race.
"We've trained him a couple easy trips and one tougher trip and he feels just as good as he did before the world record race" says trainer Ulf Stenströmer.
Last year he trotted faster than the speed of light but lost as the huge favorite in the final.
On Sunday the French phenom is returning to Elitloppet for revenge.
"We get the chance to start over, with the same conditions as last year and it feels great" says Bold Eagle's charismatic owner Pierre Pilarski.