V75®: Larsson towards Swedish Championships with Elitlopp news

A start in the Swedish Championships at Åby.
At the same time an Elitlopp test.
Fredrik B Larsson is already fine tuning for next year's Elitlopp with his star trotter Milliondollarrhyme and is hoping to try something new in Saturday's Championship race.

Eight gold medals will be handed out to Swedish Champions at Åby on Saturday.
Swedish Championships for mares and for apprentice drivers are two examples of races who will go on the V75® card, where the feature comes in the last leg.
V75-7 is the Swedish Championships for the open class trotters with SEK 500,000 to the winner. Neither Fredrik B or his brother Henrik Larsson has been fortunate enough to win a gold medal here, same goes for their father Björn Larsson.
Fredrik B Larsson has the chance this year to get it done. The Solvalla trainer is one of the main characters with Milliondollarrhyme - the rookie from this year's Elitlopp who is expected to really take the step into the elite next year.
"Swedish Championships is something you really want to win, it has a high status. But post eleven as we drew really gets the hopes down a lot. But it is what it is. If everything is normal with the horse, he still has a chance to win. I think Milliondollarrhyme's form will be even better this week" says Fredrik.

"It's getting close now"
As a five year old the Solvalla horse got invited to Elitloppet. After being fourth in his elimination, Milliondollarrhyme came in fifth in the final behind the French winner Dijon.
Larsson just let his horse follow and didn't push him too much.
"He delivered two really quick finishes in both the elimination and the final of Elitloppet. I was just a passenger and he still gained on them down the stretch. He was very good."
In his last start Milliondollarrhyme rallied to win the final of the Silver division at Solvalla in his last start in the second highest V75 class. Konung Carl XVI Gustaf's Silverhäst at Solvalla in early November is a race Fredrik B Larsson has thought of as the season finale for his horse's breakthrough year 2019.
But the Swedish Championships could also be the last start of the year.
"If he's as sound after the the race on Saturday we might race in Silverhästen. Or we'll put him away and start the winter training towards next season. Either way it's getting close now".

Full speed towards Elitloppet
Fredrik B Larsson is clear that Elitloppet is the main target for 2020. No trip to France or anything like that, the aim is set at the biggest race a the home track Solvalla.
"I hope I have a horse that can do well there based on how he performed this year" says Larsson.
How has he been after the Silver final at Solvalla?
"He feels great. He wasn't in top form in his last start after not having raced for five weeks, that's a bit too long for him. He didn't have the right kick in his stride even if he was good. I can feel in training that he's in better form now for Saturday".
Are you making any changes for this start?
"The forecast today (Monday) says rain in the Gothenburg area. But if the track is good I am planning on racing him barefoot for the first time on Saturday".
What can pulling the shoes do for him - could it even be a negative result?
"I have a feeling it will give him a good boost. I was going to wait until next year to pull his shoes but it's also good to know already now how he reacts so we can take that into consideration when we plan for next year. It would be interesting to try this time. But the track has to be very good for that. His record says that he raced barefoot all around in the Elitlopp final, which is incorrect. He raced barefoot upfront. It also says that he raced barefoot behind at Umeå back in the spring, also incorrect. He raced with all four shoes there".
You keep having faith in your horse but you say the post position could mean trouble. Which of the opponents is your biggest threat?
"It turned out to be a good field, but Nadal Broline is the one I have the most respect for when he's in top form. He's beaten us with his speed a couple of times this year. Nadal is very sharp when he's in form" says Fredrik B Larsson.