V75® Saturday: Trainer very happy with the Finnish winning machine
The Finnish Derby winner Graceful Swamp has won 28 of 34 starts in his career.
On Saturday the winning machine will make his first start on Swedish soil.
"I have a lot of faith in my horse for Saturday and I believe he will win. All he needs to do is stay trotting" says Erkki-Pekka Mäkinen.
The elimination to the Grand Prix de l'UET is what lured Graceful Swamp to Solvalla and V75®.
The Finnish four year old has done pretty much everything right so far and it will be interesting to see how he measures up internationally.
Trainer Erkki-Pekka Mäkinen is a character and E-P, as he's called, sounded very optimistic in a Facebook broadcast from Vermo Areena where he was interviewed by racing manager Miika Lähdeniemi.
"He feels great in training. He got treated after the Derby win where he wasn't at his best and he got a couple of weeks rest after that. I was going to train him six intervals last time I trained him but I only did four...he didn't need more" says E-P.
The four year old stallion by So Perfect and Zora Kemp was looked at by a veterinarian before travelling to Sweden.
"Riina Rekilä went over him just to be safe and she was pleased".
Travelling to Sweden is nothing that worries the trainer.
"We'll take the ferry on Friday and he will spend the night at Solvalla, but that's nothing I worry about. He always travels well and he's been on long trips before. I've never been around a smarter horse" says E-P.
Aiming at Elitloppet
Graceful Swamp will start from post seven in V75-3. The worst possible he could have drawn considering there's only seven horses in the race.
"I have a lot of faith in my horse for Saturday and I believe he will win. All he needs to do is stay trotting, but you have to be humble and keep in mind that could happen. What he did in the Derby elimination after making a break is something the open trotters wouldn't even have been able to do that day".
The second place in the Derby elimination is the only loss this year for Graceful Swamp who has ten wins in eleven starts as a four year old. Naturally, E-P thinks very highly of his horse.
"I saw the Grand Prix de l'UET eliminations form Vincennes. Of course the horses who are through to the final are good horses, but I'm not afraid to race against any of them".
Erkki-Pekka Mäkinen has big plans for his horse in the future.
"During my 45 years in this business I've never been around a horse like this. After the Grand prix de l'UET the aim is set at Elitloppet and Prix d'Amerique and that's when he might get to race barefoot. But until then, his shoes will stay on".