Swedish Trotting

travThe Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board has staged betting on trotting (in Sweden called “Trav”) events since 1974. The extent of the interest in the sport in Sweden is enormous and has an increasing following across Europe and beyond.

For Trotting fans, Sweden provides many of the finest horses and drivers in the world. The betting pools can approach 30 million Euro per week. The sport also has a fine reputation with zero medication and a strong emphasis on fair play.

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Racecourses in Sweden

There are 32 specialist trotting tracks and one shared track in Sweden, from Jägersro in the south to Boden in the north. Some of the courses are open all year round whilst others are seasonal, between them hosting over 1,000 meetings each year. Jägersro, Åby and Solvalla are the biggest tracks in the country. Most courses are 5/8 mile but Åmål, Hoting and Oviken are only 800m and Tingsryd is a complete mile. The racetracks have different surfaces with dirt (composed of gravel and sand) or grass.
 

Background

There are estimated to be around 360,000 horses in Sweden with approximately half a million active horse enthusiasts. There is a long tradition of trotting races in Sweden dating back to the days when the land-workers would race their horses on their way home from church. Sweden’s first public trotting race was staged in 1870 at Ladugårdsgärde in Stockholm. The first meeting with tote betting was held in 1923 at Jägersro close to the city of Malmö.

Distances

The most common race distance is 2.140 meters with sprint races over 1.640 meters and staying events up to 3.140 meters.

In a handicap race the runners start from different distances. Each extra distance is 20 meters with the handicap dictated by prize money earned. The horses with the lowest earnings start in the first tier at 2.140 meters. Horses that have passed the first earnings limit, but not the second, must start from the second tier and race 2.160 meters. Handicaps are held over a variety of distances. Two tracks in Sweden have an Open stretch on the home straight. This lane to the left of the track can only be used on the finishing stretch.

Trotting Rules

The races begin either by an auto start or a circular volt start. A maximum field of 12 horses can compete in an auto start with horses 1-8 starting in the first tier behind the gate and horses 9-12 in the second tier.

The maximum number of horses in a race with a volt start is 15. Seven horses are in the front line with positions 1, 3, 6 and 7 having an advantage as 2, 4 and 5 run the risk of breaking to gallop since they have to make a steep turn out of the circle before the race begins.

Betting on Swedish Trotting

Swedish Trotting offers a wide range of betting opportunities including the multi-leg and the more exotic V75 which boasts one of the largest payouts in the horse racing world. The V75 takes place every Saturday can be compared to the Scoop 6 in the UK, with a large pool and bettors needing to pick all seven (in the case of the V75) winners. There are also prizes for six or five winners, similar to the national lottery. As with other forms of horse racing, there are also the more traditional straight win or show bets.

Another popular bet is the V86 which takes place every Wednesday with eight races and prizes for six, seven and eight winners.

The V75 and V86 are now accessible across Europe and in America where online racebooks are keen to get involved with these lucrative betting pools.

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