Swedish horse racing history can be traced back to 1814 when the first recorded horse racing event was held. Today, the more than 200 years old sport is one of the most popular in the country, with harness racing in the lead.
Sweden hosts around 1,000 race meetings annually, out of which more than 850 are harness racing events. The country is presently home to 33 harness racing tracks, with over 18,000 racehorses in training. There are almost 6,000 trainers and 3,000 jockeys dedicated to the sport at the moment.
Thoroughbred flat and jump racing events are also held in Sweden, but they are not as common as in other countries like Ireland or UK. There are no more than 2 racecourses dedicated to thoroughbred horse racing.
With such a huge number of races held annually, it is no wonder that a significant amount of money is wagered on these events. If you want to be a part of the betting action in horse racing in Sweden, here is a brief guide to lead you in the right direction.
Major horse races in Sweden
The race days throughout Sweden are a busy affair, as spectators and bettors swarm to the racing tracks to witness the live action.
While numerous racing events are held throughout the year, the most significant is the Elitloppet. It is a Group 1 harness racing event that has been taking place since 1952 at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, usually in May. The one-mile trotting race is one of the most prestigious in the country, with prize money worth $330,000.
Other prominent events include the Parlympiatravert, a 2,140m race, and the Aby Stora Pris, held at Aby, Gothenburg, in May and August, respectively. Additionally, the Swedish Trotting derby is held in Jagerso, while the Breeders, Crown Series is held in November in Eskilstuna west of Stockholm.
Betting on horse racing in Sweden
If you want to bet on the Swedish trotting races, you have several options in this regard. Betting is run as a pool in Sweden as all the money that is bet on a particular race is placed in a pot, and the winnings are distributed amongst the successful punters.
The ATG (Stock Trot and Gallop) is Sweden’s official horse racing totalisator. It offers a wide number of signature betting products and their combinations, including multi-leg and the exclusive V-wager, V75, which has of the biggest payouts in horse racing. Standard straight bets like place, show or win and twin and trios are also on offer for bettors looking for basic categories.
Since there is a wide range of betting products and the price per bet is quite economical, skilful bettors can include strong runners at a reasonable price. This allows them to enhance their winning prospects and gives them access to the largest betting pools in the industry.
If you want to bet on V64, V65, V75, and V 86, you will need to determine the winners of the six, seven, or even the eighth nominated races taking place at the same track. The bettors who fall one or two winners short on their wagers are offered returns.
Several betting companies offer bettors an opportunity to wager on races in Sweden, including ATG, Tote UK, and PMU. The racetracks have been digitised, and the cash registers are unavailable on most race days.
Instead, you have the option to place your bets through your smartphone. If you want to place a wager through ATG, you can go to the ATG website, where you will be referred to a local betting partner’s website. These partners offer betting across a wide number of countries.
What is V65, and how to bet on it?
V65 is one of the most exclusive betting options in Swedish horse racing and has been in practice since 1974. It is held on every Friday race and a few selected Saturday races.
It is a Pick6, and to calculate the bet cost, you need to multiply the total number of horses picked in the six legs with the least stake. For instance, if you pick 4 horses in the first leg, a single mark in the second, 5 in the third, a single in the fourth, 4 in the fifth leg, and 3 in the last leg, here is what your cost will look like.
Multiply all the picks to determine the number of combinations chosen. From the example we have 4 x 1 x 5 x 1 x 4 x 3= 240 combinations.
The 240 combinations will be equal to 240 Swedish Krona (SEK). In terms of dollars, it will be $48 (240 x 20 US cents)
Who is the official horse racing totalisator in Sweden?
The ATG (AB Trav och Galopp) is Sweden’s official horse racing totalisator. It is owned by Swedish Trotting Association (ST) and the Swedish Jockey Club (SG).
What is the most significant harness racing event in Sweden?
The most significant harness racing event in Sweden is Elitloppet. It is a Group 1 harness racing event that has been taking place since 1952 at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm.