Harness Racing - Important Races - in Continental Europe

In Continental Europe

The leading harness racing nations in Europe are France, Italy and Sweden, and the sport is fairly popular in most northern European countries. Practically all races in Europe are trotting races. Saddled events are commonplace in France and though less frequent, they are not considered exceptional in other European trotting nations. Monté (races to saddle) have recently been introduced in larger scale in Norway, to increase interest and recruitment to the sport. The Prix d'Amérique at Vincennes hippodrome near Paris, France is widely considered to be the most prestigious event of the European racing year. Other notable races include the Elitloppet one-mile race in Solvalla track near Stockholm, Sweden and Gran Premio Lotteria di Agnano in Naples, Italy. A yearly Grand Circuit tour for the top trotters includes a number of prestigious European races. All notable racing nations also host their own highly regarded premier events for young horses.

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