Saturday 19 June 2021 at Strömsholm
The two most important jump races of the Scandinavian racing calender takes place on the beautiful grounds of Österängen near Strömsholm Royal Castle on the 19th of June.
The top number of the day, the steeplechase Swedish Grand National, is the richest and most challenging jump race in Scandinavia. The runners of the 4500 meter race faces 16 fences of various kinds, some as testing as their Aintree equivalents.
The once-a-year-only race meeting at Strömsholm is one of the most international race days in Sweden. The local horses usually meet opponents from Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
In addition to the SEK 115 000 in prize money, the winner is awarded the magnificent Topham Trophy. It is a 72 kg silver cup that was donated to the Swedish organisers before the inaugural race in 1971 by Mrs Mirabel Topham, the former owner of Aintree Racecourse.
The meeting usually attracts around 4000 spectators, who also get to watch Scandinavia's most prestigious hurdle race, the Swedish Champion Hurdle. Unfortunately, there is no public in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.
Besides the two highlights, the card features another two jump races as well as five flat races and several pony races.