On the middle of the three race Sundays of the White Turf meeting on the frozen lake of St. Moritz, the field of participants is always slightly smaller than on the first and the third race days. However, this coming Sunday, fortunately eight more horses will be on the starting list than a year ago: 28 gallopers for the four flat races and ten horses each for the two trotting races and the Skikjöring. Eight guests from Germany and France will provide for international flair and will be interesting benchmarks for the athletes from Swiss stables.
After the successful premiere of the pony gallop race on snow, the same ten ponies as a week ago will be at the start of the Calixus AG winter prize, as will Sir Donder (Aaliyah Janser), Nuala (Alina Tatjana Albert) and Taifuna (Julia Gutekunst) all victorious in the three different categories.
The most important of the four flat races has a purse of 15,000 Swiss francs. A year ago, it was the English guest Berrahri who won this GP LONGINES with an advantage of seven lengths. He is striving to defend his title with Dennis Schiergen in the saddle, but to do so he must improve on his showing last Sunday. On the very deep, snowy track, he was ten lengths behind the winner New Agenda and the grey mare Fiesta, although the former is not participating this time. Take a Guess and Samurai, two of the strongest gallopers in Switzerland, might also intervene.