On this the day of the smart-favourites series of races – and following the immense amounts of snow over the past few days – the deep-covered race track had a major influence on the outcome of the races.
New Agenda, the English guest from the stables of Paul Webber, was not bothered at all by the strength-sapping surface. In the GP LONGINES with a purse of 20,000 Swiss francs, the seven-year old achieved victory with jockey Dennis Schiergen by a neck, or rather a matter of five hundredths of seconds. Berrahri followed with more than a ten lengths deficit with last year’s winner Nimrod, formerly unbeaten on snow, miles behind in a hard fought fourth.
The Skikjöring was won, by Strade Kirk – also following a thrilling final spurt – with the tenfold champion Jakob Broger at the reins. Despite light snowfall, about 7,500 spectators turned out on the frozen lake of St. Moritz and put down a very considerable number of bets to the tune of 49’500 Swiss francs. This was about 4,000 Swiss francs less than a year ago, although there was one more race then.