Top-class fields featuring snow specialists and interesting newcomers will gather as the bell rings to signal the start of this new season of Swiss horse races on the first race Sunday of the 2019 White Turf meeting. In the first race, at 11.30 a.m., we will already see a pack of 13 trotting teams zooming across the track of ice and snow. Fifty-six race horses and ten gallop ponies will be at the start in a total of seven races, for which quadruplets from five nations are coming to the Engadine. Moreover, some of the best amateur jockeys in the world, from a total of eight countries, will be in the saddle.
Traditionally, some candidates rehearse on the first Sunday for the highlight of the White Turf meeting, with a purse of 111,111 Swiss francs. Just like the Grand Prix of St. Moritz, the preparatory test on the first Sunday will also take place sponsored by LONGINES. The GP LONGINES will see seven interesting gallopers line up at the start, among them two of the big favourites for the final day.
At the Skikjöring we can expect a highlight as well. Valeria Holinger with her mare Usbekia will be striving for their hattrick this year by winning the Credit Suisse Trophy, which in the history of White Turf has only been achieved by two drivers to date. Both of whom will again be at the start on Sunday with Skikjöring newcomers: Jakob Broger, who will line up with the promising Strade Kirk, and Franco Moro, who is unlikely to rank among the favourites with Lips Legend.