Jim Oscarsson and Tamara Skutnabb.
There you have the trainers behind the two horses who qualified for the final of the Breeders Course at Solvalla on 29 May.
Jim Oscarsson won the elimination at Solvalla together with Urban Africa while Tamara Skutnabb's Point of View was driven by Erik Adielsson.
Jim Oscarsson is an established trainer, usually regularly qualifies horses for the big finals and has in Urban Africa a horse for the bigger races.
– I hope and believe so, he says. The plan for the season is for the horse to develop and get better all the time. In the near future, the plan is to win the Breeders Course final.
Urban Africa began his career with Adrian Kolgjini. There he won a elimination race for the Breeders Course, but galloped away in the final that Gio Cash won. The breeder and then owner Urban Lindberg died last autumn and the horse was sold and that is how he ended up with Jim Oscarsson.
– He has been a bit keen for me in the first starts, now we took it a little calmer from the start and then there were speed left in the end, he said after a race outside the leader.
Tamara Skutnabb is a newcomer in the big picture, but definitely not in the trotting sport. Dad's name is Erik Skutnabb and he has been a trainer in both Finland and France. He has, for example, had Express Pride in Elitloppet and was a period trainer for Etain Royal. Today, father Erik works as a mentor to 23-year-old Tamara. Tamara has been a professional trainer at Östersundstravet since last autumn, she has passed trainers such as the Frenchman Jean Bardon, the swedes Robert Bergh and Reijo Liljendahl and a couple more.
Now she has qualified her 3-year-old for a million final in front of packed stands at Solvalla.
The big eliminationfavorite Pure Atlas was far too alert and galloped away all the chances shortly after the start.
After Solvalla's elimination race, the following four horses are ready for the final: Show Your Guts, Tetrick Wania, Urban Africa and Point of View.