The 85th Royal Race, Kuninkuusravit, takes place in the oldest city and former capital of Finland, Turku.
The Kuninkuusravit weekend is the biggest harness racing event in Finland, attracting about 50-60 000 spectators every year. This is the sixth time Turku race track organizes the races.
Turku has taken an active role in marketing the event also for international audience. I’m sure you don’t haveto be a Finn to enjoy the races. :)
Ships traffic between Turku and Stockholm on a daily basis, so it’s very easy to travel from Sweden. Turku also has an airport and is only a few hours away from Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Some say, they aren’t even interested in harness racing overall, but this weekend is a must. For some it’s the overall atmosphere, for some the festival around the event, that makes them return every year.
But I’d say for me and many like me, the main reason is that the biggest stars in this event are the Finn horses.
I can only imagine what it feels like to own, train or have bred a horse that gets to compete for the crown… I believe it’s a dream of every single Finn horse trotter breeder (including myself), the goal.
I’ll be there, let’s meet up ;)
- Kuninkuusravit.fi (in English) / Kungstravet (på svenska)
- Tickets available online at Kuninkuusravit web store
- Facebook: Kuninkuusravit
- Twitter: @Kunkkarit2016