Champions League – Copenhagen Cup


 Million euro




Only a few days after the final takes of the movie, Tarok, was shot in Charlottenlund north of Copenhagen the scene was set for the largest race of the year – the 7th edition of the Copenhagen Cup  part of the Champion’s League Programme – and altogether 13 races which attracted some of the best trotters from Europe. 

The most famous of them all was Commander Crowe – a 10 year old Swedish chestnut who started his career with 24 victories in a row.  

Trained in France for the past few years, he is literally worth his weight in gold as he’s earned close to three and a half million euros – or  29 million Swedish crowns. In Copenhagen he came in second with the same finishing time as the winner – 1.11,7 for a distance of 2011 meters.  

The first past the finish line was the Swedish outsider, Mr. Picolit, driven by Åke Svanstedt while the French top trotter, Quinoa de Gers came third. Two weeks later, on June 22nd, Quinoa took home the Prix de New York in Enghien i France – closely followed by Italy’s Libeccio Grif, winner of Copenhagen Cup’s 2011 edition. 

Visiting horses are nothing new at the “Lunden” track which is situated in the idyllic suburbs a few steps from the Øresund sea.

The first international races were launched as early as in 1928 while the Copenhagen Cup is a fairly recent event from 1975.  As the oldest in Scandinavia, the track was founded in 1891. Most of it’s structures – including the stables and the iconic wooden towers that greet the guests at the entrance – date back to that time.


Today, Commander Crow is literally worth his weight in gold as he’s earned over three million euros – or  some 29 million Swedish crowns.


Though not considered as noble as the King of Sports trotting is where punters put their money. 

For racing fans, the action is surprisingly good as there’s more time to study the horses and the development of the race.

With eight trotting tracks in Denmark, and only four for the gallops, 85 per cent of all races are harness racing. During the latest edition of the Copenhagen Cup the total gambling reached 40 million Danish crowns – over five million euros – and an all time record.