© Travronden-Lars Jakobsson – Anthony Barrier during the awards ceremony at Solvalla
At 36, Anthony Barrier had a Sunday he will remember for the rest of his life, with an incredible emotional lift in the final between the foul ofamazing 800 meters from the finish and his triumphant return. The former student of the Maison Familiale Rurale de Pouancé (Maine-et-Loire), son of an amateur driver and owner, had never raced at the Solvalla racecourse. He was therefore directly plunged into the deep end on this day of Elitloppet, deliberately choosing to focus only – and therefore to refuse any further riding – on the champion of Richard Westerink whose partner he has become since the start of the winter 2020.
This option paid off because he had to have all his concentration to adapt and understand the specifics of the Swedish track as quickly as possible and accompany as best as possible. amazing for what was also a first for the son of Timoko (battery race, 1,000 meter track, banked turns). With this success of international dimensions, Anthony Barrier joins the clan of French drivers to have entered their names on the Elitloppet list. He is exactly the fifteenth Frenchman to do so in the 70-year history of the race.
The seventh at Group I level and the third of this level obtained abroad, this success completes an already substantial personal record that Anthony Barrier, nicknamed “Moustik”, has forged since his debut in January 2003, while he will very soon reach 1,400 victories in France.
Anthony Barrier’s Groups I:
Saint-Léger des Trotteurs with Return Money in 2008
Price of Cornulier with Olga du Biwetz in 2011
Grand Prix of Wallonia with King of Lupine in 2014 in Mons (Belgium)
Price of Paris Marathon Race with amazing in 2021
Kymi Grand Prix with This Roman Bello in 2021 in Kouvola (Finland)
Côte d’Azur Speed Criterium with amazing in 2022
The elite race with amazing in 2022 in Solvalla (Sweden)