For the sixth time in a row there was racing in the Royal Park in the middle of Stockholm on Swedish National Day, June 6th. Again it was a tremendous success.
As entrance is free and people are walking in and out the area the whole time it is difficult to to count the audience. But it is estimated to be 50 000 to 60 000.
Although there are a lot of well known artists performing, many exhibitions taking place, and hat parades with prizes, it is obvious that it is the horse races that is the most popular occasion.
There were four thoroughbred races, two races with arab horses with big purses thanks to the scheik of Abu Dhabi, and two pony races.
The female riders were successful and won four of the races and both the pony races was won by girls.
The National Day racing is now established as a big event, which was confirmed as one of the biggest TV channels in Sweden broadcasted three hours from The Royal Park.
An audience of around 50 000-60 000 people followed the National Day races in Stockholm (photo Elina Björklund)