Livi Cantona and Belafonte won yesterday’s two major races at the Marsa Racetrack, open for Premier Class trotters.
These races formed part of the 15th meeting of the season, the programme of which was made up of eight races, all for trotters and held over the distance of a mile.
Fourteen horses lined up in the first Premier Class race.
Carnegie Hall (Darren Mizzi) was the fastest in the early stages. This Swedish horse opened a length’s lead from Bill Boing (Carmelo Farrugia) and Lucas Ness (Mario Farrugia).
However, midway through the final straight, Carnegie Hall was overtaken by favourite Livi Cantona (Julian Farrugia) and this horse went on to register its fourth win of the season and the second in a row.
Bill Boing and Lucas Ness finished third and fourth place respectively behind Carnegie Hall.
Belafonte (Charlo Debono) obtained its first win at Marsa in the second Premier Class race.
This nine-year-old Swedish horse increased its pace along the final 400m and finished first from Mark de Chamant (Michael Seychell).
Swedish newcomer Ringside (Paul Bonello) and Master Perrine (Herman Mc Kay) were third and fourth. Belafonte had a good average speed of 1.14.5” per kilometre which was also the best registered during yesterday’s meeting.
In the only Gold Class race of the afternoon, Biggles Coquet (Mario Farrugia) chalked up its first win of the year after increasing its speed 250m from the post.
Nuage Somolli (Alex Cortis), Jobie Lucky (Carl Caruana) and Big Hit (Charlo Debono) finished in that order behind the winning horse.
Yesterday’s card also included three races open for Bronze Class trotters.
In the first of the series, there was a close finish involving Lancaster (Noel Baldacchino) and Divinis (Charles Magro) as both sprinted together in the straight for home.
The win was awarded to Lan-caster after the photo-finish was consulted.
The second Bronze Class race saw Super Swede (Kevin Sciberras) producing a strong burst in the last 50m to triumph ahead of Internet (Raymond) Clifton) and in the category’s other race, Swedish mare Luriza Liz (Brian Pulis) stormed clear with some 150m for its second win of the season.
Another meeting will be held next Sunday. This will consist of seven trotting races and will include the final of the Emirates Airline – It-Tazza l-Kbira.
The first race starts at 2 p.m.
Winners at the racetrack
Race 1: Copper, Marquis du Domaine (Rodney Gatt) – 1.17.1”.
Race 2: Bronze, Lancaster (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.16.3”.
Race 3: Bronze, Super Swede (Kevin Sciberras) – 1.16”.
Race 4: Copper, Loulou Noir (Carl Caruana) – 1.16.6”.
Race 5: Premier, Livi Cantona (Julian Farrugia) – 1.14.8”.
Race 6: Bronze, Luriga Liz (Brian Pulis) – 1.16.8”.
Race 7: Premier, Belafonte (Charlo Debono) – 1.14.5”.
Race 8: Gold, Biggles Coquet (Mario Farrugia) – 1.14.9”.
Originally published in The Times on the 04 April 2011