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Malin Roro and Kakisis win major semi finals

As expected, the two semi final races from the Prix de Vincennes championship for French trotters on a short distance of 2140m were the main attraction in yesterday’s 27th meeting of the season. This programme consisted of ten races all for trotters and included also other semi final races from the Prix d’Enghien championship for class Gold trotters and from the Prix de Cabourg for class Silver horses. The class Premier semi finals were won by Malin Roro and Kakisis while Charles Camilleri ended the best driver with three wins.

Only six horses lined up in the first semi final from the Prix de Vincennes for class Premier trotters. Here, Mystere d’Urfist (Noel Baldacchino) stormed clear off the field with 50m to go and went past the post first. But later this horse was disqualified and the win was awarded to Malin Roro (Mario Farrugia) which registered its second win in a row from Mark de Chamant (Michael Seychell). Joker de Choisel (Frencu Cassar) and Knock de Manche (Herman Mc Kay) also made it for the final stage. The winner clocked an average time of 1.15.7” per kilometer. Popular horse In Vitro du Bourg was absent from this race after being scratched few hours before the start of yesterday’s meeting.

There was a close finish in the second class Premier semi final when Master Perrine (Herman Mc Kay) and Kakisis (Johan Axisa) sprinted together in the final straight. The win was awarded to the latter after the photofinish was consulted. Marathon Villers (Mario Fenech), Le Coup de Foudre (Charles Camilleri) and Lovely Mab (Noel Baldacchino) also qualified for the final race. Kakisis obtained its fourth win of the season in an average time of 1.15.6” per kilometer.

Kojak d’Isques (Charles Camilleri) triumphed in the first semi-final from the Prix d’Enghien for class Gold trotters. This horse increased its speed midway through the final straight and took its third win of the year from Le Bon Mayennais (Clifforty Calleja), Intrus des Rioults (Carmelo Micallef), Lord The Best (Mark Mifsud) and Novak (Tony Demanuele).

In the second class Gold semi final, Magnifique Sablais (Julian Farrugia) confirmed that he is one of the most consistent horses of the season. This eleven year old horse obtained its fourth win of the season after leading all the way. Natif de Salvi (Redent Magro), Marquis Penalan (Mark Refalo), L’Alpha de Cosse (David Galea) and L’Ideal de Fersan (Carl Caruana) also made it for the final stage.

Another racing card was held on Friday evening. This also consisted of ten races and included two semi finals from the Mc Donald’s Mediterreanean Derby for flat horses on a long distance of 1750m. In the first semi final, Mayfair Princess (Ramon Grima) started slowing down around 500m from the finishing line and was overtaken by Buttermilk (Demis Zammit) which registered its first win of the season from Just The Best (Oliver Briffa) and Uncle Bertie (Michael Sultana).

American Kimberley Downs (Ramon Grima) increased its speed around 500m to the end of the second flat semi final. This five year old horse took its third win of the season from Ollie Fliptrik (Sarah Borg), Adorabile Med (Demis Zammit) and Genievre (Charles Pace) which also moved to the final stage.

The next programme at the Marsa Racetrack will be held next Sunday. This will form part of the Equestrian Festival organised by the Malta Sport Council in collaboration with the Malta Racing Club, the Malta Polo Club and the Malta Equestrian Federation. The festival will be organised between 7am and 6pm and apart from the trotting races there will be pony races, dressage, show jumping, a polo match, flat races and pony rides.

Yesterday’s winners

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m 1. Hawkear (Rodney Gatt) – 1.18.9”

Race 2. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pretty Post (David Ellul) – 1.18.6”

Race 3. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Law Suit (Shawn Portelli) – 1.17.9”

Race 4. Prix de Cabourg Semi Final. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Oeillet Blanc (Charles Camilleri) – 1.17.2”

Race 5. Prix d’Enghien Semi Final. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Kojak d’Isques (Charles Camilleri) – 1.19.1”

Race 6. Prix de Vincennes Semi Final. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Malin Roro (Mario Farrugia) – 1.15.7”

Race 7. Prix de Cabourg Semi Final. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Oris du Lupin (Clifforty Calleja) – 1.15.9”

Race 8. Prix d’Enghien Semi Final. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1.Magnifique Sablais (Julian Farrugia) – 1.17.3”

Race 9. Prix de Vincennes Semi Final. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m 1. Kakisis (Johan Axisa) – 1.15.6”

Race 10. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Gigo Lloyd (Charles Camilleri) –  1.17.2”

Originally published The Times of Malta 30/05/2011

About Kenneth Vella

A horse racing enthusiast and journalist. He started his career in 1992 and today is the main correspondent on horse racing for In-Nazzjon, Il-Mument and the Times of Malta. He also writes on a number of international magazines and produces TV programmes for E22 and TVM.Kenneth is the proud winner of two consecutive awards of the Malta Broadcasting Awards for the best sport programmes with documentaries.

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