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It-Tazza l-Kbira Event Starts on Friday

Tazza l-Kbira Presser

Dr. Matthew Brincat, Malta Racing Club Chairman, announced on Wednseday the launch of Malta’s most prestigious trotting trophy, It-Tazza l-Kbira. The prized Cup, It-Tazza l-Kbira, will be awarded to the winner of the championship Final, to be held on Sunday 7th April.

The early qualifying heats, featuring the top 72 trotters (61 from the Premier class and 11 from the Gold class) will be held this Friday. The race distance is as usual 2,640m and the first four horses from each of the six heats will qualify for the semi finals. The 24 semi-finalists will run again on Sunday 24th March. The first race on Friday 8th March starts at 18:30.

During the press conference held at the MRC Tote Shop, MRC Chairman Dr Matthew Brincat said, “It-Tazza l-Kbira, is the most prestigious Trotting Racing Trophy in Malta. This award dates back to 1934 and has built a reputation that all horse racing enthusiasts consider as the main annual event in this sport. The Trophy has been won over the years by some of the best horses ever to race on the island, has seen controversy on a number of occasions and has survived for nearly 80 years.”

Dr Brincat continued “ this year’s participants come from no less than seven different countries, 42 French participants, 22 Swedes, 3 Germans, 2 originating in the US and one each from Denmark , Finland and the Netherlands. The youngest participant is Swede Opal Hall (6 years), whilst the oldest is French 2011 Tazza l-Kbira winner Kakisis, also the winner of the December VOB grand final held last year.”

The winner of this year’s It-Tazza l-Kbira Dragonara Casino Brasserie Final will be awarded the trophy for a year plus €2,600. The total prize money for the Final is €4,480, consisting of the first prize, €1,000 for the runner-up; €450 for the third place; €250 for the fourth place and €180 for the fifth placed. A trophy will also be awarded in respect of each of the first five placed horses. All finalists will be awarded a personalised number, horse blanket (ghata) with the winner of It-Tazza l-Kbira receiving a special horse blanket.

Among this year’s participants we find various championship winners from last year such as (in addition to the afore-mentioned Kakisis), the current Tazza l-Kbira holder Mig of the Wood, Skyparks Swedish trotters Premier class championship winner Wiss Night Hawk, Sette Giugno Cup winner Zilver Boko, SECF Prix de Vincennes winners Lady de Vindecy and Nabab du Chatelet, VOB June grand final winner Label Chouan, Summer championship Premier class winner Milord Barbes, Cassar Petroleum Autumn Championship winner Troy Boshoeve, President’s Cup winner Mont Cenis Honey and this year’s Assikura A championship winner Argus Hanover.

The participants also include various horses which have already won this year in the Premier or Gold classes, such as Oran, Odedjalo, Oscar Mati, Normand d’Oger, Nino de Saintho, Fire, Keeping Quality, Simb Mark, and Sultan November.

We also have seven newcomers in these heats, i.e. the French Miaou, Ofackevo, Ohime Mag, Okilaibo, Original Blue and Orne des Olivettes and Swede Baloo Nalan.

Dr. Brincat added “undoubtedly all the participants are quality horses and we wish the best of luck to all of them.”

The 2013 Tazza l-Kbira edition will be sponsored for the 2nd consecutive year by The Dragonara Casino Brasserie.

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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