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Shakira Trot wins top final

Shakira Trot, driven by Rodney Gatt winning the major Summer Final for class Premier trotters by a whisker from Olry Meslois (Emmanuel Fenech)

Shakira Trot, driven by Rodney Gatt winning the major Summer Final for class Premier trotters by a whisker from Olry Meslois (Emmanuel Fenech)

Driven by Rodney Gatt, Swedish mare Shakira Trot won Friday’s major event at the Marsa Racetrack, the Summer Championship final for class Premier trotters on a short distance of 2140m. This final formed part of the 33rd meeting of the year made up of seven races. These races were all finals from the different Summer Championships organized during the past weeks.

Eight horses took part in the class Premier final. It was Vanmaker Limburgia (Charles Camilleri) the fastest horse in the early stages, opening a half length lead from Absolut Spender (Mark Desira) and Orne des Olivettes (Christian Xerri). But with a lap to go Olry Meslois (Emmanuel Fenech) managed to take the lead. Later on, a keen tussle between three horses developed in the final metres of this final with Shakira Trot (Rodney Gatt) having to go all out in order to secure its second win of the year from Olry Meslois, Label Chouan (David Ellul) and Vanmaker Limburgia. The winner clocked an average time of 1.15.7” per kilometer. After this final, Mark Vella, MRC Director, presented the winning trophy to Mr Francois Zammit and Rodney Gatt, owner and driver respectively of the winning mare.

In the class Gold final, the early leader, Perdreau Rapide (Rodney Gatt) was outsmarted by Simb Tyrant (Mark Tanti) in the final metres. Simb Tyrant chalked up to its first win in Malta with Nophenio de Lune (Charles Farrugia) and Chippen Bob (Clint Vassallo) following behind in that order.

Favourite Quaroldo (Brian Zammit) upped its pace in the last 300m of the class Silver A final. This French nine year old trotter was unchallenged in the final metres and notched to its third win in a row and its fourth in Malta by two lengths from Pilote de Nganda (James Carabott), Paolin de Bannes (Noel Baldacchino) and Udice Boko (Tony Cauchi).

There was a close finish between Quartes (Brian Hili) and Socrates (James Briffa) in the final open for class Silver B trotters. It was the former which took its second win in Malta after that the photofinish was consulted by the racing stewards. Command Coger (Carmelo Farrugia) and Newman (Kevin Sciberras) ended respectively in third and fourth place.

Polytain dashed strongly from the outside around 600m from the finishing line of the class Bronze A final. Under the guidance of Noel Baldacchino, in the final straight Polytain went on to beat easily the challenge of Nerlo Villetot (Julian Farrugia). Law Suit (Ludvic Ghigo) and Poete de la Sarthe (Kurt Saliba) followed home in that order.

In the first race of the evening, the class Bronze B final, Magnific As (David Ellul) started to slow down midway through the final straight and was overtaken by favourite Zeta Jones A (Charles Camilleri) which secured its fifth win of the year from Jet Starline (Mario Fenech). Kiton de Bouere (Marius Mizzi) finished fourth.

Noble Candeen (David Ellul) went past the post first in the only class Copper final on the card. But later on, this French trotter was disqualified and the win was awarded to Andri Boko (Tony Demanuele) which registered its fourth win of the year by half length from Buckens Stjarna (Toni Tanti) and Ideal de Suce (Jesmar Gafa’). Minou de Perdriat (Charles Farrugia) ended in fourth place.

The 2013 season will commence with another meeting during the first week of September.

Friday’s winners

Race 1. Class Bronze B Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Zeta Jones A (Charles Camilleri) – 1.16.6”

Race 2. Class Copper Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Andri Boko (Tony Demanuele) – 1.17.9”

Race 3. Class Silver B Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quartes (Brian Hili) – 1.16.4”

Race 4. Class Bronze A Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Polytain (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.16”

Race 5. Class Gold Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Simb Tyrant (Mark Tanti) – 1.15.2”

Race 6. Class Premier Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Shakira Trot (Rodney Gatt) – 1.15.7”

Race 7. Class Silver A Final. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quaroldo (Brian Zammit) – 1.15.9”

Shakira Trot tittrijonfa f’finali eccitanti

Il-Gimgha fil-ghaxija fil-korsa tal-Marsa gew fi tmiemhom is-sensiela ta’ kompetizzjonijet li gew organizzati matul dan is-Sajf. Dan permezz ta’ seba’ finali fuq distanza qasira ta’ 2140m u li kienu jaghmlu parti mit-33 laqgha tal-istagun. Minn dawn, l-aktar finali importanti kienet dik miftuha ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Premier, finali li ntrebhet mid-debba Zvediza Shakira Trot misjuqa minn Rodney Gatt.

Tmienja kienu z-zwiemel li hadu sehem fil-finali Premier. Dan wara li ftit sieghat qabel il-bidu tal-finali gie skraccjat ukoll il-favorit nett, Lage, li kien gej minn zewg rebhiet konsekuttivi. Hekk kif inghata l-bidu ufficjali kien Vanmaker Limburgia (Charles Camilleri) li mar quddiem. Dan fetah vantagg zghir minn Absolut Spender (Mark Desira) u Orne des Olivettes (Christian Xerri). Izda dawra mit-tmiem kien Emmanuel Fenech li pogga lil Olry Meslois fl-ewwel post. Din il-finali hadet svolta ohra fl-ahhar metri taghha, inbidlet f’wahda mill-aktar eccitanti u incerti, taqtiegha bejn tlieta fejn finalment kienet Shakira Trot (Rodney Gatt) li bi ftit temmet rebbieha mill-istess Olry Meslois. Label Chouan (David Ellul) kellu wkoll wirja pozittiva bi pjazzament fit-tielet post minn Vanmaker Limburgia.

Fi tmiem il-finali, Mark Vella, f’isem l-MRC, ippremja lis-Sur Francois Zammit u Rodney Gatt, sid u sewwieq rispettivament tad-debba rebbieha. It-tieni rebha tas-sena ta’ Shakira Trot waslet f’medja ta’ 1.15.7” fil-kilometru.

Marco Tanti wera kapacita’ liema bhalha fl-ahhar metri tal-finali tal-klassi Gold. Fuq is-serkin ta’ Simb Tyrant, Tanti sab l-ispazju necessarju biex jattakka biz-ziemel tieghu tnejn fuq in-naha ta’ barra biex temm rebbieh bi ftit minn Perdreau Rapide (Rodney Gatt), Nophenio de Lune (Charles Farrugia) u Chippen Bob (Clint Vassallo). Ghal Simb Tyrant dan kien l-ewwel success fi xtutna.

Sprint tajjeb madwar 300m mit-tmiem tal-finali Silver A wassal lill-kwotat Quaroldo (Brian Zammit) biex jiehu t-tielet rebha konsekuttiva u r-raba’ f’Malta facilment minn Pilote de Nganda (James Carabott) u Paolin de Bannes (Noel Baldacchino). Udice Boko (Tony Cauchi) dahal ir-raba’.

Il-finali ghal zwiemel mill-klassi Silver B kienet ikkaratterizzata minn tmiem incert bejn Quartes (Brian Hili), li kien ghal hafna hin quddiem, u Socrates (James Briffa) li kellu sprint qawwi fl-ahhar battuti. Ir-rebha nghatat lil Quartes wara konsultazzjoni mal-photofinish. Command Coger (Carmelo Farrugia) u Newman (Kevin Sciberras) kellhom ukoll wirja pozittiva.

L-ahhar 600m tal-finali Bronze A kienu determinanti biex Polytain (Noel Baldacchino) jakkwista t-tielet rebha stagonali. Dan il-Franciz mar quddiem u temm rebbieh b’vantagg ta’ zewg tulijiet minn Nerlo Villetot (Julian Farrugia), Law Suit (Ludvic Ghigo) u Poete de la Sarthe (Kurt Saliba).

Fil-finali ghaz-zwiemel mill-klassi Bronze B, Magnific As (David Ellul) li kien ghal hafna hin fl-ewwel post, ceda kollox fl-ahhar metri meta nqabez mill-kwotata Zeta Jones A (Charles Camilleri) li hadet il-hames rebha tas-sena minn Jet Starline (Mario Fenech). Kiton de Bouere (Marius Mizzi) temm ir-raba’.

Noble Candeen (David Ellul) kien l-ewwel ziemel li qasam il-linja finali l-ewwel waqt l-uniku finali tal-klassi Copper. Izda eventwalment dan il-Franciz safa’ skwalifikat biex ir-rebha nghatat lit-tieni pjazzat, l-Olandiz Andri Boko (Tony Demanuele) li ha r-raba’ rebha tieghu. Buckens Stjarna (Toni Tanti), Ideal de Suce (Jesmar Gafa’) u Minou de Perdriat (Charles Farrugia) dahlu t-tieni, it-tielet u r-raba’ post rispettivament.

Issa wara l-laqgha tal-Gimgha l-istagun 2013 jitkompla f’Settembru li gej.

Ir-Rizultati Kollha

I Tigrija. Finali Klassi Bronze B. Dist – 2140m. 1. Zeta Jones A (C. Camilleri) Hin – 2.43.9” (1.16.6”) 2. Jet Starline (M. Fenech) 3. Magnific As (D. Ellul) 4. Kiton de Bouere (M. Mizzi)

II Tigrija. Finali Klassi Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Andri Boko (T. Demanuele) Hin – 2.46.6” (1.17.9”) 2. Buckens Stjarna (T. Tanti) 3. Ideal de Suce (J. Gafa’) 4. Minou de Perdriat (C. Farrugia)

III Tigrija. Finali Klassi Silver B. Dist – 2140m. 1.Quartes (B. Hili) Hin – 2.43.5” (1.16.4”) 2. Socrates (J. Briffa) 3. Command Coger (C. Farrugia) 4. Newman (K. Sciberras)

IV Tigrija. Finali Klassi Bronze A. Dist – 2140m. 1. Polytain (N. Baldacchino) Hin – 2.42.6” (1.16”) 2. Nerlo Villetot (J. Farrugia) 3. Law Suit (L. Ghigo) 4. Poete de la Sarthe (K. Saliba)

V Tigrija. Finali Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Simb Tyrant (M. Tanti) Hin – 2.41” (1.15.2”) 2. Perdreau Rapide (R. Gatt) 3. Nophenio de Lune (C. Farrugia) 4. Chippen Bob (C. Vassallo)

VI Tigrija. Finali Klassi Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Shakira Trot (R. Gatt) Hin – 2.42” (1.15.7”) 2. Olry Meslois (E. Fenech) 3. Label Chouan (D. Ellul) 4. Vanmaker Limburgia (C. Camilleri)

VII Tigrija. Finali Klassi Silver A. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quaroldo (B. Zammit) Hin – 2.42.4” (1.15.9”) 2. Pilote de Nganda (J. Carabott) 3. Paolin de Bannes (N. Baldacchino) 4. Udice Boko (T. Cauchi)

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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