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Midnight Passion steals limelight

Midnight Passion (Eric Bezzina) winning the Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final for class Gold trotters (Photo In-Nazzjon - Media.Link Communications).

Midnight Passion (Eric Bezzina) winning the Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final for class Gold trotters (Photo In-Nazzjon – Media.Link Communications).

The 40th meeting of the season made up of eight races all for trotters was held in front of a packed house at the racetrack on Sunday. Five of these races were condition race finals from the Cassar Petroleum competitions on a short distance of 2140m. The main attraction in Sunday’s card was the class Gold final which was won by Midnight Passion driven by Eric Bezzina.

Ten horses lined up in the class Gold final. It was Charm Hammering (Carmelo Farrugia) which made the fastest start, opening a half length lead from Premier Avril (Herman Mc Kay) and Nacarat Campbell (Rodney Gatt). But with 500m to go, favourite Midnight Passion (Eric Bezzina) dashed strongly from the outside. In the final straight, this Swedish favourite stormed head and cruised to its third consecutive win and its fifth in Malta. Charm Hammering had to settle for the second place while Skars Hanna (Jeffrey Said) and Prince Gaillard (Charles Camilleri) completed the top four order. Midnight Passion clocked an excellent average time of 1.14.5” per kilometer,

The trotters registered in class Silver took part in two different finals. There was a keen tussle between three horses in the final metres of the class Silver A final. It was favourite Prince Lu (Shawn Portelli) which notched to its second win in a row and in Malta by half length from Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) and Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia). Mind Your Head (Noel Baldacchino) ended fourth.

In the class Silver B final, Pile Ou Face (Joe Schembri) surrended the lead to Magnific As (David Ellul) midway through the final straight. Magnific As did not find any difficulty to gain its third win of the year with Pilote de Nganda (James Carabott) and Lys de l’Oasis (Julian Farrugia) following home in that order.

Favourite and early leader, Command Coger (Carmelo Farrugia), was unable to keep up the pace during the 2140m of the class Bronze final. In the final straight, this Swedish seven year old trotter was outsmarted by outsider Loustic d’Anjou (Julian Farrugia) which secured its first win of the season. Pema (Charles Farrugia) and Gin T Dalimo (Mark Mifsud) claimed the other top four positions.

In the class Copper final, favourite Royal Qui (Ivan Bilocca) led all the way and triumphed easily by more than five lenghts from Esmeralda Run (Kevin Sciberras) and Monte Cinto Mag (Benny Briffa). Hulegardens Filur (Noel Baldacchino) finished fourth. For Royal Qui this was its fifth win of the year.

Mr Darren Marmara’, on behalf of Cassar Petroleum presented the owners and drivers of the winning horses with a commemorative plaque.

Also during Sunday’s meeting, Noel Baldacchino was awarded as the best driver of last month. During September, Baldacchino took part in 22 races, won five of them and placed in six others. Apart from a commemorative plaque, the Zejtun driver was also presented with a small token by Lorraine Cunningham on behalf of P & M Farrugia Company Limited, importers of goods used in this sport.

Another meeting at the Marsa Race Track will be held on Friday evening. The first race, reserved for class Copper trotters on a long distance of 2640m will start at 7pm.

Sunday’s winners.

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2640m. 1. Kiton de Bouere (Marius Mizzi) – 1.19.3”

Race 2. Class Silver. Dist – 2640m. 1. Ostheo d’Havetot (Andrew Farrugia) – 1.18”

Race 3. Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Royal Qui (Ivan Bilocca) – 1.18.1”

Race 4. Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Loustic d’Anjou (Julian Farrugia) –
1.16.6”

Race 5. Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final. Class Silver B. Dist – 2140m. 1. Magnific As (David Ellul) – 1.15.8”

Race 6. Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final. Class Silver A. Dist – 2140m. 1. Prince Lu (Shawn Portelli) – 1.15.1”

Race 7. Cassar Petroleum Condition Race Final. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Midnight Passion (Eric Bezzina) – 1.14.5”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 2640m. 1. Qurieux Du Ponchet (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.17”

Midnight Passion jibbrilla fil-finali ewlenija

L-erbghin laqgha tas-sena li kienet tikkonsisti minn tmien tigrijiet kollha tat-trott saret il-Hadd wara nofsinhar fil-korsa tal-Marsa. Minn dawn l-aktar hamsa importanti kienu finali ta’ Condition Races mill-kompetizzjoni Cassar Petroleum fuq distanza qasira ta’ 2140m. Il-finali ewlenija, dik tal-klassi Gold, intrebhet minn Midnight Passion taht il-gwida ta’ Eric Bezzina.

Ghaxra kienu z-zwiemel li hadu sehem fil-finali tal-klassi Gold. Carmelo Farrugia pogga lil Charm Hammering quddiem wara ftit metri mill-bidu ufficjali tat-tigrija. Dan fetah vantagg zghir minn Premier Avril (Herman McKay) u Nacarat Campbell (Rodney Gatt). Il-finali hadet svolta ohra fl-ahhar 500m taghha, dan meta Midnight Passion (Eric Bezzina) tpogga tlieta fuq in-naha ta’ barra biex fid-dritta finali seta’ jaqbez lil Charm Hammering halli jiehu l-hames rebha f’Malta u t-tielet wahda konsekuttiva. Skars Hanna (Jeffrey Said) u Prince Gaillard (Charles Camilleri) temmew fit-tielet u r-raba’ post rispettivament. Intant is-success ta’ Midnight Passion wasal f’medja impressjonanti wkoll ta’ 1.14.5” fil-kilometru.

Iz-zwiemel registrati fi klassi Silver ippartecipaw f’zewg finali. F’dik li kienet maghrufa bhala Silver A, Prince Lu (Shawn Portelli) ma naqqasx milli fl-ahhar metri jikkontrolla l-assalt ta’ Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt). Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia) u Mind Your Head (Noel Baldacchino) kellhom ukoll wirja tajba. B’hekk Prince Lu ha t-tieni rebha fi xtutna minn daqstant dehriet f’pajjizna.

Fil-finali Silver B, sprint tajjeb mibdi madwar 200m mill-linja finali wassal lil Magnific As (David Ellul) biex jaqsam il-linja finali l-ewwel minghajr diffkulta’ u quddiem Pile Ou Face (Joe Schembri). Pilote de Nganda (James Carabott) u Lys de l’Oasis (Julian Farrugia) temmew warajhom f’dik l-ordni. B’hekk Magnific As ha t-tielet rebha tal-istagun.

F’finali ohra, dik tal-klassi Bronze, Command Coger (Carmelo Farrugia), kien ghal hafna metri fl-ewwel post. Izda f’nofs id-dritta finali, dan l-Izvediz naqqas il-pass u nqabez mill-outsider Loustic d’Anjou (Julian Farrugia) li akkwista l-ewwel rebha tas-sena. Pema (Charles Farrugia) u Gin T Dalimo (Mark Mifsud) kellhom ukoll prestazzjoni tajba.

L-ewwel finali tal-gurnata kienet dik riservata ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Copper. Hawnhekk, il-kwotat Royal Qui (Ivan Bilocca) ha l-hames rebha stagonali wara li kien ghal hafna hin quddiem. Dan ittrijonfa bla tbatija, b’vantagg ta’ aktar minn hames tulijiet minn Esmeralda Run (Kevin Sciberras) u Monte Cinto Mag (Benny Briffa). Hulegardens Filur (Noel Baldacchino) kellu wkoll wirja pozittiva bi pjazzament fir-raba’ post.

Is-Sur Darren Marmara’, f’isem l-isponsors, ippremja lis-sidien u s-sewwieqa taz-zwiemel rebbieha ta’ dawn il-finali.

Matul ukoll il-laqgha tal-Hadd, Noel Baldacchino gie premjat bhala l-ahjar sewwieq tax-xahar li ghadda. Barra plakka kommemorattiva, Baldacchino, ngħata wkoll tifkira mill-Kumpanija P & M Farrugia, importaturi ta’ dak kollu li għandu x’jaqsam mat-tiġrijiet taz-zwiemel. Il-prezentazzjoni f’isem din il-kumpanija saret minn Lorraine Cunningham.

Ir-rizultati kollha.

I Tigrija. Klassi Copper. Dist – 2640m. 1. Kiton de Bouere (M. Mizzi) Hin – 3.29.3” (1.19.3” 2. Hawkear (R. Gatt) 3. Larissa du Breil (C. Calleja) 4. Mirage d’Ete (M. Mifsud)

II Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2640m. 1. Ostheo d’Havetot (A. Farrugia) Hin – 3.25.9” (1.18”) 2. Tough East (D. Mizzi) 3. Vasterbo Diego (C. Camilleri) 4. Dealer Arriba (R. Gatt)

III Tigrija. Finali Cassar Petroleum Condition Race. Klassi Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Royal Qui (I. Bilocca) Hin – 2.47.1” (1.18.1”) 2. Esmeralda Run (K. Sciberras) 3. Monte Cinto Mag (B. Briffa) 4. Hulegardens Filur (N.
Baldacchino)

IV Tigrija. Finali Cassar Petroleum Condition Race. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Loustic d’Anjou (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.43.8” (1.16.6”) 2. Command Coger (C. Farrugia) 3. Pema (Ch. Farrugia) 4. Gin T Dalimo (M. Mifsud)

V Tigrija. Finali Cassar Petroleum Condition Race. Klassi Silver B. Dist – 2140m. 1. Magnific As (D. Ellul) Hin – 2.42.2” (1.15.8”) 2. Pile Ou Face (J. Schembri) 3. Pilote de Nganda (J. Carbott) 4. Lys de l’Oasis (J. Farrugia)

VI Tigrija. Finali Cassar Petroleum Condition Race. Klassi Silver A. Dist – 2140m. 1. Prince Lu (S. Portelli) Hin – 2.40.7” (1.15.1”) 2. Zandina Boshoeve (R. Gatt) 3. Matador Knick (C. Farrugia) 4. Mind Your Head (N. Baldacchino)

VII Tigrija. Finali Cassar Petroleum Condition Race. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Midnight Passion (E. Bezzina) Hin – 2.39.4” (1.14.5”) 2. Charm Hammering (C. Farrugia) 3. Skars Hanna (J. Said) 4. Prince Gaillard (C. Camilleri)

VIII Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2640m. 1. Qurieux Du Ponchet (N. Baldacchino) Hin – 3.23.3” (1.17”) 2. Partisan de Bouere (B. Hili) 3. Prince November (M. Cauchi) 4. Neo De Mira (G. Muscat)

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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