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Third consecutive win for Kimberley Downs in flat final

Kimberley Downs (Michael Sultana) winning  Sunday's flat final at the Marsa Race Track (Photo In-Nazzjon - Media.Link Communications)

Kimberley Downs (Michael Sultana) winning Sunday’s flat final at the Marsa Race Track (Photo In-Nazzjon – Media.Link Communications)

American seven year old, Kimberley Downs, mounted by Michael Sultana, won Sunday’s major event, the Johnnie Walker Cup final for flat horses on a long distance of 2250m. This final formed part of the 43rd meeting of the season made up of ten races.

Five horses took part in the class flat final. It was Alto Monte (Demis Zammit) the first horse out of the gates, opening a small lead from Ollie Fliptrik (Sarah Borg) and Kimberley Downs (Michael Sultana). But unfortunately, after few metres from the start, Alto Monte retired from the race and it was Ollie Fliptrik which went in front. Midway through the 2250m distance, Michael Sultana stormed ahead with Kimberley Downs. This American horse continued to run untroubled till the end and notched to its third win in a row and its fourth of the year easily by more than ten lenghts from Timolin (Charles Pace). Friarscourt (Matthew Mallia) and Ollie Fliptrik claimed the other top four positions.

At the end of this final, Mr Alfred Braddick, on behalf of M Demajo Wines and Spirit, presented the Johnny Walker Cup to Michael Sultana and Jonathan Borg, co-owners of the winning horse.

Sunday’s card included also a normal class Premier race on a short distance of 2140m. In this race, Mars (Noel Baldacchino) started to slow down when the horses turned for their final straight. This horse was overtaken by favourite Orcas Bac (Charles Camilleri) which had to go all out in the final metres to stave off the challenge of Okiliabo (Julian Farrugia) and cruise to its fifth win of the season and its third in a row. Swedish newcomer Cloria Victis (Darren Mizzi) and Ohime Mag (Ronald Cassar) followed home in that order.

In the only class Gold race of the day, the early leader, Chippen Bob (Clint Vassallo), changed its pace around 250m from the end and was disqualified. This paved the way for Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) to surge clear of the field and triumph easily by three lenghts from Reado November (Shawn Portelli) and Charm Hammering (Gilbert Farrugia). Beckham Bob (David Ellul) ended fourth. For Zandina Boshoeve this was its second win of the season.

The card included also three races for class Silver trotters. In the first of these races Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia) obtained its first win of the year after increasing its pace with a lap to go. Farrugia also won the second class Silver race with Command Coger after leading all the way. In the third class Silver race, Swedish debutante Bugatti Wulvennest (Julian Farrugia) took its first win in Malta.

Another meeting at the Marsa Race Track will be held next Friday. The first race, reserved for class Copper trotters should start at 6.30pm.

Sunday’s winners.

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Libre Echange (Michael Ellul) – 1.18.1”

Race 2. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Louise Wood (Julian Farrugia) – 1.17.9”

Race 3. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Andri Boko (Tony Demanuele) – 1.16.7”

Race 4. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia) – 1.15.3”

Race 5. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) – 1.16.4”

Race 6. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Maiden Flash (Josef Farrugia) – 1.18.3”

Race 7. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Orcas Bac (Charles Camilleri) – 1.14.9”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Command Coger (Carmelo Farrugia) – 1.16.7”

Race 9. Johnny Walker Cup Final. Class Flat. Dist – 2250m. 1. Kimberley Downs (Michael Sultana) – 2.19.2”

Race 10. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Bugatti Wulvennest (Julian Farrugia) – 1.16.4”

Il-favorit Kimberley Downs jittrijonfa fil-finali

Misjuq minn Michael Sultana, l-Amerikan u favorit Kimberley Downs rebah l-aktar tigrija importanti li saret il-Hadd wara nofsinhar fil-korsa tal-Marsa. Din kienet il-finali tal-galopp ghat-tazza Johnnie Walker fuq distanza maratona ta’ 2250m, finali li kienet taghmel parti mit-43 laqgha tal-istagun fuq ghaxar tigrijiet.

Fil-finali tal-galopp, hamsa kienu z-zwiemel li bdew it-tigrija mill-gagga tat-tluq. F’idejn, Demis Zammit, Alto Monte kien l-aktar ziemel li kellu bidu veloci. Dan feteh vantagg zghir minn Ollie Fliptrik (Sarah Borg) u Kimberley Downs (Michael Sultana). Izda wara ftit metri, Alto Monte irtira minn din il-finali u b’hekk il-kmand ghadda f’idejn Ollie Fliptrik. It-tigrija hadet svolta ohra f’nofs id-distanza meta Sultana pogga lil Kimberley Downs quddiem u dan iz-ziemel baqa’ jzomm l-ewwel pozizzjoni sat-tmiem. Kimberley Downs ittrijonfa b’vantagg ta’ aktar minn ghaxar tulijiet minn Timolin (Charles Pace) u Friarscourt (Matthew Mallia). Ollie Fliptrik kellu jikkuntenta bir-raba’ post.

Fi tmiem it-tigrija, is-Sur Alfred Braddick, f’isem l-isponsors, M Demajo Wines and Spirit, ippremja lil Michael Sultana u Jonathan Borg. Barra li hu l-jockey, flimkien ma’ Borg, Sultana hu wkoll wiehed mis-sidien ta’ Kimberley Downs.

Il-laqgha tal-Hadd inkludiet wkoll tigrija normali tat-trott tal-klassi Premier fuq distanza qasira ta’ 2140m. Mars (Noel Baldacchino) kien fost l-aktar zwiemel veloci wara l-bidu ufficjali tat-tigrija. Dan zamm il-kmand sakemm iz-zwiemel qabdu jaffrontaw id-dritta finali. Kien f’dak il-mument li Mars inqabez mill-favorit Orcas Bac (Charles Camilleri) li ha l-hames rebha tas-sena wara li fl-ahhar metri kellu ghadma iebsa biex jeghleb l-isfida tal-kwotat Okiliabo (Julian Farrugia). Id-debuttant Zvediz Cloria Victis (Darren Mizzi) u Ohime Mag (Ronald Cassar) dahlu fit-tielet u r-raba’ post rispettivament.

Saru wkoll tigrija ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Gold u tlieta ohra regolari tal-klassi Silver. Fit-tigrija tal-klassi Gold, Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) approfittat mill-iskwalifika ta’ Chippen Bob (Clint Vassallo) li kien quddiem ghal hafna hin u li biddel il-pass madwar 250m mit-tmiem. Zandina Boshoeve hadet it-tieni rebha tas-sena b’vantagg ta’ tliet tulijiet minn Reado November (Shawn Portelli) u Charm Hammering (Gilbert Farrugia). Beckham Bob (David Ellul) temm ir-raba’.

Carmelo Farrugia rebah tnejn mit-tliet tigrijiet miftuha ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Silver. Fl-ewwel wahda, permezz ta’ Matador Knick, Farrugia akkwista l-ewwel rebha tas-sena wara li dan iz-ziemel zied fil-giri dawra mit-tmiem. Fit-tieni tigrija tal-istess klassi, Farrugia wassal lil Command Coger biex jiehu t-tielet rebha stagonali wara li kien il-hin kollu quddiem. Id-debuttant Bugatti Wulvennest (Julian Farrugia) ha l-ewwel rebha fl-ewwel dehra fit-tielet tigrija Silver.

Ir-rizultati kollha.

I Tigrija. Klassi Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Libre Echange (M. Ellul) Hin – 2.47” (1.18.1”) 2. Cocos Kaos (R. Magro) 3. Silvio Baldwin (M. Falzon) 4. Nolan Streamline (A. Mifsud)

II Tigrija. Klassi Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Louise Wood (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.46.7” (1.17.9”) 2. Buckens Stjarna (T. Tanti) 3. Loulou de la Rose (C. Caruana) 4. Nylan de Mouloire (R. Gatt)

III Tigrija. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Andri Boko (T. Demanuele) Hin – 2.44” (1.16.7”) 2. Pema (C. Farrugia) 3. Max Advice (N. Baldacchino) 4. Zerbin (S. Cassar)

IV Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Matador Knick (C. Farrugia) Hin – 2.41.2” (1.15.3”) 2. Target Player (J. Farrugia) 3. Udice Boko (T. Cauchi) 4. Count Wiesnievski (D. Vella)

V Tigrija. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Zandina Boshoeve (R. Gatt) Hin – 2.43.4” (1.16.4”) 2. Reado November (S. Portelli) 3. Charm Hammering (G. Farrugia) 4. Beckham Bob (D. Ellul)

VI Tigrija. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Maiden Flash (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.47.5” (1.18.3”) 2. Jet Starline (M. Fenech) 3. Bep Swagerman (T. Demanuele) 4. Royal Qui (I. Bilocca)

VII Tigrija. Klassi Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Orcas Bac (C. Camilleri) Hin – 2.40.3” (1.14.9”) 2. Okilaibo (J. Farrugia) 3. Cloria Victis (D. Mizzi) 4. Ohime Mag (R. Cassar)

VIII Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Command Coger (C. Farrugia) Hin – 2.44.2” (1.16.7”) 2. Soren Sufflor (R. Gatt) 3. Magnific As (D. Ellul) 4. Janitor (M. Cauchi)

IX Tigrija. Finali Tazza Johnny Walker. Dist – 2250m. 1. Kimberley Downs (M. Sultana) Hin – (2.19.2”) 2. Timolin (C. Pace) 3. Friarscourt (M. Mallia) 4. Ollie Fliptrik (S. Borg)

X Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Bugatti Wulvennest (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.43.6” (1.16.4”) 2. Zeta Jones A (C. Camilleri) 3. Missionimpossible (N. Baldacchino) 4. Alf Eme (P. Galea)

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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