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Maharajah wins Amerique in style

Maharajah driven by Orjan Kihlstrom winning the 2014 edition of the Gran Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes Race Track in Paris.

Maharajah driven by Orjan Kihlstrom winning the 2014 edition of the Gran Prix d’Amerique at the Vincennes Race Track in Paris.

Swedish nine year old Maharajah, driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, won the prestigious Gran Prix d’Amerique international race which was held Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes Race Track in Paris. This race was held on a long distance of 2700m and eighteen horses lined up to take part in this year’s edition. It should be noted that today the Gran Prix d’Amerique is considered as the most important race in the international trotting calendar and this year the Societe’ du Cheval Francais or Le Trot was holding the 93rd edition of this race.

This year the Gran Prix d’Amerique was held in really difficult weather conditions and in heavy rain. It was Swedish Yarrah Boko (Pierre Vercruysse) which stormed ahead in the early stages, building a half length lead from Maharajah (Orjan Kihlstrom) and favourite Ready Cash (Franck Nivard).

Midway through the distance French driver Jean Michel Bazire put Up and Quick in front and this horse opened a small lead from Maharajah and Yarrah Boko. When the horses turned up for their final straight, Up And Quick ran out of steam and was overtaken by Maharajah which triumphed in an average time of 1.13.3” per kilometer. Yarrah Boko, Roxane Griff (Eric Raffin) and Timoko (Joseph Verbeeck) ended respectively in third, fourth and fifth place.

Maharajah is trained by Swedish professional trainer Stefan Hultman who at the end of the race commented that this success was a dream come true. He also thanked all those who help him in the preparation of the horse in Sweden.

Calleja 7th in European Amateur Cup

Saturday afternoon, in the same racetrack, young Maltese driver Cliferty Calleja represented in Malta in the international race known as the European Amateur Cup for drivers. This autostart race was held on a short distance of 2100m and Calleja drove French trotter Saxo De Breteil with which he finished 7th.

In this race, Norwegian driver Alf Torfinn Skeie led all the way with Italian Lord Dany. This trotter finished first easily by three lengths from Swedish Middle East (Joey Vignoni – Sweden) and German Yewel Boshoeve (Sophie Blancheterie – France). The winner clocked an average time of 1.14.7” per kilometer.

Maharajah fi klassi ghalih fl-Amerique

Misjuq minn Orjan Kihlstrom, l-Izvediz Maharajah rebah it-93 edizzjoni tat-tigrija famuza Gran Prix d’Amerique li saret il-Hadd wara nofsinhar fil-korsa ta’ Vincennes f’Parigi fi Franza. Bhas-snin li ghaddew, tmintax kienu z-zwiemel li bdew din it-tigrija li kellha bidu bil-waqqaf u li saret fuq distanza twila ta’ 2700m. Illum il-Gran Prix d’Amerique hija kkunsidrata l-aktar tigrija importanti fil-kalendarju tat-trott mondjali.

F’xita kontinwa, l-Izvediz Yarrah Boko (Pierre Vercruysse) kien l-aktar veloci wara li nghata l-bidu ufficjali. Dan fetah vantagg zghir minn Maharajah (Orjan Kihlstrom) u l-favorit Ready Cash (Franck Nivard). Wara ftit metri kien Jean Michel Bazire li pogga lil Up And Quick fl-ewwel pozizzjoni u dan fetah vantagg ta’ madwar nofs tul mill-istess Maharajah u Yarrah Boko.

Hekk kif iz-zwiemel qabdu d-dritta finali, Kihlstrom pogga lil Maharajah tnejn fuq in-naha ta’ barra u dan gab fix-xejn lil Up And Quick biex temm rebbieh f’medja ta’ 1.13.3” fil-kilometru. Yarrah Boko, Roxane Griff (Eric Raffin) u Timoko (Joseph Verbeeck) dahlu fit-tielet, ir-raba’ u l-hames post rispettivament. Dizappuntanti intant kienet it-tigrija ghal Ready Cash li f’idejn Franck Nivard biddel il-pass hekk kif iz-zwiemel qabdu jaffrontaw id-dritta finali.

B’hekk wara assenza ta’ tmien snin l-Amerique rega’ ntrebhet minn ziemel Zvediz. Infakkar li fl-2006, kien wasal l-ahhar success Skandinavu permezz ta’ Gigant Neo. Maharajah huwa imharreg mill-professjoanli Svediz Stefan Hultman.

Oran wins major event

The 2nd meeting of the season, made up of seven races all for trotters was held Sunday afternoon at the Marsa Race Track. Certainly the most important race was open for class Premier trotters. This race was won by Oran under the guidance of Julian Farrugia.

Twelve horses lined up for the class Premier race. Three of the participants, Power Of Love, Plastic and Poulot Des Cinty were also making their debute in Malta. In this race, Oran upped its pace in the final metres and finished first from Sultan November (Shaun Portelli), Lage (Marco Refalo) and Oltedo de Rieux (Charles Camilleri) . The winner clocked an average time of 1.14.5” per kilometer.

Sunday’s card also included two races for class Gold trotters. In the first class Gold race, Paleo des Cascades (Redent Magro) sprinted well during the last 300m and triumphed from Simb Tyrant (Marco Tanti). Energy Launcher (Oliver Bonello) and Joss QC (Noel Baldacchino) claimed the other top four positions.

Swedish mare Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) went on to beat the challenge of Phenix de la Roque (Noel Baldacchino) in the final metres of the second class Gold race. Oolong (Charles Degiorgio) and Carnegie Hall (Darren Mizzi) also obtained a positive place.

Another meeting at the Marsa Race Track will be held next Sunday. The first race should start at 1.30pm.

Yesterday’s winners.

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Buckens Stjarna (Tony Tanti) – 1.20.9”

Race 2. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Valles Emile (Mario Borg) – 1.17.2”

Race 3. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Marchallach (Rodney Gatt) – 1.17.7”

Race 4. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Paleo des Cascades (Redent Magro) – 1.16”

Race 5. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Nemrod du Ruisseau (Silvio Schembri) – 1.17.8”

Race 6. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Oran (Julian Farrugia) – 1.14.5”

Race 7. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) – 1.16.4”


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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