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Absolut Spender and Pearl Storm win top races

Absolut Spender driven by Mark Desira winning the class Premier race (Photo In-Nazzjon - Media.Link Communications.

Absolut Spender driven by Mark Desira winning the class Premier race (Photo In-Nazzjon – Media.Link Communications.

The 5th meeting of the year, made up eleven races was held Sunday afternoon at the Marsa Race Track. Six of these races heralded the start of the new Assikura championship for class Gold trotters on a short distance of 2140m. Yesterday’s card included also a class Premier trotters race on the same distance and a flat race on a long distance of 2250m. These were won respectively by Absolut Spender and Pearl Storm.

It was P.A. Surprise (Mario Farrugia) which stormed ahead after the official start of the class Premier race. During the first metres, this Swedish nine year old trotter built a half length lead from Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt) and Zalgado Transs R (Nicholas Bonello). However, with a lap to go, it was Mark Desira who put Absolut Spender three wide and this horse started to increase its speed. When the horses turned for their home stretch, Absolut Spender went in front and triumphed by a length from Vejby Boom (Charles Camilleri) and Zalgado Transs R. Oltedo De Rieux (Noel Baldacchino) finished fourth. The winner clocked an impressive average time of 1.14.8” per kilometer.

From the class Gold championship heats, 24 horses qualified for the semi final stage. In the first of these heats, Quintet (Brian Zammit) secured its first win in Malta after increasing its speed midway through the final straight. Happiness Photo (Julian Farrugia) won the second heat easily by three lenghts after taking the lead with 300m to go.
In the final metres of the third heat, Charm Hammering (Gilbert Farrugia) and Player du Mirel (Biran Hili) sprinted neck and neck. It was the former which cruised to its first win of the year with Player Du Mirel was later disqualified by the stewards.

Pissaro (Clint Vassallo) led all the way in the fourth class Gold heat and claimed its first win on the islands from Qurieux Du Ponchet (Noel Baldacchino). In the fifth heat there was a close finish between Wies Buitenzorg (Eric Bezzina) and Quid d’Aliermont (Charles Camilleri). The win was awarded to the former after that the photofinish was consulted by the stewards. In the sixth and final heat, Oolong (Charles Degiorgio) had to go all the way in the final metres to obtain its first win of the year.

In the only class flat race of the day, Ollie Fliptrik (Sarah Borg) was the fastest horse out of the blocks. During the first metres this American nine year old opened a length lead from favourite Pearl Storm (Michael Sultana) and Timolin (Jean Paul Caruana). With 500m to go Ollie Fliptrik ran out of steam and started to slow down. It was overtaken by Pearl Storm which took its second win in a row and in Malta from Timolin. Ollie Fiptrik finished third and twelve lengths behind the winner.

Another meeting consisting of eleven races all for trotters will be held next Sunday. The first race should start at 1.15pm.

Sunday’s winners.

Race 1. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Ouest Du Vivier (Cliferty Calleja) – 1.16.1”

Race 2. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quintet (Brian Zammit) – 1.15.3”

Race 3. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Happiness Photo (Julian Farrugia) – 1.15.1”

Race 4. Class Flat. Dist – 2250m. 1. Pearl Storm (Michael Sultana) – 2.19.4”

Race 5. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Octobre En Fete (Charles Camilleri) – 1.17.4”

Race 6. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Charm Hammering (Gilbert Farrugia) – 1.16.1”

Race 7. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pissaro (Clint Vassallo) – 1.16.1”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pile Ou Face (Joe Schembri) – 1.17.4”

Race 9. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Absolut Spender (Mark Desira) – 1.14.8”

Race 10. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Wies Buitenzorg (Eric Bezzina) – 1.16.6”

Race 11. Assikura Championship Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Oolong (Charles Degiorgio) – 1.14.4”


Absolut Spender u Pearl Storm jispikkaw fit-tigrijiet ewlenin

Il-hames laqgha tas-sena fuq hdax –il tigrija saret il-Hadd wara nofsinhar fil-korsa tal-Marsa. Sitta minn dawn taw il-bidu ghall-ewwel kampjonat tas-sena, dak Assikura, riservat ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Gold fuq distanza qasira ta’ 2140m. Il-programm inkluda wkoll tigrija normali tal-klassi Premier fuq l-istess distanza u ohra tal-galopp fuq distanza twila ta’ 2250m. Dawn intrebhu minn Absolut Spender u l-favorit Pearl Storm rispettivament.

Kien l-Izvediz P.A. Surprise (Mario Farrugia) li mar quddiem hekk kif inghata l-bidu ufficjali tat-tigrija Premier.
Fl-ewwel metri dan irnexxilu jiftah vantagg zghir minn Zalgado Transs R (Nicholas Bonello) u Zandina Boshoeve (Rodney Gatt). Ma’ dawn, dawra mit-tmiem inghaqad ukoll Absolut Spender misjuq mis-solitu Mark Desira. Hekk kif iz-zwiemel bdew jippreparaw biex jaqbdu d-dritta finali taghhom Absolut Spender irnexxilu jmur quddiem u jtemm rebbieh f’medja tajba ta’ 1.14.8” minn Vejby Boom (Charles Camilleri). Zalgado Transs R u Oltedo De Rieux (Noel Baldachcino) kellhom ukoll wirja tajba.

Mis-sitt heats tal-klassi Gold, 24 ziemel ghaddew ghas-semi finali. Fl-ewwel heat, Bran Zammit pogga lil Quintet quddiem f’nofs id-dritta finali biex dan il-Franciz ha l-ewwel rebha fi xtutna. Simili kienet it-tieni heat b’Happiness Photo (Julian Farrugia) ihalli kollox ghall-ahhar 200m tat-tigrija. Fit-tielet heat Charm Hammering (Gilbert Farrugia) qasam il-linja finali l-ewwel wara li fl-ahhar metri xejjen l-isfida ta’ Player du Mirel (Brian Hili). Player Du Mirel spicca skwalifikat.

Fir-raba’ heat segwejna lil Pissaro (Clint Vassallo) jirregistra wkoll l-ewwel rebha fi griziritna wara li kien l-hin kollu quddiem tul id-distanza. Il-heat ta’ wara kienet ikkaratterzzata minn tmiem incert bejn Wies Buitenzorg (Eric Bezzina) u Quid d’Aliermont (Charles Camilleri). Kienet tal-ewwel li nghatat ir-rebha wara konsultazzjoni mal-photofinish. L-ahhar heat intrebhet mill-Franciz Oolong (Charles Degiogio) wara avvanz tajjeb 400m mit-tmiem.

Erbgha kienu z-zwiemel miktuba fl-uniku tigrija tal-galopp. Ollie Fliptrik (Sarah Borg) kien l-aktar wiehed b’sahhtu mill-gagga tat-tluq. Matul l-ewwel metri dan fetah vantagg zghir minn Pearl Storm (Michael Sultana) u Timolin (Jean Paul Caruana). L-andament tat-tigrija baqa’ hekk sa madwar 500m mit-tmiem. Dan sakemm Ollie Fliptrik beda jnaqqas mill-pass u nqabez minn Pearl Storm li akkwista t-tieni rebha minn daqstant dehriet f’Malta quddiem Timolin. Ollie Fliptrik temm it-tielet b’distakk ta’ aktar minn tnax –il tul wara z-ziemel rebbieh.

Ir-rizultati kollha.

I Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Ouest Du Vivier (C. Calleja) Hin – 2.42.3” (1.16.1”) 2. Oscar Des Racques (C. Camilleri) 3. Ostheo d’Havetot (A. Farrugia) 4. Obi Van Kenobi (G. Attard)

II Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quintet (B. Zammit) Hin – 2.41.2” (1.15.3”) 2. Prince Gaillard (C. Camilleri) 3. Phenix De La Roque (N. Baldacchino) 4. Joss QC (D. Mizzi)

III Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Happiness Photo (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.40.6” (1.15.1”) 2. Blizzard Ad (F. Cassar) 3. Means Nothing (N. Baldacchino) 4. L’Ideal De Fersan (I. Galea)

IV Tigrija. Klassi Galopp. Dist – 2250m. 1. Pearl Storm (M. Sultana) Hin – 2.19.4” 2. Timolin (J.P. Caruana) 3. Ollie Fliptrik (S. Borg)

V Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Octobre En Fete (C. Camilleri) Hin – 2.45.6” (1.17.4”) 2. Super Gordon (J. Farrugia) 3. Alfa Dream (J. Briffa) 4. Quatre De Coeur (R. Gatt)

VI Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Charm Hammering (G. Farrugia) Hin – 2.42.8” (1.16.1”) 2. Quintet Du Vivier (C. Camilleri) 3. Xray Hornline (D. Vella) 4. Quipson (J. Zammit)

VII Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pissaro (C. Vassallo) Hin – 2.42.9” (1.16.1”) 2. Qurieux Du Ponchet (N. Baldacchino) 3. Qlement Du Digeon (G. Attard) 4. Energy Launcher (O. Bonello)

VIII Tigrija. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pile Ou Face (J. Schembri) Hin – 2.45.7” (1.17.4”) 2. Quid De La Muette (N. Baldacchino) 3. Rocky De Jervi (J. Said) 4. Quioco Dry (J. Galea)

IX Tigrija. Klassi Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Absolut Spender (M. Desira) Hin – 2.40.1” (1.14.8”) 2. Vejby Boom (C. Camilleri) 3. Zalgado Transs R (N. Bonello) 4. Oltedo De Rieux (N. Baldacchino)

X Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Wies Buitenzorg (E. Bezzina) Hin – 2.44” (1.16.6”) 2. Quid d’Aliermont (C. Camilleri) 3. Carnegie Hall (D. Mizzi) 4. Oeillet De Phens (R. Gatt)

XI –il Tigrija. Heat Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Oolong (C. Degiorgio) Hin – 2.39.3” (1.14.4”) 2. Oscar Mati (R. Gatt) 3. Olry Melsois (E. Fenech) 4. Obelix Cream (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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