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Phenix De La Roque steals limelight

Phenix De La Roque (Charles Degiorgio) winning the class Gold final (Photo In-Nazzjon - Media.Link Communications).

Phenix De La Roque (Charles Degiorgio) winning the class Gold final (Photo In-Nazzjon – Media.Link Communications).

French eleven year old, Phenix De La Roque won Sunday’s major event, the Assikura Championship final for class Gold trotters on a short distance of 2140m. This race formed part of the ninth meeting of the season made up of ten races all for trotters.

Eight horses lined up for the class Gold final. It was Phenix De La Roque under the guidance of Charles Degiorgio which stormed ahead in the early stages, opening a length lead from Prince Gaillard (Charles Camilleri) and Quintet (Brian Zammit). Phenix De La Roque was always in front during the 2140m distance, even though in the final metres had to go all the way in order to stave off the challenge of Oeillet De Phens (Rodney Gatt). Degiorgio’s trotter managed to seal its first win of the year. Quintet and Prince Gaillard followed behind in that order.

At the end of this final, Mr Andrew Grech, on behalf of the sponsors, presented the winning trophy to the owners of the winning horse and to Charles Degiorgio.

Sunday’s card included also two semi final races from the Assikura Championship for class Bronze trotters on short distance of 2140m and a normal class Premier race on a long distance of 2640m. From the two class Bronze semi finals ten horses qualified for the final stage. In the first semi final, the early leader of the race, American Willesden Hanover (Wayne Farrugia), ran out of steam midway through the final straight and was overtaken by Danish mare Pema (Charles Farrugia). The latter secured its first win of the year with Obscur De Busset (Shawn Portelli), Julian Port (Rodney Gatt) and Queops De Retz (Emmanuel Fenech) also qualifying for the final stage.

In the second semi final, Take Out Blue (Paul Galea) upped its pace with a lap to go and this horse also registered its first win of the year by two lengths and a half from Quero Des Erablais (Frencu Cassar) and Kaki De Peyrahout (Charles Farrugia). Wilma Belize (Noel Baldacchino) and Quingen de Bussy (Brian Hili) finished respectively in fourth and fifth place.

In the normal class Premier race, Cloria Victis (Charles Degiorgio) obtained its first win in Malta. This Swedish ten year old trotter led all the way, ran untroubled during the 2640m distance and prevailed by more than two lengths from French newcomer Petunia Du Pont (Rodney Gatt). Tap Dance (Michael Ellul) and True Q (Shawn Portelli) followed home in that order.

Another meeting at the Marsa Racetrack will be held next Wednesday afternoon, public holiday. The first race should start at 1.30pm.

Sunday’s winners.

Race 1. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Paolin De Bannes (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.16.1”

Race 2. Assikura Championship Semi Final. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pema (Charles Farrugia) – 1.17.4”

Race 3. Assikura Chmapionship Semi Final. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Take Out Blue (Paul Galea) – 1.16.9”

Race 4. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quid De La Muette (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.15.9”

Race 5. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Rocky De Jervi (Jeffrey Said) – 1.16.1”

Race 6. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Obelix Molgard (Salvu Vella) – 1.17.1”

Race 7. Assikura Championship Final. Class Gold. Dist – 2640m. 1. Phenix De La Roque (Charles Degiorgio) – 1.15.1”

Race 8. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Valles Emile (Mario Borg) – 1.16.3”

Race 9. Class Premier. Dist – 2640m. 1. Cloria Victis (Charles Degiorgio) – 1.15.4”

Race 10. Class Gold. Dist – 2640m. 1. Quiz Du Lys (Rodney Gatt) – 1.16.2”


Phenix De La Roque jittrijonfa fil-finali Gold

Misjuq minn Charles Degiorgio, il-Franciz Phenix De La Roque rebah it-tigrija principali li saret il-Hadd wara nofsinhar fil-korsa tal-Marsa. Din kienet il-finali tal-kampjonat Assikura ghal zwiemel tal-klassi Gold fuq distanza qasira ta’ 2140m, finali li kienet taghmel parti mid-disa’ laqgha stagonali fuq ghaxar tigrijiet tat-trott.

Tmienja kienu z-zwiemel li hadu sehem fil-finali Gold. Phenix De La Roque (Charles Degiorgio) kien l-aktar ziemel veloci wara li nghata l-bidu ufficjali wara l-karozza tat-tluq. Matul l-ewwel metri dan fetah vantagg zghir minn Prince Gaillard (Charles Camilleri) u Quintet (Brian Zammit). Phenix De La Roque ma sabiex difficli jzomm il-kmand tul id-distanza kollha u ghalkemm fl-ahhar metri kien attakkat serjament minn Oeillet De Phens (Rodney Gatt) xorta rnexxilu jaqsam il-linja finali l-ewwel. Quintet u Prince Gaillard kellhom ukoll wirja tajba meta temmew warajhom f’dik l-ordni.

Fi tmiem il-finali, Andrew Grech f’isem l-isponsors, ipprezenta t-trofew lis-sidien ta’ Phenix De La Roque u lis-sewwieq Charles Degiorgio.

Il-programm inkluda wkoll zewg tigrijiet semi finali mill-kampjonat Assikura tal-klassi Bronze wkoll fuq distanza qasira u tigrija normali tal-klassi Premier fuq distanza twila ta’ 2640m. Miz-zewg semi finali Bronze, ghaxar zwiemel ghaddew ghall-finali. Fl-ewwel semi finali, Willesden Hanover (Wayne Farrugia) li okkupa l-ewwel pozizzjoni ghal parti twila tad-distanza, ceda f’nofs id-dritta finali meta nqabez mid-Daniza Pema (Charles Farrugia). Obscur De Busset (Shawn Portelli), Julian Port (Rodney Gatt) u Queops De Retz (Emmanuel Fenech) ghaddew ukoll ghall-finali.

Is-sewwieq zghazugh Paul Galea pogga lil Take Out Blue quddiem dawra mit-tmiem tat-tieni semi finali mill-istess kompetizzjoni. Dan irnexxilu jiehu l-ewwel rebha stagonali b’vantagg ta’ zewg tulijiet u nofs minn Quero Des Erablais (Frencu Cassar) u Kaki De Peyrahout (Charles Farrugia). Wilma Belize (Noel Baldacchino) u Quingen De Bussy (Brian Hili) wkoll kellhom pjazzament pozittiv.

Fit-tigrija normali tal-klassi Premier, Cloria Victis, misjuq minn Charles Degiorgio, ha l-ewwel rebha tieghu fi xtutna. Dan iz-ziemel iddomina tul id-distanza u rnexxilu jittrijonfa facilment, b’distakk ta’ aktar minn zewg tulijiet mill-gdid Franciz Petunia Du Pont (Rodney Gatt). Tap Dance (Michael Ellul) u True Q (Shawn Portelli) dahlu fit-tielet u r-raba’ post rispettivament.

Ir-rizultati kollha.

I Tigrija. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Poalin De Bannes (N. Baldacchino) Hin – 2.42.8” (1.16.1”) 2. Sir Malouin (K. Saliba) 3. Ringo Flower (M. Ellul) 4. Poustouf Du Blouet (D. Ellul)

II Tigrija. Kampjonat Assikura Semi Finali. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Pema (Ch. Farrugia) Hin – 2.45.5” (1.17.4”) 2. Willesden Hanover (W. Farrugia) 3. Obscur De Busset (S. Portelli) 4. Julian Port (R. Gatt) 5. Queops De Retz (E. Fenech)

III Tigrija. Kampjonat Assikura Semi Finali. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Take Out Blue (P. Galea) Hin – 2.44.6” (1.16.9”) 2. Quero Des Erablais (F. Cassar) 3. Kaki De Peyrahout (C. Farrugia) 4. Wilma Belize (N. Baldacchino) 5. Quingen De Bussy (B. Hili)

IV Tigrija. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quid De La Muette (N. Baldacchino) Hin – 2.42.4” (1.15.9”) 2. Zizazimoko (T. Demanuele) 3. Quarborandum (Ph. Calleja) 4. Andri Boko (R. Gatt)

V Tigrija. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Rocky De Jervi (J. Said) Hin – 2.42.9” (1.16.1”) 2. Pepita Ans (H. McKay) 3. Law Suit (N. Baldacchino) 4. Milano Du Gite (A. Cortis)

VI Tigrija. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Obelix Molgard (S. Vella) Hin – 2.45” (1.17.1”) 2. Quatre De Coeur (R. Gatt) 3. Udice Boko (O. Cauchi) 4. Panda Des Fleches (C. Cassar)

VII Tigrija. Finali Kampjonat Assikura. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Phenix De La Roque (C. Degiorgio) Hin – 2.40.8” (1.15.1”) 2. Oeillet De Phens (R. Gatt) 3. Quintet (B. Zammit) 4. Prince Gaillard (C. Camilleri)

VIII Tigrija. Ray Auto Dealer Challenge Cup Heat. Klassi Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Valles Emile (M. Borg) Hin – 2.43.3” (1.16.3”) 2. Que Je T’Aime Rush (M. Refalo) 3. Mr Snowman (D. Ellul) 4. Niffi (R. Gatt)

IX Tigrija. Klassi Premier. Dist – 2640m. 1. Cloria Victis (C. Degiorgio) Hin – 3.19.1” (1.15.4”) 2. Petunia Du Pont (R. Gatt) 3. Tap Dance (M. Ellul) 4. True Q (S. Portelli)

X Tigrija. Klassi Gold. Dist – 2640m. 1. Quiz Du Lys (R. Gatt) Hin – 3.21.1” (1.16.2”) 2. New Star DK (N. Baldacchino) 3. Laval (C. Camilleri) 4. Regent De Tillard (A. Farrugia)

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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