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First win in Malta for Pactole De L’Iton

Pactole De L'Iton (Noel Baldacchino - Number 10) the winner of the class Premier heat on Monday (Photo In-Nazzjon - www.maltarightnow.com)

Pactole De L’Iton (Noel Baldacchino – Number 10) the winner of the class Premier heat on Monday (Photo In-Nazzjon – http://www.maltarightnow.com)

Driven by Noel Baldacchino, French Pactole De L’Iton won Monday’s major event, the Equestrian Festival qualifying heat for class Premier trotters on a mile distance. This heat formed part of the 44th meeting of the season made up of ten races all heats from the Equestrian Festival Championships.

From the three class Premier heats, three horses qualified for the final stage. The Premier race was contested by ten trotters. It was Princess View (Julian Farrugia) which surged ahead with a lap to go. But with 200m to go, this Swedish eight year old mare started to slow down and was overtaken by three trotters. It was Quito D’Ecroville (Mario Borg) which went to pass the post first. However this trotter was later disqualified by the racetrack stewards and the win was awarded to Pactole De L’Iton (Noel Baldacchino) which took its first win in Malta from Made In Hoff (Charles Camilleri). Sharika Trot (Cliferty Calleja) followed behind in fourth place.

Monday’s card included also three heats for class Gold trotters. In the first class Gold heat, Joseph Galea put Quioco Dry in front when the horses turned for their home stretch. This French ten year old trotter gained its third win of the season by a length from Purple Hall (Charles Camilleri) and Quel Imprevu (Carmelo Micallef). Orion Du Vaumicel (Frencu Cassar) ended fourth.

Peanut Butter (Nathaniel Barbara) registered its first win in Malta in the second class Gold heat. This mare upped its pace from the outside 500m to the end and triumphed comfortably by two lengths from Mission Di Poggio (Charles Camilleri). Lover Roc (Jurgen Attard) and Quid De La Muette (Noel Baldacchino) followed home in that order.

Quermes Rush, driven by young driver Anton Cassar, had to go all out in the last few metres of the third class Gold heat in order to notch to its second win of the year from Skip Dimanche (Victor Grech). Blizzard Ad (Frencu Cassar) and Nevaio Des Bordes (Claudio Refalo) finished respectively in third and fourth place.
Another meeting at the Marsa racetrack will be held next Saturday on Republic Day. This programme will include six finals on a long distance of 2640m. The first race should start at 1.15pm.

Monday’s winners

Race 1. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Silver A. Dist – 1640m. 1. Starfirefinnfemfel (Julian Farrugia) – 1.15.4”

Race 2. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1. Oscar Des Racques (Charles Camilleri) – 1.16.7”

Race 3. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1. Querido Censerie (Julian Farrugia) – 1.16.4”

Race 4. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Quioco Dry (Joseph Galea) – 1.15.5”

Race 5. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Peanut Butter (Nathaniel Barbara) – 1.14.5”

Race 6. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Silver A. Dist – 1640m. 1. Razor Shadow (Nathaniel Barbara) – 1.15.8”

Race 7. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Quermes Rush (Anton Cassar) – 1.15.1”

Race 8. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Silver B. Dist – 1640m. 1. Over Del Sole (Carl Caruana) – 1.16.8”

Race 9. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Premier. Dist – 1640m. 1. Pactole De L’Iton (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.14”

Race 10. Equestrian Festival Heat. Class Silver B. Dist – 1640m. 1. Grace Party (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.16.2”

L-ewwel rebha ghal Pactole De L’Iton

Is-sensiela ta’ kampjonati bhala parti mill-festival ekwestru komplew it-Tnejn wara nofsinhar fil-Marsa b’ghaxar heats ohra fuq distanza ta’ mil. Ghal darba ohra, l-aktar heat mistennija kienet dik tal-klassi Premier u li rat is-success ta’ Pactole De L’Iton.

Mill-uniku heat Premier, tliet zwiemel ghaddew ghall-finali. B’kollox kienu ghaxra zz-zwiemel li hadu sehem f’din it-tigrija. Kien madwar dawra mit-tmiem li Julian Farrugia ha l-kmand permezz tal-Izvediza Princess View. Izda madwar 200m mill-linja finali, din id-debba bdiet tnaqqas mill-giri u dlonk inqabzet fost l-ohrajn minn Quito D’Ecroville (Mario Borg) li qasam il-linja finali l-ewwel. Izda aktar tard dan iz-ziemel gie skwalifikat biex ir-rebha nghatat lit-tieni pjazzat Pactole De L’Iton (Noel Baldacchino) li rregistra l-ewwel rebha fi gziritna quddiem Made In Hoff (Charles Camilleri). Shakira Trot (Cliferty Calleja) dahlet ir-raba’.

Il-laqgha nkludiet ukoll tliet heats tal-klassi Gold li minnhom ikkwalifikaw sitt zwiemel ghall-finali. Fl-ewwel wahda, attakk mibdi 300m mill-linja finali wassal lil Quioco Dry (Joseph Galea) biex jakkwista t-tielet rebha stagonali. Dan b’tul minn Purple Hall (Charles Camilleri) u Quel Imprevu (Carmelo Micallef). L-Izvediza Peanut Butter (Nathaniel Barbara) hadet l-ewwel rebha fi xtutna fit-tieni tigrija Gold. Din ukoll halliet kollox ghad-dritta finali u bla tbatija qasmet il-linja finali l-ewwel minn Mission Di Poggio (Charles Camilleri) u Lover Roc (Jurgen Attard).

Misjuq minn zghazugh iehor, Anton Cassar, Quermes Rush ma naqasx milli jiehu t-tieni success tas-sena fit-tielet heat ta’ kwalifika tal-klassi Gold. Dan is-success wasal wara li dan il-Franciz kellu sprint qawwi minn naha ta’ gewwa meta z-zwiemel qabdu jaffrontaw l-ahhar kurva taghhom. Skip Dimanche (Victor Grech) u Blizzard Ad (Frencu Cassar) kellhom ukoll wirja pozittiva.

Ir-rizultati kollha.

I Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Silver A. Dist – 1640m. 1. Starfirefinnfemfel (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.03.6” (1.15.4”) 2. Quozak Prior (N. Baldacchino) 3. Bella Chip (R. Gatt) 4. Rapnou Des Picanes (M. Ellul)

II Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1. Oscar Des Racques (C. Camilleri) Hin – 2.05.7” (1.16.7”) 2. Willesden Hanover (W. Farrugia) 3. Quatrain De Retz (P. Bonello) 4. Magnum (K. Galea)

III Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1. Querido Censerie (J. Farrugia) Hin – 2.05.4” (1.16.4”) 2. Rower (C. Camilleri) 3. Zwinger Bobber (R. Gatt) 4. Dash Boy (S. Portelli)

IV Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Quioco Dry (J. Galea) Hin – 2.03.9” (1.15.5”) 2. Purple Hall (C. Camilleri) 3. Quel Imprevu (C. Micallef) 4. Orion Du Vaumicel (F. Cassar)

V Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Peanut Butter (N. Barbara) Hin – 2.02.2” (1.14.5”) 2. Mission Di Poggio (C. Camilleri) 3. Lover Roc (J. Attard) 4. Quid De La Muette (N. Baldacchino)

VI Tigriija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Silver A. Dist – 1640m. 1. Razor Shadow (N. Barbara) Hin – 2.04.3” (1.15.8”) 2. Quo De Clerlande (C. Camilleri) 3. Quattro Du Gite (R. Gatt) 4. Regent De Tillard (A. Farrugia)

VII Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Quermes Rush (A. Cassar) Hin – 2.03.1” (1.15.1”) 2. Skip Dimanche (V. Grech) 3. Blizzard Ad (F. Cassar) 4. Nevaio Des Bordes (C. Refalo)

VIII Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Silver B. Dist – 1640m. 1. Over Del Sole (C. Caruana) Hin – 2.05.9” (1.16.8”) 2. Sandrone (J. Vassallo) 3. Roff Gy (N. Baldacchino) 4. Lucas Ness (M. Farrugia)

IX Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Premier. Dist – 1640m. 1. Pactole De L’Iton (N.Baldacchino) Hin – 2.01.4” (1.14”) 2. Made In Hoff (C. Camilleri) 3. Princess View (J. Farrugia) 4. Shakira Trot (C. Calleja)

X Tigrija. Heat Festival Ekwestru. Klassi Silver B. Dist – 1640m. 1. Grace Party (N. Baldacchino) Hin – 2.04.9” (1.16.2”) 2. Magnific As (D. Ellul) 3. Quoro D’Isques (E. Bezzina) 4. B. Smoked (S. Bartolo)

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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