Clifferty Calleja to represent Malta at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:43

Next Saturday Clifferty Calleja will be representing Malta in the European Trophy for Amateur Drivers (Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs) at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris.

Up until last year this race was known as the Prix de Saint Claude and it was a popular event with amateur drivers from various countries giving them an opportunity to drive at what is considered to be the best harness racing racetrack. This year the French Trotting Association decided that the drivers in this race are invited from each of the countries that form part of the European Trotting Union.

The race is an autostart one covering a distance of 2100m with a total of 16,000 Euro in prize money. Horses in this race are aged from 7 to 9 years having won not more than 181,000 Euro.

Clifferty Calleja is 31 years old and lives in Qormi. He started driving in November 2001 and his first victory was a fortnight later on 17th November 2001 with the horse Martin Lee.

He has a total of 71 victories with his best season being the one just terminated as in 2013 he won 17 races and ranked in 7th place in the best driver classification.

This will be Calleja’s first overseas experience and the draws for the race will be made known on Thursday morning.

Calleja will be accompanied by the Chairman of the Malta Racing Club Dr Matthew Brincat as well as Horse Owners’ and Drivers’ Representative and MRC Council Member Mr Anthony Mallia.

During this visit, Dr Matthew Brincat will also be attending the 70th General Assembly of the European Trotting Union.

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