Exciting U*Bet Championship heats for Swedish horses

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:51

by Kenneth Vella

Sunday’s programme at the Marsa Race Track marked the start of the new 2011 season. This first meeting consisted of ten races all for trotters on short distances and included a class Premier race, six heats from the U Bet Championship for Swedish horses coming from classes Silver and Bronze and a final related to the MRC Festival organized during the first weekend of the year. The U Bet Championships are being organized by the Malta Racing Cub thanks to the financial support of Maltco Lotteries. 

The class Premier race was won by French Ker Pellois driven by James Briffa. It was Jitterbug (Andrew Farrugia) the fastest trotter after the official start of the race. This horse opened a length lead from Lord The Best (Mark Mifsud) and Love de Fleur (Christian Xerri). Buth 400m to go, Jitterbug started to slow down and was overtaken by Ker Pellois which finished first by a length from Key Value (Mark Tanti), Le Coup de Foudre (Charles Camilleri) and Loustic d’Anjou (Noel Baldacchino). The winner clocked an average time of 1.16” per kilometer.

Seven horses participated in the MRC Festival Amateur Final on a mile distance. There was a close finish in this race between Firmin de Socoa (Charles Farrugia) and IP Broadway (Charles Camilleri) which sprinted together in the final metres. The win was awarded to the latter after the photofinish was consulted. Linus Spot (Spiru Tanti) and Inspector Godiva (Mark Mifsud) finished respectively in third and fourth place. The owners of the winning horse were presented with a new sulky and a trophy by Mark Vella, Director within the Malta Racing Club Council and Joe Zerafa who co-cordinated this event.

Swedish horses from class Silver took part in three U Bet Championship heats. Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia) won the first heat after sprinting well in the last 300metres. Bankir Zon (Clint Vassallo) obtained its third win in a row in the second heat while Energy Launcher (Alex Cortis) finished first in the last class Silver heat.

In the first heat of the U Bet Championship for class Bronze trotters, Rybo Juvel (Julian Farrugia) led all the way. Tintin Haleryd (Clifforty Calleja) and Lady June (Carl Caruana) won respectively the second and third heat after increasing their speed in the final straight.

Sunday’s winners

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. General (Rodney Gatt) – 1.18”

Race 2. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m 1. Lonestar Somolli (Brian Zammit) – 1.17”

Race 3.  U Bet Championship Heat. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m 1. Rybo Juvel (Julian Farrugia) – 1.16.4”

Race 4. MRC Festival Amateur Race Final. Dist 1640m. 1. IP Broadway (Charles Camilleri)

Race 5. U Bet Championship Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m 1. Matador Knick (Carmelo Farrugia) – 1.16.2”

Race 6. U Bet Championship Heat Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Tintin Haleryd (Clifforty Calleja) – 1.17.8”

Race 7. U Bet Championship Heat. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Lady June (Carl Caruana) – 1.17.4”

Race 8. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Ker Pellois (James Briffa) – 1.16”

Race 9. U Bet Championship Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Bankir Zon (Clint Vassallo) – 1.17.2”

Race 10. U Bet Championship Heat. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m 1. Energy Launcher (Alex Cortis) – 1.17.8”

Another racing programme at the Marsa Racetrack will be held next Sunday, with the first race for class Copper trotters starts at 1.30pm.

Prix de Belgique

Sunday the international race, Prix de Belgique was held at the Vincennes Racetrack in Paris, France. This race was held on a long distance of 2850m and was also the fourth and last race in preparation for the famous Prix d’Amerique which will be held at the end of the month in the same racetrack. Sixteen horses lined up for the Prix de Belgique and it was Swedish Maharajah which triumphed in this race under the guidance of Orjan Kilhlstrom and in average time of 1.13.1” per kilometer. This infront of French Nuit Torride (Bernard Piton), Oasis Gede (Jean Michel Bazire) and Quaker Jet (Jean Ettienne Dubois).

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