Isolated and Arnie Sensation win top races

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 18:00

by Kenneth Vella.

As expected, the two semi-final races which marked the start of the President’s Cup for class Premier trotters were the main attraction in Sunday’s 56th meeting of the season made up of eleven races. The class Premier semi finals were won by  Isolated and Arnie Sensation and were held on a short distance of 2140m.

From the two class Premier semi-final races, ten horses moved to the final stage. In the first semi-final, Swedish newcomer Jitterbug (Andrew Farrugia) which was the fastest horse during the first metres, began to slow down 300m from the finishing line. The race resulted in a close tussle between six horses in the final straight with Isolated (Noel Baldacchino) obtaining its second consecutive win from debutantes Carnegie Hall (Darren Mizzi) and Niarpan (Charles Camilleri). Alf Eme (Julian Farrugia) and Melino du Rib (Clifforty Calleja) also moved to the final stage. The winner clocked an average time of 1.17.7” per kilometer.

Arnie Sensation (Carmelo Farrugia) sprinted well in the final metres of the second class Premier semi-final. This horse obtained its third win of the year from Lucas Ness (Mario Farrugia), Enjoy Kronos (Eugenio Bondin), Bello Fratello (Anthony Spagnol) and Shamin (Rodney Gatt). Arnie Sensation did an average time of 1.15.9” per kilometer.

In the only class Gold race of the programme, Lord The Best (Mark Mifsud) increased its pace 400m from the post and registered its third win of the season from Kojak d’Isques (Charles Camilleri) which had to settle for second place. Socrates (John Briffa) and Ker Pellois (James Briffa) finished respectively in third and fourth place.

Sunday’s race card included also two flat races on a short distance of 1250m. In the first flat race, English mare Minnow (Michael Sultana) led all the way and obtained its second win in Malta with a ten length lead from Letthewordgoforth (Demis Zammit), Ollie Fliptrik (Oliver Briffa) and Sognador (Eric Zammit). There was a close finish in the second class flat race when Mary Celest (Charles Pace) and Mean Mr Mustard (Demis Zammit) sprinted together in the final straight. Mary Celest obtained its second win in a row with Etoile du Pic (Michael Sultana) and Dama Di Kirey (Ramon Grima) finishing in third and fourth place.   

Another racing programme at the Marsa Race Track will be held next Sunday with the first race starting at 1.30pm.

Sunday’s winners.

Race 1. Class Copper.  Dist – 1640m. 1. Mercure Qui Sait (Kevin Azzopardi) – 1.17.6”

Race 2. Class Copper. Dist – 1640m. 1. Hulegardens Filur (Carl Caruana) – 1.16.9”

Race 3. Class Flat. Dist – 1250m. 1. Minnow (Michael Sultana) – 1.14”

Race 4. Class Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1.  Mr King (Frans Tanti) – 1.16.1”

Race 5. Class Gold. Dist – 1640m. 1. Lord The Best (Mark Mifsud) – 1.15.1”

Race 6. Class Flat. Dist – 1250m. 1. Mary Celest (Charles Pace) – 1.15.8”

Race 7. Class Bronze. Dist – 1640m. 1. Zut (Joe Schembri) – 1.16.1”

Race 8. President’s Cup Semi Final. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m.  1. Isolated (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.17.7”

Race 9. Class Silver. Dist – 1640m 1. Ganniway (Kerstin Catania) – 1.16.3”

Race 10. President’s Cup Semi Final. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m.  1. Arnie Sensation (Carmelo Farrugia) – 1.15.9”

Race 11. Class Copper. Dist – 1640m. 1. Divinis (Charles Magro) – 1.16.4”





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