The Annual Mediterranean Horse Racing Union championship back in Malta

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:08

The Malta Racing Club is once again organising the Malta Leg of the 2012 Horse Racing Union Championship for trotters. It is the first leg of this year’s championship, which Maltawon in 2010, and forms part of a 7 race horse meeting scheduled for Saturday 31st March.  The first race will start at 14:00 and includes a variety of activities for all the family to enjoy, plus a show of Maltese owned Ferrari cars, thanks to the Ferrari Malta club.

Dr. Matthew Brincat, the club chairman said that “this annual event forms an integral part of the annual horse racing activities at the Club.  This is the fourth time that the club is organising such an event, while in the coming months Maltese drivers will be participating abroad, most notably in ItalyandFrancefor the forthcoming legs.”  He expressed his satisfaction in winning this prestigious honour in 2010 and hoped for a good start in this year’s edition.

Maltawill be represented by veteran and popular driver Mr Raymond Clifton.  Ray Clifton is nowadays considered as a legend for Maltese horse racing having won more than 2000 races in a career spanning more than 50 years.  He originally started as a jockey in the late 1950s, having won major honours like the Mediterranean Derby most notably on one of the 60s horse racing favourite Waterloo Boy.  In the early 1970sCliftonstarted driving trotters and was most notably renowned for his successes on the most popular of all horses Isard Du Pont.  In the 1990s,Cliftonalso managed to win outside our shores on a number of occasions and was also voted the sports personality of the year.

Today,Cliftonhas a number of horses under his trainingship whilst also is an instructor at theHorseRacingAcademyestablished by Kunsill Malti Għall-iSport in collaboration with Malta Racing Club.

The 6 countries participating at this year’s event, scheduled on Freedom Day, areFrance,Italy,Malta,Russia,SerbiaandUkraine.

The whole racing program is available on the Malta Racing Club web site

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