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Noel Baldacchino in the 2014 European Driver Championship( Sunday, 17th August, 2014 - 13:06 )
Next Sunday champion driver Noel Baldacchino will be heading to Sweden in order to represent our country in the European Championship for Professional Drivers which is going to be hosted by the racetracks of Solanget and Umea on Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th August.

The best drivers in Europe participate in this championship and this year apart from Baldacchino the participants are Hubert Brandstatter Jr (Austria), Knud Monster (Denmark), Mika Forss (Finland), Tony Le Beller (France), Michael Nimczyk (Germany), Hugo Langeweg Jr (The Netherlands), Vidar Hop (Norway), Branislav Mukic (Serbia), Guillermo Andreau Adover (Spain) and Bjorn Goop (Sweden). The driver that won the most races last year is Bjorn Goop who registered 367 victories from 2084 starts and he is hoping to win this championship as it is being held in his home country. These past years this championship is being held every other year as it is alternating with the World Championship.

The drivers that make it in the top five places in this championship gain the right to participate in the World Championship scheduled to be held in Australia next February. Last year the world championship was won by France and Pierre Vercruysse whilst the European Championship in 2012 was won by Italian Enrico Bellei.

Drivers are awarded points according to the placing they finish in with the winner getting 18 points, second placed 13, third placed 10 points and in fourth place 8 points with the other placings getting one point less each time. A disqualification is awarded one point whilst if a horse is declared a non runner the driver gets 6 points.

The championship opens up at the racetrack of Solanget next Monday with the drivers taking part in four races. This racetrack is 1004m long.

1st Race at 19:08 - 1646m – No.10 Pine Rolls
2nd Race at 19:52 - 2650m – No.4 Razza Yamoz
3rd Race open for Kallblads – 1646m – No.6 Hogda Kvikk
4th Race - 20:36 - 2148m – No.3 Elegance Brodde (trainer Robert Bergh).

The following day drivers move to the racetrack of Umaker with another four races.

1st Race – No.3 Rally Swing.
2nd Race open for Kallblads - 2140m - No.7 Angskalla
3rd Race - 1640m – No.9 Bart Sjohammar
4th Race - 2140m – No. 11 Global Numerous.

Each race in this championship has a first prize of Sek 40,000.

This championship saw its first edition in 1969 which was won by Norwegian Karsten Buer.
Noel Baldacchino returns to Malta on Thursday and during this trip will be accompanied by Mr Tony Demanuele one of the members of the Malta Racing Club Council.

On behalf of everyone we wish the best of luck to Noel Baldacchino.

Malta Racing Club
International Championship for Female Drivers 2014( Wednesday, 14th May, 2014 - 17:40 )
Next Friday evening the Malta Racing Club will be hosting an International Championship for Female Drivers. Although in 2011 and 2012 we had International Races for women, this year thanks to the sponsors Equality as well as the Malta Sports Council, it is being organised on a larger scale.

In fact 12 ladies hailing from nine different countries including Malta will be driving in two races during which they will be awarded points according to the order of finish. The female who accumulates the most points after the two races will be declared the winner.

The foreign participants are coming from France, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, Italy, Estonia and Slovenia and amongst them we also find Dutch girl Pamela Westgeest who won the International encounter held in Malta in 2012. Malta will be represented by Laura Cunningham.

Apart from the races and other related spectacle, the Malta Racing Club felt that it had to also combine the event with a good cause thus we invited Europa Donna Malta in order to help promote more breast cancer awareness amongst women because sadly this is a disease which is hitting more and more women each year.

Several distinguished guests have already confirmed their participation for the event amongst these the American Ambassador Her Excellency Gina K.Abercrombie-Winstanley and the Dutch Ambassador Her Excellency Rita Dulci Rahman. The Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Sports sector the Hon. Chris Agius as well as Malta Sports Council Chairman the Hon Luciano Busuttil will also be attending the event.

The participating drivers will be presented to the public during a motorcycle parade after which the National Anthems of each country will be played and a token of participation will be given to them.

The races are of Copper and Silver categories and after each race a presentation will be held where apart from a token for the winning driver, the owners of the four placed horses will be given trophies with the winner also receiving a commemorative presentation blanket.

The racing programme starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Championship races will be the 5th and 7th ones. Everyone is urged to attend especially women in order to cheer on the competitors in a sport which especially in Malta is still dominated by the men.

Lorraine Cunningham
Public Relations & Media Officer
Malta Racing Club

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NEW TRACK AND NATIONAL RECORD( Sunday, 4th May, 2014 - 18:55 )
PRIEURE (FR) - Charles Camilleri
04/05/2014 - Premier Class
1640m - 1'12"7

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TAZZA l-KBIRA 2014 - 27th April 2014( Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 - 19:12 )
This is the week leading to the top racing event on the Maltese Islands - the B.O.V. TAZZA l-KBIRA 2014to be run on the 27th April. We are this year celebrating the 80th Anniversary since this cup was first held an it stands to reason that a great celebration is in preparation for this anniversary.

The race will be held on the traditional 2640m distance. It will be the 6th race of the 18th Meeting of the year and it is expected to start at 16:35.

The Participants and their drivers are:

1. OLTEDO DE RIEUX - Charles Camilleri
2. SULTAN NOVEMBER - Shaun Portelli
3. PERCEVAL - France Cassar
4. PACHA DE LA FRETTE - Claudio Refalo
5. MADAM DI POGGIO - Herman McKay
6. CLORIA VICTIS - Charles Degiorgio
7. ORAN - Julian Farrugia
8. POPPES FIGHTER - Paul Galea
9. POULOUD KEROC'H - Chris Vassallo
10. THE BAD ROCK - Rodney Gatt
11. QUIET WAY - Peter Paul Said
12. PAT DE FONTAINE - Noel Baldacchino

Malta Trot Racing would like to wish all participants the best of luck!!

We are also here presenting our commemorative poster of the participants.

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BOV Tazza l-Kbira 2014 – 80 Years of Racing History( Thursday, 27th March, 2014 - 01:27 )
The Chairman of the Malta Racing Club Dr Matthew Brincat said that next Sunday and Monday 30th and 31st March sees the start of the Malta Racing Club’s biggest annual event for local horse racing – It-Tazza l-Kbira which literally translates as The Big Cup. It is with pleasure that we announce that this year’s sponsor is Bank of Valletta.

Every owner and driver aspires to see his name on the roll of honour of this trophy which sees the participation of the best horses currently racing on the island. This year is more special as we are celebrating the 80th anniversary since the first edition was held way back in 1934 and which was won by Frise Poulet. Naturally at that time this was held at the old racetrack.

Although it has been 80 years, due to several reasons it was not held every year but since 2008 it has been held regularly. This year’s edition sees the registration of 61 horses which have been divided in 5 races from which the first six will qualify for the semi finals. Amongst these 61 horses we have 5 mares and one can say that there is a participation from 8 different nations – 33 French, 17 Swedish, 5 German, 2 Italian as well as a Belgian, Dutch, American and Danish. In this edition 8 new horses will be making their first start and we also have last year’s winner Nabab du Chatelet.

The 30 horses that qualify for the semi finals will race each other again on Sunday 13th April when they will be divided in 3 races from which the first four will go on to the final on Sunday 27th April.

This year the total prize money awarded will be a record one as part of the 80th Anniversary celebrations. In fact in just the final 8000 Euro will be distributed from which €4250 will be given to the winner, €2000 for the second placed, €1000 for the third place, €500 for fourth and €250 for whoever finishes fifth. Another €9600 will be distributed during the heats and semi finals.

The finalist horses will also be given a commemorative blanket which they will use during the pre-race parade. The winning owner apart from receiving It-Tazza l-Kbira for a year, will also be given a commemorative trophy which will be a special one due to this year’s anniversary. For this we thank the company b.e.d and its director Samuel Agius Livori who is responsible for designing the commemorative logo which will be used during these weeks. The owners of the horses that finish from 2nd till 5th place will also receive a trophy.

As always, the Malta Racing Club will be preparing a special programme on the day of the final in order to entertain all those present.

The press conference was also address by the CEO of Bank of Valleta Mr Charles Borg who said that ‘Bank of Valletta is no stranger to horse racing having already supported the organisation of horse racing in the past. With BOV’s tradition of supporting sporting excellence, it is indeed our pleasure to support the highlight of the Malta Racing Club’s calendar. With the quality of the horses participating in this race, we have no doubt that this race will attract the interest, not only of the horse racing community but also of the general public.

We wish to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to all participating owners and drivers', concluded Mr Borg.

Lorraine Cunningham
Public Relations & Media Officer
Malta Racing Club

Our 6th Birthday!!!( Thursday, 13th February, 2014 - 20:54 )
Thank God our Website is not a woman, cos remembering of our 6th Anniversary 1 week late might have caused me lots of Trouble!!

In fact the 5th February 2014 marked the 6th Year since the birth of this project back in 2008.

We are always hoping to continue bringing to you the best reportage about Trot Racing in Malta. A special thanks goes to all our followers on this website and the 2,000+ Fans that we have accumulated on our Facebook page.

Thanks for your continued support People!!

Cliferty Calleja jirraprezenta lil Malta gewwa Vincennes - Parigi( Wednesday, 22nd January, 2014 - 00:15 )
Nhar is-Sibt li gej is-sewwieq Cliferty Calleja ser ikun qed jirrapprezenta lil Malta fit-Tazza Ewropeja ghal sewwieqa mhux professjonali (Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs) fil-korsa ta’ Vincennes Parigi.

Din it-tigrija sas-sena l-ohraa kienet maghrufa bhala l-Prix de Saint Claude u kienet avveniment popolari sabiex sewwieqa mhux professjonali minn pajjizi diversi jsuqu f’dik li hi meqjusa bhala l-aqwa korsa tat-trott. Din is-sena s-Socjeta Franciza tat-Trott iddecidiet li s-sewwieqa li jsuqu f’din it-tigrija ikunu invitati minn kull pajjiz li jiffurmaw parti mill-Unjoni Ewropeja tat-Trott.

It-tigrija hija wahda bi tluq bil-karozza fuq distanza ta’ 2100m u li għandha 16,000 Ewro bhala premju totali. Fiha jistghu jigru zwiemel minn 7 sa 9 snin li ma rebhux aktar minn 181,000 Ewro.

Cliferty Calleja huwa minn Hal Qormi u ghandu 31 sena. Beda jsuq fil-bidu ta’ Novembru 2001 u l-ewwel rebha ghalih waslet kwazi mill-ewwel biz-ziemel Martin Lee nhar is-17 ta’ Novembru 2001.

S’issa irregistra 71 rebha bl-aqwa stagun tieghu ikun dak li ghadu kemm spicca fejn fl-2013 reba' 17 il-tigrija u spicca fis-7 post fil-klassifika ta’ l-aqwa gerrejja.

Ghal Calleja din ser tkun l-ewwel esperjenza tieghu barra minn xtutna. Il-poloz tat-tigrija jitilghu l-Hamis filghodu.

Jakkumpanjaw lil Calleja f’Pariġi ser ikun hemm ic-Chairman tal-Malta Racing Club l-Avukat Matthew Brincat kif ukoll ir-Rapprezentant tas-Sidien u l-Gerrejja u Membru tal-Kunsill tal-Malta Racing Club is-Sur Anthony Mallia.

Matul din iz-zjara, l-Avukat Matthew Brincat ser ikun qed jattendi is-70 Assembleja generali ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropeja tat-Trott.

Malta Racing Club

Racing Calendar 2014( Thursday, 16th January, 2014 - 13:37 )
We are here presenting the proposed Racing Calendar for the first part of the season 2014 - January to June 2014.

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www.MaltaTrotRacing.com( Thursday, 16th January, 2014 - 10:29 )
Hi People,

This is our First post for the year 2014.

As from now on our web address will be www.MALTATROTRACING.com

The website will be redirecting to this address automatically even if you continue using www.mtr.orlandev.com. So don't worry, you will see no changes at all.

We have now updated the points for all 2,400 horses in our database.

Thanks for your ongoing support!!

EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL 2013( Saturday, 21st December, 2013 - 14:28 )
EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL tomorrow 22nd December 2013.

A Festival gathering all Equestrian Sports practiced on the island in one place - Marsa Race Track.

Hope you will be numerous to visit.

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