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RACES CANCELLED( Saturday, 11th October, 2014 - 11:19 )

Il-Kunsill tal- Malta Racing Club jixtieq javza lil kulhadd li l-programm ta' tigrijiet li kellu jsir ghada fil-korsa tal-Marsa issa gie ikkancellat peress li jidher li l-korsa m'hiex fi stat adekwat li jsiru t-tigrijiet.

Jixtieq javza li kitba gdida hija miftuha ghall-Klassijiet kollha ghada l-Hadd u nhar it-Tnejn ghal zewg programmi li se jsiru l-Gimgha 17 u l-Hadd 19 t'Ottubru. Il-poloz jitilghu t-Tlieta filghodu u dawk kollha li kellhom il-kitba mhallsa ghal ghada din issa giet ikkreditata fil-kont taghhom.

Il-kitba se tkun kif gej:
Premier - Heats ghat-Tazza tal-President 2140m jingrew il-Hadd
Gold - Heats ghat-Tazza Johnnie Walker 2140m jingrew il-Gimgha
Silver, Bronze u Copper tigrijiet kwalifikattivi ghal Condition Races 2140m - Kampjonat tal-Harifa jingrew il-Gimgha u l-Hadd

Minn nhar it-Tnejn fil-korsa ser jergghu jsiru xoghlijiet ta' manutenzjoni sabiex it-tigrijiet isiru fi tmiem il-Gimgha.

Nirringrazzjaw lil kulhadd tal-koperazzjoni

Malta Racing Club

(English Version)
The Malta Racing Club would like to announce that the racing meeting that was to be held next Sunday 12th October has been CANCELLED due to the fact that the race track is deemed unfit for competitive racing. This means that next racing meetings will be held Friday 17th and Sunday 19th October.

Those horse that already registered for the first racing meeting had their registration credited will be maintained whilst others can go register at the club to race this Sunday and also on Monday. The racing numbers will be drawn on Tuesday in the afternoon.

Registration is as follows:
Premier - Heats for the President's Cup - 2140m (to be run on Sunday 19th)
Gold - Hears for the Johnnie Walker Cup - 2140m (to be run on Friday 17th)
Silver, Bronze and Copper - will run for Condition Races - 2140m

As from next Monday there will be works going about in the track in order to have the races run on Friday.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Malta Racing Club
Racing Calendar October to December 2014 now out!!( Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 - 00:37 )
With a couple of weeks to go before the return to racing, we are now able to give you a glimpse as to which will be the racing days in program.

Click on this image below to open the full calendar or find it in our appropriate section on your left hand side.

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Back On Track!!!( Thursday, 25th September, 2014 - 09:04 )
Now that the works on the track surface are finished, we are already looking ahead for the return of the racing season for the second part of this year. With the 1st meeting planned for the 10th October after a long Summer recess, we are now surely awaiting the return of some serious business.

See you at the track very soon!!!

Malta Trot Racing

Maltese horse racing enthusiasts mourn Twanny Bugeja( Thursday, 18th September, 2014 - 10:17 )
It is with great regret that we announce that one of the best known people in our sports passed away yesterday the 17th September 2014. Twanny Bugeja has been involved in the horse racing scene on our islands for the past 35 years and was a contributor as a horse racing journalist with his articles about our sports on newspapers such as L-Orizzont and Sunday newspaper T-Torca. Twanny Bugeja is without any doubt synonymous with the television program KORSA, featuring horse racing in Malta, which he conducted on the national television station for many years, and more so, for having been the racing commentator at the track for numerous years.

It is undoubtedly a sad day for our sport and as Malta Trot Racing we would like to pass our deepest condolences to his wife and children as well as his family members.

European Championship for Professional Drivers( Tuesday, 19th August, 2014 - 22:16 )
The European Championship for Professional Drivers held in the race tracks of Solanget u Umaker came to an end a few minutes ago.

Maltese representative Noel Baldacchino was not at all lucky in this championship and he failed to have horses that were competitive enough to fight for a victory in this championship after having been drawn outsider horses. Notwithstanding this Noel Baldacchino honored this participation with some skilled and correct driving.

Noel Baldacchino succeeded to end all the races he participated in amongst the first eight, with his best performances being 2 fourth places. Noel Baldacchino totaled a final score of 47 points at par with Austrian driver Hubert Brandsatter J:r.

The European Championship for Professionals Drivers was this year won by Danish driver Knud Monster totaling 78 points. Second placed was French driver Tony Le Beller scoring 72 points whilst home turf driver Bjorn Goop (Sweden) was third at 69 points.

The photo below shows a group photo of all participants

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Noel Baldacchino in the 2014 European Driver Championship( Friday, 15th August, 2014 - 11:06 )
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

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