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Johnnie Walker Cup Final on Sunday( Saturday, 1st November, 2014 - 15:20 )
The Johnnie Walker Cup Final is going to be held next Sunday. This year this was open to Category Gold trot horses for which 41 enlisted to participate.

Four heats were held on Friday 17th October from which 20 horses went on to the semi finals raced yesterday and now we have the names of the 10 horses that will take part next Sunday in the final. This will be the 7th race of the programme starting at 16:00 hours and over the 2140m distance.

The total prize money in this final is 1600 Euro with the winner getting 900 Euro. Four trophies were also commissioned for the occasion and the winning horse will also get a commemorative blanket. Apart from this the winning owner will receive a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the second placed a Johnnie Walker Platinum, the third a Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve and the fourth placed will receive a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black Label.

The Johnnie Walker Cup is one of the oldest trophies associated with local horse racing. Many think that this trophy has always been just for flat racing but in fact this is not true. Actually it was the first ever championship held for trotters when the new track was inaugurated. Three heats were held on 24th May 1981 which were won by Faci de Beauzeval, Flaminius and Fust with the latter going on to win the final on 7th June 1981 driven by the legendary Anthony Cassar (In-Noqqu).

This prestigious trophy had been inaugurated in 1939 and in these recent years it had been associated with the local thoroughbred racing. Last year this was won by Kimberley Downs partnered by Michael Sultana.

After last year’s huge success the sponsors M.Demajo (Wines & Spirits) Ltd through their Marketing Manager Mr Alfred Braddick, decided that this year they wanted something different and on a larger scale so it was decided that this year the Johnnie Walker Cup will be associated with trotters of the Gold Category.

Today the draws for the numbers behind the autostart we done in front of participating owners and drivers. This is always one of the determining factors of a race and very important for everyone.

1. New Star D.K.
2.Panda des Fleches
3.Sigurd Speed
5.Markus Klipp
6.Reader Jyl
7.Quito de Femisson
8.Argus Hanover
9.Obelix Molgard
10.Veikko Hornline

Press Release
Malta Racing Club
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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