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Another successful edition of the TAZZA L-KBIRA( Monday, 23rd April, 2018 - 05:58 )

The most coveted trophy in Maltese Trotting history rarely failed to impress and this year was none the least. The ten horses in the field had all done very well in the qualifiers and we had some wonderful racing all along the championship. The Final itself presented some horse who were more favoured than other to the victory but the level of uncertainty was still big. The level playing field was confirmed all throughout the first 2000meters of the 2640meter race. It was at that point in time that Charles Camilleri asked his horse URGAH DU RIB to increase his speed and come out from his cover to sprint ahead. At theis point the race had gained momentum but one could easily see that URGAH DU RIB had something above the lot and with a nice sprint joined the leaders at the head of the race in the nick of time. Caught in the third lane uncovered, Charles Camilleri helped his horse turn undisturbed the final curve before sprinting ahead all along the final stretch to win comfortably with many lengths advantage.

This proved to be an exciting race with URGAH DU RIB delighting the public with an impressive 700meters sprint that landed him a place in history. Same goes to owners Charles and Edwina Borg who had their names listed for the first time on the roll of honour of the TAZZA L-KBIRA. Charles Camilleri on the other side won this trophy for the second time after having won the trophy back in 2013 on Nabab du Chatelet.

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Tazza l-Kbira 2018 - Facebook Poll( Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 - 10:48 )
This year we decided to organise a Facebook Poll with those following our facebook page. With just hours away from the final, this is the result amongst obtained through the voting of the almost 300 people who participated.

The B.O.V. Tazza l-Kbira 2018 Participants( Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 - 20:41 )
Another year has passed and we are about to witness the final act of this year`s edition of the Tazza l-Kbira (sponsored by Bank of Valletta which continues to provide its support to Maltese horse-racing), with a new trotter carving its name on this coveted trophy.
The final will be the 7th race on the card on Sunday 22nd April, with the first race of the meeting scheduled for 1.30pm.
The Tazza l-Kbira, literally The Big Cup (not so much in terms of size - the trophy`s dimensions are not extraordinary!) is Big in its prestige, in its history, in its appeal for horse owners, drivers and the horse-racing public alike.

A legendary race, born way back in 1934 … It had its lean years, being absent for some years mainly in the Second World War and then in most of the 1990s and in the early years of this century, before returning with a bang in 2008. With its long and chequered history it is the highest accolade of Maltese trot racing, the Prix d`Amerique or the Elitloppet of Malta! It boasts a tradition of great trotters who made it and other great trotters who are missing from the roll call of winners of this supreme honour.

Over the years, the race distance has tended to vary somewhat but in the last nine editions it has remained constant at 2,640m, following the traditional distance exceeding 2,500m of the olden days, a distance which had originated from the length of the original Marsa racetrack (or as it is known “the old racetrack”) of about 2,700m.

This year`s prize money amounts to Euro6,550 (about five and a half times that of a normal Premier class race), with Euro3,500 going to the winner – extremely attractive by Maltese standards. Open to all nationalities, the 10 Premier class participants (qualifiers Ustar de Vandel and Tanguy de Nappes are unfortunately absent) vying to succeed last year`s winner, Italian Overtaker By Sib, hail from three different countries, France, Italy and Sweden, and are aged between 9 and 13 years. All geldings, they have won 29 times between them here in Malta. Three of them have already participated in a Tazza l-Kbira final, Service Secret and Midsummer King last year and Brigadoon in 2016. Before we pass to the list of participants, we also give a great welcome back to the racetrack to one of the best horses to ever grace our racecourse, 20 year old Kakisis, winner of the 2011 edition of the Tazza l-Kbira, which will be leading the participants` parade.

The Participants
And now we pass to this year`s participants with their respective race numbers:

1. SERVICE SECRET, Chestnut French 12 year old, son of French parents Look de Star and Kalamita (with some Standardbred blood mainly via grand sire Coktail Jet), its overseas winnings amount to Euro332,924 and its French best time is 1`12"4 per kilometre.
From its 26 races in Malta it won no less than 11, plus 9 places, with a best time of 1`14"7 on 2,640m. It was also the winner of the Prix de l`Ile de France in December 2017 and runner up in both last year`s Tazza l-Kbira final as well as the MRC Premier Champion Trotter 2018.
Driver: Andrew Farrugia.

2. PAPARAZZI, Brown Italian 9 year old, son of Italian stallion Infinitif and Italian mare Emily di Jesolo (but having quite a lot of French and Standardbred blood in its veins), it competed in Italy, Sweden, France and the Netherlands, before its debut in Malta.
It has overseas winnings of SEK2,530,503 and a best time of 1`11"5 per kilometre. In Malta, it has 2 places from its 2 races with a best time of 1`15"8 per km on 2,640m.
Driver: Mark Bonnici.

3. RIFIFI NONANTAIS, Bay French 13 year old, a result of some optimal French bloodlines plus a sprinkling of Standardbred genes through its grandsire Coktail Jet, with its French parents being Kerido du Donjon and Info Nonantais.
Its winnings in France were of Euro333,150 and it has a best time of 1`12"2 per kilometre. In Malta it won 4 races and 12 places from its 23 starts with a best time of 1`13"9 per kilometre on 1,640m (1`14"9 on 2,640m).
Driver: George Attard.

4. URAC, Bay French 10 year old, son of French 1996 Prix d`Amerique winner Coktail Jet and French mare Innee de la Loge, with both of them having Standardbred blood in their pedigree. Interestingly in 2015, Urac won a Group III race, the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Marseille.
Its total overseas winnings amounted to Euro393,320 with a best time of 1`12"5 per kilometre. In Malta it placed once from its 3 races to date with a best time of 1`15"8 per km on 2,640m.
Driver: Jesmar Gafa`.

5. TCHAO CHAMANT, Chestnut French 11 year old, son of French Look de Star and mare Jasmina de Chamant (with some Standardbred blood on both sides mainly through Coktail Jet and Kimberland), its winnings in France total Euro190,630 with a best time of 1`13"4 per kilometre.
It has raced 3 times in Malta placing twice with a best time of 1`15"9 per km on 2,640m.
Driver: Shaun Axisa.

6. MIDSUMMER KING, Black Swedish 13 year old, out of Swedish parents King Lavec and Pietra (but with a lot of US blood and some French influence in its origins), it has competed mainly in Sweden but spent the last 2 years before its arrival in Malta racing in France.
It finished its career outside Malta with Euro255,133 and a best time of 1`11"7 per km. Here in Malta it won 3 of its 15 races and placed in 6 others, with a best time of 1`14"2 per km on 1,640m (1`16"2 on 2,640m).
Driver: Clint Vassallo.

7. BRIGADOON, Dark Bay Swedish 10 year old, son of US stallion Rite on Line and Swedish mare Rhododendron (with mainly US and some French blood in its genes), it raced in Sweden until its debut in Malta in December 2015. A year later, it was transferred to France where it spent a year racing successfully from late 2016 until returning to Malta a few months ago.
It won SEK554,110 in Sweden and another Euro62,110 in France (over SEK1,100,000 in total) with a best time of 1`12"3 (made in Sweden). In Malta it won 4 races and placed another 8 times from 14 starts, with a best time of 1`13"3 (twice – both on 1,640m) (1`15"9 on 2,640m).
Driver: Julian Farrugia.

8. URGAH DU RIB, Bay French 10 year old, son of French 2005 Prix d`Amerique winner Jag de Bellouet (with American blood through the latter`s father Viking`s Way) and French mare Garda. Its winnings in France totalled Euro186,020 with a best time of 1`12"3 per km made in its last race in France last January.
It has so far impressed the Maltese public with 2 wins from as many outings and a best time of 1`16"5 per kilometre on 2,640m.
Driver: Charles Camilleri.

9. TYROL DE FEUGERES, Bay French 11 year old, son of French parents Ksar d`Algot and Deesse de Feugeres, its overseas winnings total Euro192,450 with a best time of 1`12"4 per kilometre. It has won 1 of its five races in Malta placing in 2 others and with an excellent best time of 1`13"0 per kilometre on 1,640m (1`16"1 per km on 2,640m).
Driver: Rodney Gatt.

10. TIP TOP NELLIERE, Bay French 11 year old, whose bloodlines also include a nice mixture of French and US ancestors (through Buvetier d`Aunou and Florestan bloodlines) is the best progeny of French stallion Go Lucky out of French mare Novely Blue.
It finished its French racing career with prize-money totalling Euro352,750 and a personal best of 1`12"5 per kilometre. Out of its 16 races in Malta so far, it has won 4, plus 9 places, with a best time of 1`13"4 per km on 1,640m (1`16"1 (twice) on 2,640m). It also won the President's Cup 2017.
Driver: Michael Ellul.

Undoubtedly a set of participants of the highest quality which will fight tooth and nail for this honour.

We wish the very best of luck to their owners, trainers, handlers and drivers who dedicate so much time, effort and hard work to our beloved horses.


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BOV Tazza l-Kbira 2018 Edition( Sunday, 25th March, 2018 - 01:48 )
The Tazza l-Kbira 2018 was officially launched during a press conference held at the Malta Racing Club conference room and addressed by Mr Edwin Borg and Mr Thomas Cunningham Chairman and General Secretary of the Malta Racing Club and Charles Azzopardi, Executive PR and Marketing at Bank of Valletta.

`The Tazza l-Kbira 2018, 84 years since it was first held in 1934 is the highest accolade in Maltese trot racing, attracting the best horses and the largest prize-pot` said Mr Borg. This year`s edition features only Premier class trotters originating from four different countries and featuring 12 debutants.

The top 76 horses in Malta will be participating in 6 heats on Sunday 25th March 2018, with the top 6 placed horses in each race making up the 12 horses in each of the three semi-finals that will be held on the 8th April 2018. The best placed 4 horses in each semi-final will then contest the final of the `BOV Tazza l-Kbira`, which literally translates into `The Big Cup` on Sunday 22nd April 2018. All races are contested under the traditional 2640 metres distance.

Our Little Project is now 10 years old( Monday, 5th February, 2018 - 04:38 )
We are delighted that today the 5th February 2018, our little dream of a website that keeps you updated with all that goes on in the Maltese Trot Racing scene is 10 years old. They have been 10 long years of consistent growth with the aim of having you all followers updated in the best way possible.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us especially those who put adverts on our website and our sponsors as well as to all of you our followers for your encouragement.

Paul Galea to represent Malta in the Coup d`Europe des Amateurs( Wednesday, 24th January, 2018 - 10:27 )
The French association LeTrot finalises the list of Participants for the European Amateurs Cup to be held at Vincennes Race Track France on Saturday 27th January 2018. Amongst the 16 drivers we have the Maltese Paul Galea, winner of the honour for the Best Under 25 Driver during the year 2017.

We wish Paul Galea the best of luck on this start at Vincennes Race Track.

We are Off and Trotting for the new year 2018( Sunday, 21st January, 2018 - 11:05 )
New Calendar issued for the 1st part of the season January to June 2018( Thursday, 11th January, 2018 - 16:58 )
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PRESIDENT`s CUP Final 2017 Edtion( Friday, 3rd November, 2017 - 16:21 )
TIP TOP NELLIERE (fr) and Michael Ellul succeeded to win this much coveted cup during this year's edition. The President's Cup is the second most prestigious trophy in Maltese Trot racing, surpassed only by the Tazza l-Kbira. Run over the 2140meters distance, this year's President's Cup saw the domination of TIP TOP NELLIERE who took the lead early in the race and with a final sprint secured victory by two lengths. In the winner's circle, TIP TOP NELLIERE's connections and his drivers were greeted by Her Excellency the President of Malta Ms. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca who presented the trophy to the owners.

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Returning to racing on the 22nd September 2017( Monday, 11th September, 2017 - 19:49 )
The meeting with which we are to return to competitive racing at Marsa race track after the Summer recess has been postponed from Friday 15th to Friday 22nd September 2017. The racing program is meant to continue as off that date as planned in the calendar issued earlier.

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