Zilver Boko first home in final
Zilver Boko, a six-year-old Dutch trotter, won the major race on the card at Marsa yesterday, the Sette Giugno cup final for Premier Class, held over a short distance of 2,140 metres.
Twelve horses lined up for the final.
As expected, it was Oviedo Vici (Darren Mizzi) that made the fastest start, opening a length’s lead from Eastwood Om (Pierre Caruana) and Count of Life (Claudio Refalo).
Oviedo Vici was unable to keep up with that pace, however. With some 500m from the post the early pacesetter ran out of steam and got outsmarted by Zilver Boko (Tony Demanuele) for its sixth win of the year and third in a row.
Happiness Photo (Mario Fenech) was second ahead of Wiss Night Hawk (Noel Baldacchino) and Skip Dimanche (Julian Farrugia) in that order.
The winner clocked an average time of 1.15.5” per kilometre.
At the end of the final, MRC chairman Matthew Brincat presented the winning trophy to driver Demanuele. Zilver Boko is owned by Gaetano Sammut.
In the first of two Gold Class races in programme, Obi Wan Kenobi (George Attard) started to slow down around 300m from home and was overtaken by Why Not As (Carl Caruana) which secured its first win at Marsa, half a length in front of Oolong (Cliferty Calleja).
Swedish Love Heart (Mario Fenech) upped its pace in the straight in the second Gold Class race to gain its first win, a length ahead of Victory Farming (Frank Portelli).
Yesterday’s card also included two races from the Silver category.
First, Korentin (Noel Baldac-chino) surged ahead midway through the final straight to beat the challenge coming from Quartz des Pinons (Brian Zammit).
Then, French newcomer Oki-lebo de Bremont (Noel Baldac-chino) crossed the line first but was later disqualified and victory awarded to Ouragan de Valsoiz (Emmanuel Garzia).
Another programme of races will be held on Sunday. The card will include the Mediterranean Derby Final for flat horses.
Race 1: Copper, Malta Sara B (Clint Vassallo) – 1.18.6”
Race 2: Copper, Louise Wood (Mark Desira) – 1.19”
Race 3: Bronze, Emil Brebro (Brian Zammit) – 1.16.7”
Race 4: Silver, Korentin (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.18.6”
Race 5: Gold, Why Not As (Carl Caruana) – 1.16.9”
Race 6: Silver, Ouragan de Valsoiz (Emmanuel Garzia) – 1.17.1”
Race 7: Gold, Love Heart (Mario Fenech) – 1.17”
Race 8: Premier final, Zilver Boko (Tony Demanuele) – 1.15.5”
Race 9: Bronze, Kosai LJ (Frenċu Cassar) – 1.16.8”