Troy Boshoeve has final say
The highlight of yesterday’s programme at the Marsa Racetrack was the Cassar Petroleum Championship final for Premier class trotters on a short distance of 2,140m.
This was won by Outsider Troy Boshoeve, driven by one of its owners, Gozitan Salvu Vella.
The race was contested by 12 horses. It was Shakira Trot (Julian Farrugia) which opened a slight lead from Veikko Hornline (Carl Caruana) and Mont Cenis Honey (Noel Baldacchino).
Around 1,000m from the end, Mont Cenis Honey went in front but in the final straight, a keen tussle ensued.
It was German Troy Boshoeve which dashed strongly from the inside and secured its first win of the year from Zilver Boko (Tony Demanuele), Livi Cantona (Charles Camilleri) and Shakira Trot.
Yesterday’s card also included two Condition Race finals for Gold and Silver class trotters, also on a distance of 2,140m.
Netter Williams (Redent Magro) increased its pace with a lap to go during the Gold final. This French 11-year-old obtained its fourth win of the season and third in a row by half-a-length from Ozerio (Charles Camilleri). Ygor of Pass (Tony Demanuele) and Baron GL (Clint Vassallo) were third and fourth respectively.
In the Silver class final, Kapro Wareco (Mario Fenech) ran out of steam midway through the home straight and was reeled in by Simb From Abroad (Raymond Micallef) which claimed its first win of the year.
Swedish veteran Black Guy (David Ellul) and Pilote de Nganda (James Carabott) followed in that order.
In the only Gold class race on the card, Side Spin (Julian Farrugia) led all the way to notch its second win of the season, beating Paleo de la Dives (Clint Vassallo) and Lion McGuire (Noel Baldacchino).
Lewis Shadow (Nathaniel Barbara) finished fourth.
Meanwhile, another racing programme was held on Friday. The card included two Condition Race finals for Bronze and Copper class trotters and a Premier class event.
Marchallach (Rodney Gatt) began to slow down 150m from the end of the Bronze final. This French 12-year-old was overtaken by Napol de Mai (Ronald Cassar) which recorded its first win of the season.
Law Suit (Noel Baldacchino) and Syllabub (Charles Camilleri) followed home in that order.
In the Copper class final, Swedish mare Esmeralda Run (Redent Magro) prevailed by a length from Dandy (Robert Polidano), Jet Starline (Mario Fenech) and Orasi Index (Kevin Sciberras).
Candy Fantasy (Melvin Farrugia) led all the way in the only Premier race held on Friday. This horse registered its second consecutive win by a length from Mars (Rodney Gatt), Magic de Assigny (Julian Farrugia) and Narval d’Ecajuel (Carmelo Micallef).
The next meeting will be held on Sunday, starting at 1.30 p.m.
Race 1: Bronze, Vera LH (David Ellul) – 1.16.8”
Race 2: Silver, Olifant du Puoy (Toni Tanti) – 1.16.5”
Race 3: Cassar Petroleum Condition Race final (Silver), Simb From Abroad (Raymond Micallef) – 1.16.3”
Race 4: Silver, Simb Groovy (Redent Magro) – 1.16.2”
Race 5: Cassar Petroleum Condition Race final (Gold) Netter Williams (Redent Magro) – 1.16”
Race 6: Gold, Side Spin (Julian Farrugia) – 1.15.5”
Race 7: Cassar Petroleum Championship final (Premier), Troy Boshoeve (Salvu Vella) – 1.15.5”
Race 8: Silver, No Commentary (Mario Falzon) – 1.16.3”