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Zwack, Quiet Du Chene win Premier Class races

Zwack and Quiet Du Chene won the major events at the Marsa Racetrack, yesterday.

The races were the Prix De Vincennes final for French trotters only and the Sette Giugno Champion-ship final for horses imported from other countries.

Both finals, reserved for Premier Class, were held over 2,140m.

Eleven horses lined up for the Sette Giugno Championship final.

Striking Actions (George Attard) had the fastest start and led ahead of Zwack (Eric Bezzina) and Mad Image (Rodney Gatt).

Striking Actions went unchallenged for most of the distance but when the trotters approached the final straight the early leader started to slow down and it was overtaken by Zwack which went on to record its second win of the season.

Zalgado Transs R (Nicholas Bonello) was second ahead of Shakira Trot (Nathaniel Barbara), Cloria Victis (Cailin Borg) and Ourselves (Noel Baldacchino).

At the end of the race, Edwin Borg, MRC chairman, presented the trophy to Zwack owner Salvino Debono and driver Bezzina.

The Prix De Vincennes final was contested by 11 trotters.

Quartz De Chenu (Michael Ellul) stormed ahead in the early stages with Pouloud Keroc’H (Chris Vassallo) and Ohime Mag (Ronald Cassar) close behind.

However, midway through the straight Quartz De Chenu ran out of steam and was reeled in by Quiet Du Chene (Mario Fenech) which secured its first win at Marsa.

Quorum Quick (Brian Zammit) was the runner-up ahead of Quartz De Chenu, Pouloud Keroc’H and Quesito d’Or (Frencu Cassar).

After this final, Beatrice Le Fraper Du Hellen, French Ambassador for Malta, and Andre Meunier, representing the French Association Le Trot, presented the trophies to Quiet Du Chene owner Frans Bugeja and driver Fenech.

Yesterday’s card also included four other finals for French trotters – the Prix d’Enghien for Gold Class, the Prix De Cabourg for Silver Class, the Prix De Cagnes Sur Mer for Bronze Class and the Prix De Caen for Copper Class.

In the Gold final, Quartz Pierji (Carmelo Farrugia) dashed strongly from the inside with around 200m to go to reach the post first ahead of Turbulent (Frank Portelli) and Rumeur (Rodney Gatt).

Yesterday’s winners

Race 1: Bronze – Nimbus Bjerregard (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.17.4”
Race 2: Bronze – Suro Du Cornillet (Julian Farrugia) – 1.16.8”
Race 3: Silver – Quovario (Tony Tanti) – 1.16.2”
Race 4: Silver – Roc De Servette (David Ellul) – 1.16.3”
Race 5: Copper – Arcadie Lory (Clint Vassallo) – 1.17.4”
Race 6: Bronze – Pittacos (Noel Baldac-chino) – 1.17.2”
Race 7: Premier – Quiet Du Chene (Mario Fenech) – 1.16.1”
Race 8: Gold – Quartz Pierji (Carmelo Farrugia) – 1.15.1”
Race 9: Premier – Zwack (Eric Bezzina) – 1.15”
Race 10: Silver – Sillon Du Breuil (Michael Ellul) – 1.15.3”

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