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Quiet Du Chene wins top final

Eleven-year-old Quiet Du Chene won the major race at the Marsa racetrack yesterday.

This was the Prix De Vincennes final on a long distance of 2,640 metres, open for French trotters registered in Premier Class.

The final was part of the 51st meeting of the season made up of 10 races, all for trotters. Five of these were finals for French horses organised by the Malta Racing Club in conjunction with the French association Le Trot.

Twelve horses lined up for the Premier final. It was Pedro Vici (Johan Axisa) the fastest horse in the early stages, opening a slight lead from Quiet Du Chene (Mario Fenech) and Quesito d’Or (Frenċu Cassar).

With 500 metres to go, Pedro Vici was still going strong but midway through the final straight, it couldn’t sustain the challenge of Quiet Du Chene which produced a strong burst in the last metres to notch its third win of the season and second in a row.

Quillian Joyeux (Andrew Farrugia) and Petunia Du Pont (Julian Farrugia) finished third and fourth respectively.

Quo Williams (Charles Camilleri) also obtained a positive placing, finishing fifth in the final.

At the end of the race, Chris Agius, the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, presented the trophy to Francis Bugeja and Mario Fenech, owner and driver respectively of the winning horse.

Quiet Du Chene, which clocked an average time of 1.14.7” per kilometre, also won a similar championship for French trotters last June.

Quel Homme (Charles Camilleri) and Solide Du Jayle (Tony Cauchi) sprinted neck and neck in the home straight of the Prix d’Enghien final for Gold Class trotters.

It was the former which sealed its first win of the year with Quermes Rush (Anton Cassar), Ourasi Diams (Emmanuel Fenech) and Tresor De Quesny (Andrew Farrugia) completing the top-five order.

The other finals on yesterday’s card were the Prix De Cabourg final for Silver Class, the Prix De Cagnes Sur Mer final for Bronze and the Prix De Caen final for Copper trotters.

In the Silver Class final, Querido Censerie (Clint Vassallo) surged ahead 400 metres from the post to secure its first win of the season from Quozak Prior (Mario Seguna) and Roi Du Solat (Julian Farrugia).

Quio De Nappes (Redent Magro) and Quartz De L’Isac (Charles Farrugia) also obtained a good placing.

Tasco (Shaun Portelli) began to slow down around 400 metres from the end of the Bronze Class final.

This French eight-year-old trotter was overtaken by Polytain (Noel Baldacchino) which recorded its second win of the year in front of Saphir Censerie (Kurt Saliba) and Roc Magister (Kirsten Axisa).

Voila Dry (Ivan Bilocca) followed home in that order.

In the Copper final, favourite Arcadie Lory, driven by Clint Vassallo, claimed its 10th win in a row.

As expected, this French mare led all the way to triumph by a length from Uranos (Tony Demanuele) and Ukulele Cehere (Julian Farrugia). Ocean Gede (Mario Fenech) was fourth.

This was Vassallo’s second win in yesterday’s finals.

Another meeting at the Marsa Racetrack will be held on Saturday with the first race starting at 1.30pm.

The winners at Marsa

Race 1: Copper, Buckens Stjarna (Tony Tanti) – 1.16.5”.
Race 2: Bronze, Britt Buitenzorg (Rodney Gatt) – 1.15.1”.
Race 3: Bronze, Tanja Dilli (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.15.7”.
Race 4: Silver, Udon d’Occagnes (Tony Demanuele) – 1.13.6”.
Race 5: Gold, Brigadoon (Rodney Gatt) – 1.13.3”.
Race 6: Prix De Caen final (Copper), Arcadie Lory (Clint Vassallo) – 1.17.3”.
Race 7: Prix De Cagnes Sur Mer final (Bronze), Polytain (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.17.5”.
Race 8: Prix De Vincennes final (Premier), Quiet Du Chene (Mario Fenech) – 1.14.7”.
Race 9: Prix d’Enghien final (Gold), Quel Homme (Charles Camilleri) – 1.15.6”.
Race 10: Prix De Cabourg final (Silver), Querido Censerie (Clint Vassallo) – 1.16.4”.

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