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Alf De Melandre wins major event at the Marsa Racetrack

Alf De Melandre won the Premier Class race on Sunday. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Driven by Rodney Gatt, French Alf De Melandre won Sunday’s major event at the Marsa Racetrack. This was a class Premier race on a short distance of 2140m and which also formed part of the second meeting of the year, consisting of nine races all for trotters.

Eleven trotters lined up for the class Premier race. Brasil De Bailly (Mario Fenech) was the fastest horse during the initial stages of the race, opening a small lead from Virus (Michael Ellul) and Alf De Melandre (Rodney Gatt).

However, with 400m to go, Fenech’s trotter started to slow down and eventually was overtaken by Alf De Melandre which sprinted past the finishing post first easily by a length from Baron De Majuag (Alessandro Grech) and Virus (Michael Ellul).

Brasil De Bailly had to settle for fourth place. The winner clocked an average time of 1.15.2” per kilometre.  

Sunday’s card also included a class Gold race.

Paul Galea put Corky Ramirez in front midway through the 2140m distance and this horse was unchallenged till the end. Cyrius Du Lorault (Redent Magro), Amiral De Beaulieu (Noel Baldacchino) and What You Want (Rodney Gatt) followed home in that order.

Another meeting at the Marsa Racetrack will be held on Sunday. The first race should start at 1.30pm.

Sunday’s winners

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Ernest Des Angles (Charlton Gauci) – 1.16.8”

Race 2. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Good Buzz (Kerstin Galea) – 1.16.6”

Race 3. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Quick Spin (Clifferty Calleja) – 1.17.4”

Race 4. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Denka Du Frau (Jesmar Gafa’) – 1.15.8”

Race 5. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Corky Ramirez (Paul Galea) – 1.15.7”

Race 6. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Triomphe Ferm (Kurt Saliba) – 1.16.1”

Race 7. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Alf De Melandre (Rodney Gatt) – 1.15.2”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Defi Des Champs (Kurt Saliba) – 1.16.8”

Race 9. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Felin De Christal (Silio Schembri) – 1.19.5”

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