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Fifth win of the year for Galeo du Portugal in Copper final

Bambino Des Flots (Noel Baldacchino) races to the finish line in the Premier race. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Driven by Kirsten Axisa, Galeo Du Portugal won Sunday’s major event at the Marsa Racetrack. This was the Saint Francis Cup final for class Copper trotters on a short distance of 2140m. This final formed part of the 22nd meeting of the season made up of ten races all for trotters.

Twelve trotters lined up for the class Copper final. Good Buz (Kerstin Galea) was the fastest horse at first, opening a small lead from Floyd Du Guibel (Paul Galea) and Gamine d’Hawai (Rodney Gatt). However 200m from the finishing line the early leader started to slow down and eventually it was overtaken by favorite Galeo Du Portugal (Kirsten Axisa) which sealed its fifth win of the season and its thrd in a row from Friend (Nelson Azzopardi) and Floyd Du Guibel. Atoll Du Sud Ouest (Jason Vassallo) followed home in that order.  At the end of this final, Fr Mario Attard presented the winning trophy to Kirsten Axisa driver and owner of the winning horse. 

Sunday’s card included also a normal class Premier race on a long distance of 3140m. Noel Baldacchino put Bambino Des Flots in front midway through the distance and this French trotter took its first win of the season easily by two lengths from Ellington Dream (Charles Camilleri) and Dzarof De Guez (Claudio Refalo). Damour Jiel (Cliferty Calleja) 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 – 3140m. 1. Haxo Des Ajoncs (Johann Axisa) – 1.18.3”

Race 2. Class Copper. Dist – 3140m. 1. Khali Magdalon (Michael Ellul) – 1.18.1”

Race 3. Class Silver. Dist – 3140m. 1. Derby Chevaleraie (Charles Camilleri) – 1.16.6”

Race 4. Class Silver. Dist – 3140m. 1. Defi Nay (Rodney Gatt) – 1.16.5”

Race 5. Class Copper. Dist – 3140m. 1. Hippolyte De Bois (Paul Galea) – 1.18.1”

Race 6. Class Copper. Dist – 3140m. 1. Indigo d’Occagnes (Jason Zahra) – 1.19.2”

Race 7. Class Premier. Dist – 3140m. 1. Bambino Des Flots (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.16.2”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 3140m. 1. Elorn (Charles Camilleri) – 1.17.2”

Race 9. Saint Francis Cup Final. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Galeo Du Portugal (Kirsten Axisa) – 1.16.3”

Race 10. Class Silver. Dist – 3140m. 1. Estoc Nogentais (Redent Magro) – 1.18”

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