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First win in Malta for Marcello Wibb

Marcello Wibb won Sunday's major event at the Marsa Racetrack. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Maltese drivers triumph in international races

Driven by Paul Galea, Marcello Wibb won Sunday’s major event at the Marsa Racetrack.

This was reserved for class Premier trotters and formed part of the 43rd meeting of the season which consisted of ten races all for trotters.

Yesterday’s card included also two international races between Maltese and English drivers who drove horses from classes Silver.

Twelve trotters lined up for the class Premier race. Here, Marcello Wibb (Paul Galea) was unchallenged during the 2140m distance and succeeded in obtaining its first win in Malta easily by two lengths from Akela Play (Clint Vassallo) and Italian newcomer Velvet Gio (Rodney Gatt). Gambit Brodde (Joseph Mercieca) also obtained a good place when ending in fourth place. The winner, owned by Stephen Ciangura clocked a good average time of 1.13” per kilometer.

In the first international race, Moon Zappa (Jesmar Gafa`) led all the way and past the finishing post first easily by ten lenghts from Chene De Landisacq (Paul Galea) and Dessert Compris (Jason Ali – UK). Havaroche (Noel Baldacchino) ended in fourth place. For Moon Zappa this was its third win of the season.

The second international race was also won by a Maltese driver. It was Kirsten Axisa who with Galeo Du Portugal dashed strongly from the outside during the last 600m in order to seal its incredible ninth win of the year. This was by two lengths from Fighter Perrine (Rodney Gatt) and I Come In Peace (Michael Ellul). Elona Dairpet (Jack Foody – UK) followed home in that order.


Race 1. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Tyra I. H. (Oliver Briffa) – 1.17.3”
Race 2. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Global Rebel (Paul Mather – UK) – 1.17.5”
Race 3. Malta – UK International Race. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Moon Zappa (Jesmar Gafa’) –
Race 4. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Folie Des Landes (Jesmar Gafa’) – 1.16.3”
Race 5. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Gabin Sellois (Redent Magro) – 1.16.8”
Race 6. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Flash Picken (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.17.3”
Race 7. Malta – UK International Race. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Galeo Du Portugal (Kirsten Axisa) – 1.15.1”
Race 8. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Call Jack (Ludvic Ghigo) – 1.15”
Race 9. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Marcello Wibb (Paul Galea) – 1.13”
Race 10. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Heros De Claivince (Charles Camilleri) – 1.15.7”

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