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Call Jack and Flash Picken triumph in Grand Finals at Marsa Racetrack

Carl Caruana leads Call Jack to victory in the Grand Final at Marsa. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The 58th and last meeting for the 2023 season was held on Tuesday at the Marsa Racetrack. The racecard consisted of twelve races all for trotters.

Certainly the two most important races were the EquestriMalta Grand Final races on a short distance of 2,160 metres.

Driven by Carl Caruana, Call Jack won the class Premier and Gold Grand final while Flash Picken and Noel Baldacchino triumphed in the other Grand Final open for class Silver, Bronze and Copper trotters.

Twelve trotters lined up for the class Premier-Gold Grand final handicap race.

As expected, it was favourite and popular Crack Money (Paul Galea) which took the lead after few metres from the official start of the race.

Those present thought that similar to the previous weeks, this French trotter was going to be unchallenged during all the distance even though he was starting the race with a 20 metres handicap.

However, midway through the final straight Galea’s trotter was overtaken by outsider Call Jack (Carl Caruana) which took its fourth win of the year.

Crack Money had to settle for second place from Marcello Wibb (Julian Farrugia), Ellington Dream (Charles Camilleri) and Infinite Knight (Cherise Farrugia). The winner clocked an average time of 1.14.9” per kilometre and is owned by Ludvic Ghigo.

In the Grand Final open for class Silver, Bronze and Copper trotters, Flash Picken (Noel Baldacchino) sealed its seventh win in Malta and its third in a row after outsmarting Elitlove Pasmarick (Paul Galea) midway through the final straight.

Defi Nay (Rodney Gatt), Elorn (Cliferty Calleja) and Ernest Des Angles (Charlton Gauci) also obtained a good place.

It should be noted that the winner started the race with a 20 metres handicap and is owned by George Spiteri and Michael Grech.

The new 2024 season will start in the middle of next month.

Tuesday’s winners

Race 1. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Gringo Marancourt (Charles Magro) – 1.17.9”

Race 2. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Rose Lloyd (Dwayne Farrugia) – 1.17.2”

Race 3. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Jenna Du Val D’Or (Joseph Bartolo) – 1.17.3”

Race 4. Youth Race. Class Open. Dist – 2140m. 1. Easy De Trouville (Alessandro Grech) – 1.15.8”

Race 5. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Mimmi Lane (Carmel Debono) – 1.15.3”

Race 6. Ladies’ Race. Class Open. Dist – 2140m. 1. Asko Giant (Francesca Micallef) – 1.14.1”

Race 7. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Atus Picken (Domenic Xerri) – 1.16.2”

Race 8. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Emeraude Jiji (Anthony Zammit) – 1.15.6”

Race 9. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Ex Aequo De Cosse (Philip Seguna) – 1.16.5”

Race 10. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Abricot Du Bugey (Chris Vassallo) – 1.15.7”

Race 11. EquestriMalta Grand Final. Class Silver- Bronze-Copper. Dist – 2160m. 1. Flash Picken (Noel Baldacchino) – 1.18.3”

Race 12. EquestriMalta Grand Final. Class Premier – Gold. Dist – 2160m. 1. Call Jack (Carl Caruana) – 1.14.9”

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