Driven by Michael Ellul, French Dandy De Godrel won Sunday’s major event at the Marsa Racetrack. This was the Prix De Vincennes final for French trotters registered in the class Premier category. This final formed part of the 32nd meeting of the season made up of eight races all for trotters. Sunday’s card included five finals from various championships for French trotters organised with the support of the French association Le Trot.
Twelve trotters lined up for the class Premier final. Crusoe d’Anama (Charles Camilleri) was the fastest horse at first and opened a small lead from Dandy De Godrel (Michael Ellul) and Vangiskan Scott (Carl Caruana).
With 500m to go, Dandy De Godrel started to increase its speed from the outside and took the lead midway through the final straight. Ellul’s trotter sealed its first win in Malta from Crusoe d’Anama, Dream De Lasserie (Clint Vassallo), Djembe Du Pont (Jesmar Gafa’) and Doudou De Bouere (Jean Claude Pace).
The winner, owned by Stephen Ciangura, clocked an average time of 1.13.6” per kilometer.
In the class Gold final, the early leader Abricot De Bugey (Noel Baldacchino), ran out of steam midway through the final straight and was overtaken by Chemsak Vedaquais (Jeffrey Said). Eventually, Chemsak Vedaquais was not declared winner for interference during the race with Baldacchino’s trotter being awarded the win in this final.
Cessillac (Charles Degiorgio), Amiral De Beaulieu (Rodney Gatt), El Gusto (Cherise Farrugia), and Campo Grande (Mark Bonnici) followed home in that order.
At the end of every final, the winners were awarded with a trophy by Edwin Borg, Vice Chairman of the Malta Racing Club and EquestriMalta.
Race 1. Maiden Race. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Gringo Du Biset (Wayne Cutajar) – 1.18”
Race 2. Prix De Caen Final. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Gayle Galbe (Clint Vassallo) – 1.14.8”
Race 3. Prix De Cagnes Sur Mer Final. Class Bronze. Dist – 2140m. 1. Vaillant Marceaux (Rodney Gatt) – 1.16.2”
Race 4. Prix De Cabourg Final. Class Silver. Dist – 2140m. 1. Dgin Du Caux (Paul Galea) – 1.14.7”
Race 5. Prix d’Enghien Final. Class Gold. Dist – 2140m. 1. Abricot Du Bougey (Noel Baldacchino) 1.14.6”
Race 6. Prix De Vincennes Final. Class Premier. Dist – 2140m. 1. Dandy De Godrel (Michael Ellul) – 1.13.6”
Race 7. Maiden Race. Class Copper. Dist – 2140m. 1. Hunivers De Crepin (Steve Grixti) – 1.16.6”