Pres­i­dent’s Cup Fi­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Lor­raine Cun­ning­ham

This af­ter­noon a press con­fer­ence was held at the Malta Rac­ing Club re­gard­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Cup Fi­nal to be raced on Sun­day 13th Novem­ber. The press con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Malta Rac­ing Club Mr An­thony De­manuele and the Chair­per­son of Sol­i­dar­jeta bl-Is­port Mr An­toine At­tard.

The Malta Rac­ing Club has de­cided to keep its an­nual ap­point­ment with all race­go­ers with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Pres­i­dent’s Cup un­der the Pa­tron­age of Her Ex­cel­lency The Pres­i­dent of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. This is the 16th edi­tion since it was in­au­gu­rated in the cum­mer of 1992 and it is the sec­ond best hon­our for lo­cal har­ness rac­ing.

This year this cham­pi­onship is also be­ing or­gan­ised be­fore the start of the French Trot­ting Cham­pi­onship in or­der that all Premier cat­e­gory horses can par­tic­i­pate. 41 trot­ters took part in 4 heats on 16 Oc­to­ber from which 20 qual­i­fied for the semi fi­nals raced last Sun­day. As al­ways the dis­tance is that of 2140m.

One of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of this fi­nal is that it is the own­ers them­selves or their rep­re­sen­ta­tives who choose the start­ing num­ber of their horse. The or­der of choice is de­ter­mined by the plac­ing and tim­ing achieved dur­ing the semi fi­nals.

The Malta Rac­ing Club has al­ways claimed and in­sisted that a sport can be nur­tured and made more pop­u­lar by get­ting chil­dren in­ter­ested from a young age and this is be­ing done through the Horse Rac­ing Academy which is at­tended by chil­dren from 7 to 15 years.

The Pres­i­dent’s Cup pro­gramme is al­ways en­hanced with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of th­ese chil­dren and this in­cludes the Mini Pres­i­dent’s Cup which is a pony trot­ting race.

It is also the chil­dren them­selves that will bring the 10 fi­nal­ist driv­ers to the pre­sen­ta­tion area on pony carts to re­ceive a par­tic­i­pa­tion to­ken by the Pres­i­dent of Malta. This year’s guest singer is the ta­lented Mardy Far­ru­gia who will be wel­com­ing Her Ex­cel­lency with the Na­tional An­them and also sing the win­ner’s song as soon as the win­ner is de­clared.

The fi­nal­ist horses will pa­rade be­fore the start of the race in blan­kets given to them by the Malta Rac­ing Club and the pa­rade will be led by a guest horse which has still to be con­firmed.

The to­tal prize money is €3,600 of which the win­ner gets €2,025, a com­mem­o­ra­tive blan­ket and the right to keep the Pres­i­dent’s Cup Tro­phy for a year.

This pres­ti­gious tro­phy was com­mis­sioned by for­mer Pres­i­dent of Malta Dr Ge­orge Abela and is the work of Mal­tese artist Ge­orge Mus­cat. The first four fin­ish­ers will also get a tro­phy.

It goes with­out say­ing that this fi­nal also has a phi­lantropic aim which is to col­lect funds for l-Ist­rina and the Com­mu­nity Chest Fund.

On the day vol­un­teers will be go­ing round with col­lect­ing tins in or­der to re­ceive the spec­ta­tors’ do­na­tions whilst we also en­cour­age all win­ning own­ers to do­nate part of their prize money for this good cause.

Among the ten fi­nal­ist horses one finds the 2011 win­ner Livi Can­tona as well as the 3rd placed horses in 2014 and 2015 Ve­jby Boom and Nico Oland re­spec­tively and Quo Wil­liams who fin­ished 5th last year.

The fi­nal­ist horses and their re­spec­tive driv­ers are the fol­low­ing: 1. Ve­jby Boom - Carl Caru­ana 2. Nico Oland - Ju­lian Far­ru­gia 3. Ouch - Paul Galea 4. Uhal Ber­ven - Rod­ney Gatt 5. Mid­sum­mer King - Noel Bal­dacchino

6. Quo Camil­leri 7. Ricky Rock - Mario Far­ru­gia 8. Ram­ses de Vaudon - Re­dent Ma­gro 9. Royal de Vaiges - David El­lul 10. Livi Can­tona - Mario Fenech Wil­liams - Charles

Pres­i­dent’s Cup Hon­our Roll:

Sum­mer 1992 - Zito Bob (Tony Tanti) 1992/1993 - Sanit (Charles Clifton) 1993/1994 - Alto Be (Frencu Cas­sar) 1994/1995 - Ma­jor Bill (John Briffa) 1995/1996 - Hug­gie Hanover (Ray­mond Clifton) 1996/1997 - Hug­gie Hanover (Ray­mond Clifton) 1997/1998 - Cap­tain Track­line (Joseph Sci­cluna) 1998/1999 - Bam­bin d’Or­leans (Philip Giord­maina) 2004 - Huit Mars (Michael Sey­chell) 2010 - Lucas Ness (Mario Far­ru­gia) 2011 - Livi Can­tona (Charles Camil­leri) 2012 - Mont Ce­nis Honey (Noel Bal­dacchino) 2013 - Gen­tly di Pog­gio (Brian Zam­mit) 2014 - Pe­dro Vici (Jo­hann Ax­isa) 2015 - Vasterbo Par­adise (Clau­dio Re­falo)

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