For the past years Assikura Insurance Brokers Ltd have associated themselves with local horse racing through sponsoring trotting championships. This year they have sponsored two championships open for Gold and Bronze category horses over the 2140m distance.
Details regarding these two championships were given during a press conference held on Thursday afternoon at the Malta Racing Club boardroom which was addressed by the Chairman of the Malta Racing Club Edwin Borg and the Managing Director of Assikura Insurance Brokers Andrew Grech.
Participation in these two championships was a good one where in the Gold Category six preliminary heats were held on Sunday 4th February with 70 horses participating amongst which were several debutants. From these 24 qualified for the semi finals raced on Sunday 25th February from which the 12 finalists emerged.
Also present during this press conference were the owners of the 24 finalist horses so that they personally drew the starting numbers for their horses. The two finals will be raced on Sunday 11th March and apart from trophies for the first four finishers in each final, a total of €2400 will be distributed in prize money.
The starting numbers as drawn during the press conference are the following. This will be the 8th race of the day.
1. UGO DACHEUX
2. TEMPS PERDU
3. UVEO DE MAZA
4. TINO DE TORTIERE
5. HALLAS JUDEX
6. LAJOS CELLA
7. MAD NEO
8. SOLIDE DU JAYLE
9. ULTIME DES BORDES
10. TOM DES RIVIERES
11. SAM FORGET
12. STARO EVERGREEN
In the Bronze category we had eight preliminary heats and due to inclement weather they had to be raced over two Sundays on 11th and 18th February. From a total of 88 participants 32 qualified for the three semi finals that were also raced on Sunday 25th February from which 12 qualified for the final. Unfortunately one of the horses Oregon Frontline was scratched before the draws and so will not be racing in the final.
This will be the 5th race of the programme and these are the starting numbers of the finalist horses: