A press conference was held at the Malta Racing Club Tote in order to launch this year’s edition of the Tazza l-Kbira Championship. Once again the sponsor for this race is Dragonara Casino Brasserie and the press conference was addressed by the Malta Racing Club Chairman Dr Matthew Brincat, the financial manager Mark Vella and the Dragonara Marketing and Brand Manager Mr Andrea Selvaggi.
72 of the best trotters currently racing in Malta will be participating in 6 heats next Friday evening so that 24 will then qualify for the semi finals to be raced on Sunday 24th March. A final of 12 horses will then be raced a week from Easter Sunday which this year will be Sunday 7th April.
It-Tazza l-Kbira is the most prestigious championship in the local horse racing calendar and it is every owner’s dream to put his and his horse’s name on the trophy. Next Friday’s meeting is being considered as one of the best we will have during this season with six very competitive races in which each and every horse stands a chance to qualify. Naturally there are always favourites especially as recently we have had some high profile imports which have already started to set their mark locally. We also have horses which over the seasons have managed to engrave their name in many spectators’ heart and are renowned to rise to the occasion when a challenge presents itself.
In my opinion of particular interest will be the 3rd heat which sees two recent imports – Oran and Odedjalo once more racing against each other. With two local races they have managed to beat each other and so this third encounter will be a match everyone wishes not to miss. This though will by far not be a two horse race with other horses that have already proved their worth locally like 2011 Tazza l-Kbira and 2012 VOB Grand Final winner Kakisis.
Friday’s programme consists of a total of 10 races which apart from the six heats over 2640m there are three other normal races over the short distance of 1640m and one flat race over 1750m.
First race starts at 6:30 p.m. and as Friday happens to be Women’s Day, the Malta Racing Club has decided that all women attending will be given free entrance.
The Malta Racing Club Council invites all those that love horse racing and maybe those that have never experienced the sport first hand but would like to, to take this occasion and visit the racetrack next Friday evening for a spectacle they will never forget.