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No joke, he’s one tough Knutt

Saturday, 31st January, 2015

Anthony Adams and Ashleigh Camilleri will battle it out for the Maltese Cup tonight. They are pictured with a rather relaxed Wrinkle Knutt, who will line up in the main race. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Anthony Adams and Ashleigh Camilleri will battle it out for the Maltese Cup tonight. They are pictured with a rather relaxed Wrinkle Knutt, who will line up in the main race. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

One of the most sought-after prizes in local harness racing will be up for grabs tonight with the running of the Carbine Chemicals Maltese Cup.

While the cup pays tribute to the huge contribution that Maltese families have made to racing, it has also grown to become an event encompassing the whole city, and is arguably the harness club’s second biggest event behind the St Pat’s meeting.

Driver Anthony Adams said he was keen to get his hands on the cup for the first time, and will be hoping for a strong performance from Youvegotobelieveit to get off the rail on the second row.

“It’s a nice horse and it’s won its only two starts, but the draw is a bit tricky,” he said.

“But it’s over 2500 metres so hopefully I’ll have a chance to get off the fence. If a gap opens, I’ll get a crack at it.

“Raz Slater’s also got a good chance off the front with Shez From Heaven which has won its last two local starts, and the old horse that Ash has got will be a show as well.”

The old horse in question is Wrinkle Knutt, a nine-year-old brown gelding owned and driven by Ashleigh Camilleri.

Ashleigh said the horse has shown great heart since joining her stable, and continues to put in performances that belie his age.

“The draw suits him from seven. He’s been coming home strong and he’s the type of horse that just always tries his hardest, especially for the age he is,” said Ashleigh.

“Some horses as they get older lose a bit of interest but he still loves being worked and loves racing.

“His last few starts have been enormous so hopefully he can come home again.”

Anthony and Ashleigh both encouraged everyone to come along and enjoy what promises to be an enjoyable night of racing in all five fields.

“It’s just a great night. A lot of families get together and come down and support us which is fantastic,” Ashleigh said.

Anthony also made special mention of Carbine Chemicals’ involvement in the race, and the legacy of keen racing supporter, the late Ray “Rocky” Baker.

“It’s the first time it’s been the Carbine Chemicals Maltese Cup and we’re proud to honour him and his family,” said Anthony.

“Carbine Chemicals is a huge sponsor for us week in week out, and it’s great to have that continued support,” Ashleigh added. 

 

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