Yesterday at San Siro was mostly about the fillies where we saw the Queen of Milan strut her stuff, another female who threatens to repeat the brilliant achievment of her sister and a promising juvenile from another Italian sire beginning to cause a stir.
Aria Importante (Twilight Son-Aria De Festa) just loves Milan eleven races ten wins, seven of them group or listed.The Scuderia Blueberry filly whether with Grizzetti or Botti has entertained the Italian Galoppo fan like no other mare in recent years. I still think her best trip is 1400 metres as she showed in spectacular wins in the Nogara and Chiusura but over the San Siro 1600 she is still almost impossible to beat as EC Racing’s two star older fillies Telepatic Glances and Deadline found out in yesterdays Premio Royal Mares(LR 1600m F €38,500). Aria Importante loves to bowl along in front and Dario Vargiu gave an exhibition of how to win from the front as nothing could get near the Razza del Sole bred. Twilight Son is proving very popular in Italy with the likes of Baghed and Charlie’s Jamboree but Aria Importante is his best produce in Italy if not universally. A repeat of the Carlo Vittadini is on the cards in what promises to be a classic renewal of the race remembering the owner of Grundy,Ortis and Orange Bay and many other fine horses.
The Scuderia Effe Emme ran two flying fillies yesterday at San Siro. Royal Ashirah 2021’s fastest juvenile filly ran a tremendous race in the Premio Certosa (LR 1000m €39,600) against her elders when only finding Grizzetti Galoppo’s seven year old Ipompierdiviggiu a neck better. Antonio Fresu so dominant in the Middle East over the winter has returned as Bruno Grizzetti’s number one and is in great form. It is truly amazing how Sardinia continues to produce many of the World’s leading jockies on such a regular basis. In the Certosa he used all of his style and strength to get Ipompierdiviggiu home ahead of the Downey/Kavanagh bred filly with the improving Storm Part(Sherdian/Fitzgerald) a half a length further back.
The Premio Mario e Vittorio Crespi(LR 1200m €39,600) for juvenile fillies brought back memories of the brilliant Royal Lea (Dandy Man-Luvmedo) the Italian sprint champion of 2017 and 2018 winner of the Premio Omenoni, Aloisi and Tudini all group 3 races. Carlo Fiocchi rode her in the latter race for Sebastiano Guerrieri and both teamed up in the Crespi with her full sister Royal Lea who just got the better of the Grizzetti/Fresu team’s Edith Dei Grif (Sakhee’s Secret) by a head in a tough finish. The first two pulled six lengths clear of Little Wise Girl with the favourite French Fries fourth.Royal Lea had been runner up to the latter on her debut over 1000 metres followed up with a good win at Capannelle over 1100 metres before her best performance yesterday. Bred by Ciara Eglington and Austin Lyons at Summerhill County Meath she was sold for 42,000 guineas at Tattersalls October sale which now looks like a bargain. The Colllegelands stud have a yearling full sister to the two star fillies. Fiocchi is of the opinion that Royal Lea has the ability to emulate her sister and perhaps with the sale of New Colection to Team Valor could like Royal Ashirah in 2021 be Guerrieri’s representative at the great Deauville August meeting.
Fresu and Grizzetti were not long in winning another listed as Some Respect returned to his juvenile form in the Premio Estate (LR 1600m €38,500)The Gleneagles colt had been the second top rated juvenile of 2021 but ran very poorly in his opening two races of 2022 prompting opinions that he hadn’t trained on. However on Derby day in the Premio Sbarigia and with Fresu in the saddle he was a close fourth and continued the improvement here comfortably defeating the Parioli third and Premio Pisa winner Il Grande Gatsby with the Joe O Leary bred Bahja Del Sol third and the promising Arkend fourth. Grizzetti has Cantocorale,Cima Emergency as well as Some Respect who might take on Aria Importante in the Vittadini which is shaping up to be one of the races of the season.
The Premio Boffalora traditionally is a race that can throw up a Premio Dormello challenger later in the year.Talentuosa trained by Sebastiano Guerrieri and ridden by Germano Marcelli certainly looked a decent filly strolling home ahead of Kinkawa and Beirut and the debutant Berbera. Talentuosa is out of the Azamour mare Zambra whose dam Deauville Vision was a dual listed winner for Ger Lyons. Samysilver Talentuosa’s sire was winner of the Citta Di Napoli, and is with few numbers producing some good fillies such as last year’s Coolmore winner Queen Rouge and in 2022 Air Samy Force.The Mantovani on June 25 is surely the next target for the well named Talentuosa.
The Premio Lombardia (HPA 2400m €31,900) was won by top weight Clarenzio Fan (Montmartre) carrying the burden of 63 kilos as if nothing, simply cantering to victory under Salvatore Sulas from the thirteen kilo receiving Nayleaf with Miracle Of Love third and Fambrus fourth.The Italian handicapper gave Botti’s five year old an official 104 for this win which begs the question just how good is Atzeco who when winning the Carlo D’Alessio gave Clarenzio Fan a kilo and six and a half lengths. The other top ratings on the day were Aria Importane 108 and Some Respect 106.
At Merano on Sunday champion “Ostacoli” trainer Raffaele Romano landed a treble, one steeplechase,one hurdle and if you will a bumper equivalent. As we predicted on Friday Sky Constellation won the featured Premio Glorenza hurdle over 3300 metres with three and a half lengths to spare on Josef Vana senior’s Igor. The Blu Constellation gelding was winning his tenth race and we can expect to see him again at the big two day meeting in a fortnight.
The week ahead is possibly the quietest week of the entire season with racing at Milan on Wednesday,Naples on Friday, Siracusa on Saturday,and Merano, Chilivani and Tagliacozzo on Sunday.The Premio Mincio over 1400 metres at Milan on Wednesday is probably the most interesting race of the week where the old stager Harlem Shake will attempt to defy top weight but with Grizzetti’s Sopran Tucano, Botti’s Havana Jam and the Gaparini Turri team experts in these races with Allocco more likely winners.
Therefore on Friday as we are almost half way through the year we will review 2022 so far.
VIDEO: The entire programme San Siro June 5