A spectacular days action in Rome on Sunday with a million euro on offer and top class racing. For me the highlight of the day is a most interesting Gran Criterium where Some Repect will try to cement his title as the best two year old in the country against the likes of Baghed,The Kings Horses,Don Chicco,Il Sindicalista and especially Vincere Insieme.Some Respect has been very impressive in his three wins in the Criterium Varesino,The Premio Delle Aste and the Premio Vittorio Riva, all listed,all over 1500 metres and the last race in Rome.The Son of Gleneagles now has the assistance of Franco Dettori in the saddle but this is his biggest test yet against two colts who will have the speed to take him on for six of the eight furlongs at least. Baghed (Twilight Son) defeated Some Respect over 1000 metres in May went on to be runner up in the Primi Passi G3) to the brilliant Windstormblack and then was runner up in Robert Papin(G2) at Chantilly before being very unlucky in running in the Prix Morny(G1) beaten two and a half lenghts both over 1200 metres. The Kings Horses (Time Test) third in the Primi Passi after a long absence returned winning comfortably in the Criterium Nazionale(LR).Il Sindicalista (Bungleinthejungle bred by Anthony Byrne)looked a star in his opening two races but has disappointed a little since whilst the El Kabeir colt Don Chicco actually got the better of an impeded Some Respect in the Premio Montel but was a four lengths second in the Vittorio Riva,but to be fair Affe’s colt was three months off the track at that stage.A very interesting runner is Alduino Botti’s Vincere Insieme(Exceed and Excel) two very easy wins in his only starts one over the course and distance.Loritania his dam won the Premio Verzieri(G3) over 10 furlongs so he is bred for the job.An intriguing race where Some Respect will be favourite but he will need all of his quality in a very good field.
Unlike 2020 when the juvenile fillies were outstanding this years group so far haven’t set the World on fire. Nevertheless the Dormello also over the 1600 metres is a very good race.In 2020 this was the richest juvenile fillies race in Europe but although still worth 244,200 euro it has lost that title after this years reductions. The two main trials for the Dormello are the Repubbliche Marinare and the Coolmore both this year run in Rome over 1500 metres and they have one common denominator Frankie Dettori’s mount Tower Of Silence (Arcano) a half sister to 2000 guineas runner up Cirano. Grizzetti’s filly was a close fifth in the former race to dead heaters Calithea and Sa Filonzana with Spring Love third. In the Coolmore Tower of Silence finished first a short head in front of Queen Rouge with Terra Del Sol(bred by Cloneymore Farm) third and Terry De L’Alguer(bred by Sandra Russell) fourth only to be disqualified and placed second. As we can see narrow margins and throw in Jerome Reynier’s French challenger Jacinda and the promising Highland Reel Filly Atamisque and it complicates the picture even more.I think Cloneymore’s Farm Athboys Terra Del Sole and The Conqueror’s half sister by Australia Spring Love have most room for improvement.
The 2020 German Derby gave us two sons of Adlerflug In Swoop and Torqator Tasso who certainly proved their worth in the last two Prix De L’arc De Triomphe’s and this year Alter Adler(Adderflug-Artemisia) went so close to winning the great prize in Hamburg.Waldemar Hickst no doubt has dreams of emulating those performances with this progressive colt who will start favourite in the Gran Premio Del Jockey Club where he will be joined by compatriot Alborz eight in the Deutsches Derby.The home challenge badly weakened by the injuries sustained to Brasilian Man, Masterwin,Tuscan Gaze and the sale of Baptism will be led by the marvellous Thunderman fresh from his win in the Federico Tesio over 2200 metres.The son of Blu Air Force has also won the Premio Roma (2000m) and the Presidente Della Repubblica(1800 metres) in a superb career but for me the 2400 metres is a step too far even for Thunderman. Brigante Sabino the winner of the Gran Premio D’Italia and the beautifully bred Mooney Love(Australia-Mooney Ridge), the dam a sister to four Oaks winners including Sea Of Class may be best from Team Botti but can Alter Adler triumph in the Jockey Club before winning the Arc as quite a few have done in the past.
In an excellent back up card champion sprinter The Conqueror will attempt yet another big win in the Omenoni over 1000 metres where Dettori will try to inspire Agiato receiving eight pounds to finally get one over the Excelebration horse.
Vento Di Passione the son of Frankel who excited many people in the spring returns after a five month absence in the Premio Blow over 1800 metres where he will meet tough opposition from Bell’Imbusto,Tiaspettofuori and Midnight Season. The Premio Madonnina is a tough handicap principale B over 1800 metres where the Michael Ryan Waterford bred Mutamaiezah might finally get the big win she has been threatening.
Another important two year old race the Campobello over 1800 metres has given us many Derby clues in the past.Wonka Willy bred by Gerald Colclough will be a big fancy for this for Sebastiano Guerrieri but one I like here is Arrival a very impressive winner on his debut.The son of Australia is a half brother to the top Italian middle distance horse Brasilian Man and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Jump fans will enjoy Merano’s last meeting of the year on Sunday where the Premio Quarazze for three year old hurdlers is probably the most interesting race. Callistemon many peoples hope for the juvenile title earlier in the year makes another attempt at improving his jumping which has let him down in the big races all summer.Stablemate Black Watch and Paolo Favero’s Attlee will take advantage of any errors. The Premio Miocamen chase over 3800 metres will see Enola Gay start favourite for Raffaele Romano but Josef Vana juniors pair Kolsche Jung and Andoins will test the French bred who did well when third in the Mipaaf before falling in the Gran Premio Di Merano.
First race in Merano is at 13,15 with Rome opening with an Arab group race at 12.15.All the action is live here on www.italianhorseracing.com
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