Endo and Cristina can do no wrong in 2022 over 50 winners in a season just over a third completed and over € 500,000 in prizemoney. The star young couple of Italian training are challengeing the Alduino and Stefano Botti team in the trainers table (63 winners over 700k) and are well clear of Bruno Grizzetti in third. The two big prizes in Rome this weekend both went to the Botti/Brivia team with star filly Telepatic Glances returning to winning form in the Premio Tadolina (LR 1600m 4+F). The daughter of the Coolmore stallion Pride Of Dubai and Caveran (Hurricane Run) had lost her unbeaten record in the Premio Azzurina last time out but Carlo Fiocchi bided his time and won pulling away from Chipie D’Irlande (bred by the Ringford stud) with stablemate Deadline third and Haven Park on this occasion back in fourth. Nobody rides Capannelle better than Carlo Fiocchi and he timed his run to perfection on the 2020 juvenile champion who although winning comfortably doesn’t quite seem the force of old. I am sure the EC team wont agree but she hasnt shown the sparkle that was making her a serious candidate for the French guineas before getting injured. Telepatic Glances next race will be a choice of the Royal Mares(LR) or the group 3 Carlo Vittadini both in June while the rest of the principles are likely to appear in the former won by Haven Park in 2021.
The Premio WWF(HPA 1500m) went to the Westmeath bred Win The Best a wonderfully tough six year old winning his second top level handicap after his success in November in the Premio Nearco. The son of Helmet has also won both the Premio Rosenberg and the Premio Rossore at Pisa and there is not a better handicapper in Italy at distances between 1400 and 1600 metres. No doubt EC will step the Sandro Garavelli bred horse to black type level later in the year.
It wasn’t just at Rome the Pisa based outfit enjoyed success as at San Siro on Sunday their former stable jockey Antonio Fresu rode Domani Risplendi to victory in the Premio Porta Genova over 1800 metres.The War Command four year old was winning for the second time in only nine starts and has scope to go on to better things as the runner up here Terrible Land is a decent animal. Garavelli bred another winner at Merano on Sunday with Tarhun in the 1500 metre handicap. The Vadamos horse was having his sixth win and loves the South Tirolian course.
Bruno Grizzetti may not be enjoying his best first third of the year but he has run two juveniles both of whom have been impressive winners. Edith Dei Grif a daugther of 2019 and 2020 Italian champion sire Sakhees Secret was a comfortable winner over 1200 metres at San Siro from the Botti trained Miss Baker with the Sioux Nation filly Dream Or Reality third with the €90,000 yearling Grand Queen (Invincibile Spirit) fourth. Sakhees Secret had another winner in the Premio Sopran Londa with the ultra consistent Rose Secret now a five year old with winnings of almost €150,000. The now sadly deceased champion stallion also sired the winner of the last at San Siro the five year old Value for Michelino Bebbu and Sergio Urru as well as Divo Dei Grif also at San Siro on Saturday. He has in four and a half months sired eighteen individual winners and lies third in the Stallion classification behind Holy Roman Emperor and Arcano.
At Merano the feature was the three year old debutantes the Premio Prime Siepi over 3000 metres where we saw a return to form for Czech duo Pavel Tuma and Jan Faltejsek.
Tuma is not over popular with the Italian media for his public relations skills but he certainly knows how to school juvenile hurdlers as the French bred Don’t Dream will give his owner Jiri Charvat something to dream about after jumping like a stag from start to finish. From the off Don’t Dream and Raffaele Romano’s More Than A Habit led the field at a really good pace and at no stage did any of the other runners look like catching them. The Czech trained animal just was too strong for Romano’s horse whose number one hope Orange Blu lost a lot of ground at the start but recovered well to be fourth.The son of Blu Constellation is one to keep an eye on.
An even more impressive juvenile hurdle winner was Darkalon (Tiger Groom – Ville Valio) in the closing Premio Naturno (3000 metres. A beautiful specimen and bred to be a champion being a brother to First Of All a dual group 2 winner of the Steeple Chase Di Italia and the Ezio Vanoni and also Arkalon winner of the Guido Berlingeri(G2) and the Corsa Siepi Dei 4 anni(G2).Pavel Slozil’s mount could not have made a more impressive debut and will certainly challenge for the big juvenile prizes in Merano over the summer for the Vana/Aichner team.
Ponntos twice a winner in Italy, third in the Bersaglio behind The Conqueror and fifth in the Aloisi behind Agiato won the Prix St Georges(G3 1000m) at Longchamp with Frankie Dettori on Sunday. Bred by Liam Butler and the Churchtown House Stud, The four year olds son of Power victory suggests that the top Italian sprinters both juvenile and older should be challengeing their Franch counterparts for the Summers big prizes.
Racing this week in Rome on Tuesday,Milan and Tagliacozzo on Wednesday,Florence and Naples opening its Summer programme on Thursday ,Milan will race Friday and Saturday with Chilivani also on the Friday with Merano and Rome on Sunday.All roads will indeed lead to Rome next Sunday precisely to Capannelle with a superb ten race card featuring not only the Derby (G2 €640,200 2200m) but also the Presidente Della Repubblica(G2 1800m €200,2000),The Premio Carlo D’Alessio(G3 2400m €71,500) and The Premio Tudini(G3 1200m €70,400).There will be almost €1,2 million in prizemoney and as well as the four group races we will have the listed Sbariggia(1600m 3yo) and Perrone(1100m 2yof) as well as a Handicap Principale in honour of Edmondo Botti.San Siro on Saturday will contribute to a great weekend with two excellent listed races the Mezzanotte(2200m 4+) and the Premio Nogara named after perhaps the most important mare in the history of the Thoroughbred Nogara (1400m 3yo f). We will preview it all on friday.
VIDEO 1: Telepatic Glances wins the Premio Tadolina
VIDEO 2: The Westmeath bred Win The Best wins the Premio WWF handicap principale
VIDEO 3: Merano meeting May 15