Racing this weekend will include the final turf meeing of the year in Rome. Anyone who has been watching the racing on the site will be aware that Capannelle is well entitled to its four month rest after not only completing its own programme but also taking on Milan’s top autumnal races.Racing in the capital will continue over the winter on the all weather track.Treviso will celebrate one of its two biggest meetings of the year on Saturday featuring the thirty eight running of the Corsa Siepi Di Treviso(LR) over 3,500 metres at 14,30 and also the cross country Premio Amedeo Duca D’Aosta over 4,750 metres and 28 obstacles.
But we begin this weekend with news of the stallions standing in 2022. Last year saw a great renewal with the arrival of Magician,Helmet,Lethal Force,Mount Everest,Mukhadram, Anjaal and Wootons Colt to name the most prominent. Magician after a wonderfully supported year covering over 130 mares has returned to Ireland to be replaced by the Derby Winner Ruler Of The World. As we reported last week Champion sire for the last two years Sakhees Secret was sadly fatally injured on a ship bound for Sardinia so Il Grifone have a big task to find a replacement.This week however we have had another interesting development.Michael Orlandi of Starfield Stud in Mullingar has reached an agreement with Scuderia Andy Capp in Berardenga, Siena to stand Cappella Sansevero for at least one year and with the possibility of the Showcasing horse staying on if everything goes to plan. Orlandi’s first stallion was a very fast two year old winning four races as a juvenile including the Round Tower and Marble Hill and who was runner up in the Coventry before finishing third in the Phoenix stakes.The new arrival to Italy best son so far is Pierre Lapin winner of the 2019 Mill Reef stakes(G2),
At this stage of the year even in Italy with its twelve month season we begin to evaluate the year gone by and in the upcoming weeks we will give our views on the best horses in each category and give our ratings in an effort to offer readers an idea of where the Italians are at quality wise. We will begin with sprinters as the only big race left in 2021 for the speedsters is the Enrico Camici on Saint Stephens Day in Pisa. Without a doubt the two best sprinters in Italy are Agiato and The Conqueror who has been a magnificent champion over the last three years.Now six I think its fair to say that he has slightly declined this year but if Team Botti and his owners New Age decide to retire him he should be a very popular stallion. The winner of nineteen of his thirty one races including all of Italy’s top sprints the Aloisi(G3),Tudini(G3),Omenoni(LR),Citta Di Napoli(LR)(three times),Certosa(LR), and the Bersaglio(LR) and not far off €500,000 in prizemoney when Italian breeding bonus payments are included. This year he found a worthy adversary who loves the ground he dislikes. Agiato yet another Bated Breath success in Italy has enjoyed a season that started off well with two good wins then went into a trough all through the summer only for Bruno Grizzetti to get him back into top form for the Omenoni and Aloisi which he duly won.
The Spanish mare Kitty Marion runner up to The Conqueror in the Certosa and later a group winner in Germany rates third followed by three second season colts Collinsbay winner of the Group 3 Tudini and then runner up in the Petit Couvert(G3) at Chantilly, Royal Mehmas (bred by Paul and Billy Mcenery) a dual winner and placed in both the Tudini and Aloisi and I Am Magnetic (Ringfort Stud)
Ratings for our top 10
The Conqueror 112,
Kitty Marion 106,
Royal Mehmas 104,IRE Paul and Billy Mcenery
I Am Magnetic 102,IRE Ringfort Stud
Ponntos 99 IRE Liam Butler and Churchtown Stud
Crushing Power 98,
Raifan 95 IRE Kildaragh Stud
We will give a special mention to Sphere Of Fire as our best rated three year old filly on 94 bred by Liam and Noreen O Donovan.
The Corsa Siepi De Treviso has attracted an excellent field where I expect Zanini trained by Josef Vana junior to start favourite after his superb run when runner up to Live Your Life in the G1 Gran Corsa Siepi Di Merano in late September. The German bred will face stiff opposition from Pavel Tuma’s Roncal a top class novice winner of four grade 2 hurdles in the last twelve months. A third Czech challenger Linovsky a winner in Milan and Merano this year won’t be far away at the finish nor will Paolo Favero’s Aventus a winner of four good hurdles this year. The Zebedee gelding was bred by Ashley O Leary and he has been a good servant to Favero with eight wins under his belt. Laura Marinoni’s Bowler Hat and Gap PierJi are others to keep an eye on.
The Duca D’Aosta is a spectacular race well worth watching over just short of three miles and 28 very varied obstacles. Favourite will be last years winner Brunch Royal who comfortably got the better of Silver Tango in the 2020 renewal. Saint Joseph travels from the Czech republic and Paolo Favero runs Capitoul but its hard to oppose Brunch Royal an old hand at this type of contest. The Premio Treviso for three year old hurdlers is a very open affair where Tuma might have more luck with French Chardonnay.
Siracusa stages an interesting card tomorrow where the Premio Ore (1400m) attracts a decent field . The Kodiac colt Captain Magnum winner of the 2020 Divino Amore will attempt to get back to winning ways at the expense of Dhorkel,Prestbury Park and the Tally Ho bred Ross Ross.
Capannelle’s last grass meeting of the year will have some 2022 Derby hopefuls on view in the Premio Time Charter over 1800 metres. Wonka Willy has been a good standard bearer for Estidhkaar and Gerald Colclough with two wins in his five starts and placed in both the Berardelli(G3) and Campobello(LR) over the course and distance. He will be opposed by another son of the Tara Stud’s stallion in Keniote third in the Premio Rumon (LR) over 1500 metres last time out and a three time winner for Simone Bietolini. Alduino Botti and Dario Vargiu team up with Frozen Day a son of The Gurkha who won well on his last start. Two sons of Full Drago Bad Drake and Super Drago will have their supporters but if Tempesti were to win the romantics would begin to dream of glory again for the colours of Dormello Olgiata. The son Of Albert Dock was runner up to Arrival one of the best two year olds in the country before destroying the field by ten lengths over 1900 metres last time out.Tempesti is by Albert Dock a dual group 3 winning son of Deep Impact and Tender Hugs a winner of seven of her thirteen races for Endo Botti and a sister to Gregorian Chant a winner in Dundalk before being sold to the US where he was a grade 3 winner this year.
We will finish by wishing Gianluca Bietolini,Cristian Demuro and Grand Glory the best of luck in Sundays Japan Cup. Could she possibly match Falbrav,Luciano d’Auria and Frankie Dettori winners in 2002.
VIDEO: Agiato wins the Premio Aloisi from The Conqueror
VIDEO: Falbrav wins the 2002 Japan Cup