Glorious Goodwood provided Italian breeding with a big boost with the victory of Lady Bowthorpe in the Nassau Stakes (G1) over ten furlongs. The daughter of Nathaniel and the remarkable mare Maglietta Fina was bred by Scuderia Archi Romani. Maglietta Fina has so far just had three runners, Speak In Colours (Joseph O Brien) winner of the Greenlands St (G2) and two group three races and Pretty In Grey (Marco Botti) four times a winner and stakes placed as well as the William Jarvis trained mare. Scuderia Archi Romana is owned by Emma and Paolo Agostini who amongst others bred and owned Le Vie En Colori winner of the Premio Vittorio Di Capua(G1) and the Premio Parioli (G2) for Roberto Brogi before joining Luca Cumani where he won the Challenge St (G2) after which he successfully stood at Rathbarry Stud. The Roman based Agostini’s have a close relationship with Luca and Sara Cumani. The couple still have two offspring of the Verglas mare, Master of Colours a Muhaarar two year old and a yearling by Holy Roman Emperor. Maglietta Fina is in foal to Kingman.
Italian Derby third Alastor trained by Gianluca Bietolini and ridden by Christian Demuro finished second behind Caprice Des Dieux in the Prix Pelleas (Lr 55,000) over ten furlongs at Compiegne on Wednesday with Andre Fabre’s Frankel colt Media Stream third and the Prix Hocquart(G2) fourth Sassoon in the same position. On the surface a little disappointing for the son of Helmet but the winner is a very good colt now four out of five with his only defeat coming when runner up in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam. Bietolini may give Alastor a break until the autumn when the Premio Roma or Gran Premio Del Jockey club may be on his radar.
On Saturday Varese will stage a really good card with the Criterium Varesino (LR) for two year olds over 1500 metres the feature. This years renewal of Le Bettole’s premier two year old race is an intriguing one with established two year old form, several colts and fillies of huge promise and Jerome Reynier’s French invader Jacinda. The favourite will be Bruno Grizzetti’s Some Respect a Gleneagles colt out of Sciolina a dual listed winner whose only other offspring is Erosandpsyche a winner of two at Tipperary and stakes placed for Kieran Cotter. Some Respect was a good winner at Milan over seven furlongs after finishing second to the Robert Papin runner up Baghed over the minimum trip. In his most recent start he was second in the Giuseppe De Montel (LR 1500m) to Don Chicco the promising El Kabeir colt whose only defeat was to the brilliant Windstormblack. Alduino Botti runs two, Musicante and Nepente who each were impressive winners on their last outings. Musicante a Ravens Pass colt out of a Premio Torricola winner won over San Siro’s seven furlongs but Dario Vargiu has chosen Nepente a winner over course and distance. The Son of Mehmas-Petite Cherie was bred by the Oak Leaf Stud in Offaly and his performance here will be informative. A very interesting runner is Shemoon (Sea The Moon-She) whose three runs have all been over six furlongs the last being a very good win in Milan. By a German Derby winner out of a full sister to the recent Prix Jean Prat (G1) third Midtown she will surely improve over the extra three hundred metres. Like Cotai (Cotai Glory- Madam Macie) bred by Michael Mcglynn is stepping up in class but Diego Dettori is a shrewd operator. Finally we will look at two offspring of Aclaim, Beautiful Black seems well held by Nepente but the unknown quantity is the French filly Jacinda a winner of two of her three starts at Agen and Marseille. Jerome Reynier doesn’t send no hopers abroad but Baghed’s run in the Robert Papin suggests the Italian two year olds are very competitive and Some Respect gets a tentative vote but there are some promising youngsters running here. The “Partenti” is at 21.05 Saturday evening and is well worth a look.
The Premio La Novella (HPC 1600 metres 3yo fillies 21.40) is a competitive event which might just go to the top weight Ravens Rosa who has been mixing with the likes of Havens Park and Rose Secret and may find the concession of weight here an easier task. Endo Botti’s Stella Di Mantova will have her supporters as will Mera Di Breme and Bruno Grizzetti’s Sopran Nausicaa. Jar Jar Binks bred by the Skymarc farm can go close if she produces her winning form in Milan as can the handicap specialist Marco Gasparini’s Larmar an excellent winner in Milan in the spring.The Fast Company filly was bred by the Mccutcheon family in Tipperary.
Merano stages a very interesting mixed race card on Sunday.The highlight on the flat is the Premio Trotto E Turf for older horses over a mile. Despite there being only five runners it is a tricky affair. Top weight Silver Mission a Yeomanstown Stud bred son of Dark Angel has been disappointing since winning at Pisa in December and may have to give best to Alduino Botti’s Checkmark a six year old son of Lope De Vega who will likely start favourite. The valuable Premio Pasqualino Mazzoni for three year old hurdlers is a traditional starting point for juveniles who have hopes for the Gran Criterium D’Autunno(G1) in late September. Romano Raffaele’s Black Watch with decent French flat form is an obvious candidate as are the Paolo Favero trained Zankala a Zoffany filly bred by Churchtown House Stud. An interesting runner will be the Josef Vana Junior’s newcomer Ignace. The Premio Italgreen Sport steeplechase will have a firm favourite in Il Superstite a veteran eleven year old of fifteen wins worth 175,000 Euro while Chic might give Marco Gasparini another win in the mile handicap. Owned and bred by Francesca Turri a big fan of Dragon Pulse, Clodovil and a major supporter of Irish breeding.
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