Wednesday June 2 is Italy’s Republic day and there are three excellent meetings at Siracusa,Rome and Milan to cater for the racing public.We will have a quick preview of the best races at the end. Another hugely successful weekend for Irish breeding in Italy between Friday and Sunday this time both on the flat and over jumps with eighteen winners bred in Ireland. It is truly extraordinary that the powers that be in HRI have been party to a process where Italian racing has lost over fifty pattern races over the past ten years due a few billionaires not receiving their winnings on time. Under EU law there is a legal process for dealing with this. In the meantime Italian professionals who deal with their inept Agriculture ministry on the subject need to pressurise their government for reform, at the same time small and medium Irish breeders need to have their voice heard as their losses are also significant in that Irish breds are winning about a third of all races so one can calculate that Irish breeders have lost in the region of 500 black types. We will have a closer look at this in the future.
Helmet has taken up stud duties in Allevamento Il Grifone near Turin in 2021 and it has to be good news for Italian breeders that the sire of Thunder Snow is going to be based in the peninsula. Already this year, Helmet’s sons Wopart and Alastor have been placed in the Parioli and Derby respectively. Sunday in San Siro saw two very good recommendations for the son of Exceed and Excel in the opening two year old races.In the Premio Moltrasio for colts Filmet (Helmet-Filona (Motivator) made a nice debut comfortably winning from Just Accord (Bred by Pat Beirne). Nevertheless as almost always in 2021 it was in the fillies version the Premio Acquabella that the sparks flew. Freccia (Helmet-Fularmada (Manduro) flew out of the stalls and every metre of the 1400 in Milan.The Tore Sulas ridden filly had three length’s to spare over her stablemate Amalaura at the line in a time over three seconds quicker than Filmet half an hour earlier. Freccia is a half sister to last years Regina Elena runner up Faccia Io and her dam is a half sister to the Ascot Summer Mile(G2)winner Fanunalter. A chestnut with four white socks she wont be missed by anyone at the races and she is certainly a filly to watch for Alduino Botti who paid 60,000 euro for her at Milan’s SGA sale which is already looking a bargain.
After Thunder Snow, Helmet’s best son was Anda Muchacho a brilliant mile to ten furlong horse for Nicolo Simondi and Lucia Lupinacci who won the Vittorio Di Capua(G2), Roma(G2) and Parioli among other races and brought the young couple to the very top of Italian racing. Anda Muchacho bred by Thomas Hassett in Waterford sadly had to be euthanized at the end of 2019. Simondi and Lupinacci despite the loss had a very good 2020 finishing fourth in the trainers table with winners such as Auyantepui(Oaks) Brasilian Man(Ambrosiano) Attimo Fuggente and Masterwin (Gran Premio D’Italia and Derby third. However at the end of the year their number one owner Diego Romeo’s Scuderia Incolinx removed all of their horses including Brasilian Man and Attimo Fuggente. Simondi never one to run his horses into the ground has had a terrible start to the year a mere two winners before last Saturday.Nicola Pinna guided Mamma Ines home in the two year old Premio Bormio and then Storm Part(Sepoy-Azoom)won the featured Premio Vaso Tartaro to double their winners tally. Yesterday in Rome Rock Tango again with an inspired Pinna won the mile handicap.Another flashy Chestnut who puts old prejudices in their place came to win his race two furlongs out but was headed by Folki and She Looks Like Fun but Horse and Jockey fought like Lions to be a head in front at the line.The Simondi-Lupinacci-Pinna team are back in form and its especially good news for Pinna who left Diego Dettori and Wakanaka to join The Milanese pair.
The featured Premio Il Cavallo Di Leonardo was won convincingly by the maiden Marlengo from top weight Sugar Beat.In Capannelle the Irish breds dominated, Edward Lynam bred Peppesp who won his seventh race for Iacopo Bindi in the Premio Ginevra over the minimum trip.The Premio Val De Loir for three year olds was won by the Michael Gerard Daly bred Alderamin, Dont Stop My Run(Zoffany-Sacre Fleur)won the Premio Cloonagh while the Craig family of MCR Bloodstock bred Carnation (Kodiac-Becaille)winner of the featured Pizzeria A Cavallo both races over a mile. The last race of the day saw Silvano Mulas win his 1000th race on Heartfield for Luciano Vitabile.A significant milestone for the thirty seven year old Sardinian who has bravery and ability to burn. Take a look at the Palio section.
Merano on Sunday saw an unusual Irish bred winning double over the “Ostacoli”,Choppy Bros won the Gargazzone for Ilaria Saggiomo while the featured Premio Rigoureux went as expected to the Newtown Anner Stud bred Urban Sea for Raffaele Romano and Gabriele Agus.The young jockey rode a treble on the day and is making a big name for himself on the jumps scene.
Wednesdays national holiday will have some very good racing.The Premio Alberto Giubilo is one of those former listed races and features Sebastiano Guerrieri’s flying Windstormblack who should find his biggest threat from his stablemate Stay Kitten. Rome’s other races include three Handicap principale’s type C all very competitive and with multiple Irish bred runners. Milan features three very good races for horses just below the top class while Siracusa hosts a Principale C but also the richest race of the day the Premio Gaetano Mazzarella Handicap Principlale type A over a mile. Twelve go to post in what should be glorious sunshine five of whom bred in Ireland.Top Weight is Tenzing carrying 62 kgs.The six year old is three from three in 2021 all at Siracusa over 1500 or 1600 metres. Swift Approval also owned by Mark Cuschieri and trained by Antonino Cannella is two and a half kilos better off for a two and a quarter length defeat two weeks ago.A further One and three quarter lengths back was So You Zen now much better off at the weights. 16,20 Irish time on Wednesday will reveal all. First Race in Rome 12,50 ,Milan 12.55 and Siracusa 13,45 live here on www.italianhorseracing.com.
Only Six days to the Oaks D’Italia(G2) 366,300 euro and its supporting card including the Premio Carlo Vittadini (G3) 72,050 euro over a mile and the listed Vittorio Crespi six furlongs for two year old fillies and the Royal Mares a mile race for three year old and up fillies. There is also a top class handicap principale A the Lombardia over a mile and a half whilst in Merano there is a good jumps programme with a listed chase and hurdle down for decision.