Mirco Demuro although not nearly as well known in France,Britain and Ireland as younger brother Cristian is a legend in his native Italy and in Japan where he celebrated his 1200th winner in the land of the rising sun this weekend.Mirco has ridden over 3000 winners Worldwide been Italian champion four times,1997,98,99 and 2000. The son of Sardinian parents he was born in the small Lazio city, Marino in 1979. The original of the great Sardinian jockeys who have made World racing their own this century, he has been followed by Dario Vargiu(Oristano),Fabio Branca(Dorgali),Andrea Atzeni(Nurri),Antonio Fresu(Ozieri) and of course younger brother Cristian. Il Mago as he is known rode 202 winners in Italy in 1999 and rode the winners of more than 40 group 1 races in Dubai,Hong
Kong,France as well as in Italy and Japan.
There was nothing magical about the performances of the locally trained contenders in the Criterium Varesino(LR 1500m) at Le Bettole on Saturday evening.The German filly Sienna (Amaron) trained by Ralf Rohne and ridden by Dario Di Tocco was a comfortable winner from Sopran Blakey and Passcaglia with favourite Edith Dei Grif a disappointing fifth. The winner successful in Dortmund before being sixth in the Primi Passi will probably return for the Premio Coolmore in the autumn. It has to be said that so far with the posible exception of Talentuosa the Italian two year olds have not set the world on fire..
However hope springs eternal and over the past few days we have seen three juveniles making their debuts who
have impressed. Without doubt the most surprising was that of Carnevale at Livorno on Sunday.The Eleonora Ciacci trained son of Holy Ballet and an Arcano mare started at 14/1 but cruised to a nine lengths win. Holy Ballet stands at Andy Capp in Siena along with Ruler Of The World, Cappella Sansevero and Desert Prince. Although the son of Shamardal won fourteen races including the Premio Agnano his career on the track was modest. He is however a brother to Sea Of Class, Charity Line, Cherry Collect and Final Score all Oaks winners as well as three other black type winners. Waterville and Honor and Pleasure could well add to the tally of the remarkable Holy Moon before the season ends.
The concluding race at Merano also on Sunday saw a nice battle between Alduino Botti’s Arcano colt Sweet Lord and Nicolo Simondi’s Australia youngster Australian Boss. The former got the better of it by a neck but the runner up was very green and has promise. Sweet Lord is out of Pack Of Power a sister to the Carlo D’Alessio(G3) winner Romantic Wave and two other black type winners.
This evening at Varese Botti introduced another promising youngster in Love Tear who despite being very green won by two and three quarter lengths from Each Time who had been third to Sopran Blakey on his debut. The winner was the first juvenile runner of the season for the stallion of the moment in Italy, Albert Dock out of a Desert Prince mare who is a sister to the group 3 winning sprinter Bettole. Albert Dock has had only thirteen runners, ten of which have won including the countries best three year old Tempesti.
Two Irish bred juveniles won for the second time over the weekend. Naas Sweety completed a double in the Premio Philo Vance over the minimum trip at Naples on Friday.The Dylan Finnucane bred filly is by Gregorian out of the Tamayuz mare Fitrah. She won by two lengths from the hitherto unbeaten Globos and could be placed by Giuseppe Satalia to win again.
At Tagliacozzo Da Acclamation also trained by Satalia won the Premio Sante Maria also over the minimum trip. By Second Thought this very consistent colt bred by Conor Noone and Michael Rogers has been in the first four in six of his seven starts also winning at Capannelle in May.
Racing continues this week at Corridonia on Thursday,Follonica and Naples on Friday,Sassari and Varese on Saturday with Tagliacozzo,Livorno and Merano all on Sunday.
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