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Di Capua/Verziere preview & weekend news

Tuesday in Capannelle will see one of the best races of the season the 1600 metre Premio Vittorio Di Capua now group 2 but this is a group 1 race of high high quality.Nobody will underestimate German contenders after last Sundays Arc and three strong Teutonic challengers will take on the home team.Jin Jin OR 114 bred by Gerry Callanans Nanallac stud trained by Andrea Suborics and ridden by German champion Bauyrzhan Murzabayef is perhaps the form choice among the invaders in 2021 already having won the Badener Meile(G2) and the Prix Perth(G3) in Saint Cloud.Wonnemond was runner up last year with Rubaiyat third.The latter was a brilliant winner of the Gran Criterium in 2019 and was runner up to Cima Emergency in the Parioli at three and is not without a chance although i think at this level 1500 metres is his trip.The home team is in my opinion strong with Out Of Time winner here in both 2019 and 2020(OR116), Attimo Fuggente winner of the Presidente Della Repubblica(110),Fulminix winner of the Premio Ribot(108),Pensiero D’Amore winner of the Bereguardo runner up in the Vittadini (112),Frozen Juke bred by Michael Mcglynn winner of the Natale Di Roma(105)and ten of his twelve races up to a mile.Cima Emergency the best Italian three year old of 2020 returned after 182 days last month to a comfortable victory.Bruno Grizzetti with Fabio Branca suspended has sent to France for Gerard Mosse who rode the Canford Cliffs colt to victory in the Parioli.Then we have the two three year olds the wonderful filly Aria Importante so brave in the Vittadini but possibly at this level finds the 1600 metres just a liitle too far and Cantocorale who was a very good winner in both the Estate and Ipolito Fassati before finishing third in a tight finish in the Piazzale.Jockey arrangements sugggest the old champion Out Of Time(Sergio Urru) is not so well fancied as Dario Vargiu has chosen to ride Attimo Fuggente with Tore Sulas on Pensiero D’Amore,and Mario Sanna renewing acquaintance on Aria Importante. Mosse presumably had the choice of Grizzetti’s pair so three against the field very tentatively Attimo Fuggente,Jin Jin and Cima Emergency but all of the eleven have a shout in what should be a tremendous race.

The German challenger Salonlove in the group 3 Premio Verziere on a line through Anoush should be inferior to Eulaila, Cima Star and Sopran Basile first second and fourth in the Oaks.The Arcano filly was almost a pillar to post winner in San Siro keeping her unbeaten record in the process but that was all of 128 days ago while the Sea The Stars filly has been active since and the Aidan Sexton bred Sopran Basile had a warm up over a mile in September. Another difficult race to call but it will have significance in the build up to Lydia Tesio.

In Florence on saturday the Hillman/O Callaghan bred Double West(Belardo) was a convincing winner of the Premio Firenze (hpc)over 2200 metres.Sergio Urru was calmness personified on Alduino Botti’s colt who is on the upgrade.Conquering Eagle bred by Ballygallon stud was third and surely has to win soon.
Ravens Pass is a very popular stallion with Italian breeders.Arc On Fire a two year old son was a very impressive winner of the nine furlong two year old maiden in the hands of Mario Sanna.The colt is out of a Duke of Marmalade mare closely related to good stayers Finidaprest,Faciascura and Frambus.One to keep an eye on.Antonio Marcialis has a nice two year old in the French bred Pietra Roja who had a comfortable success over 1500 metres in Varese on friday where the Brickfield stud bred Kenji was a very good winner over 2100 metres.By Free Eagle out of a Sinndar mare the filly is a real improver and should win again.

Siracusa on saturday saw Irish breds win five of the six races including a very eventful two year old race over 1200 metres.Fire of Malta(Twilight Son)bred by Rathbarry stud flew in the sixth furlong to pass the post first but was subsequently disqualified with Bogota Gold(Galileo Gold Tally Ho) awarded the race second was Scivolascivola(Zoffany Prospect Stable) and third the Kodiac debutante Glory To Road.
Tally Ho completed a double in the seven furlong handicap when Ross Ross(Sir Prancealot) was the winner against his elders.

A busy week ahead with ten meetings up to and including Sunday.San Rossore in Pisa stages its first autumn meeting on saturday and Capannelle has excellent cards on Friday and Sunday as well as tuesday.Merano has its penultimate meeting of 2021 on Sunday.

tuesday Rome
wednesday Sassari and Varese
thursday Florence
friday Rome
saturday Pisa ,Varese and Siracusa
sunday Rome and Merano
An inspection takes place tomorrow at San Siro to see is it ready to resume.
All the action live www.italianhorseracing.com

VIDEO: Out Of Time wins 2020 Premio Vittorio Di Capua



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