- What a weekend of racing we enjoyed over the weekend with great Italian success in Deauville and success for French and Polish invaders in Merano. Irish breeders had a marvellous weekend once again in Italy with no less than fifteen winners bred in Ireland including the Francis Killen Downpatrick bred Rumbles Of Thunder who under a superb ride by Luca Maniezzi just got the better of the Tullpark bred Quickstep Girl in the listed Premio Merano over 2200 metres. (you can see all of the Irish bred winners details in that section)
But we must begin in Deauville with Grand Glory’s victory in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet over 2000 metres. An inspired Cristian Demuro just got the daughter of Olympic Glory home on the line from Audarya winner of this race last year, the Breeders cup mares (G1) and recently runner up to Love in the Prince Of Wales (G1). A first group 1 winner for Gianluca Bietolini whose filly won the Grand Prix De Vichy (G3) last time out. In 2020 she had won the Prix De Flore (G3) before finishing sixth in the Premio Lydia Tesio (G2) at Capannelle. The Prix De L’Opera on Arc day and the Lydia Tesio look like being Grand Glory’s autumn targets. Team Botti also enjoyed a good weekend in Deauville as Bellharbour Music under Ioritz Mendizabal won the group 3 Prix Daphnis in a field including the Italian 2000 guineas winner and the runner ups in the French and German equivalents. Bellharbour Music as we said in our preview was unraced at two and has now won three of his six starts and clearly is a colt on the upgrade. Fayathaan prominent throughout just wasn’t good enough and was eased by Gerard Mosse when his chance had gone. Demuro also won the Prix De Pomone (G2) on Raabihah and was on Baghed for Vincenzo Fazio in the group 1 Prix Morny. The Twilight Son colt broke poorly and had to be held up at the back of the field by Demurino but he finished as good as any of the first three to be two and three quarter lengths off the winner Perfect Power trained by Richard Fahy and bred in Mullingar by Tally Ho stud. Despite his poor start Baghed had the likes of Quick Suzy and Velocidad well behind and on a reading of the Premio Primi Passi, Robert Papin and Morny none of these are near Windstormblack.
Merano once again provided excellent August entertainment on the flat and over jumps. Jerome Reynier in a reverse of Deauville dominated the Premio Merano from start to finish. Mario Sanna set out to exploit Qucksteps Girl’s stamina already a winner at 2600 metres and recently fifth in a group 3 at Longchamp over 2400 metres. The Tullpark bred filly led all the way until two furlongs out when Fabio Branca and Atzeco apparently going very easily arrived to win the race. However not for the first time Atzeco flattered to deceive and Reynier’s filly asserted her dominance only for Luca Maniezzi to pounce on the line with Rumbles Of Thunder bred in County Down by Francis and Teresa Killen. The Night Of Thunder filly only made her debut in June winning at Compiegne before running in listed races at Dusseldorf and Vichy so she is a filly who might win a group race before the end of the year. Once again we have an example of what a moderate bunch the Italian three year old colts are the best of whom are perhaps a stone behind their female counterparts.
The Premio Bi-Elle Di Luca Bruschi is one of the most important trials for the Gran Premio D’Autunno (G1) for three year old hurdlers and was won in impressive fashion by the Gregorz Wroblewski’s trained Isatis De L’ecu from Raffaele Romano’s King Power with the Paolo Favero debutante Arsa third. The Polish trained gelding won with a lot in hand and will be a serious contender for the three year old championship race next month. The favourite Callistemon a very good two year old on the flat was fourth once again let down by his jumping.
Siracusa after a short break saw a return to racing on Sunday with a card on the sand. In the two year old Premio Alceo over 1100 metres Pivoas a daughter of Showcasing was a good winner on her second start. Trained and ridden by Carmelo Zappulla she had been second to Re Luck on her debut and despite running greenly won comfortably from Secretinthedark already a winner here. Bruno Grizzetti ran four of his two year olds in the Premio Villa Toeplitz over 1000metres in Varese on Saturday and they duly filled the first four places. Diavola who started at 38/1 just got the better of the favourite Damnatio Memoriae with Fornarinah (bred by Mrs P O’ Rourke) third with the debutante Sopran Echinacea fourth. The winner by Faydhan out of the Premio Carlo Chiesa (G3) winner Docksil might turn out to be a decent sprinter in time.
Today in Chilivani we have something that I imagine is unique. It may pass unperceived in a Kilmallock no doubt still in thrall to their magnificent Hurling team’s success but the Golden Vale Stud mare Rose Buck (Acclamation-Housekeeper) has three of her offspring running at the Sardinian track . Bunora De L’Alguer (2016 Battle Of Marlengo) a winner of ten of her thirty three starts will be opposed by twelve opponents including her full brother Baroc De L’Alguer in the sixth race at 18.20. Baroc (2017) a winner of eight of his twenty three starts, will be ridden by Nino Murro probably being the more fancied of the two. The Premio Spiaggia De Rena Majori (16.15) for two year olds over 1600 metres will have Ral De L’Alguer (Estidhkaar-Rose Buck) among the contestants to complete the trio. All three are trained by Francesco Oppes. A notable runner here is the debutante Terry De L’Alguer (Gutaifan-Moment Of Truth) a half sister to Memo De L’Alguer third in the Regina Elena Italian 1000 guineas this year and bred by Sandra Russell in Tipperary.
Racing this week Monday: Chilivani, Tuesday :Varese, Wednesday :Naples, Thursday: Corridonia, Friday : Follonica, Saturday: Merano and Varese featuring one of the years biggest handicaps the Premio Citta Di Varese over 2250 metres and on Sunday: Siracusa and Merano featuring the group 3 chase the Premio Piero e Franco Richa over 3800 metres and the cross country Premio Associazione Arma over 5000 metres.
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VIDEO: Prix Jean Romanet G1 at Deauville won by Grand Glory ridden by Cristian Demuro and trained by Gianluca Bietolini