Perhaps the jockeys got most of the limelight but a good weekend all round for Italian Horses Trainers and “Fantini”.In France Fabio Branca is already showing what a great horseman he is and on Saturday a high priced double including a very nice win in the Prix Mister Conway when he coaxed the old Italian Mile champion Out Of Time to victory in the Prix Mister Conway. Sakhees Secret’s best son is now not too far off the €1 million euro in prizemoney and premiums and although clearly not the force he once was he might just reach that figure under trainer Simone Brogi and Branca. Today in Toulouse another double for the Sardinian pilot this time for trainer Gianluca Bietolini who along with Brogi and Team Botti in Chantilly are certainly shaking up the French racing world in 2022. In the future we will do an article on the remarkable Team Botti led by Alduino and Stefano in Cenaia but also including Endo in Pisa, Alessandro and Giuseppe in Chantilly and Marco in Newmarket. Suffice to say with the season in its infancy almost € 1 million has already been won including premiums. Last years champion juvenile Windstormblack sold by Sebastiano Guerrieri to Hong Kong started repaying part of the reputed massive sum by winning a €100,000 six furlong race in Sha Tin on Saturday. The son of Bated Breath a sensation last summer has been renamed Campioni by his Chinese owners.
In Meydan the headlines were all for Frankie Dettori and Christian Demuro with their wins in the World Cup,Turf and Classic. The good news is that Endo Botti has booked Frankie to ride Il Grande Gatsby in next Sunday’s Premio Pisa at San Rossore. The Great one has never won Pisa’s most famous race but I am sure if he does it on Sunday we will see one of his famous dismounts whatever our friends in the European Pattern Committee might say. San Rossore as well as the Pisa (LR 1600m €55,000) will stage the Regione Toscana (LR 2200m €38,500) and two top handicaps the San Rossore (1600m) and the Enrico Camici (1200m). How appropraite it would be if Dettori could win the latter race named after his only real challenger for the title “greatest jockey of all”.
On the homefront Cime Tempestose (Gleneagles – Hassaya bred by Turlough Boylan) led coast to coast to win the Premio Sirmione for Sergio Urru and Alduino Botti. Mistakingly in our weekend preview I suggested that Que Tempesta would be Roberto Biondi’s biggest classic hope not knowing that the son of Territories had been gelded. The Mount Coote Stud bred lost almost ten lengths at the break but was only three quarters off the winner at the line so I am sure big prizes can be won. Third was Dormello’s Breughel who ran freely and might appreciate a shorter trip.In the Premio Stagione San Siro Galoppo last year’s Oaks Runner Up Cima Star made a winning reappearance being too good for Thunder Panther and Rose Secret. Bruno Grizzetti can be well pleased with the daughter of Sea The Stars who might take on the colts in the Ambrosiano in late April or perhaps try to win a big prize abroad due to the lack of opportunities for mares of her class in Italy.
If it was Italy’s weekend on the flat internationally, Polish horses enjoyed a rare double in Milan on Sunday over the obstacles. Robert Swiatek trained Pope to win the featured juvenile hurdle the Premio Primi Salti while Gregorz Wroblewski made the long journey pay in the four year old hurdle the Premio Marco Rocca. Both horses were ridden by Pavel Slozil who completed a treble in the Premio Ortisei on board Vinci Per Noi while the great warrior Notti Magiche landed the opening cross country. Italian jump racing plays a huge role in keeping not only many Italian people employed in the industry but also for trainers,owners,jockeys and others in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Racing this week is at Rome on Tuesday, Milan on Wednesday featuring the Premio Dei Laghi where the Anthony Byrne bred Il Sindicalista will attempt to take his Roman form north
where he will be opposed amongst other by Come On Captain (bred ny Mount Armstrong stud) and Chiaroscuro (bred by Philippa Proctor Quinn’s Foxlands Stud). Fridays action returns to Capannelle featuring the fillies sprint the Carlo Chiesa while Milan and Siracusa will entertain us on Saturday and Sunday as we said is Pisa’s big day while jumping fans will be entertained at San Siro with the featured Premio Giulio Caccia two mile listed hurdle.
VIDEO: Link to last Sundays San Siro meet