Grand Glory ran very well in Sundays Japan cup (G1) for Gianluca Bietolini and Cristian Demuro finishing fifth, the best of the European challengers and picking up over €250,000 in the process. The winner was the great Japanese Triple crown champion Contrail who in the process became the highest earning son of Deep Impact with just shy of €10 million in prizemoney. Deep Impact also made an impression in Capannelle on Sunday when Tempesti wearing the Ribot and Nearco colours of Dormello Olgiata cruised to a very impressive win in the Premio Time Charter over 1800 metres. Tempesti is a son of Albert Dock a dual group 3 winning son of Deep Impact and Golden Doc A herself a winner of the group 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. Albert Dock’s first crop are running in 2021 although we have only seen seven of his progeny so far of which Tempesti is easily the best. The Dormello Olgiata owned and bred colt is trained by Riccardo Santini and on his debut completely missed the break but recovered well to be a close second to Bahja Del Sol who franked the form in his later outings. He was a warm order on his second start but got into all sorts of bother before again finishing well to be a close second to Arrival who went on to win the Campobello. Santini upped him in trip to 1900 metres in Capannelle for his third run now with Silvano Mulas in the saddle and the two ambled to a ten length win. The Time Charter was a step up in quality with Wonka Willy runner up in the Campobello and third in the Berardelli(G3) and other good winners such as Keniote,Frozen Day,Bad Drake,Super Drago and another Albert Dock Sunset Lover in the field. Mulas was again in the saddle and held up the horse in the Saint Andrews cross belts in last until three furlongs out and then with just hands and heels he cantered home in very impressive form. The manner of the victory on very heavy ground will certainly give romantics hope that those famous colours can return to glory in 2022. Tempesti’s dam Tender Hugs won seven of her thirteen races for Endo Botti and is a sister to Gregorian Chant who on his only start at two was a very impressive winner for John Joseph Murphy in Dundalk before being sold to the USA where this year he won the Group 3 San Simeon stakes at Santa Anita and last month finished fourth in the Eddie D Stakes(G2). The Gurkha colt Frozen Day ran a decent race in second on only his third start. The Gerald Colclough bred Wonka Willy ran easily the worst race of his life in sixth ,he has had a tough autumn campaign which may have affected him as well as the very heavy ground.
The Well travelled Dream Academy (bred by Rathbarry stud trained by the inform Vincenzo Fazio) won his sixth race in the concluding Premio Fouquet where he just got the better of the Sean Sullivan bred Please Exceed over a mile. The son of Acclamation had been a winner for Kevin Ryan last year,then he moved to Alain Badel and was a winner at Chantilly and Saint Cloud. He was then sold to Vincenzo Pellegrino and on Sunday won his third race for his new handler in the process giving Silvano Mulas a double. Salvatore Sulas was another jockey enjoying a double riding his 100 th winner of the season on Ladridbiciclette in the 1800m Premio Tabacon. The Australia filly was bred by David Allan and was winning her third race for Pierluigi Giannotti. At Siracusa on Saturday the Morgan Cahalane bred Antonino Cannella trained Nikitis won the Premio Panza for juveniles over 1200 metres. The Cotai Glory filly is a sister to Dominus a triple winner for Brian Meehan. In Rome on Friday Balthassar a Gregorian colt bred by Rathasker was an easy winner of the five furlong Premio Arcadia , the TM Jennings bred Koda won the Premio Zino over a furlong longer and The Falling Man bred by Vanessa Teehan of Charel Bloodstock just got the better of Vendicari (Paul Hancock in the Premio Furigolo nursery over 1500 metres. The winner a son of El Kabeir keeps the Yeomanstown stallion ahead of Gleneagles and Highland Reel in the table for stallions of juveniles.
At Treviso on Saturday the Corsa Siepi Di Treviso(LR) was won in scintillating fashion by the Scuderia Aichner’s Zanini who was runner up in the Gran Corsa Siepi Di Merano(G1) to Live Our Life. The German bred eight year old is still right up there with the best and if fit will be a leading candidate for the Gran Corsa Siepi Nazionale(G1) in Pisa in February. Although no match for the winner both Linovsky and Roncal ran well in the placed positions. As we suspected Brunch Royal was a comfortable winner of the Premio Duca D’Aosta over three miles and only Broughton is a better exponent of cross country in Italy. Paolo Favero’s Thistleton( bred by the Holborn trust) was a surprise winner of the three year old hurdle the Premio Treviso from his stablemate Arsa.
Racing this week ,
Tuesday : Rome , Wednesday : Varese, Thursday: Villacidro, Friday : Rome AW,
Saturday : Siracusa and Livorno featuring the Coppa Del Mare(HPB) over 2250 metres
Sunday : Pisa a wonderful card with the Criterium Di Pisa(LR) for 2yo and the Premio
Andred(HPA) for fillies over 2200m and the Rosenberg(HPB) over 1600m
Monday : Naples featuring the Premio Super Clasifica for 2yo debutants.
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VIDEO: Tempesti wins the Premio Time Charter
VIDEO: Ippodromo Siracusa meeting Saturday November 27