After all the excitement of recent weeks we had a rather quiet week but in the midst of that no less than sixteen Irish bred winners all around Italy. Blueberry and Team Botti had a wonderful win in the Premio Carlo Vittadini with Aria Importante last weekend and this weekend they enjoyed another big win this time with Atalis Bay in the listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown over five furlongs. Atalis Bay a son of Cable Bay is trained in Newmarket by Marco Botti (Alduino’s son) and has now won four of his seven starts. The Italian trainer said that he will now probably run in the group 3 Coral Charge. No doubt the Bezzera family (Owners of Blueberry) and the Botti’s will look at Atalis Bay’s 106 RPR five pounds higher than Aria Importante with some surprise.
Another Italian winning on the international stage this weekend was Christian Troger a South Tirolian vineyard owner. A huge supporter of Italian Jump racing and along With Raffaele Romano and Gabriele Agus enjoyed another double in Merano on Sunday and further success in France with Italian trainer David Satalia. Pradoro won his third hurdle race in his last four starts with a win in Aix-Les-Bains .The Satalia trained and ridden winner jumped like a stag and will win further races in France. Chateaudemalmaison won the Premio Glorenza hurdle in Merano over just over two miles and Schwarzwald named after one of Troger’s wines won the Premio Roberto Feligioni chase over 3550 metres to complete the international treble.
The Premio Lagundo three year old hurdle we felt might be won by Paolo Favero and we were correct but with the wrong horse as Mr Lauda could only finish third behind Fior Gavoi an impressive winner in the hands of Jan Faltejsek.The easy winner, bred by Ellen O Neill was making his hurdles debut and should win again. The highlight at Merano however was the ageless Broughton (Photograph above) who after a nine month absence still found too much for Power Zar in the Giulio Coccia which will probably see him start favourite for the Grande Steeplechase Di Roma ( one of the years biggest cross country races) in two weeks.The son of Teofilo is now eleven and has had an amazing career starting off with Mark Johnston winning the Gordon’s stakes over ten furlongs at Goodwood.He then went hurdling winning the Scottish Triumph hurdle trial and started joint second favourite in Tiger Rolls first Cheltenham win. He won three more hurdles for Aidan Coleman before Scuderia Aichner bought him to go chasing in Italy in 2016.The Giulio Coccia was his twelfth win in Italy to add to his seven in Britain and in the peninsula he has won races such as the Grande Steeple-Chase di Milano(G1)
Peppesp (Footstepsinthesand-Choral Society) a five year old bred by Edward Lynam and trained by Iacopo Bindi won his eight race in the opener in Tagliacozzo on Sunday. Remarkably he is unbeaten in five races on the L’Aquila course.I expect Bindi will be running him regularly on the sand over the summer. Wizard of Love (Epaulette-We Are City) bred by John and Ita Malone of Ladytown Stud won the fifth in Tagliacozzo just holding off Infinity Focus bred by Ballylinch manager John O Connor. The highlight in Siracusa on Saturday the Premio Beatrice Adams (1500m) was won by Sicilian Bello ( Lilbourne Lad-Lanehaya). Michael Maher bred the now six year old who was winning his seventh race all of them in the ancient Greco Roman city.
The other Mediterranean island Sardinia saw two Irish bred winners in Chilivani on Saturday. In the opening two year old race Danielina (Alhebayeb-Memyselfie) trained by Roberto Masala and bred by Conor Mcnamara won at odds of 25/1 while in the last Francesco Oppes Baroc De L’Alguer bred by the Golden Vale Stud just got the better of Crastu De L’Alguer bred by John Doyle.This was the Battle Of Marengo colts sixth win all at one of the Sardinian tracks.
Racing this week Tuesday Milan, Naples Wednesday Follonica Thursday Corridonia Friday Naples Saturday Milan, Siracusa Sunday Merano, Tagliacozzo