This weekend we will have a little lull in terms of quality after last week’s  Derby meeting and next week’s Republic day events on Wednesday and Sundays Oaks.Nevertheless with three good cards on Sunday as well as San Siro on Saturday there will be plenty for  Italian racing fans and indeed Irish breeders to enjoy.The two year old season is now in full swing and the juveniles will have six races over the weekend. The Sebastiano Guerrieri/Melania Cascione team have blitzed the two year old races with ten wins from twenty runs and some very impressive performances.Today in Rome Flying Horse (Prince of Lir-Meet The Queen) bred by Samuel William Ormsby easily got the better of the Corduff stud bred Mr Thor over six furlongs.                                                                              In the opener the Premio Nijinsky Guerrieri’s Freschezza was odds on to repeat last weeks win but found one too good in the very impressive Elzamina(Elzaam-Aqtaar) bred by  Helen Lyons who dashed home in 58.8 seconds on her debut. Bought for 6,500 guineas at Goffs online in November the filly should win plenty more for the Giuseppe Di Chio stable.                                                                                                                                      Perhaps the most interesting two year old race is in Milan On Sunday the Premio Acquabella where the Churchill filly Nola Gain trained by Raffaele Biondi will make her debut.She cost 45,000 guineas at Tattersalls but isn’t the most expensive in the race as Alduino Botti spent 60,000 at Milan’s SGA sale to acquire the Helmet Filly Freccia a sister to last years Regina Elena runner up Faccia Io.

Milan’s Saturday card features a very interesting handicap the Premio Vaso Tartaro over six furlongs (Race 5 at 16.05 Irish time) with a number of Irish bred contenders. Atacama bred by Killura Agri in Mallow will have a chance to return to top form for Devis Grilli .A winner of the Premio Carlo Chiesa one of the top sprints reduced in status by the European pattern committee the Zebedee filly will face stiff opposition from Bloody Love trained by Endo Botti and bred by Rockhart trading in Cashel. The son of Rip Van Winkle has been a prolific sprint winner but carries the big burden of 64 kgs. Ovvio bred by the National stud is a half brother to Bjorn the Premio Gardone hero. The Garswood gelding is a winner of the Premio Po and carrying only 54 kgs has to have a chance. However all three will find it difficult to get the better of the British bred Marco Gonelli trained  Affirmative Reply (54.5 kgs) a  winner in Milan over five furlongs in April. Atacama to win

Sunday in San Siro should see Alduino Botti’s Helmet filly Filmet make a winning debut over seven furlongs where the Pat Beirne bred Marcialis trained Just Accord might just give her most to do. The highlight of the day will be the Premio Il Cavallo Di Leonardo(race 4 15.00 Irish time) over ten furlongs. Top weight is  Sugar Beat(Australia-Sugar House) whose full brother  Irwin is in Joseph O Brien’s yard. Botti’s filly is very consistent, in her last eight starts in 2020 she was never out of the first three. Sugar Beat’s opener this season saw her finish fourth behind Wonderful World and Elisa Again.The listed Premio Mezzanotte boosted that form last week but she will face stiff opposition from Presidential Sweet(receiving six pounds).The Golden Horn filly  a half sister to Italian Derby winner Biz The Nurse ran very well in the Corsa Dell Arno in Florence. One not to discount is the bottom weight Ladridibicicette another daughter of Australia bred by David Allen who has been running over shorter distances and should enjoy the ten furlongs and the receipt of twenty five pounds.  Sugar Beat to win.

The highlight in Capannelle is the Premio Pizzeria a Cavallo(race 6 16.20 Irish time) for three year olds over a mile. The fourteen strong field features seven Irish breds of which at least two have big chances. Fabio Marchi’s Lucifero bred by Kiltown Bloodstock in Kilkenny was a good winner over seven furlongs in March and most recently was second in a similar handicap over course and distance. Hold On trained by Endo Botti and bred by John Malone of Ladytown Stud in Kildare has taken a little time to get her head in front but she did it well over course and distance early in the month. Hard Way Winner trained by a legendary name Fabrizio Camici has been running in classic trials and this step down in class should see him give Hold On most to do.

Merano’s summer jump season is getting into full swing.We have been lamenting the lack of Irish breds competing but Sunday’s feature the Premio Rigoureux( race 5 16.00 Irish time) novice hurdle over 3000 metres will see no less than eight Irish breds in a  thirteen strong line up. It is a very competitive field which I narrow down to Urban Sea, Sea Sculpture, Azonto, Giausar and Conquenando. Urban Sean bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Clonmel was second in the Premio Cogne behind Paolo Favero’s star Big City but in two subsequent outings had also to settle for the runner up spot. Favero’s Sea Sculpture is an ex Andrew Balding who was a good second in Milan over two miles but disappointed a little last time out also in San Siro. Azonto finished ahead that day and may do so again with Jan Faltejsek on board but Romano’s Urban Sea to get an overdue win.

Sunday’s last Guineas of the year is in Dusseldorf as the German fillies will have their big mile test, but the big question for Italian racing is where is Telepatic Glances?(photograph above winning Premio Dormello)  Despite all of this years star fillies Wakanaka, Aria Importante, Havana Love Cima Star etc. performing so well  the Pride of Dubai filly very impressive in all of her four starts was considered the cream of the crop. The 2020 Dormello winner was very impressive in the Torricola on her seasonal  reappearance and the debate was, is it going to be in Rome Paris or Dusseldorf that the Botti/Brivio filly would race next. Capannelle came and went and then Longchamp and now Dusseldorf on Sunday will not see Telepatic in action either. All very disappointing especially as she was seen as the great hope of Italian three year olds in 2021.The best preview of the race can be found on www.anglogermanracing.com

Darren Thrussell’s site has been a fountain of knowledge on German and Central European racing over many years.





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