Two meetings today at Chilivani and Rome with Milan and Siracusa on Saturday and Rome Milan and Merano on Sunday gives Italian “Galoppo” enthusiasts lots of options this weekend.Before we look ahead we have had 104 two year olds in action since the opening juvenile race of the season of which 41 were home bred,49 were bred in Ireland 10 in Britain and 4 in France. In comparison to other years an increase in Irish and Italian breds but a fall off in British breds. However one of the latter Humming Bee bred by The Queen won the Capannelle feature this evening the Premio Falbrav named after the late Luciano D’Auria’s great champion. The Oasis Dream filly had three quarters of a lenght to spare on Dont Stop My Run with the John O Connor bred Infinity Focus a head further back. One of the best stories of the week was at Florence yesterday when the twenty two year old Sara Del Fabbro became the first Italian female jockey to ride a treble since the great Jacqueline Freda who was Italian champion in 1995. Del Fabbro who is associated with Grizzetti Galoppo won over 1000,1500 and 1800 metres for three different trainers. She rides the bottom weight Cherry Picker in the Premio Cibele at San Siro on Sunday over 1800 metres and might not be far away. The Gonnelli team filly is on the upgrade,last time out winning over 2000 metres at San Siro and is capable of a surprise.
The Flat highlight is on Sunday at Capannelle where Haven Park,Telepatic Glances and Chiaro Di Luna renew acquaintance in the Premio Tadolina (LR 1600m 4+F €38,500).The trio met in the Premio Azzurina when the Ashling Burke bred Agostino Affe trained Haven Park ended Telepatic Glances unbeaten record. The Champion two year old filly of 2020 was outpaced over the course and distance but will be three and a half kilos better off on this occasion. EC Racing will also have the G3 winner Deadline in the line up and along with Happiness Therapy cant be discounted but Carlo Fiocchi should ensure enough of a gallop for the daughter of Pride Of Dubai to win here.
One of the seasons big handicaps the Premio WWF (HPA 1500 metres) has attracted a very disappointing field of five. Italian trainers are forever moaning about a lack of opportunities for horses in the 80-100 bracket but here is a valuable race and not an entry from top Roman trainers such as Affe, Guerrieri, Fazio or Camici to name but four. Nevertheless the race makes up in quality what it lacks in numbers with the top weight I Know Why trained by EC Racing and bred by Louis Kennedy’s Mountain View Stud likely to start favourite.In his last race at Florence the son of Sepoy had Lord Bay three lengths back in third but the Nicholas Teehan bred 2021 Premio Pisa winner is now four and a half kilos better off. Win The Best bred by Sandro Garavelli in Delvin Co.Westmeath is an experienced campaigner in these type of races winning the Premio Nearco over 1600 metres in November while the old warrior Amyntas winner of the Premio San Rossore last time out is another with a big chance. Warrior Within the mount of Rome expert Carlo Fiocchi has won his last two handicaps at Capannelle also has chances but Lord Bay to give the Sulas/Botti team another big win.
Merano’s jumping season is getting into full swing with Sunday’s highlight the traditional three year old debutants race the Premio Prime Siepi over 3000 metres. Nine go to the post in what appears to be a substandard renewal if we only base our notions on flat form. Raffaele Romano is an expert in these races and Orange Blu(Blu Constellation) who only raced twice on the level is sure to be well schooled as is Pavel Tuma’s Czech challenger Dont Dream and Gregorz Wroblewski’s Polish runner Version D’Haspel.The Aichner/Vana Team run another son of Blu Constellation,Dream In Blu while Paolo Favero runs two Fulsome and Unknown Territory. This race traditionally throws up candidates for the Gran Criterium D’Autunno(G1) in September but only time will tell if we see one on Sunday.
The Derby Italiano is only eight days away and the betting market is also hotting up. As we write we have joint favourites in Dormello’s Tempesti and the German challenger Ardakan both being offered at 11/4, Filiberto winner Pirouz is at 10s along with Parioli winner See Hector and Chlelsea Gardens at 12/1 after being more than twice those odds earlier in the week.
VIDEO 1: Haven Park gets the better of Telepatic Glances?Can she do it again?