Rome’s All Weather programme on Fridays is seeing some increased prizemoney for the better handicaps with the Premio Cervino today as this weeks highlight over six furlongs.The truly remarkable Con Marnane bred ten year old Piz Bernina a son of Amadeus Wolf will be a prime fancy to win and in the process register win Number twenty six in a stellar career. The old boy was runner up over course and distance on Christmas Eve and Luca Sorbino is sure to have him primed for this valuable pot. Peppesp bred by Edward Lynam and Morgan Blond bred by the Heary family will also be fancied but perhaps the biggest threat in an open race could come from Dario Vargiu’s mount Niagra Mouse trained by Luciano Vitabile. Piz Bernina has run eighty five times winning twenty five and being placed on thirty occasions with the wins coming on firm, good,soft and heavy on the grass. He has been even more prolific on Sand and All Weather and has won from six to nine furlongs so versatility is a given.If he manages to win the Cervino he will surpass 150,000 Euro in prizemoney so what a wondeful servant he has been.
Sunday’s principle meeting is at the Agnano track in Naples where we will enjoy three top class Handicap Principale’s. However at San Rossore in Pisa there is a very informative race for three year old debutants the Premio Paravanni over 1500 metres.There are some very interesting newcomers in the eleven strong field including Vincenzo Fazio’s Miss Invisibile (Kodiac-Kindling) bred by Melchior Bloodstock a sister to numerous winners but a full sister to the Horris Hill winner Nebo. Alduino Botti runs two including Master Dutch a Blueberry owned son of Mastercraftsman and Dutch Shadow a sister to three group winners in Italy.The off is at 14.00 on Sunday and a race to keep an eye on.
Naples stages a terrific eight race card on the week when we got news that its most famous flat event the Gran Premio Citta Di Napoli won for the past three years by champion sprinter The Conqueror is probably going to lose its listed status which in my humble opinion is a travesty. The Premio Guido Ruffo Della Scaletta(HPC) is over the same five furlongs and brings some of the best sprint handicappers in Italy to Agnano. Top weight Penalty is a veteran of these contests and as a juvenile won the Criterium Nazionale. Another veteran is the 2021 winner Giocoforza a son of Dream Ahead bred by Michael O Mahoney who will have champion Dario Vargiu in the saddle. Patrick Ryan bred the four year old mare Puerta Princesa who has been a great servant for Sebastiano Guerrieri who knows all about high class sprinters. Astragalus bred by the Donnelly/Clarke team is an outsider to be considered in a very open contest. The three year old Premio San Gennaro is a race that often throws up a horse who will go on to better things such as last years winner Rio Natal later fifth in the Derby. If there is anything of that calibre in this years race it might be the Botti Vargiu teams Love Shots (Cotai Glory – Filzalea(Galileo) bred by Sandro Garavelli in Delvin Co Westmeath. The daughter of the Tally Ho stallion was a very easy winner over 1500 metres at Pisa earlier in the month and clearly has potential. Riccardo Santini and Dormello run Vecello a son of Helmet who has been running well in these type of races. Agostino Affe has booked Dario Di Tocco for Arsenio recently runner up over the course and distance but another open and interesting contest five of them bred in Ireland. The Premio Agnano one of Naples traditional races over ten furlongs this year will have the Cappella Sansevero trophy in honour of the stallion who previously stood at Michael Orlandi’s operation in Mullingar but is now at Scuderia Andy Capp alongside Ruler Of The World. The Matt Duffy bred Mr Gualano has won no less than three Handicap Principlales in the past year for Domenico Ginosa but has gone up nine pounds since winning the Premio Inverno at Livorno in December. Derek Iceton bred horses do extraordinarily well in Italy and the Tara stud will be represented here by Puo Succede a six time winning son of Alhebayeb carrying only 51 kilos.The favourite is likely to be Blanc Menteur an out and out stayer who won five times in 2021 was fourth in the St.Leger and third in the Roma Vecchia but might find this trip a little on the sharp side. Aldrodovar ran well in the listed UNIRE at Agnano in December and might be coming back to her best form but also keep an eye on Vargiu’s mount Bull Dozer and the Stonecross Stud bred Pinky Guy.
A terrfic card in Naples first race at Midday and the eight at 16.10 remember you can watch it all live on www.italianhorseracing.com
VIDEO: 2011 Premio Citta Di Napoli