- The Preis Der Diana(G1) the German Oaks was won in impressive style by the unbeaten Palmas in record time with Derby Italiano fourth Isfahani an excellent second.The Henk Grewe trained filly finished really well and a stiff mile and a half might suit even better. Oaks D’Italia third Anoush also ran a good race to finish fifth deprived of fourth only in the final few metres. Three of the first four in the Derby have all ran very well since Capannelle two in group one company whilst the runner up Juan De Montalban has not run since. For a full report on the Dusseldorf classic go to www.anglogermanracing.com
Varese on Saturday night saw a clear classic prospect in Bruno Grizzetti’s Gleneagles colt Some Respect who under Fabio Branca blitzed the field in the Criterium Varesiano (LR) over 1500 metres. At the winning post he was six and a half lengths clear of Jerome Reynier’s French challenger Jacinda with Beautiful Black a further two and a quarter lengths back in third. Branca oozed with confidence and led from the break simply running the rest of the field off their feet and all the son of the Oratorio mare Sciolina needed was one crack of the whip to cruise home. Grizzetti’s colt paid handsome tribute to Don Chicco who got the better of their duel in the Giuseppe De Montel. However on that occasion Some Respect lost several lengths on the first bend when Sebastiano Guerrieri’s Il Sindacalista got completely unbalanced. I suspect the Varese trainer will give Some Respect one more run before a challenge for the Gran Criterium(G2) also over 1500 metres in late October. the two Botti challengers Nepente and Musicante disappointed as did Shemoon.
On the subject of promising juveniles yet another one emerged from the Cascione /Guerrieri team at Agnano on saturday. Queen Rouge a daughter of Samysilver a winner of the 2011 Premio Citta Di Napoli cruised to a five length win on her debut in the 1500 metre Premio Re Lear. I doubt there is a track anywhere in the World where more Irish breds win than at Agnano despite the distance between the Curragh and Naples and on Saturday five more winners carried IRE after their name. Thinking Beauty a three year old son of Awtaad and Rosay a listed winner in France was a very convincing winner of the Premio Conte Di Gloucester on only his third start. The Ballylinch stud bred colt will go on to win better races in the near future for trainer Roberto Di Paolo. France’s Fashion ( Helmet-Halliard bred by John Mcenery) won the nine furlong handicap, Not To Day (Hellvelyn-Royal Award bred by Stephen Mccarthy) won the three year old fillies handicap over seven furlongs and Nangu Jambu (Bungleinthejungle-Zibaline bred by Olive O Connor and Raymond Gaffney) won for the eight time in the five furlong sprint. Idreamcanfly(Moohaajim-Tra Sogno E Realta) dead heated with Treauville in the three year old sprint. He is bred by Massimo Parri’s Le Gi stud who are massive supporters of the Irish industry.
Merano on Sunday staged a nice mixed card with the jumps highlight being the three year old hurdle the Premio Pasqualino Mazzoni over 3000 metres. Black Watch looked like a winner for much of the race but was tackled by the Paolo Favero trained Zankala approaching the last. The Zoffany filly bred by Churchtown House Stud had just asserted her authority only for the Czech challenger Boule De Neige to claim victory in the last one hundred metres. The Premio Trotto E Turf over a mile was the flat race feature and Say You Do completed a hattrick of wins and his fifth in 2021 with one and a quarter lengths to spare on Matey with the Yeomanstown bred Silver Mission third. Say You do is a son of Mr Vegas a decent staying son of Montjeu and the Oaks D’Italia winner Germignaga and Leggiadria (Big Shuffle) a five time winner over five and six furlongs. Wallaby (Australia-Sky Boat) bred by Anita Wigan won the eleven furlong handicap and Sopran Ares (Lawman-Last Cry) bred by Dubois Holdings completed a good weekend for Grizzetti Galoppo in the Premio Emilio Borromeo.
There were three Irish bred winners at Tagliacozzo on Sunday. Verba Volant (Ribchester-Sabinillas bred by Northern bloodstock in Lisburn won the two year old maiden after five placed efforts. Cappucino Bay (Outstrip-Brazilian Flame Yeomanstown Stud) won his fourth race in the mile handicap and Taki Taki (Footstepsinthesand-Blue Whip bred by Springwell Stud in Kilmallock) also won her fourth race over 1350 metres.
Famous Name a magnificent servant for Dermot Weld standing at the Anngrove stud in Mountmellick has a decent sort in Romolo Valeri’s stable in Coming Up (Savana Pearl) who carried top weight to victory in the valuable Premio Porta Romana at Follonica on Friday over 1650 metres. As with his sire, Coming Up thrives on racing and this was his fifth win in 2021 and ninth in all. Whilst highly unlikely to match his Fathers twenty one wins twenty at stakes level the half brother to Party Goer winner of the Premio Cumani(G3) for Endo Botti is a good showcase for the Laois based stallion in Italy
Racing this week is at Varese on Tuesday first 17.05, Wednesday Naples 17,40 Thursday Corridonia, Friday Follonica, Saturday Varese and Naples and on Sunday Merano and Tagliacozzo. The small Abruzzo course stages its best meeting of the year with the Premio Citta Di Tagliacozzo and two decent two year old races as features. Merano stages an eight race mixed card with the Premio Vincenzo Pollio an important novice chase over two miles three furlongs and the Premio SGA a handicap principale C for three year olds over eleven furlongs as highlights.
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On an excellent weekend for Grizzetti Galoppo we remember the great Rakti’s Derby Italiano win in 2002 from Ballingarry trained by Aidan O Brien. Rakti would go on to win five more group one races the Premio Presidente della Repubblica, the Champion Stakes, the Prince Of Wales, the Queen Elizabeth II and the Lockinge while Ballingarry would win the G1 Canadian International and had won the Criterium De Saint Cloud (G1) at two. Fisich trained by Alduino Botti who was third had won the Guido Berardelli(G2) at two.
VIDEO: Rakti wins the 2002 Derby Italiano for Bruno Grizzetti with Aidan O Briens Ballingarry second.