Italy

Ruler of The World, Morpheus to Stand in Italy in '23

G1 Investec Derby hero Ruler of The World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}-Love Me True, by Kingmambo) and Morpheus (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}--Kind {Ire}), by Danehill), a half-brother to champion and leading sire Frankel (GB), will stand the 2023 season at Scuderia Melissa Cipriani - San Piero in Barca, Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena). Previously, the former stood at Haras de Bouquetot for €5,000 while the latter stood at Haras de Toury at a fee of €2,800. The sire of Group 1 winners Iridessa (Ire) and La Petite Coco (Ire), Ruler of The World--who...

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New Stakes Winner For Cracksman In Milan

Aloa (GB) (Cracksman {GB}) gave her Darley-based first-season sire his second stakes winner with a 1 3/4-length victory in Milan's Listed Premio Coolmore over 1500 metres on Saturday. A debut winner locally in May, Aloa dropped to second in the Listed Premio Gino E Luciano Mantovani on June 25. Kept at 1400 metres, she won an allowance at Milan when she returned on Sept. 11 and was 9-2 in this step up in class and distance. Glued to the fence while covered up through the early stages, the blaze-faced chestnut...

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Gustav Klimt Sires First Winner In Milan

3rd-San Siro, €7,700, Vdn., 6-28, 2yo, 1400mT, 1:30.20. SOPRAN BLAKEY (IRE) (c, 2, Gustav Klimt {Ire}--Perino {Ire}, by Speightstown), who was making his debut, was sent off at 2-1. Sitting in a stalking third, the bay temporarily lost his position rounding the bend but was skipping along nicely as the field straightened for the drive. He sidled up to favoured longtime leader Foxy Lady (Ity) (Lord Chaparral {Ire}) a furlong from the wire, before cruising past her to win in a canter by 4 1/2 lengths. He is the first...

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Queen Serenity Gives Sioux Nation a Sixth Winner

1st-Napoli, €12,100, Debutantes, 2yo, f, 1000mT, time: n/a, gd. QUEEN SERENITY (IRE) (f, 2, Sioux Nation--Maybe I Will {Ire}, by Hawk Wing) validated a debut quote of 59-100 to provide her sire (by Scat Daddy) with already a sixth individual first-crop winner. Away fairly, the bay filly was pulled to the outside and chased the early exchanges from second. Asked to win her race 200 metres from home, Queen Serenity quickened up nicely and had a margin of 1 1/2 lengths on pacesetting Balayage (Ity) (Pounced) at the line. The...

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Arrests in France on Doping, Crime Charges

Twenty-three people remained in custody Tuesday night after searches took place in racing stables throughout France, Italy and Spain, according to a report in Wednesday's Jour de Galop, which reported that those held come from "every racing discipline," who are being investigated for equine doping, organized crime, and association with criminals, the paper reports. While the JDG listed several of those arrested, none came from the Thoroughbred discipline, but were all National Hunt or trotting trainers. They said that the investigation has been ongoing for a year, and was launched...

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Markaz Relocated to Italy

Dual group winner Markaz (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) will relocate to Allevamento Renaccino in Italy for 2022. His fee will be €3,000 (Oct. 1st). From just two crops of racing, the full-brother to champion sprinter and G1 Nunthorpe S. heroine Mecca's Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) has sired the G3 Prix d'Arenberg winner Corazon (Ire), who was also third in the G2 Flying Childers S. He also has the listed-placed Markaz Paname (Ire) to his credit from 27 winners. "He is a fantastic horse to work with," said Derrinstown Stud's...

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Churchill Sires First Winner in Rome

3rd-Rome, €13,200, Mdn., 6-2, 2yo, 1400m (AWT). IL GRANDE GATSBY (IRE), (c, 2, Churchill {Ire}--Irene Watts {GB} {GSP-Ity, $133,610}, by Miswaki Tern), who ran second when unveiled over 1200 metres on the local synthetic on May 9, was the second choice on the board at 2-1 in this step up in trip. Noticeably warm in the preliminaries, he perched in fourth while glued to the fence through the opening furlongs. Shifted out on the bend, he was asked for his bid 400 metres from home and, began to make inroads...

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First Winner For El Kabeir as Son Don Chicco Graduates in Rome
First Winner For El Kabeir as Son Don Chicco Graduates in Rome

1ST-CAPANNELLE, €13,200, Mdn., 5-9, 2yo, 1200m (AWT), 1:13.50. DON CHICCO (GB) (128, c, 2, El Kabeir-Otrooha (Ire), by Oasis Dream {GB}), a distant second locally going 1000 metres over soft ground when unveiled on May 1, was tabbed the even-money pick in this quick return. Trying the all-weather surface for the first time, the bay battled with a rival for the advantage from the bell and sat a neck second on the far turn. He re-bid for the lead in upper stretch and forged clear to win by three lengths...

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Italian Stakes Schedule Released

The Italian black-type calendar was released by the Italian MIPAAF on Monday. Rome starts its turf season on Mar. 5. with Milan and San Siro each beginning on Mar. 14. Regarding the Italian Classics, the G3 Premio Parioli (Italian 2000 Guineas) and the G3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas), will both be held in Rome on Apr. 25 and each carries a purse of €138,600. The €633,600 G2 Derby Italiano, the richest Group 2 race in Europe, is scheduled for Rome on May 23. Milan plays host to the...

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Magician Bound for Italy

Irish highweight Magician (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}-- Absolutelyfabulous {Ire}, by Mozart {Ire}) will stand in Italy next season, Jour de Galop reported on Tuesday. A two-time champion in Ireland for Coolmore partners and Aidan O'Brien, the 2013 G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and GI Breeders' Cup Turf hero spent the better part of four seasons at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in America (2015-2018) and stood the end of the 2018 season at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. The sire of US black-type winner Miss My Rose, the 10-year-old moved to Haras de Corlay in...

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France Closes All Non-essential Businesses, Racecourses Remain Open for Now

At 8 p.m. Saturday evening, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced stricter social distancing measures due to the coronavirus, and that all places non-essential to French living including restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs, will be closed beginning at midnight on Saturday, Jour de Galop reported. At this time, French racecourses, which are currently racing without spectators for the foreseeable future, will remain open. France Galop's President Edouard de Rothschild and Managing Director Olivier Delloye both confirmed late Saturday evening to the JDG that racing will continue in "closed camera" mode,...

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Italy-bound Mosse New First Call Jockey for Grizzetti

Gerald Mosse has been named the first call jockey for Italian trainer Bruno Grizzetti for the 2020 season, Mondoturf's Gabriele Candi reported on Sunday. Grizzetti, who has 120 horses-in-training, is based at Milan. The 53-year-old Mosse collected a win in the 1990 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Saumarez (GB) (Rainbow Quest) and also was the regular pilot of American and French champion juvenile Arazi (Blushing Groom {Fr}). The retained rider for His Highness The Aga Khan from 1993-2001, Mosse booted home Americain (Dynamformer) in the 2010 G1 Melbourne...

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