Milan

Churchill Filly Leads The Way At The SGA Yearling Sale

A filly by Churchill (Ire) out of the dual listed-placed Rabiosa Fiore (GB) (Sakhee's Secret {GB}) emerged as the €200,000 top lot during Saturday's SGA Yearling Sale in Milan. Consigned by Razza Vedano, the Mar. 6 foal (lot 28), named Rinnovati (Ity), is a half-sister to the two-time stakes winner Amalaura (Ire) (Raven's Pass). Another half-sister, the Saxon Warrior (Jpn) filly Rage Of Bamby (Ire) graduated at Leicester on Sept. 6. Marco Bozzi was in action for the relative of French Classic heroine East Of The Moon (Private Account). Bozzi...

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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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Cracksman Off The Mark In Milan

2nd-San Siro, €13,200, Debutante, 2yo, f, 1400mT, 1:22.40. ALOA (GB), (f, 2, Cracksman {GB}--Amber Silk {Ire}, by Lawman {Fr}), sent off at just over 7-5 favouritism, raced in third a few lengths off the pacesetter. Establishing a good rhythm on the turn, the blaze-faced chestnut tipped out inside the final 600 metres and drew into contention with a quarter-mile remaining. Kept to her task, she subdued Kinkawa (GB) (Camacho {GB}) by the furlong-pole and stayed on to win by a 2 1/4 lengths to become the first winner for her...

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San Siro Hosts A Successful Start To The Flat Season

Over 12,000 people passed through the gates of SNAI San Siro Racetrack in Italy over the weekend, as the citizens of Milan celebrated the opening of the Flat season. The course played host to over 4,000 guests on Saturday and more than 8,000 plus on Sunday. Both the Listed Premio Natale de Roma and the Listed Premio Ciro Massimo were held on Sunday and were won by Vis A Vis (Ity) (Mujahid) and Flag's Up (Ire) (War Command), respectively. During the two-day stand, the course held many free initiatives for...

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Arcano Filly Remains Unbeaten in Italian Oaks

Quafin SPA's Eulaila (Ity) (Arcano {Ire}) kept her perfect record intact with a one-length defeat of Cima Star (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G2 Premio Oaks d'Italia at San Siro on Sunday. Trying 2200 metres for the first time, the 7-1 chance broke from gate 10 and pressed the pace set by Zelandia (Fr) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) from the bell. A half-length back in second as the field entered the turn, she had dead aim on the pacesetter with a half-mile remaining. Asked to quicken down the straight,...

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Time Test Gains First Winner at Milan

2nd-Milan, €13,200, Mdn., 2yo, 1000mT, 1:01.50. THE KING'S HORSES (GB) (c, 2, Time Test {GB}-Natty Bumppo {Ire}, by Kheleyf), sent off at 3-2 in this debut, was away in good order and set the pace a few strides from the gate. The favourite maintained his advantage, but came under pressure from Griffe de Chat (GB) (Olympic Glory {Ire} in the final furlong. At the wire, The King's Horses edged away to win by a length to become the first scorer for his MGSW sire (by Dubawi {Ire}), who finished second...

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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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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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