05 March 2018

While Ireland was forced to call off racing due to adverse weather conditions, Italy held early Classic trials at Capannelle on Sunday. The first trial, the Premio Ceprano over a mile, saw Scuderia Effevi’s homebred LORENDA (IRE) stroll home eight lengths clear of her nearest rival on heavy ground.  The daughter of Ballylinch Stud sire Lope De Vega is out of the Refuse To Bend (IRE) mare Clarenda (IRE) and comes from the family of Group 1 winners Jakkalberry (IRE) and Crackerjack King (IRE).

The colts’ equivalent, the Premio Arconte, went the way of SIR VALES (IRE), who overcame trouble in running to beat Blow By (IRE).Trained by Alduino Botti and bred by Scuderia Aleali, SIR VALES (IRE) was bought for €2,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale and is a half-brother to the Listed performer Miss Key (IRE). Out of an Itikhab mare, he comes from the family of top miler Rakti and Group 2 Summer Mile winner Guest Of Honour (IRE).

Meanwhile, over at Pisa, the Nicolo Simondi-trained gelding VILLABATE (IRE) made all in the Premio Thomas Rook, the most important trial for the Listed Premio Pisa. Though ineligible for the Classics, he scored by a length, with The Conqueror (IRE) claiming runners-up honours. Bred and raced in partnership by Scuderia Incolinx and Diego Romeo, the son of Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) is a half-brother to the Listed winner Aquila Solitaria (IRE), out of the four-time Stakes winner Alta Fedelta.

The fourth and final trial, the Premio Andreina, brought a dramatic finish to proceedings, as interference in the closing stages saw LA BASE (IRE) promoted to first place in the stewards room. Now a two-time winner, the filly is well on her way to repaying the €5,000 owner Gaetano Ledda paid for her at the Goffs Open Yearling Sale. Bred by Hadi Al-Tajir, she is a half-sister to Group performer Alambra (IRE) and comes from the family of Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner Red Bloom, German 1,000 Guineas heroine Full Rose, Yorkshire Oaks winner Roseate Tern and multiple Group 1 winner Ibn Bey. 

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