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Rome sweet home it is for Vargiu, Fresu after multiple Capannelle wins


A four race winning performance, including the Group 3 Premio Parioli Shadwell, the Italian 2000 Guineas, saw rider Dario Vargiu steal the show at the Capannelle in late April. Vargiu won four of the nine races on the card, one more than Antonio Fresu, based in Dubai for the last two winters at Green Stables with Erwan Charpy, who himself returned with a treble that included the Listed Premio Dubai International Arabian Race, one of three Purebred Arabian contests stagedat the venue in Rome. The Premio Parioli Shadwell witnessed Vargiu producing a splendid ride aboard Wait Forever, who led a top four finish for Alduino and Stefano Botti.

Wait Forever ran perfectly. He was kept close to the pace set by stablemate Pettifogger, who eventually placed third behind Met Spectrum, the only horse to mount any kind of a challenge during the 1600m contest. Beaten just once in his previous three starts, Wait Forever came under pressure in the final 200m, but fought back strongly to win by three parts of a length, with Domagnano completing the top four finish for the Bottis. Wait Forever’s owner Felice Villa said: “Wait Forever had a troubled trip in the Premio Pisa, but won like a very good colt.

I was very confident before the race and he ran well, as expected. He is very good but I don’t think he will stay the Derby Italiano trip”. Vargiu opened his account for the day in the Premio Jebel Ali, a handicap over 1500m, which he won aboard Movees by a length and a quarter from Do You Know with Mamma Ela taking third. That success was followed up by victory in the Listed Botticelli UAE Embassy winning the 2100m contest aboard Henry Mouth by a dominant four and half lengths from Solvang with Il Re Di Nessuno in third. Vargiu’s last success of the afternoon was gained aboard the Endo Botti-schooled Fataliste in the 1200m Listed Carlo Chiesa Emirates Airlines.

It was another commanding performance from the rider as Fataliste finished six lengths clear of Aravian Poison with Geraldine a close third. Fresu was another rider in fine form, winning two Purebred Arabian and one Thoroughbred contest on the card. He was first to step into the winner’s enclosure on the afternoon having annihilated the five runner field when riding Eiman Du Loup, saddled by Salvator Basile in the 2000m Premio Taajer At Besnate. Fresu and Eiman Du Loup were so strong throughout that when they passed the wire, second placed Yenka was a good 11 lengths behind.

Varen By Perla placed third a further half length behind. The Premio Taajer At Besnate was one of three Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) contests on the card, and while Fresu landed the 2000m Listed Premio DIAR by a short head when aboard the Endo Botti-handled Ramiz Al Aziz, Carlo Fiocchi was successful in the 1500m Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions Stakes on Zoe Di Gallura trained by the same handler. Fresu enjoyed a Thoroughbred success as well when landing the Group 3 Regina Elena Shadwell, the Italian 1000 Guineas, aboard Act Of War who was prepared from Endo Botti’s yard.

Endo had won the race earlier as a jockey and having won both her previous starts, Act Of War headed in as one of the favourites. Things didn’t pan out as planned initially as Act Of War looked boxed in before Fresu exploited a chink he found and the filly then made haste to win a close race ahead of Sweet Gentle Kiss, who was then two clear of Stella Di Camelot. Cristiana Brivio Sforza, who trains Act Of War with Endo Botti, said: “She is a game filly, who knows her job very well. The freshness paid dividends and she gave me an unbelievable feeling, watching her running her heart out. I think she can stay a bit further.”

Antonino Cannella won the 1000m Mujahid Stakes Sprint which brought the card to a close when registering a half length success aboard Pretzel Logic. Bentleysoysterboy was second under Pierantonio Convertino, with Mister Vellucci taking third a further lengths and three-quarters behind.

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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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