News from Italy and Hungary highlights this report of weekend activity.
Italy staged several graded events at Montegiorgio on Saturday and Modena on Sunday. Four-year-olds battled Saturday with Roger Prav (by Daguet Rapide) winning in a quick 1.12.5kr for Antonio Greppi in the €45,100 Grand Prix San Paolo.
On Sunday the three year-olds took center stage with the €154,000 Tito Giovanardi Open going to the Holger Ehlert trained Sing Hallelujah (by SJs Caviar). The €55,000 Carlo Carriari for fillies went to the Dream Vacation sired Sweat OK with Tommaso Di Lorenzo at the lines.
May 10, 2014 Montegiorgio, Premio Grand Prix San Paolo, €45,100, 1600 meters, 1.12.5kr
1st Roger Prav (4m Daguet Rapide-Fancy Prav-Sugarcane Hanover), Antonio Greppi up, eighth win in 42 starts
2nd Rosemary Gar (4f Donato Hanover-ASllstar FC-Indro Park), M. Minopoli Jr. up
3rd Ribot EK (4m Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way), G.L. Cicognani driving
May 11, 2014 Modena, Gran Prix Tito Giovanardi, €154,000, 2060 meters, 1.14.5kr
1st Sing Hallelujah (3m SJs Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail), Roberto Vecchione up for Holger Ehlert trainer and breeder, and owner Walther Larsen, his fifth win in 10 career starts; victorious in a close photo
2nd Satchmo As (3m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikki Beach), Enrico Bellei aboard
3rd Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Garden Variety-Tagliabue), A. Buzzitta up
May 11, 2014 Modena, Grand Prix Carlo Cacciari, €55,000, 1600 meters, 1.15.6kr
1st Sweat OK (3f Dream Vacation-Zinbgara OK-Crowning Point), Tommaso Di Lorenzo up in a tight finish
2nd Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up
3rd Smeralda Jet (3f Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), V.P. Dell’Annunziata aboard
At Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Speedy Foster Handicap went to Tibor Hajnal’s Italian import Orifiamma Jet, an easy winner in 1.15.4kr over 1800 meters autostart. She is a half-sister to third place Smeralda Jet on Sunday at Modena in the Carlo Cacciari for fillies.
May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Speedy Foster Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.4kr, purse 500,000HUf
1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), Tibor Hajnal up for Illetmeny Kft., 3.7/1
2nd Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L. Veres trainer/driver
3rd Alverna Quickly (7f Victory Party-Gypsy Garland), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver
Interesting winners on the Saturday card also included those sired by SJs Caviar and Wall Street Banker.
May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Half Pint Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.8kr, purse 330,000HUf
1st Stone Capes Judy (7f SJ’s Caviar-Kallasy), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver, Csabika & Adrienn owners, 2.3/1
May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, UBUL DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 1.16.2kr, purse 380,000HUf
1st Royal Flesh (4m Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet L), L. Marton trainer/driver for AMMA Loverseny, Kft., 7.8/1 odds
The prior weekend (May 3) a classic heat race, the Majusi Nagydij over 1960 meters distance handicap, went to the Wall Street Banker mare Orangyal in consecutive heats for trainer/driver Pal Vicen. Purse was 1.8HUf million. Nick Nolte took second placing with his 3-2 finish in the heats.
May 3, 2013 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 1, 1960 meters distance handicap, total purse 1.8HUf million, 1.17.9kr
1st Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft. owner, 1960 meters, 7/1
2nd Pretty Paper (6m Credit Winner-Anticipation-Donwerail, Dora Kovacs up, 1980 meters, her third dam Les Celestes is the dam of Backstreet Guy
3rd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters
May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 2, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.17.6kr
1st Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo- Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft., owner, 1960 meters, 4.4/1
2nd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters
3rd Ollyan Nincs (6m Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre-Kalle Pil), Imre Fazekas, 1980 meters
Final placings in two heat format – Orangyal, Nick Nolte, Ollyan nincs, Pretty Paper, Jackpot Star
The companion feature that day, the 1.8HUf million Laszlo Fergy Memorial for three year-olds, went to Salt Lake City with veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas up for owner/breeder Pimri Bt. Fazekas has represented his country in past driver’s world championship competition. Two Wall Street Banker offspring, bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabela Menes Kft., took the next two spots.
May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Laszlo Fergy Memorial, purse 1.8HUf million, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.20.1kr
1st Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian), Imre Fazekas trainer up, Pimri Bt. owner, 2.9/1
2nd Silver Lady (3f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands), V. Mazsity up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft.
3rd Sebes (3m Wall Street Banker-Franciska-Witsend’s Speedy), L. Kolozsi up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft. Witsend’s Speedy is a son of Green Speed-Linda Lobell.
by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com