Day At The Track

Osasco di Ruggi upsets at Cesena, Italy

12:34 AM 08 Sep 2014 NZST
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Roberto Vecchione, harness racing
Roberto Vecchione
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Roberto Vecchione piloted the Holger Ehlert trained Osasco di Ruggi to a heat and then race-off victory in the European Championship at Cesena Italy.

The six-year-old son of Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown took the €17,600 second heat in 1.12.8kr over the 1660 meters autostart distance and then secured the €151,800 race-off final in 1.13.6kr over first heat winner Increased Workload and Pietro Gubellini (for Stefan Melander).

Increased Workload, a five-year old son of Scarlet Knight-My Darling-Mr. Vic, took the €17,600 first heat easily in 1.13.4kr over Napoleon Bar and Orsia. Increased Workload finished second in heat#2.

Heavily backed Mack Grace SM finished ninth and eighth in the heats with second choice Napoleon Bar finishing second and sixth. Both were disappointing.

For the winning son of Varenne, bred by Gabriella Bonomi, tonight’s victory was Osasco di Ruggi’s fifth major win and talented driver Roberto Vecchione recorded his second success in the Championship, after first winning with Algiers Hall.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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