Princess Grif takes Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triosso

07:46 AM 15 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Princess Grif and driver Roberto Andreghetti
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Orisa wins the Gr. II Royal Mares
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On a sensational card at Napoli's Ippodromo di Agnano, pacesetter Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Fauvre Grif-Viking Kronos) captured the prestigious Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triossi (2100 meters autostart, 209,000 euro purse) for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti and owner Allevamento IL Grifone SRL. She scored over Papadreu (4f Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Enrico Bellei. One of the favorites, 2/1 Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) battled the pacesetter mid-race until top of stretch when she gave way after an aggressive drive by Pietro Gubellini. Pioneer Gar (4f Varenne-Follia-Pine Chip) ended fourth for Roberto Vecchione after getting a perfect two-hole journey. Princess Grif was the 3/2 favorite in the contest that was widely carried on simulcast wagering networks throughout Europe as she recorded a sharp 1.12.4kr score over the 1-5/16 mile course.

The Gr. II Royal Mares (1600 meters autostart, 45,100 euro purse) went to the superb mare Orsia (5f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) in 1.12.6kr for Roberto Vecchione. The Scuderia Sant Andrea SRL owned stalwart increased her career earnings to 391,000 euro as she defeated Oibambam Effe (5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Andrea Guzzanati at the reins. Mururoa As (7f Lemon Dra-Jade's Tiara-Crysta's Crown) ended third for G-P Maisto. The winner's time was only two-tenths off the race record held by Linda di Casei.

Elimination #2 of the Derby (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) ended in a comfortable 1.12.9kr score for highly favored Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Paul Hagoout. The "awesome" trotting winner is owned by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi and may be the favorite for the Derby Final on December 26. Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Marco Smorgon and third went to Royal Blessed (3m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with teamster Lorenzo Baldi. The Lou Guida owned, Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (by Donato Hanover) was fifth reined by Enrico Bellei.

Italian Derby Elimination #3 (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) went to Red Baron (3m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) in 1.13.5kr for owner Pella Matteo and reinsman Federico Esposito. He received the benefit of a Riordan stable battle. Rod Stewart (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), parked by stablemate and filly Rossella Ross, was a game second for trainer Jerry Riordan with Enrico Bellei up. The second dam of this one is Desdemona Hanover (Super Bowl-Descent). Ruty Grif (3m Varenne-Correr By Pass-Donerail) finished third for G-P Maisto ahead of the other Riordan trainee Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. She set the pace and weakened late after taking a toll on Rod Stewart.

Along with first batteria winner Re Degli Dei (pictured below) the Derby looks to be a competitive affair where racing luck might be a factor in the end result.

The final graded event on the outstanding card today was the Gr. II Gran Premio Carena (1600 meters autostart, 55,000 euro purse, four year-old mares) and it went to Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Efrica d'Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) in 1.12.8kr for Andrea Guzzinati and owner Cecchi Leonardo. Close second went to Priscilla Zak (4f Varenne-Flute Grif-SJs Photo) with third to Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco-Sugarcane Hanover) in a blanket finish in which the top five were clocked in 1.12.9kr or better. Petra Axe (4f Daguet Rapide-Image Deimar-Indro Park) finished fourth ahead of Panthea Club (4f Revenue-Alidora-Probe).

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