On a sensational card at Napoli's Ippodromo di Agnano, pacesetter Princess Grif (4f-Fauvre Grif- ) 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 -Capucine- ) handled by . One of the favorites, 2/1 Prussia (4f -Elvezia- ) battled the pacesetter mid-race until top of stretch when she gave way after an aggressive drive by . Pioneer Gar (4f -Follia- ) ended fourth for 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-Tigre OM-Zebu) in 1.12.6kr for . The Scuderia Sant Andrea SRL owned stalwart increased her career earnings to 391,000 euro as she defeated Oibambam Effe (5f -Etna Sec- ) and Andrea Guzzanati at the reins. Mururoa As (7f -Jade's Tiara- ) 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-Up Front JM- ) 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 -Miss Possessed- ) was second for Marco Smorgon and third went to Royal Blessed (3m -Ivory Kronos- ) with teamster Lorenzo Baldi. The Lou Guida owned, trained Raise Wise As (by ) was fifth reined by .
Italian Derby Elimination #3 (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) went to Red Baron (3m-Check and Balance- ) in 1.13.5kr for owner Pella Matteo and reinsman Federico Esposito. He received the benefit of a Riordan stable battle. Rod Stewart (3m -Valley Lane- ), parked by stablemate and filly Rossella Ross, was a game second for trainer with up. The second dam of this one is Desdemona Hanover ( -Descent). Ruty Grif (3m -Correr By Pass- ) finished third for G-P Maisto ahead of the other Riordan trainee Rossella Ross (3f -Northern Jewel- ) 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-) in 1.12.8kr for Andrea Guzzinati and owner Cecchi Leonardo. Close second went to Priscilla Zak (4f -Flute Grif-SJs Photo) with third to Petra Inn Ronco (4f -Cynthia del Ronco- ) in a blanket finish in which the top five were clocked in 1.12.9kr or better. Petra Axe (4f Daguet Rapide-Image Deimar- ) finished fourth ahead of Panthea Club (4f Revenue-Alidora- ).
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
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