Top action took place on the weekend at Ippodromo Modena (Italy) and Son Pardo (Majorca).
The Gr. II UET Master Series Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi for £66,000 purse went to the “Pippo” Gubellini trained and teamed Owen CR timed in 1.12.1kr over the 1600 meter autostart course at Modena. The six year-old son of Cantab Hall recorded his eighth win, now for earnings of £605,835 for Scuderia Brianza Sas.
The Varenne mare Papalla was second with Pride Wise As home third. The top flight beaten field included Pick Kronos, La Vida Loca, Newyork Newyork, Probo DP, Linda Di Casei, Loop MP, and Oibambam Effe. Summary and replay link follow.
5/18/14 Modena Italy, Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi, Gr. II, UET Masters Series, £66,000 purse, 1600 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.1kr (1:55.4)
1st Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, his eighth win for £605,835, owner Scuderia Brianza Sas
2nd Papalla (5f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede), Giuseppe Lombardo Jr. up
3rd Pride Wise As (5m Faliero As-Mercy Hall-Garland Lobell), Marcello Di Nicola up for Holger Ehlert trainer
The secondary feature on the Modena card was the Premio Mack Grace SM also over 1600 meters autostart. Classy mare Nonant Le Pin took the win in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner F. Soncini Sessa.
The Scuderia Bolgheri bred female by Goetmals Wood scored her 16th victory now for earnings of £260,930. She made a sweeping three wide move to the front clearing before the half-way mark and was in control thereafter to defeat Pin Emon and Nespolita. Nonant Le Pin was a fast closing third in her recent Lotteria elimination. Summary and replay follow.
5/18/14 Modena Italy, Premio Mack Grace SM, £8,800, 1600 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.11.9kr (1:55)
1st Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Alessandro Gocciadoro trainer/driver, her 16th win for £260,930 for owner F. Soncini Sessa
2nd Pin Emon (5m Pine Chip-Emon Santa De’SM-Lemon Dra), Lorenzo Baldi aboard
3rd Nespolita (7f Perginal-Volpara-Waikiki Beach), Antonio Greppi up
The Gr. II 81st running of the Gran Premi Nacional for £100,000 took place at Son Pardo (Majorca, Spain) on Sunday. 16 starters traveled 2150 meters autostart and Boira de Llevant, a three year-old From Above filly, took the victory in 1.15.4kr.
Antonia Frontera Peconi was at the lines for owner Cuadra Yamu-Llevant as she recorded her seventh career win. Off as the 1.9/1 favorite this pair defeated Bo Pou Rafal and Boris Sas. Prelim video of the classic race is shown below along with actual race summary.
5/18/14 Son Pardo Majorque, 81st Gran Premi Nacional, Gr. II, £100,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.4kr
1st Boira de Llevant (3f From Above-Sol de Llevant), Antonio Frontera Peconi trainer/driver, owner Cuadra Yamu-Llevant, 1.9/1, her seventh win for £69,480
2nd Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Manu Allard up, 3/2 favorite
3rd Boris Sas (3m Idjet Mab-Invidia Del Nord), A. Riera Bennasar up, 22/1by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com