Congratulazioni Masham Star!
Masham Star landed his first Group win at Capannelle racecourse in Rome on November 4. The four-year-old Lawman gelding landed the Group 3 Premio Ribot Memorial Loreto Luciani by four and a half lengths from the three-year-old Villabate.
Joe Fanning sent Masham Star to the head of affairs in this mile event three furlongs from home, and making light of the heavy ground, Masham Star readily quickened clear of his ten rivals to score comfortably.
The race commemorates the crack Italian horse, Ribot, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1955 and 1956.
Like Masham Star owned by 3 Batterhams and a Reay, Nyaleti made the journey to Rome to contest Italy’s sole remaining Group 1 race, the Premio Lydia Tesio.
The three-year-old Arch filly was trying a mile and a quarter for the first time and put up a huge effort under Joe Fanning. Hitting the front a furlong and a half from home, Nyaleti appeared to have got the better of a protracted battle with God Given and Snowy Winter, only for God Given to produce a final surge close home to deny Nyaleti by a neck.
Chris Batterham and his fellow owners have every reason to be proud of the runs produced by these two brave horses.