Derby winner aims for new world record

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Much has changed in the Italian breeding world since Nearco (Ity) was bred in 1935 by the legendary Federico Tesio. The flawless 14-race career of the colt Pharos (GB), which included victories in the Derby Italiano and the Paris Grand Prix, led to his sale, at the dawn of World War II, to stand in England at Beech House Stud, where a bomb shelter was built to keep him safe.

This turned out to be a precaution to be taken. As the sire of Nearctic and the grandfather of Northern Dancer, Nearco’s influence on the breed has been profound, although his native purebred heritage has sadly waned during this time. His breeder uttered the words fans of the world’s most famous classic cling to in what at times seems like a vain hope that its own meaning will endure.

“The Thoroughbred exists because its selection depended, not on experts, technicians or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby,” said Tesio.

He might have appreciated then that the fifth generation male descendant of Nearco, the winner of the 2013 Derby Ruler Of The World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), had recently arrived in Tuscany to continue his stud career with the Cipriani family. Allevamenti della Berardenga, also known as Scuderia Andy Cap.

The beautifully bred son of Kingmambo mare Love Me True counts Duke of Marmalade (Ire) (Danehill) among his four black type siblings, and sired four-time Group / Grade 1 winner Iridessa (Ire) in his first production . His 3-year-old daughter La Petite Coco (Ire) has also been a revelation this season, winning four of her six starts, including the G2 Blandford S. and the G3 Give Thanks S.

Based on recent farm activity near Siena, Ruler Of The World could find itself quite busy at the start of 2022. He replaces his fellow Classic winner and Galileo’s son, Magician (Ire), who set a new Italian record when covering 134 mares on the farm last year before returning to Ireland to step up to Meelin Stud.

Bloodstock agent Marco Bozzi will manage the stallion along with his partners Guido Berardelli and Mattia Cadrobbi, who were all also involved with Magician. Cadrobbi was appointed president of the Italian Breeders Association (ANAC) in March, but is stepping down from that role after Saturday’s election, though he remains on the board. Rome-based Bozzi and Berardelli have partnered for 28 years and created the Italian Thoroughbred and Trotting Sales Company (ITS), which recently ended its collaboration with Italian sales company SGA.

Explaining the context of Ruler Of The World’s move to Italy, Bozzi says: “In the past we have resisted College Chapel (GB), Deportivo (GB), King Charlemagne (Ire), then we had a gap for a long time . Coolmore wanted to move Requinto (Ire) so we took him, and it went really well. After Requinto moved to Saudi Arabia we had the opportunity to have Magician last year and he was very popular.

He continues: “Magician was then invited back to Ireland and we needed more horses. I have good relations with the Haras de Bouquetot, and Benoit [Jeffroy] offered me the ruler of the world. It’s very good for Italy to have a Derby winner and the sire of a Group 1 winner. He’s a magnificent horse with a magnificent pedigree and we have already had a lot of interest in the nominations. La Petite Coco beat Love last time and remains in training.

Ruler Of The World isn’t the only new arrival at Allevamenti della Berardenga for the 2022 season, as he will be joined later this week by Cappella Sansevero (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), who is moving to Italy after six seasons in Ireland under Micheal Orlandi’s Compas Stallions banner.

“Ruler Of The World is a beefy one and we needed something with a little bit of speed,” Bozzi said. “I didn’t know Micheal Orlandi but he is of Italian origin and he gave us Cappella Sansevero, who has 70 foals this year. I think we can get him at least 50 or 60 mares. He is by Showcasing and is an outcross.

The Magician’s Book of Mares in 2021 was not far from 25% of the entire brood mare population in Italy, which grew from around 1,700 just ten years ago. The ranks of the stallions were however also reinforced this year with the arrival of the duo Shadwell composed of Markaz (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Adaay (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}).

Siena is best known for another form of horse racing as the historic homeland of the Palio, and for those who send their mares to the farm run by Melissa Cipriani, there are some unusual incentives. Located less than an hour from Florence and less than two hours from Pisa and Rome, this magnificent region of Tuscany is home to not only a number of breeders, but also famous names.

Bozzi says, “There are beautiful old villas and vineyards surrounding the stud farm. Sting and Leonard DiCaprio have villas nearby and it’s a beautiful area. Some of the Palio jockeys are my clients and they have mares.

He adds: “Many breeders bring their mares and then spend a long weekend there. Siena is never too cold, it has a perfect microclimate for mares. It is an area that includes a lot of breeders and that is why it is an ideal place to breed a stallion.


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