Brittain plots Italian job

Clive Brittain hopes Fares can snaffle another prize away from home in Sunday’s Premio Parioli in Rome.

Clive Brittain hopes Fares can snaffle another prize away from home in Sunday’s Premio Parioli in Rome.

The Mark Of Esteem colt has already run 14 times in his career and recently won his first Listed event when landing the betdirect.com International Trial Stakes at Lingfield earlier this month.

Brittain said: “He never lost his coat at the end of last season. He kept his condition and that is why we run him.

“He won a Listed race and he is entitled to go to Rome. In fact, we are going there very hopeful.

“We worked him on grass and he was very comfortable working there – the switch to grass was no problem.

“I think he will be well suited by the fast ground in Rome.”

Fares will be ridden by Eddie Ahern, who will also partner the Mark Johnston-trained Zar Solitario in the Listed Premio Boticelli, which could be used as a stepping stone to the Italian Derby.

Johnston said: “Zar Solitario showed us that running on grass is no problem.

“He has solid form and deserves to go to Rome.”

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