God Given

Trainer Luca Cumani, soon to retire, will sign off with a 2018 Group One winner after his talented filly God Given, won the Grade One Premio Lydia Tesio Sisal Matchpoint at Cappanelle, Rome.

The Italian, who has trained for 43 years at Newmarket, announced recently that he would be handing in his licence later this year.

He had one last roll of the Group One dice here, as he returned to his homeland.

Eight fillies and mares went to post for this 1 ¼ mile contest.

Beforehand, Cumani had expressed concerns that the trip might be on the short side for his Group Two Park Hill Stakes winner.

Ultimately the race concerned the three British-trained runners, with the four year old God Given, under Jason Watson, getting the better of Mark Johnston’s Nyaleti, by a neck, with the Archie Watson trained Snowy Winter taking third.

Earlier on the card, Johnston had enjoyed Group Three success, as Masham Star and Joe Fanning romped to a 4 1/2 length victory in the Premio Ribot Memorial Loreto Luciani.