KEANE WINS THE FEATURE IN ROME

Laganore gave trainer Tony Martin and jockey Colin Keane a first Group One success when landing the Premio Lydia Tesio at Capannelle in Rome on Sunday afternoon..

The five-year-old Laganore took the mile-and-a-quarter feature for fillies and mares by two lengths from A Raving Beauty, with five lengths back to the Archie Watson-trained Absolute Blast in third place.
Tony Martin stated after the race  : “Colin was brilliant, just as he’s been all season. The mare won easily and we’re delighted because she has her Group 1 win now. But this was Maurice’s [Regan] plan and all of the credit needs to go to him because he’d the foresight to bring her here and it’s paid off.

“We’ll see what we do after this but I’d say it’s likely that she’ll be retired as she looks to be a valuable broodmare.”

Martin, who had come so close to a first top-level success on the Flat last autumn when the ill-fated Heartbreak City was beaten a head in the Melbourne Cup, added: “I’m very happy for Colin. He’s been riding for me ever since he was a claimer and I’m very good friends with his father.

“It’s brilliant, magic, and we’re going to enjoy the celebrations.”

Keane said: “Winning my first Group 1 is the cherry on top of what has been a brilliant season. I rode her at Gowran last time and she did it very well again today. I’m delighted.”