Trainer Endo Botti has some big targets in mind for Kaspersky (4c Footstepsinthesand-Croanda, by Grand Lodge) after the four-year-old returned to action in great style in Rome on Sunday 16 April. The Footstepsinthesand colt, home-bred by La Nuova Sbarra, took the Listed Premio Natale di Roma over a mile comfortably from stablemate and close relative Lodovico Il Moro. A step up in grade is now on the cards for the winner. “He needs good or fast ground and this time he got it. Kaspersky is a fresh horse, we expect to have a good season and have the G2 Premio Carlo Vittadini in mind. All going well, he will try a target abroad later this year.”
Kaspersky now goes to five wins and a second from eight starts.
Jakkalberry, Kaspersky and Lodovico Il Moro share the same third dam in Crodas (by Shirley Heights).
Crodas was a winner of five races including three at listed level and also placing third in the Italian Oaks (Group 1).