Absolute Blast added another Group placing to her CV when finishing third in Sunday’s Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio.  The race, which remains Italy’s only Group 1 contest, was won by LAGANORE giving trainer Tony Martin and jockey Colin Keane their first Group 1 success.  This five year old by Fastnet Rock has now earnt nearly £290,000 for her owner-breeders Newtown Anner Stud, where she will now be retired as a broodmare.

Absolute Blast, the only British runner in the field, finished 7 lengths behind in third for trainer Archie Watson and jockey Luke Morris.  The 5-year-old Kodiac mare is the sixth foal out of the lightly raced Perfect Fun, who ran just once in her career when winning her maiden at Ripon. As a yearling, Absolute Blast was bought for just €18,000 and has since won over £190,000 in prize money, finishing out of the placings only four times in her 19-race career.  Since being sold privately into the yard of Archie Watson she has run in 9 black type races in 4 different countries, finishing out of the placings only once.  Absolute Blast now heads to Tattersalls December Mares Sale under the Castlebridge Consignment.