Sicily. Syracuse. Ortygia. Ingegnere Sebastiano Russotti’s recent 5 star hotel investment, Ortea Palace. 75 Luxury rooms and conference facilities 0n the turquoise waters of the romantic Ionian sea.


August 31st 2017. Ingegnere Sebastiano Russotti, the financier, showing us, personally,  around the impressive 75 room luxury 5 star Ortea Palace Hotel Ortygia Syracuse, on the romantic  turquoise Ionian sea, Signore Sebastiano Russotti plans  to open in November 2017.




Ortygia. Sicily.  Ortea Palace 5 star Hotel 


Syracuse Sicily. Ortea Palace. Sensational new hotel opens November 2017, Ortea Palace. 5 star Luxe. 34.000.000. euro investment for Sicilian entrepreneur Sebastiano Russotti..

Ingegnere Sebastiano Russotti, One of Italy’s best known hoteliers is about to open the 75 room Ortea Palace 5star Luxury hotel.Ortea of Greek mythology reminiscent of Sicily’s Greco Romaine heritage. Sicily currently has 7 UNESCO Heritage sites, and is a fascinating place to visit Syracuse,  is a UNESCO World Heritage site. From ancient Greek times Syracuse has been a part of history.  .Ortygia has some splendid buildings, in a glorious pale peach coloured local stone, surrounded by the sea.   When the Italian Government put up for sale the old Art Deco Syracuse Post Office, (originally designed by the Italian Architecte Francesco Fichera in 1920, with works by the sculptor Florio..) there was a fierce battle to acquire a prestigious prime site on the charming harbour of Ortygia, on the romantic, turquoise Ionian sea.  Sebastiano Russotti was the successful bidder,  already owner of the successful hotels,  Milan Marriot, Rome Marriot Park, & the Hilton Naxos, ( near beautiful Taormina in Sicily) his original plan of 40 odd rooms was converted into a substantial undertaking of 75 rooms. At over 80 years of age this adventurous entrepreneur kept essential authentic Art Deco features whilst he undertook to gut the building so that exceptional hotel rooms could be incorporated into the fabric of the old building, which is decorated to the highest modernist standards, & respecting all the international standards norms. (fire.WIFI. etc) See the fabulous polycarbonate chandeliers that seem inspired by the Chihuly fountain chandeliers in the V.&. A. and the luxury marble flooring throughout the hotel. The comfortably sized top floor suites have large panoramique windows that ensure  fantastic views over the harbour, beautiful sea and cream stone city. The hotel is designed to offer all day dining.The hotel has been designed inside to hold World class conferences.  It also has an impressive wine cellar and a swimming pool & gym. In some of the rooms we noticed glamourous Rubelli fabrics and specially designed furniture.

Rusottfinance SpA, founded 1988, through an amalgamation. 

Russottfinance today owns large hotels, all of which are built and managed under the brand names of major international hotel chains: the Hilton Hotel of Giardini Naxos with 296 rooms overlooking  ​​the Bay of Taormina, the Rome Marriott Park Hotel in Rome, with 601 rooms, immersed in a lush Mediterranean park of 7.5 hectares between the city centre, Fiumicino airport and the new exhibition area, the Milan Marriott Hotel between the centre and the Fiera di Milano , with 321 rooms, all 4-star luxury hotels, and the Russott Hotel in Venice S. Giuliano, located between the historic centre and the airport, a 4-star hotel with 181 rooms and the Holiday Garden Club of Giardini Naxos,  with over 250 Apparts

Russottfinance is the finance vehicle behind  the  development of the former Post & Telegraph building in Syracuse, on Ortigia Island, into a 75 room hotel  which it is planned to open late 2017/early 2018.

Ortea Palace Ortygia Siracuse Sicily


Duomo Ortygia Syracuse Sicily



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LARC Latin American Racing Channel. Sponsors a day’s racing at Deauville. Prize money for the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest euro 380.000. Organised by France Galop. LARC has a sponsorship agreement in South America with Longines.

LARC Latin American Racing Channel sponsored a good day’s racing at Deauville La Touques racecourse organised by France Galop, and which drew in a large crowd with lots of children. Each race day there is a shiny, new Renault car to win. The principal race of the day was the LARC Prix Maurice Gheest ,total prize money, euro 380.000.

Our photo shows Wesley Ward the American trainer greeting Racing Post’s popular correspondent Scott Burton at the Touques  race course in Deauville.

Despite Wesley Ward’s heroic endeavour coming over from the United States to compete in the LARC Prix Maurice Gheest, his horse, Bound for Nowhere, lived up to the name. 

Superstar Carravagio came 6th.

Surprise winner was Brando, Aclaim coming second. 

LARC, Latin American Racing Channel, an important actor in the South American horse industry,  organises a a conference every 2/3 years in Washington.  Conference sponsors include  Longines, The Stronach Group,LARC, Betfred, Jockey Club del Peru, Keeneland, OSAF, Jockey Club Argentina, Samuel & Guillermo Liberman, P.M.U., The Jockey Club, The Jockey Club Information Systems, InCompass, Equibase Company, America’s Best Racing, and The Jockey Club Technology Services. Participants of the 2017 conference include, reportedly, Carlo Rossi, president of OSAF (the Latin American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds) and of Valparaiso Sporting Club; Hernan Ceriani, owner of his family farm, Haras La Quebrada; and Guillermo Liberman, Thoroughbred breeder as well as LARC founder and partner. Also, attending, reportedly, Dr. Larry Bowers, chief science officer of the United States Anti-Doping Association; Mayra Frederico, superintendent, Associação Brasileira de Criadores de Criadores e Proprietários de Cavalos de Corrida (the Brazilian association of racehorse owners and breeders); and Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. 

The Latin American Racing Channel broadcasts the most important horse races from Latin America to the world and offers racetrack maintenance and consulting services to a wide range of industry organizations. Additional information is available at

LARC has strong ties with the vibrant Turkish horse racing industry.

LONGINES, who has sponsored Equestrian events for over 80 years & who are sponsoring more and more equine events, are interested to develop their Sponsorship in Latin America, spotlighting various prestigious race courses in South America, through their partnership with LARC.  




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Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) sponsors the Prix Maurice de Gheest, a fast 1300 metre sprint, at Deauville races Sunday 6th August. International field of runners from USA, Ireland, G.B. including Royal Ascot Champion, Caravaggio, trained by O’Brien, ridden by Ryan Moore.

CARAVAGGIO, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore up, winning The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, 23rd June 2017. Exclusive .Photo  © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

Caravaggio earlier this year winning Royal Ascot The Commonwealth Cup, 23/06/2017, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore up. Exclusive photo copyright Pete Mooney.


Aidan O’Brien trained Caravaggio Ryan Moore up winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot 23rd June 2017. exclusive photo copyright Pete Mooney 

Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) Prix Maurice de Gheest Sunday 6th August, at Deauville races which  are expected to have a splendid day.The horse racing at Deauville is organised by France Galop.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s horse, Caravaggio with Ryan Moore riding, should be running. We show Caravaggio winning the Commonwealth Stakes Royal Ascot 23rd June 2017, in our exclusive photo taken by Pete Mooney..

A field of strong contenders including, from America, Trainer Dudley Ward’s horse  Bound For Nowhere, to be ridden by Frankie Dettori. Dudley Ward has won  the Prix Morny at Deauville races  2 years consecutively with his champion horse Lady Aurelia.

Signs of Blessing, owned by a London based American, John Corbani, trained in Normandy, at Jedburgh Stud, managed by Alec Waugh,  Signs Of Blessing , out of Invincible Spirit, is a horse who has raced at Royal Ascot in the 2016 Jubilee Stakes, coming 3rd. Signs of Blessing will be ridden by Stephane Pasquier, 8th in the French Jockeys’ winning listing.

Trained by the great French trainer, Andre Fabre, & unbeaten in 3 outings, Rosa Imperial ridden by Barzalona, a jockey who is 5th in the winning  French Jockey Listings.

In a field of 13 runners Brando should be mentioned, being placed in the July Cup. The Right Man successful in the Al Quoz  sprint at Meydan race course  in Dubai last winter, & Acclaim to be ridden by Olivier Peslier .

Aidan O’Brien will also be running Intelligence Cross………

Caravaggio Royal Ascot exclusive Photos with thanks Copyright Pete Mooney


American trainer Wesley Ward greeting popular racing correspondent for the Racing Post, Scott Burton. Deauville August 2016. Trainer Wesley Ward returns to Deauville in August 2017 with his horse “Bound for Nowhere ” to see if he can be as successful as with the amazing Lady Aurelia in the Prix Morny……..exclusive photo



David Bowie’s Inspiration for Ziggy Stardust. Kansai Yamamoto photos by Hiroshi Yoda. Other images with thanks to First View. Valentino & Gucci.


Kansai Yamamoto photo Hiroshi Yoda for Harpers Queen.1972/1973.  This photo inspired the David Bowie costume for Ziggy Stardust. Model Marie Helvin. Fashion Editor Jillie Murphy


Kansai Yamamoto photo by Hiroshi Yoda. With thanks

Kansai Yamamoto the 1970’s Design icon, worn notably by David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust tour.1972. Kansai’s extravagant images draw on the rich palette of Imperial Oriental History, textiles some  resemble  visual themes that can be found in vivid Japanese theatre back drops and curtains that illustrate legendary figures. The famous Hokusai’s print The Great Wave off Kanagawa inspired a Kansai Yamamoto robe.

Kansai studied civil engineering at school. Subsequently, When Kansai was 28, having already set up his own business,  Harpers & Queen featured Kansai on his debut cover for their “Explosion from Tokyo” issue.

Gucci Pre Fall 2017, showing an exuberance that could be inspired by Kansai Yamamotos’ designs of the 1970’s. Images Gucci with thanks.


Gucci Pre Fall 2017. Images Gucci with thanks.

Kansai Yamamoto’s 1970’s inspirations for Pre Fall 2017. Givenchy by  Riccardp Tisci. (First view) Valentino. Gucci. Images with thanks.

 Feature suggested by Alexander Fury’s piece for the New York Times International edition. With thanks.


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Rothschild Cup. Pete Mooney’s extraordinary & captivating photos from previous races demonstrate that Roly Poly, trained by the wizard Irish Trainer Aidan O’Brien, was the horse to beat for the Rothschild Cup organised by France Galop in Deauville 30th July 2017..

Deauville Racing Background. We have chosen some pictures of Roly Poly racing prior to the winning of the prestigious Rothschild Cup that opened the Deauville Racing season 2017, Sunday July 30th, organised by France Galop.. These exclusive photos that show the dynamism of Roly Poly are thanks to racing photographer Pete Mooney. In the Rothschild cup, Roly Poly was the horse to bet on in a very strong field that included Qemah, & Usherette.

Roly Poly Age: 3  Foaled in February 2014 Bay Filly.  Breeding War Front (USA). Misty For Me (Ireland) ( and the famous Galileo Ireland) Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Owners M.Tabor./D.Smith/ Mrs Magnier.

26 June 2016; ROLY POLY, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore up, striped sleeves, holds the challenge of Seafront, Pat Smullen up, to win The Grangecon Stud Stakes at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

26 June 2016; ROLY POLY, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore up, striped sleeves, holds the challenge of Seafront, Pat Smullen up, to win The Grangecon Stud Stakes at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

26 June 2016; ROLY POLY,trained by Aidan O’Brien,  Ryan Moore up, striped sleeves, holds the challenge of Seafront, Pat Smullen up, to win The Grangecon Stud Stakes at The Curragh. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298


21 May 2016; Roly Poly, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan up. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

28 May 2017; Roly Poly, trained by Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan up. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

We thank Pete Mooney for agreeing that we may  share with you these amazing racing photos that enable us to relive a brilliant moment with these amazing horses ……….. 




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