Charity Line toughs it out for Group 1 victory
Report: Italy, Sunday
Capannelle: Premio Lydia Tesio Longines (Group 1)
1m 2f, turf, 3yo+ fillies & mares.
CHARITY LINE (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca) came out best in the expected battle with a German-trained rival, although she gained her neck success over Path Wind rather than the more fancied Red Lips who finished third.
Charity Line, who was a four-and-a-half-length winner of the Italian Oaks in May, is now unbeaten in six career starts but this was a first Group 1 success.
Always handy in fourth, she was asked to take closer order with a little more than two furlongs to go and had grabbed the lead from Adriana with 300 yards to run, at which point Path Wind made her presence felt.
The two were locked in battle and left Red Lips behind. Path Wind, under a vigorous ride from Cristian Demuro, took a narrow lead a furlong out but that simply acted as spur for Charity Line to stick her neck out and battle and she regained the advantage almost immediately.
The pair finished two and a half lengths clear of Red Lips, who kept on inside the final furlong but lacked the gears to trouble the first two, with a further four lengths back to the rest.