Final Score is the star of the show at Capannelle on Sunday
Oaks winner Final Score looking to score again
Preview: Italy, Sunday 3.35pm GMT
Capannelle: Longines Lydia Tesio (Group 1) 1m 2f, turf, 3yo+.
FABIO BRANCA bids to celebrate his 30th birthday on Sunday by partnering Final Score (Stefano Botti) to victory against ten rivals in this €242,000 event.
The Oaks d'Italia winner is unbeaten in four starts in Italy, while the only defeat of her career came when a two-lengths fifth to Bracelet in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.
Botti also saddles the useful So Many Shots (Dario Vargiu), third to Final Score in the Oaks, but better prospects are held by French-trained Mayhem (Philippe Sogorb/Olivier Peslier), beaten a short neck by Frine in a Longchamp Group 2 on Arc weekend when her rider put up one pound overweight.
That was a smart effort and she will be a leading player, as will the German-trained pair Calyxa (Ferdinand Leve/Robert Havlin), stepping back up to the trip over which she was a good third behind Lucky Lion and Noble Mission in a Munich Group 1 in July, and Lacy (Waldemar Hickst/Andrea Atzeni), fourth in the German Oaks and ridden by Atzeni who won this race on another German filly, Sortilege, in 2012.
Also on Sunday
Capannelle: Premio Guido Berardelli (Group 3) 1m 1f, turf, 2yo, 1.25pm.
There won't be any odds available about trainer Stefano Botti picking up this €77,000 contest for a third successive year - he saddles three of the four runners: Altroquando (Carlo Fiocchi), Misterious Boy (Dario Vargiu) and Yucatan (Mirco Demuro).
That trio has amassed seven wins and a second from their eight career starts and the best of them could be Misterious Boy, who beat easily the fourth runner in this line-up, Panther Cat (Gianluca Bietolini/Gabriele Bietolini), over course and distance last month and is looking to make it four wins from as many outings.