Frankie Dettori: in action at Capannelle on SundayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dettori rides Sopran Nicolo at Capannelle
Preview: Italy, Sunday
Capannelle: Derby Italiano (Group 2) 1m3f, turf, 3yo colts & fillies (5.10pm BST)
FRANKIE DETTORI returns to Italy on Sunday for three rides but mainly to partner unbeaten Sopran Nicolo (Bruno Grizzetti) in the 131st running of Italy's premier Classic, which carries €770,000 in prize-money and has attracted a field of 15.
Dettori is bidding for a third victory in the race, having won it twice before on the Godolphin-owned pair Mukhalif (1999) and Mastery (2009).
A highly-regarded son of Sea The Stars, Sopran Nicolo was unraced at two and followed his debut win in a San Siro maiden with an impressive 13-length success in a decent conditions race at the same track last month.
Proven Classic form is represented by Salford Secret (Riccardo Santini/Djorde Perovic) and Hoovergetthekeys (Mario Narduzzi/Mirco Demuro), first and third respectively in the Premio Parioli (Italian 2,000 Guineas) three weeks ago - but there are question marks against the staying power of both.
Stamina is not going to be a problem for unbeaten Dylan Mouth (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca), a son of Dylan Thomas and one of five runners in the race for the trainer.
Dylan Mouth has won all four starts, taking a rise in class on each occasion, most recently slamming Uniram in the 1m2f Premio Emanuele Filiberto, a Listed race and traditional pointer to the Derby. He looks the likely favourite and can produce a telling turn of foot.
Steaming Kitten (Gianluca Bietolini/Gabriele Bietolini) has improved with each step up in trip and won over all but a half-furlong of this course and distance with a taking defeat of Autre Qualite (Stefano Botti/Andrea Atzeni) and Svatantra (Luigi Riccardi/Antonio Fresu) in the Premio Botticelli, another traditional Derby trial.
Also on Sunday
Capannelle: Premio Carlo d'Alessio (Group 3) 1m4f, turf, 4yo+, (2.05pm BST)
Frankie Dettori is aboard the tough seven-year-old Frankenstein (Bruno Grizzetti), placed in the last three ruunings of this €61,600 event, including when second under Dettori in 2012.
However, German-trained Orsino (Ralf Rohne/Mirco Demuro) boasts the best overall credentials of the nine runners, particularly on the evidence of his close third to Earl Of Tinsdal and Biz The Nurse in the Group 1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club at San Siro.
Capannelle: Premio Tudini (Group 3) 6f, turf, 3yo+, (3.50pm BST)
Frankie Dettori teams up with the useful Art Of Dreams (Bruno Grizzetti) in this €61,600 event, which has attracted an open-looking field of 16.
Art Of Dream has won six times and finished in the first three 18 times in 29 careers starts but is no more than an each-way prospect for the former British champion jockey.
Omaticaya (Vincenzo Fazio/Gianpasquale Fois) finished last of 11 in a Group 3 here last month and the first four home, led by Clorofilla (Marco Gasparini/Luca Maniezzi), all reoppose.
However, Omaticaya was a hot favourite that day but blew the start in big style. Forgiven that she can be given a serious chance - last season she was runner-up to Vorda in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte and has won five of her nine career starts.
Rosendhal (Giuseppe Botti/Salvatore Sulas) is another major player. He finished second to Victory Laurel in this race 12 months ago and has won four of his last five starts, including races at Longchamp and Maisons-Laffitte.