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Biz The Nurse bids for place in history books

Preview: Italy, Sunday 3.50pm BST
San Siro: Gran Premio di Milano (Group 1)
1m4f, turf, 3yo+.

Biz The Nurse (Stefano Botti/Cristian Demuro) announced himself as a smart performer when romping to a four-length victory in last month's Derby Italiano - now he attempts to bridge a 27-year gap.

That's how long it is since a three-year-old last won this Group 1 prize, when John Dunlop sent out Tommy Way to score in the hands of Willie Carson.

Mind you, few three-year-olds are asked to try, with just five tackling this test in the last ten years and of those, only Voila Ici made any impact when runner-up in 2008.

However, Biz The Nurse looks a cut above the second-season performers which have tried this century and is one of four in a seven-runner field trained by the man dominating racing in Italy, Stefano Botti.

Botti has recently passed 100 winners for the season, more than double his closest rival, while his runners have won three times as much prize money as any other trainer.

Botti, though, has never won this race and as well as the impressive Derby winner, victorious in three of his four career starts, he saddles the other most likely winner, Romantic Wave (Fabio Branca).

He was successful in his last three starts and is a much-improved performer this year, while he had Solomar (Stefano Botti/Mario Esposito), Frankenstein (Bruno Grizzetti/Gregorio Arena), Vola E Va (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu) and Duca Di Mantova (Raffaele Biondi/Pierantonio Convertino) in his wake when landing a Capannelle Group 3 last month.

The field is completed by Wild Wolf (Stefano Botti/Claudio Colombi), runner-up in last year's Derby Italiano but largely disappointing since two victories last summer.

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