Mick Channon: runs the hat-trick seeking Sorella Bella at San SiroPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
British raiders chase Group 1 glory at San Siro
Preview: Italy, Saturday (4.00pm BST)
San Siro: Gran Criterium (Group 1) 1m, turf, 2yo colts & fillies
Three British-trained two-year-olds bid for Group 1 glory, looking to become the sixth successive British-based winner of the race.
Deauville Prince (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote) is arguably the best of the trio which is completed by Law Enforcement (Richard Hannon/Stephane Pasquier) and Sorella Bella (Mick Channon/Sam Hitchcott).
"We'd like to think he has a chance," said Dascombe. "But I don't have a strong knowledge of Italian form. He was beaten under a length when fourth to Pearl Flute in a Longchamp Group 3 and is a good traveller - I am told he is in very good shape. It is due to rain in Milan but he goes on any ground."
Pearl Flute (Francis Graffard/Umberto Rispoli), who also has form with classy juveniles Reckless Abandon and What A Name, is likely to start favourite for the €209,000 contest and attempts to become the first French winner of the race since Criquette Head saddled Steamer Duck in 1990.
Channon sent out Nayarra to pick up this prize 12 months ago and relies on the hat-trick seeking Sorella Bella.
Hannon, who sent out Scintillo to win the Gran Criterium in 2007, has made the eye-catching booking of Stephane Pasquier to partner the progressive Law Enforcement, an Epsom maiden winner who landed wins at Newmarket and Sandown.
Unbeaten German challenger Nabucco (Ralf Rohne/Mirco Demuro), impressive winner of a traditional course-and-distance trial for this race three weeks ago, and Tiger Day (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu), could also be dangers.
Also on Saturday
San Siro: Premio Verziere (Mem. Aldo Cirla) (Group 3) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+ fillies and mares, 2.50pm.
Samba Brazil (Andreas Wohler/Mirco Demuro) finished with a flourish when third to smart pair Nova Hawk and Cherry Danon in a Group 3 over 1m of this track last month and is expected to benefit from this return to a longer trip.
That form is better than anything else on offer in this eight-runner contest, in which stablemate Global Magic (Eduardo Pedroza) and consistent Reyal (Stefano Botti/Cristian Demuro) are others with claims.