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Feuerblitz (Robert Havlin) wins Italian Derby 2012

Derby Italiano: Feuerblitz and Robert Havlin win 2012 Classic in Rome

  PICTURE: Stefano Grasso  

Chapple-Hyam eyes third Italian Derby with Boite

Preview: Italy, Sunday 4.15pm BST

Capannelle: Derby Italiano Better (Group 2) 1m3f, turf, 3yo colts & fillies

PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM bids to win a third Derby Italiano on Sunday when he saddles the lightly-raced Boite (Robert Havlin), who is favourite in the local betting market to beat 11 rivals to the major share of the €770,000 up for grabs.

Chapple-Hyam won this race twice in the final decade of the last century with White Muzzle (1993) and Single Empire (1997), while jockey Robert Havlin landed the race 12 months ago aboard German-trained Feuerblitz.

Boite, who is by Chapple-Hyam's 2007 Epsom Derby winner Authorized, has a progressive profile. Having been nailed on the line over this trip at Newbury was a decisive Pontefract winner on the latest of his three starts.

The opposition includes the first three home in the local 2,000 Guineas, the Premio Parioli, in which Best Tango (Gianluca Bietolini/Gabriele Bietolini) just got the better of front-running Fairy Nayef (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu) and Ludovico Il Moro (Luigi Riccardi/Ioritz Mendizabal).

Trainer Gianluca Bietolini said of Best Tango: "I think he will be better when he goes further than a mile."

Stefano Botti saddles five runners, best of which may be Biz The Nurse (Andrea Atzeni), a big improver who took a recognised Derby trial over all but 110 yards of this course and distance last month on his first start of the season and only the third of his career.

Also on Sunday

Capannelle: Premio Carlo d'Alessio (Group 3) 1m4f, turf, 4yo+ (3pm BST)

Duca Di Mantova (Raffaele Bondi/Pierantonio Convertino) advertised himself as a Group winner in waiting when seeing off Orpello at San Siro last month, the pair finishing five lengths clear of the third.

Wedding Fair (Endo Botti/Mirco Demuro) won six of her seven starts last year, the only defeat coming when a close fifth behind Sortilege in a Group 1 contest on this course.

Capannelle: Premio Tudini (Group 3) 6f, turf, 3yo+ (5.25pm BST)

A competitive field of 15 goes to post for a sprint which carries €61,600 in prize-money and features Bettolle (Jessica Lari/Michele Colombi), who looked a sprinter on the upgrade when showing a good turn of foot to win last month's Group 3 Premio Carlo Chiesa over this course and distance.

This contest has more strength in depth and the likes of Rosendhal (Giuseppe Botti/Marco Monteriso), Dagda Mor (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca) and Freetown (Stefano Botti/Andrea Atzeni) are just three who hold serious claims.


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