Earl Of Tinsdal lands further Italian success
Report: Italy, Sunday
San Siro: Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Group 1) 1m 4f, turf, 3yo+.
GERMAN-TRAINED Earl Of Tinsdal (Andreas Wohler/Eduardo Pedroza) made it two Group 1 victories from as many appearances in Italy, adding this event to the Grand Premio di Milano success he achieved 16 months ago.
The five-year-old, who also won a Cologne Group 1 two years ago, was always travelling strongly in the wake of his front-running compatriot Orsino and quickened to lead inside the final 300 yards.
He maintained the gallop throughout the final furlong and was always holding Biz The Nurse, who stayed on well enough but still had three-quarters of a length to find at the line, with a short neck back to Orsino in third.
Earl Of Tinsdal was the second successive German-trainer winner of this contest but he does not have any pretensions of being in the same bracket as last year's victor, Novellist, the subsequent King George winner.
Runner-up Biz The Nurse had been unbeaten in four starts this season and was bidding to become the first horse since Tenerani 66 years ago to complete the treble of winning the Derby Italiano, Gran Premio di Milano and Grand Premio del Jockey Club.
However, he was never happy on the testing ground, conditions which had prevailed when he met with the only other defeat in his seven-race career, and connections suggested it was like asking a greyhound to run on glue.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Jehannedarc was beaten nearly ten lengths in fourth, having been held up in last and never able to make any impression on the leaders.
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San Siro: Premio Dormello (Group 3) 1m, turf, 2yo fillies
BRUNO GRIZZETTI landed the top race for juvenile fillies for the second time in three runnings when Ombrage (Dario Vargiu) ran out an impressive winner.
Now unbeaten in three starts, Ombrage had three and a quarter lengths to spare over Donna Prassede, who was subsequently placed last after the stewards deemed her (and rider Cristiano Demuro) responsible for the fall of Salar Art at the two furlong marker.
Eduardo Pedroza, who had ridden Earl Of Tinsdal to win the Group 1, was aboard Salar Art - trained like the winner by Bruno Grizzetti - who came down after being bumped by Donna Prassede as that rival went right when put under pressure by Demuro.
San Siro: Premio del Piazzale (Group 3) 1m, turf, 3yo+
A CANNY front-running ride from Cristian Demuro saw Nabucco (Ralf Rohne) land the first Groupo race victory of his career, with a three-quarters-of-a-length success over Porsenna.
With nothing else interested in making the running, Demuro was quick to take the initiative but was allowed to set a pace which suited him - leaving a number of rivals fighting for their heads and failing to settle, notably the favourite Saint Bernard.
Demuro gradually wound up the tempo from over two furlongs out before making a decisive move to poach a couple of lengths approaching the final furlong. That was enough to settle matters, despite Porsenna staying on well inside the final 150 yards but without the pace to trouble the winner.
The hat-trick seeking filly Killachy Loose kept on well enough for third but would have been netter served by a faster gallop.
San Siro: Premio Omenoni (Group 3) 5f, turf, 3yo+
CLOROFILLA (Marco Gasparini/Luca Maniezzi) returned to something like her best to run out a comfortable winner from Kramulkie.
Clorofilla had been racing mostly at seven furlongs and a mile this year, finishing third in the Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1,000 Guineas). However, this drop to the minimum trip, over which she was runner-up in a two-year-old maiden on her only previous attempt at it, rekindled her spark.
Never far off the pace, she produced the best turn of foot to have victory secured inside the final 150 yards.