Ed Dunlop: runs Jehannedarc at San Siro on Sunday in search of a Group 1PICTURE: Chris Bourchier
Jehannedarc out to topple Biz The Nurse
Preview: Italy, Sunday 3.10pm BST
San Siro: Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+.
ED DUNLOP bids to end the big-race domination of local champion Biz The Nurse (Stefano Botti/Cristian Demuro) when he saddles former French-trained filly Jehannedarc (Gabriele Bietolini) in a field of seven for a race carrying a prize fund of €209,000.
Jehannedarc is part-owned by the Milan-based Scuderia Zaro, which goes some way to explaining her participation, along with the quest for a first piece of form at Group 1 level to increase her value as a broodmare.
Biz The Nurse is unbeaten in four starts this season and victory on Sunday would make him 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.
Trainer Stefano Botti believes Biz The Nurse has benefited from his return after a summer break a month ago, when he got up close home to deny Orsino (Ralf Rohne/Andrea Atzeni) by a nose in the Group 2 Premio Federico Tesio.
"I think there will be big improvement to come from Biz The Nurse as he certainly needed that run," Botti said. "I am concerned about the weather as more rain is forecast and he doesn't really like it heavy."
Pick of the opposition is the German-trained Earl Of Tinsdal (Andreas Wohler/Eduardo Pedroza), a three-and-a-half-length winner from smart Quiza Quiza Quiza in last season's Group 1 Grand Premio di Milano on his only previous visit to Italy.
Also on Sunday:
San Siro: Premio Dormello (Group 3) 1m, turf, 2yo fillies, 3.55pm BST
Trainers Stefano Botti and Bruno Grizzetti have both won this race during the last four years and both saddle leading contenders this time around, as 11 fillies compete for a contest worth €99,000.
Botti relies on Donna Prassede (Cristian Demuro), unbeaten in two starts and successful in a Listed race last time out with five of today's rivals behind.
She came from last to first in that event over a half-furlong shorter trip and had previously scored over today's distance of a mile when making a winning debut at Capannelle.
Grizzetti saddles four runners, the pick of whom may be Ombrage (Dario Vargiu), also a winner of both her starts and held in high esteem by connections.
She is one of three fillies in the race owned by Scuderia Diamante, which is the racing name for the Haras du Thenney breeding operation situated near Deauville in France and the home of such stallions as Blu Constellation, Cima de Triomphe, Dr Fong, Gentlewave and Orpen.
San Siro: Premio del Piazzale (Group 3) 1m, turf, 3yo+, 2.30pm BST
Saint Bernard (Daniele Carmuffo/Claudio Colombi) turned in a career-best display when chasing home Shamalgan in the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capia over this course and distance a month ago.
A repeat performance could see him pick up his first Group race victory but he faces six rivals in an open-looking race worth €61,600, with consistent German challenger Nabucco (Ralf Rohne/Cristian Demuro) and the hat-trick seeking filly Killachy Loose (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu) among those with a realistic chance of success.
San Siro: Premio Omenoni (Group 3) 5f, turf, 3yo+, 5.10pm BST
Elettrotreno (Attilio Giorgi/Cristian Demuro) bids to justify being supplemented for this race, having recently got the better of Art Of Dreams (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu) and Kramulkie (Antonio Marcialis/Pierantonio Convertino) in a Listed race over this track and trip to record an 11th win in 18 career starts.
Just six go to post for a race worth €61,600, including Clorofilla (Marco Gasparini/Luca Maniezzi) and Virgin Queen (Stefano Botti/Mario Esposito) who both have claims in terms of ability but both have run just once over this trip, in two-year-old maiden company.