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Crackerjack King

Crackerjack King won Sunday's Group 1 last year

  PICTURE: Hippogroup Roma Capannelle-Scoopdyga  

Orpello out to emulate classy Crackerjack King

Preview: Italy, Sunday 4.50pm BST

Capannelle: Premio Presidente della Repubblica GBI Racing (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 4yo+.

Orpello (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca) is the likely favourite to beat his eight Italian-trained rivals and give his owner, trainer and jockey back-to-back victories in one of Italy's oldest races, first run in 1879.

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Twelve months ago Crackerjack King carried the Scuderia Effevi colours of owner Felice Villa to success in the race after a warm-up win at San Siro and that is the recipe Orpello is attempting to follow.

He slammed Vola E Va (Bruno Grizzetti/Dario Vargiu) by four lengths in a Group 3 last month and there is no reason why the  runner-up or fourth-placed Storming Loose (Bruno Grizzetti/Gregorio Arena) and sixth-placed Pattaya (Botti/Gabriele Bietolini) should overturn the form.

The most intriguing member of the opposition is Orpello's stablemate Vedelago (Mario Esposito), a winner eight times from 11 starts and the best miler in Italy. However, he is trying beyond a mile for the first time and, being by Red Clubs out of a Marju mare, is by no means guaranteed to appreciate the greater test of stamina.

 
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