Rab Havlin takes Derby victory on Feuerblitz
Report: Italy, Sunday
Capannelle: 129th Derby Italiano Better (Group 2) 1m3f, turf, 3yo colts & fillies
UK-based rider Rab Havlin partnered German-trained Feuerblitz (Michael Figge) to win Sunday's Derby Italiano, while Frankie Dettori could trail in only sixth on the warm favourite Real Solution.
Dettori said after the race: "Real Solution was quite excited in the paddock and after the parade he seemed to lose the plot, he sweated, was excited.He pulled hard in the race and was a spent force 500 meters from the finish."
Havlin had settled Feuerblitz in midfield and made good ground to challenge the leader Wild Wolf approaching the final furlong.
Thepair of them went to it toe-to-toe throughout the final furlong, with Feuerblitz prevailing close home to beat the determined Wild Wolf by a short neck, with a length and a quarter back to Smoking Joe in third.
The winner was paying acompliment to German Derby hope Black Arrow, who had slammed him three and a half lengths in a Hanover trial at the end of April.
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Capannelle: Premio Carloe d'Alessio (Group 3) 1m4f, turf, 4yo+
Frankie Dettori could finish only second on Frankenstein as Lake Drop (Stefano Botti/Cristian Demuro) ended a run of four successive places with a three-quarter length success.
Capannelle: Premio Tudoni (Group 3) 6f, turf, 3yo+
United Color (Riccardo Menichetti/Carlo Fiocchi) got the better of Traditional Chic to win the final Group race on the card, a race that completed a miserable day for Dettori who could finish only seventh on the former Richard Hannon-trained Moustache.
Capannelle: Premio Its Ex Tullio Righetti (Listed) 1m, turf, 3yo
Dettori teamed up with Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, owners of Derby Italiano flop Real Surprise, on board Roma Kitten but came home a well-beaten seventh as Silent Killer (Riccardo Menichetti/Fabio Branca) readily got the better of Saint Bernard by two lengths.
Capannelle: Fegentri WCR Lady Rider - Premio Wind 1m 110yds, turf, 4yo+
British amateur Hayley Moore had a fall from Mister Red Shine, while Irish amateur Lisa O'Neill finished sixth on Gabby's Brother.
Mister Red Shine was well beaten when coming down entering the final furlong and Moore was reported to be none the worse for the fall.
The race was won by locally-based Jessica Marcialis on Wakeman, consolidating her lead inthe Fegentri lady riders competition.