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Mick Channon saddles Chilworth Icon in bid to win third Premio Primi Passi

Mick Channon saddled Sorella Bella to win the Listed Premio Coolmore

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Sorella Bella wins for Mick Channon in Italy

Report: Italy, Sunday

San Siro: Premio Coolmore (Listed) 7f 110yds, turf, 2yo fillies

MICK CHANNON celebrated his third juvenile winner in Italy this year when Sorella Bella (Sam Hitchcott) made all.

Sorella Bella, third to Saturday's Royal Lodge winner Steeler in the Stardom Stakes at Goodwood this summer, was following up her recent maiden win on heavy ground at Carlisle. The roan filly follows Channon's Chilworth Icon and Sandreamer as winners in Italy this year.

San Siro: Premio Vittorio Di Capua (Group 1) 1m 3f, turf, 3yo+. 

Jamie Spencer could finish only fifth on French-trained King Air, as Amaron (Andreas Lowe/Mirco Demuro) led a German clean sweep by beating Amarillo and Monami by one length and a neck.

Amaron, who collared leader Silent Killer about 150 yards from home having been prominent throughout, was always holding his compatriots from there on.

A son of Shamardal, Amaron had beaten subsequent Royal Ascot winner Energizer at Krefeld in April, before finishing a close fourth to Lucayan in the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp in May.  

San Siro: Premio Sergio Cumani (Group 3) 1m, turf, 3yo+ f/m

Nova Hawk (Rod Collet/Cristian Demuro), runner-up in last year's Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, completed a hat-trick by recording a decisive score over German 1,000 Guineas runner-up Cherry Danon.

Nova Hawk had been without a win in 17 months before scoring twice last month, picking up decent prizes at Bordeaux La Teste and Fontainebleau, and was always in control of her rivals after hitting the front one and a half furlongs from home.

Merano: Gran Premio Merano Forst (Grade 1 chase) 3m1f, turf, 4yo+

James Reveley was left grounded in his hat-trick bid as his mount Allen Voran was in midfield when hampered and falling at the sixth in Italy's most prestigious Grade 1 chase.

To add insult to injury Reveley, who walked away from the fall, watched his 2010 winning partner Rigoureux (Guillaume Macaire/Jacques Ricou) justify favouritism by a short-neck from Czech challenger Imprezer. Macaire also trained Allen Voran.


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