Italy: Dettori denied elusive 2,000 Guineas win by Atzeni

Andrea Atzeni: won the Italian 2000 Guineas on Poeta Diletto

Andrea Atzeni: won the Italian 2000 Guineas by a head on Poeta Diletto

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Report: Italy, Sunday
Capannelle: Premio Parioli – Italian 2000 Guineas (Group 3), 1m, 3yo colts

THERE was more Italian 2,000 Guineas agony for Frankie Dettori as he failed to win the race for the first time by a head – being pipped by fellow Newmarket-based Italian Andrea Atzeni aboard Poeta Diletto.

Dettori has won both the 1,000 Guineas and Derby (twice) at Capannelle though was narrowly denied a complete set of Roman Classics by Atzeni, who found a willing partner in the three-year-old son of Poet’s Voice.

Poeta Diletto raced prominently throughout before taking up the running with two furlongs left to run.

Under a more patient ride, Dettori made his move from the rear of the field aboard favourite Qatar Dream inside the final furlong though was always just held by the winner.

Of the other British-based riders in the field, William Buick finished seventh aboard Basileus, Silvestre De Sousa could only manage tenth on Giogiobbo and Martin Harley finished 12th of 16 on board Neruda.

Trainer Stefano Botti, brother of Marco, completed the Italian Guineas double, winning the 1,000 Guineas earlier in the day with Conselice, ridden by Silvano Mulas.

The daughter of Showcasing was a ready winner, beating La Trinacaria by a length, with Atzeni back in fifth aboard Botti’s Vaulta Pregiata while Dettori finished eighth on Al Hayyah.


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