Italy: Dunlop breaks new ground with Robin Of Navan
Robin Of Navan (left): Has enjoyed a lot of success in France
PICTURE: ScoopDyga Dunlop breaks new ground with Robin By Guy Butchers 7:31aM 6 NOV 2016
Preview: Italy, Sunday 3.30pm GMT
Capannelle: Premio Roma GBI Racing (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+.
HARRY DUNLOP breaks new ground on Sunday when he saddles his first runner in Italy as Robin Of Navan (Cristian Demurro ) takes on eight others competing for a total of €275,000 in prize money.
The Dunlop name is well know in Italy as Harry's father John won this particular race four times between 1983 and 1998.
The white-faced Robin Of Navan, who left Lambourn on Thursday, is no stranger to foreign climes having picked up all four career wins in France and he will certainly appreciate the rain-softened ground he is likely to face in Rome.
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He signalled a return to form when beaten narrowly by Kourkan at Maisons-Laffitte last time.
However, this race is no easy pickings and he faces serious opposition from France, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic courtesy of Elliptique (Andre Fabre/Pierre-Charles Boudot), Potemkin (Andreas Wohler/Eduardo Pedroza) and to a lesser extent Voice Of Love (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca) and Wireless (Vaclav Luka/Theo Bachelot).
Elliptique boasts the best form credentials and had Potemkin a length back in third when winning the Group 1 Bayerisches Zuchtrennen at Munich in July, while Potemkin has since run out an authoritative winner of a Group 2 event at Chantilly.
Voice Of Love proved too good for Circus Couture and Diplomat (both of whom reoppose) when winning in Milan three weeks ago, while Wireless is improving and expected to benefit from the move up in trip in what his his toughest assignment yet.
Also on Sunday…
Capannelle: Premio Guido Berardelli (Group 3) 1m1f , turf, 2yo, 1.15pm GMT
Devil's Bridge (Richard Hannon/Cristian Demuro)faces six rivals as he bids to add a second Italian Group race victory for owner Middleham Park Racing in Italy this autumn.
Their well-known light blue colours were carried to Group 1 victory by Ventura Storm in Milan three weeks ago.
Devil's Bridge boasts a consistent record, with one win, four seconds and two thirds in his seven-race career – that won victory came in an all-weather maiden at Newcastle, while he was carrying top weight when runner-up in a Nottingham nursery last month.
He is sure to run well in an open-looking contest, in which unbeaten Amore Hass (Stefano Botti/Dario Vargiu)and Listed Race runner-up Holy Water (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca)arguably have the best form.
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