Sudan Holds off Hattan in Gran Premio di Milano

Sudan held off a fast-closing Hattan to capture the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) by a nose at San Siro on Sunday.

The victory was another achievement for Frankie Dettori, who certainly has been on a hot streak of late.  This was the fourth group I prize captured within two weeks by the Italian jockey.  Making it even more meaningful for Dettori was the presence of his mother, Mara, who rarely has the opportunity to see her son ride.

Sudan, a 4-year-old son of Peintre Celebre, raced in mid-pack for most of the 12 furlongs, and took command with just under two furlongs left.  Dettori had the colt under a strong drive, and they were just able to hold off Hattan and jockey Seb Sanders.

Exhibit One finished another three lengths back in third.

Dettori, who also captured the listed Premio del Giubileo on Miles Gloriosus, had to settle for second aboard Moi Non Plus in the Oaks d’Italia (It-II).  The 3-year-old filly by Singspiel finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Fashion Statement in the 11-furlong filly event.

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