Perhaps the best middle-distance horse in Italy, American-bred Electrocutionist fought off a tenacious challenge from Vol de Nuit to record his first group I victory in the Gran Premio di Milano at San Siro Sunday.
Ridden by Endo Botti, the 4-year-old son of Red Ransom
made the entire running of the 1 1/2-mile test on the front end, winning in a drive by three-quarters of a length for his fifth triumph in six starts.
Vol de Nuit pressed the winner throughout, drawing even outside the furlong marker before Electrocutionist managed to pull away again nearing the wire.
"Vol de Nuit bumped him one and a half furlongs from home and Electrocutionist is such a big horse that it got him unbalanced," Botti told Racing Post
. "But he came back well. He would have preferred a lead, but he put in a really good effort in the straight."
Trainer Valfredo Valiani, who conditions the bay colt for owner Scuderia Earle Mack, said Electrocutionist would next run in either the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) at Newbury on July 23 or the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at York on Aug. 16.
Electrocutionist lost by a nose to the German-bred Shirocco in last October's Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Ity-I) at Milan, but returned for 2005 in top form with a six-length romp in the Premio Carlo d'Alessio (Ity-II) at the Capannelle May 22.
Compagnia Generale bred the winner, who was produced by the Arazi mare Elbaaha.
It was 10 lengths back to the third-place finisher Nordhal. Senex finished fourth, and Wild Angel trailed the small field throughout. The final time on good to firm going was 2:30.6.