Voila Ici stubbornly held off the late challenge of Scalo to score a neck victory in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) at San Siro June 12.
It was the first group I victory since 2009 for the 6-year-old son of Daylami, the champion older horse in Italy that year. The victory improved Voila Ici’s overall record to 11 wins in 23 starts; he has finished in the money 19 times.
Ridden confidently by jockey Mirco Demuro, Voila Ici tracked the early lead that was set by longshot Branderburgo. Favored Scalo, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was settled in mid-pack along with last year’s Milano winner, Jakkalberry.
With over two furlongs left to run in the 12-furlong contest, Demuro sent Voila Ici to the front. Jakkalberry soon pulled alongside to challenge him, and the pair matched strides for about a furlong. Jakkalberry’s challenge was short-lived, as he began to struggle over the heavy going.
Voila Ici continued on gamely to the wire, holding off the late challenge of Scalo for the victory. Saratoga Black made a late charge to just miss the place spot, finishing a head further back.
Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:34.40 over very heavy going.
Voila Ici is trained by Vittorio Caruso for owner Incolinx. He was bred in Ireland by Soc. Finanza Locale Consulting, and is out of the stakes-winning Barathea mare Far Hope.