The 3-year-old generation received the boost it needed in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) over 10 furlongs at Sandown – but not from the horse everybody expected it from.
German invader Senex, a winner of just one previous race in 13 tries, surprised his rivals with a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in the $534,204 Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) at Milan's San Siro racecourse.
Imperial Dancer shook loose from his challengers a furlong from home and went on to a three-length victory over Altieri in Sunday's Premio Roma SIS (Ity-I) at the Capannelle in Rome.
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