Biz The Nurse Scores Rare Double in Italy

It had been 27 years since last Derby Italiano winner won the Gran Premio di Milano.

Recent Derby Italiano (Ity-II) winner Biz The Nurse took on elders for the first time in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) and scored a convincing victory June 9 at San Siro Racecourse.

The Oratorio colt won by 2 1/4 lengths from last year's Derby Italiano runner-up Wild Wolf and became the first 3-year-old to score the rare double since Tommy Way 27 years ago in 1986.

Romantic Wave, a group III winner in his previous start and bidding for a fourth straight win this season, finished third, another 1 1/2 lengths back in the seven-horse field.

The top three finishers are all trained by Stefano Botti.

The 1-2 favorite with Racing Post, Biz The Nurse covered 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) under Andrea Atzeni in 2:27.40 on turf rated as good.

Biz The Nurse took his previous two starts this year by a combined margin of six lengths. Following a two-length win in the Premio Botticelli April 28 at Capannelle Racecourse in Rome, he captured the Derby Italiano by four lengths at the same track May 19. Overall, he has three wins from four career starts.

Owned by Scuderia Aleali, Biz The Nurse was bred in Ireland by Massimo Parri out of the stakes-winning Tobougg mare Biz Bar. He is from the family of 1979 Irish and French St. Leger winner and sire Niniski.

Sire Oratorio, an 11-year-old son of Danehill, will stand for the first time in South Africa during the upcoming breeding season following his purchase from Coolmore Stud earlier this year. He is a resident at Avontuur Stud in Stellenbosch.