Vedelago Passes Distance Test at Capannelle

The colt is the second group I winner in a week for deceased sire Red Clubs.

Vedelago won the Premio Presidente della Repubblica GBI Racing (Ity-I), topping a three-horse finish for trainer Stefano Botti May 12 at Capannelle Racecourse in Rome.

The 4-year-old Red Clubs colt reeled in stablemate and front-runner Orpello and took the lead in the late stages for a half-length triumph under Mario Esposito.

Orpello hung on for second, just a head in front of Botti-trained Pattaya, who rallied from the back of the field to take third late.

Vedelago, the 7-4 favorite with Racing Post, was timed in 2:01.50 for 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on turf rated as good. Italy's top miler, he stretched out for the first time in convincing fashion while taking his record to nine wins, a second, and a third from 12 career starts.

Botti enjoyed consecutive wins in the race, which was first run in 1879, as Vedelago's win follows the 2 1/2-length victory by Crackerjack King in last year's edition.

Vedelago is the second group I winner in a week's time for sire Red Clubs, whose daughter Sky Lantern won the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 5 at Newmaket.

A group I-winning son of Red Ransom, Red Clubs died at age 8 in 2011 after suffering a breeding shed injury in Ireland. Vedelago is from his first crop; Sky Lantern is from his second.

Italian stakes-placed Queen Shy, by Marju, is the dam of Vedelago, who was bred in Ireland by G. T. A. Srl.