Campanologist Sails to Victory at San Siro

Campanologist easily held off Arrigo to win the Gran Premio Jockey Club Italiano.

A rejuvenated Campanologist scored his second straight group I victory with a decisive win in the $412,129 Gran Premio Jockey Club Italiano (Ity-I) at San Siro Oct. 16.

Godolphin's son of Kingmambo, who captured the Preis von Europa (Ger-I) in his previous start, seems to found new life this autumn after having gone winless in his six starts earlier this year.

A field of six horses went to the post in the San Siro fixture, with Godolphin’s Campanologist sent off as the heavy favorite. Campanologist’s toughest competition appeared to come in the form of Voila Ici, winner of the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) in June.

It was a clean start for all with Lord Chaparral going to the front under Mirco Demuro. Sneak a Peek sat just off the leader in second, with Voila Ici rating in third. Frankie Dettori had Campanologist settled off of the pace in fourth and Arrigo and Figli Fanesi trailed the field.

The order remained unchanged throughout the early stages of the race, as Lord Chaparral continued to show the way. With just over two furlongs remaining, Dettori went to work aboard Campanologist and his charge responded, smoothly cruising past the longtime leader as he charged for home.

Campanologist sailed under the wire an easy winner by 1 1/4 lengths. Arrigo rallied strongly to take second by a neck over Lord Chaparral. Voila Ici finished fourth, one length farther back.

Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:27.40 over the good turf course.

It was the sixth win in this race for Dettori, and fourth for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin. The trio previously combined to win the race with Kutub (2001), Cherry Mix (2005), and Schiaparelli (2009).

Campanologist is out of Ring Of Music, by Sadler’s Wells. An unraced daughter of multiple champion and blue hen producer Glorious Song, Ring Of Music is a half sister to Singspiel, Rahy, and Rakeen. Campanologist was bred in Kentucky by Darley.