Favorite Dick Turpin produced a strong late run to nip Cityscape at the wire in an exciting renewal of the Premio Vittorio di Capua (It-I) at San Siro Sept. 24.
It was the second group I victory for the son of Arakan, who won the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) last year as a 3-year-old. The Richard Hannon trainee has often raced in the shadow of his former stablemate, Canford Cliffs, who was retired earlier this season.
A field of seven went to the post in the eight-furlong contest, with Dick Turpin sent off as the slight favorite over fellow British entrant Cityscape. Roger Charlton, who trains Cityscape for Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm, was hoping his charge would finally land a group I win after coming close in numerous attempts this season.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon kept Dick Turpin settled in mid-pack as longshot Shamalgan led the field through the early stages. Vanjura raced in second, with Cityscape sitting just off the leaders in third.
With just over two furlongs to go jockey Steve Drowne asked Cityscape for more run and the chestnut horse responded, charging past Vanjura and Shamalgan to take the lead. Cityscape quickly increased his lead on the field, opening up by two lengths with a furlong to run.
It looked as though Cityscape was on his way to an elusive group I victory, but on the far outside Dick Turpin was under an all-out drive by Soumillon. They came charging up in the final strides to nail Cityscape on the wire. The official margin of victory was a head.
Vanjura held on for third, another 1 3/4 lengths further back. The final time for the mile was 1:33.20 over the good turf course.
With the victory, Dick Turpin now sports a record of nine wins from 18 starts for owner John Manley. He was bred in Ireland by John McEnery, and is out the Sharrood mare Merrily.