Groom Tesse Posts Italian Derby Surprise

Rome-based Groom Tesse kicked away from the field in the final furlong to register a 2 1/2-length victory over German stayer Dayano in Sunday's Derby Italiano (Ity-I) at the Campannelle.

Under jockey Dario Vargiu, the 10-1 shot Groom Tesse settled mid-pack behind a moderate pace for most of the journey, making his challenge on the outside more than a furlong from home. The time was 2:27.68 on good going over the 1 1/2-mile turf course.

Groom Tesse swept by Whilly, Dayano and favored Privy Seal to win easily.

British raider Privy Seal was third, finishing five lengths behind the winner. English invaders had won seven of the past 10 Italian derbies.

Relaxed Gesture was scratched, leaving a field of 15.

Scuderia L3C, the stable name of Antonio Lepori, owns Groom Tesse. Fabrizio Camici, who added blinkers for Sunday's win, trains the chestnut Groom Dancer colt who was bred in England.

Groom Tesse wore blinkers when winning the Premio Guido Berardelli (Ity-III) in October but they were off in his first two runs this year.

Distant Way, bred in the United States by Grundy Bloodstock Ltd., stayed on to finish fourth, followed by Bravo Tazio (5), Putra Sas (6), Kaypen (7), Whilly (8), Sa Fem Zifulum (9), Apeiron (10), Domdemil (11), Boysun (12), Ceprin (13), Mac Regal (14) and Larofino (15).