It was the 15th start this year for Imperial Dancer, who is expected to remain in training for Imperial Racing next year.Also at Capannelle, Irish-bred Duca D'Atri, a 4-year-old son of Dr Devious, won the one-mile Premio Ribot (Ity-II) by a half-length over Romaldo and Marbye in 1:37.10.
Imperial Dancer shook loose from his challengers a furlong from home and went on to a three-length victory over Altieri in Sunday's Premio Roma SIS (Ity-I) at the Capannelle in Rome.Contested over very soft going, the British-bred Imperial Dancer, ridden by Ted Durcan for trainer Mick Channon, completed the 1 1/4-mile test in 2:01.6. Altieri finished a short neck ahead of Sunstrach, who was seeking a repeat win in the Premio Roma.Held at the back of the 10-horse field early, the 5-year-old Primo Dominie horse was given a confident ride by Durcan. Imperial Dancer was pushed along to make headway three furlongs from home and he was challenging pacesetting Quel Del Giaz and Sunstrach for the lead with a quarter-mile to go. After getting the lead, Sunstrach, ridden by Frankie Dettori, could not match Imperial Dancer while Altieri came on from off the pace to nab second.