Imperial Dancer Takes Roman Group I

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.

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.