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Almutawakel Adds Italian Black-Type
In Italy overnight, former NZ Haunui Farm shuttler & 1999 Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Almutawakel (Machiavellian-Elfaslah, by Green Desert) added a black-type success when Irish-bred 5YO entire Awelmarduk (Almutawakel-Claba Di San Jore, by Barathea) won the €61,000 (A$104,000) Listed Gran Premio Unire (2250m) at Naples. Awelmarduk (ridden by Nicola Pinna) defeated fellow 5YO entire Pedra Pompas (Mark Of Esteem-Edwardian Era, by Bering) & UK-bred 8YO gelding Vol De Nuit (Linamix-Bedside Story, by Mtoto). Previously Awelmarduk also won 2007's Gr1 Derby Italiano (2400m) at the Capannelle in Rome & finished 3rd in the Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto (2000m) at San Siro.