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Gladiatorus Wins Italian Gr1 Vittorio Di Capua
Also in Milan overnight, Godolphin's US-bred 4YO entire Gladiatorus (Silic-Gmaasha, by Kris) raced away for a 4.5-lengths victory in the €243,000 (A$410,000) Gr1 Premio Vittorio Di Capua (1600m) at San Siro. Gladiatorus (ridden by Ahmad Ajtebi for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor) defeated German-bred 4YO gelding Win For Sure (Stravinsky-Win For Us, by Surumu) & Irish-bred fellow 4YO entire Rockhorse (Rock Of Gibraltar-Maelalong, by Maelstrom Lake). Previously this year, Gladiatorus (a bargain US$8,000 yearling at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Sale) won March's UAE Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba & February's UAE Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort (1600m) at Nad Al Sheba; & back in 2007 he also won Italy's Listed Premio Rumon (1600m) at Capannelle, Listed Premio Toscana (1500m) at Florence, Listed Criterium Varesino (1600m) at Varese & Listed Criterium Partenopeo (1450m) at Naples, plus finishing runner-up in both Italy's Gr1 Gran Criterium (1600m) at San Siro & Listed Criterium Labronico (1500m) at Livorno.