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Montjeu Adds Italian Black-Type
In Italy overnight, dual-Derby winning Coolmore sire & former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Montjeu (Sadler's Wells-Floripedes, by Top Ville) added a black-type success when 7YO entire Montalegre (Montjeu-Alma Alegre, by Lahib) scored by a nose in the €61,600 (A$99,000) Listed Premio Roma Vecchia (2800m) at the Capannelle in Rome, after finishing 3rd in this same race in both 2008 & 2007. Montalegre (ridden by Umberto Rispoli for trainer for trainers Alduino & Giuseppe Botti) defeated German-bred 6YO entire Caudillo (Acatenango-Corsita, by Top Ville) & 8YO entire Quality Son (Shantou-Quack Secret, by Secreto). Previously this season Montalegre also finished runner-up in May’s Listed Coppa D’Oro (3000m) at San Siro & during 2008 he won the Listed Premio Mediterraneo Memorial Francesco Faraci (2300m) at Siracusa, as well as placing in the Gr3 Premio Carlo D'Alessio (2400m) at Capannelle, Listed Premio Rioma Vecchia (2800m) at Capannelle & Listed Coppa D'Oro (300m) at San Siro. During 2007 Montalegre won the Listed Premio Coppa D'Oro Di Milano (3000m) at San Siro for the 2nd year in succession, plus the Listed Gran Premio Unire (2250m) at Naples & placed in the Gr3 Premio Federico Tesio (2200m) at San Siro, Listed Premio Roma Vecchia (2800m) at Capannelle, Listed St Leger Italiano (2800m) at San Siro & Listed Premio Reione Toscana (2000m) at Pisa. In 2006 Montalegre won the Listed Coppa D'Oro (noted above) & placed in the Listed Listed Premio Mediterraneo Memorial Francesco Faraci (2300m) at Siracusa. In 2005 Montalegre notched placings in both the Listed Premio Villa Borghese (2000m) at Capannelle & Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto (2000m) at San Siro. And as a 2YO in 2004, Montalegre finished runner-up in the Listed Premio Campobello (1800m) at San Siro.