By Guy Butchers 6:04PM 23 OCT 2016
Report: Italy, Sunday
Capannelle: Premio Lydia Tesio (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+ fillies & mares.
SOUND OF FREEDOM (Stefano Botti/Fabio Branca), who ran four times without success for Marco Botti in Britain during the summer, recorded a decisive success to land a first Group 1 prize of her career – going one better than when a neck second to the Karl Burke-trained Odeliz in this race 12 months ago.
The winner had a length and a quarter to spare over French challenger Zghorta Dance, while Irish hope Laganore was a length and a half back in third.
The second and third were doing their best work in the final furlong, but the winner had flown.
Laganore did not enjoy the best of runs when launching her bid from the rear around a furlong and a half from home, while the runner-up came from nearly last to snatch second close home.
The winner was adding to her success in the Italian 1,000 Guneas last season.
Persona Grata, trained by Ed Walker, fared best of the two British runners, being beaten less than three lengths in fifth.
Persona Grata, who was attempting to give owners Middleham Park Racing a second Italian Group 1 success in eight days after Ventura Storm’s win in Milan, disputed the lead a furlong and a half from home and only lost second in the final 75 yards.
Andrew Balding’s Blond Me trailed in tenth having been among the backmarkers throughout.