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Rock Of Gibraltar Adds Italy Black-Type
In Italy overnight, European Horse-Of-The-Year & 7-time Gr1-winning shuttler Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a black-type success when Irish-bred 4YO mare Rockatella (Rock Of Gibraltar-Patrimony, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored a 0.75-length victory in the €77,000 (A$105,000) Listed Premio Royal Mares (1600m) for fillies & mares at San Siro in Milan, to claim victory in this race for the 2nd successive year. Rockatella (ridden by Marco esposito for trainer Werner Hefter) defeated Irish-bred 3YO filly Malagenia (Whipper-Croanda, by Grand Lodge) & German-bred 4YO mare Monblue (Monsun-Salonblue, by Bluebird). Rockatella now has 2 wins (also including 2010’s Listed Premio Royal Mares over 1600m at San Siro) & 3 placings (including 2010’s Gr3 Premio Sergio Cumani over 1600m at San Siro, French Gr3 Prix De Lieurey over 1600m at Deauville & German Listed Preis Der BHF Bank over 1800m at Baden-Baden) from 10 starts.