Pizza delivers, Dandino second
Dandino narrowly failed to defend his title in the American St Leger at Arlington as The Pizza Man took the honours.
The seven-year-old entire ran out a narrow winner 12 months ago before going on to run a fine fifth in the Melbourne Cup and he returned to somewhere near his best after two below-par runs in Britain this year - but still had to settle for second.
Dandino was one of four challengers from Britain and Ireland in the Listed contest but victory went to the home team with the Roger Bruegemann-trained son of English Channel, who was recording the biggest win of his career.
Racing in second, several lengths off of pacesetter Big Kick, The Pizza Man and Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Eye of the Storm overtook the weakening front-runner entering the final turn for home. The two battled briefly before The Pizza Man went on and he had just enough up his sleeve to repel a late challenge from Dandino."I was sitting in a stalking position, I wasn't worried, I saw his past races and was waiting for him to tell me when to go," winning rider Florent Geroux told www.bloodhorse.com.Frankie Dettori, riding Dandino - with last year's successful jockey Ryan Moore claimed to partner Eye of the Storm, - said he thought he was going to win."I had the perfect race," Dettori said. "Turning in I thought we would win, but (The Pizza Man) never stopped. He ran really hard to the line. He's coming back to form now."Andrew Balding's Havana Beat finished third, one and a quarter lengths behind Dandino, while David Simcock's Moment In Time got up to be fourth after a troubled trip with Eye of The Storm weakening into fifth."He ran all right," said jockey Ryan Moore.