Racing: Italians present clues for Epsom

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The Independent Online
MOONAX, Overbury and Time Star can supply some valuable Derby hints when they line up for the pounds 236,807 Italian version at the Capannelle, Rome, tomorrow. Moonax ran five lengths second to Broadway Flyer in the Chester Vase and will be coupled in betting with Sheikh Mohammed's other runner, Overbury, who was beaten a short head by Foyer at York last time.

Time Star, who finished just behind Linney Head and Khamaseen at Sandown in April, looks sure to stay the trip and will find out any weaknesses in Moonax's stamina. So will the principal Italian hope, Saltiboy, a son of Slip Anchor who has won both his races this year.

Rubhahunish, a neck second to Silver Wedge in a Newbury handicap 15 days ago, and Rainbow Heights, a stable-companion of Moonax who ran a good third to Cicerao at Chester last time, complete the British challenge. Both colts have staying pedigrees, Rainbow Heights in particular, and could run into a place.

The John Gosden-trained Muhtarram takes on Bigstone, Hatoof and Marildo in tomorrow's Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp.