Racing: Needle Gun has third crack at Premio Presidente della Repubblica

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Clive Brittain sends the globe-trotting Needle Gun to Rome on Sunday for his third crack at the Premio Presidente della Repubblica. Brett Doyle's mount, second in the Group One contest in 1994 and last year, is out to make the most of the defection of Geoff Wragg's Sasuru. A field of eight go to post for the mile-and-a-quarter event, with Group- winning pair Taxi De Nuit (Michael Hills) and Grey Way the main home-trained dangers.

Ray Cochrane has been booked to ride useful German performer Artan. Brittain also runs the Diadem Stakes fourth Sylva Paradise in the Group Three Premio Melton over six furlongs on the same card.