The star-crossed Hungarian racehorse Overdose, last seen finishing fourth in the five-furlong Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes June 14 at Ascot, reappeared today in Italy at the Capannelle to win the Group 3 Premio CEF Aloisi over 1200 meters (about six furlongs) for his first win in international Group company since winning the same race by 10 lengths in 2008.
Now a winner of 16 of 19 starts, Overdose is six years old and not quite the same horse he was in 2008 when he was undefeated and billed as the “Budapest Bullet,” but the win confirms the form of the King’s Stand and the superiority of the reigning sprinter of the world, the undefeated Australian mare Black Caviar. Prohibit won the 19-runner King’s Stand from the Australian Star Witness with Overdose only a length behind the winner and a half-length behind runner-up Star Witness, who was defeated by four lengths and seven lengths in two Australian Group 1 races by Black Caviar.
Today’s race was Overdose’s fourth of the year. The horse was ridden by Frankie Dettori and he stays in training next year and may run next in Hong Kong.