Star Hungarian sprinter Overdose returned to action for the first time since being beaten only a length behind Prohibit in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, when getting the better of Italy’s top sprinter Dagda Mor in a tight finish at the Capanelle on Sunday afternoon, writes Elliot Slater.
There are plenty of options for Overdose now with a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup a likely option for the star galloper.
Returning after an absence of five months, the ‘Budapest Bullet’ was partnered by Frankie Dettori for the very first time and was sent off the 3/5f to win the six furlong Group 3 Premio Carlo & Fracesco Aloisi, a contest in which he had romped home by a stunning 10-lengths back in 2016.
After showing his customary pace to lead soon after the start the Hungarian legend looked in trouble when Dagda Mor, a winner of three of his four previous outings in top Italian sprint company, came through to lead entering the final furlong, but Overdose would not be denied and battled back under Dettori to score by half-a-length. Even those looking for a Grand National winner would have been impressed.
Describing the Josef Roszival-trained speedster as a “top class horse”, Dettori pointed out that the son of Starborough was probably just in need of the outing but that his class had seen him through.
Connections declared that the winner of 16 of his 19 races will remain in training next season, but they hope he will receive an invitation to run in Hong Kong next month at the International meeting where they would be very keen for Dettori to be on board once again. Those looking ahead to Aintree races should bear this in mind.
Overdose famously ‘won’ the 2012 Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp by an easy three lengths, only for the race to be voided after it transpired that one of the stalls had opened late. At the peak of his career he was struck down by laminitis and was lucky to survive, making his current return to form all the more commendable.