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ITALY: Frankie takes the wraps off Shantou.

FRANKIE DETTORI turned impresario before racing at San Siro, Milan on Sunday.

Dettori, who had spent the morning in the company of the Lazio football team, began the afternoon by presenting Shantou before a crowd of about 500.

He recounted Shantou's successes, all six of which were gained in his hands, including the 1996 St Leger and Gran Premio del Jockey Club and last year's Gran Premio di Milano. He then took the rug off the son of Alleged and posed for photographs with him.

Shantou has been bought for a reported 1.2bn lire (pounds 450,000) by a syndicate of 20 breeders, organised by Paolo Crespi, and will stand for a fee of pounds 4,500 at Besnate, near Varese.

The stud, which was established early this century, is already home to six stallions, including Sanglamore, Astronef, Petit Loup and Polytain.

Dettori went on to finish third behind Silver Patriarch in this year's Gran Premio del Jockey Club on Ungaro. The German colt hated the sticky ground, but conditions should be much more to his liking when he reappears in the Hong Kong International Vase at Sha Tin on December 13.

Although Dettori was out of luck on all his five mounts, his friends from Lazio triumphed at the adjacent soccer ground on Sunday night, beating Inter 5-3.
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Date:Oct 22, 1998
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