05/26/2002 11:00PM

Europe: Another upset by Rebelline


The filly Rebelline has taken on the mantle of "giant killer" following her convincing two-length victory in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh.

The 4-year-old Rebelline won for the second time in two starts this season, having previously punctured Johannesburg's undefeated record in the Gladness Stakes. Running down the pacesetting Bach at the sixteenth pole, she ended the five-race winning streak of odds-on favorite Nayef, who finished 4 1/2 lengths behind in third.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning said that Nayef would now skip the Epsom's Coronation Cup on June 7 in favor of the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19, when he could run into Sakhee.

Rebelline will be given a month off before being prepared for a fall campaign that could include the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The soft to heavy going on The Curragh's one-mile straight course played into the hands of Gossamer, who ran off to a 4 1/2-length romp in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

* At the Capannelle in Rome, Rakti became the first Italian-trained horse to win the 1 1/2-mile Group 1 Derby Italiano since Tisserand in 1988.

Trainer Bruno Grizzetti and rider Mirco Demuro, already successful this season in the Italian 1000 Guineas with Sadowa, teamed up for Rakti's victory. Last week, Gary Tanaka bought a half-share in Rakti, who will go next in the Gran Premio di Milano on June 16, with an autumn campaign in America in the works.