11/07/2008 1:00AM

Nahoodh invades for Premio Roma


With the month-long horsemen's strike in Italy having been resolved, Sunday's Group 1 Premio Roma at the Capannelle in Rome will proceed as scheduled. The $247,000 race, which has been won by a foreign-trained horse each of the last five years, includes just one foreign invader in the 3-year-old filly Nahoodh, who is trained in England by Mark Johnston.

Nahoodh may have a slight class edge on her 11 rivals, but there are doubts about her staying 1 1/4 miles as this will be her first start beyond a mile. The winner of the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes in July, Nahoodh has since been fourth in Goldikova's Prix Rothschild, second to Lush Lashes in the Matron Stakes, and seventh behind Halfway to Heaven in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

The local favorites are Italian Derby winner and Arc ninth Cima de Triomphe, listed Grand Prix de Nantes winner Basaltico, and Once More Dubai, the recent winner of a listed race over the Roma course and distance.

In the one-mile, Group 2 Premio Ribot, last year's Premio Roma winner Pressing seeks a repeat of his recent Group 2, $1 million Topkapi Trophy victory in Istanbul for trainer Michael Jarvis.