Planteur broke the track record at Lingfield under Adam Kirby last timePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Ryan Moore booked for Planteur in World Cup
RYAN MOORE will again come in for the ride on Planteur in the Dubai World Cup and trainer Marco Botti feels the six-year-old is in better shape than when the pair were third in the race last season, three and a half lengths behind Monterosso.
Since joining Botti, Planteur has been ridden by Moore in last year's race, while Christophe Soumillon renewed the partnership at Longchamp and Royal Ascot, and William Buick took the ride on his final start last season at York.
Adam Kirby was in the saddle when Planteur achieved his first win for his new trainer, when breaking the track record at Lingfield in the Winter Derby Trial - his first start this season and his prep race for the Emirates Airline-sponsored Dubai World Cup.
However, despite riding more for Botti than any other jockey in the last year, Kirby misses out on his first ride in the world's richest race.
"Ryan rode him when he was third last year and the previous owner had expressed a desire to have him again, so we'd booked him. When he switched owners the new owner was more than happy to have Ryan, so we left it as it was," explained Botti.
Botti is confident he has his charge in better shape and continued: "Ryan knows the horse well, he's in good shape and I think he has benefited from his preparation this year as he's had a run. He went there fresh last year and I think having the run will help him.
"We know he handles the track and if he gets a bit of luck with the draw he could have a very good chance. He did his final piece of work yesterday, which was very good, and he left this morning, so it's very exciting."
With the richest meeting in the world just a week away, Coral have priced up the Group 1s on the card, with Hunter's Light and Royal Delta their 9-2 joint-favourites for the $10 million 1m2f contest. Planteur is a 12-1 shot.
Gentildonna heads their betting for the Dubai Sheema Classic, with St Nicholas Abbey next at 7-2, while Mental heads the market for the Dubai Golden Shaheen at 2-1, with Gordon Lord Byron next at 5-1.
The David Simcock-trained Trade Storm heads the Dubai Duty Free betting at 9-2, with Shea Shea the 13-8 favourite for the Al Quoz Sprint.