Planteur: new owner for the "ready-made Dubai World Cup contender"PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Botti's Dubai World Cup hope Planteur sold
MARCO BOTTI'S Dubai World Cup hope Planteur has changed hands in advance of this year's $10 million contest, after being sold to a member of the ruling royal family of Qatar.
Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, a son of the Emir of Qatar, has snapped up the six-year-old, who was third in the world's richest race 12 months ago.
Planteur, a 16-1 chance with William Hill, posted a decent warm-up when breaking the track record in the Listed Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield last month, in which he sported the silks of Mohamed Albousi Alghufli.
Botti said: "Planteur has been sold to Sheikh Joaan to stay in the yard and will run in his colours in the Dubai World Cup. The new owner was looking for a ready-made Dubai World Cup contender, and there aren't many that can be bought just before the race. I am delighted to welcome another new owner into the yard."