Moohaajim (yellow silks, blue hat) has grown since last seasonPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Botti seeks first British Classic with Moohaajim
FEW trainers can boast a more upwardly mobile profile than Marco Botti and, after winning his first trainer's title this winter on the all-weather, he is hopeful last year's Mill Reef winner Moohaajim can land him a first British Classic.
"If we're lucky enough to win our first British Classic it's likely that it will come courtesy of Moohaajim," said the trainer, who has recently moved stables.
"As a two-year-old he wasn't far off the top of the pile as not only did he win the Mill Reef, but his final run of the campaign was huge, when second to Reckless Abandon, beaten a neck, in the Group 1 Middle Park.
"We've been very pleased with his progress through the early months of this year as he has grown a bit, but he was on the small side last year. He's working well and the plan is to start off in the Greenham. If all goes as we hope then on to the Guineas."
Botti won the German 2,000 Guineas with the last horse he ran in the Greenham, Excelebration, and Moohaajim will have to go via Newbury if he is to repeat the feat in the English equivalent, for which he is a best-priced 20-1.
"I like the Greenham as a trial and I used it for Excelebration a couple of years ago," continued Botti. "This horse goes there with a stronger profile as he was a Group 2 winner last year and narrowly beaten at Group 1 level.
"There is no Frankel around this year so I have to be a lot more hopeful. As for ground conditions, the drier it is the happier I will be."
Botti, who faces a big week with Planteur bidding for Dubai World Cup glory at Meydan and Solar Deity Doncaster-bound for the Lincoln, was speaking to the Racing & Football Outlook.
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