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Marco Botti is confident Aljazzi will have no hangover from her last outing in France when she tackles the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at the Rowley Mile on Saturday (3.15pm).

Marco Botti
Marco Botti

The Prestige Place-based trainer had high hopes for his Royal Ascot winner ahead of her outing in the Group 1 Rothschild Stakes in July.

However, under the guidance of jockey Ryan Moore, the daughter of Shamardal never really got going and ended up finishing fourth.

She will return to top-level action for the first time since that disappointing performance at the weekend, with Botti confident that the trip to Deauville was nothing more than a one-off.

“The trip to France did not go to plan, that is clear,” he said.

“It was a tactical race and she got stuck out wide. Ryan said afterwards it was a very awkward position.

“If she had been in a better position then I am sure she would have been a lot closer to the eventual winner.

“She has a good turn of foot and I am glad the ground is going to be quick, she will appreciate that.

“Everything has gone well in the build up and she seems in great form.”

Much of the focus heading into the race has been on the 5/2 favourite Laurens.

The Karl Burke-trained filly has had an impressive 2018 campaign, winning the Prix Saint-Alary, the French Oaks and the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes just three weeks ago.

Nevertheless, Botti believes that his filly is capable of giving the French horse a run for her money.

“She can push her close, I am sure of that,” he added.

“You have to respect a horse like Laurens because she is very impressive and very talented.

“But if the race works out from a tactical point of view, we will be there giving it as good as we have got.”

Colm O’Donoghue, who has partnered Alpha Centauri to good effect this year, has been booked to ride Aljazzi.