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Botti has confidence in Aljazzi




While a lot of eyes will be on events at Ascot this weekend, Marco Botti’s attention will be dominated by the action across the English Channel.

HIGH HOPES: Marco Botti
HIGH HOPES: Marco Botti

The Italian, who trains out of Prestige Place on Snailwell Road, is due to travel to France with Aljazzi, who goes in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Rothschild in Deauville.

Last month the five-year-old provided Botti with his first-ever victory at Royal Ascot when she clinched the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes in impressive style.

And while the weekend’s opposition will represent a step up, Botti believes he has one of the ‘main dangers’ in the race.

“We have been very pleased with her since Ascot,” said Botti, who along with owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar opted against running the filly during the recent Falmouth Stakes.

“She is on schedule, her last piece of work was smooth and she seems to be in great form.

“She looked good before Ascot and it has been the same sort of preparation this time around.

“As long as she travels well, we have high hopes it is going to be a positive day.

“We respect the opposition but we should have one of the main dangers in the race.”

In-form jockey William Buick was in the daughter of Shamardal’s saddle for the Ascot triumph.

As it stands, the Godolphin jockey has no other commitments, so Botti is hopeful the 30-year-old will once again take up the ride.

“As far as we know right now ,William is free to ride her,” added Botti.

“He has ridden her twice before and they seem to have struck up a very good connection.

“William could not be in better form so it is great to have him involved.”

The weather forecast indicates Deauville could be hit with thunderstorms tomorrow and Saturday, with the course having not seen much rain in recent weeks.

That is not too much of a concern for Botti, though he would not want the track to become too sodden.

“I am not worried about good ground or even on the easy side of good,” he said.

“If it got wetter, which can happen in France, that might be an issue, but hopefully it will be fine.”