Strong British and Irish challenge for Arlington
Last Updated: 16/08/14 11:21pm
Marco Botti is looking for Euro Charline to sign off under his care with a big run in the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington on Saturday.
The filly, owned by American-based Team Valor, has been a great servant to Botti, being placed in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and also the winner of a Listed race at the same track.
"She's done really well this year. She progressed from winning a handicap at Wolverhampton to finishing fifth in the Guineas," the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.
"She was third in the Coronation and I thought she won in good style at Ascot a few weeks ago. She made all the running and picked up well.
"She seems in good form and this will probably be her last run for us as she will stay in America. I'm really proud of her. She's tough and she tries hard.
"The extra distance in the Beverly D should not be a problem, especially on a faster track. We are hopeful, but she is taking on four-year-old American fillies."
The other British challenger in this Grade One over nine and a half furlongs is Just The Judge.
Though the Charlie Hills-trained four-year-old has not won since lifting the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May 2013, she was third to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on her latest start.
"Opportunities like this are few and far between at home so this was a great opportunity for her," said Kevin Darley, northern representative for owners Qatar Racing.
"It's a totally new experience, but she's done nothing wrong this year and hopefully we're looking for a big run from her.
"She's been to Ireland where she won the Guineas last year, but this is further for her to go. She is well adapted to these big fields, big races and hopefully she can give a good account of herself.
"Her preparation has gone good and she looks marvellous. She took time to come in her coat last year.
"She seems to be way ahead in that respect. The races for this type of filly are more towards the back end and she's a filly that likes to be kept on the go, so with this race coming along it's a good opportunity for her."
Dandino goes for back-to-back victories in the American St Leger for the Botti team.
The seven-year-old entire is set to follow the same programme as last season by going on to Australia where he was fifth in the Melbourne Cup.
He has had just the two runs since then, at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, without troubling the judge.
"When he ran at Royal Ascot he needed the run and when he ran him back at Newmarket the ground went too soft for him," said Botti.
"Dandino definitely handles the track and we hope he can repeat his form of last year.
"Frankie Dettori rode the horse in the Hardwicke Stakes last year, so he knows the horse well and he's an uncomplicated ride.
"If all goes to plan his next target would be the Caulfield Cup and then Melbourne. That's the plan."
Andrew Balding's Havana Beat, who ended a 22-month losing streak when taking a Listed race at Sandown on his latest start, and David Simcock's Moment In Time are the other British challengers.
Aidan O'Brien saddles the one-eyed Eye Of the Storm, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore.
"Eye Of The Storm takes his racing well, he's a lovely horse, he'll get the trip and he'll handle the ground," said O'Brien's son Joseph.
"He likes to have a bit of room in his races. He only has one eye so hopefully he doesn't get bumped around. He's well entitled to take his chance."
Moore also teams up with Adelaide for Ballydoyle in the Grade One Secretariat Stakes.
"Adelaide ran a blinder out there the last day and in another couple of strides he might even have got back up," said Joseph O'Brien.
"He seems to have come out of that in good form and he's progressing all the time so we're hoping for a good run."
The Ballydoyle team also run Belisarius, the mount of Colm O'Donoghue.