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  • 15:50 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint Handicap6f

  • £40,000 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner £19,672 2nd £6,888 3rd £3,148 4th £2,456
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 14.23s
  • Off time: 15:53:32

Botti aiming for Sprint honours

Last Updated: 08/08/14 12:18pm

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Marco Botti: Has a couple in the Sprint

Marco Botti: Has a couple in the Sprint

Marco Botti believes Golden Steps could be his best chance of an Ascot winner in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint.

The Newmarket handler has shown plenty of support for the international jockeys competition, running four horses across the afternoon, including Golden Steps and Sir Robert Cheval in the six-furlong finale.

Golden Steps was most recently sighted when finishing sixth in a decent race at Newmarket last month on what was only his sixth racecourse outing.

The Footstepsinthesand gelding sneaks in at the bottom of the weights for this heat and Botti is upbeat about his chance for jockey Jimmy Fortune.

He said: "He's in good form and he ran well in Newmarket last time.

"I think he is probably our best chance of a winner."

Sir Robert Cheval finished fourth in a Lingfield Listed heat earlier in the year and Botti would not be surprised if he were also in the mix for Japanese rider Yuichi Fukunaga.

He said: "Sir Robert Cheval has been gelded since his last run at Ascot in May.

"He has some nice form in the past and we think he has probably improved since his operation.

"He's probably an each-way chance, I would say."

Remember will be having her first run away from Newmarket for quite some time as she lines up for Richard Hannon.

The filly has run at Headquarters the last six times and Hannon is pleased to have Craig Williams aboard.

He told www.richardhannonracing.com: "Craig Williams is a good Aussie jockey so we are happy to have him for Remember in the finale.

"She has been in good form this summer and will enjoy the fast ground."

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