Curragh plan for Planteur
Royal Ascot feature another possibility
Last Updated: 02/04/12 11:28am
Marco Botti is eyeing the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh for his new recruit Planteur who finished third in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday.
He won the Group One Prix Ganay when trained in France last year and his new handler is hopeful he can add to his tally at the highest level this season after he chased home Godolphin pair Monterosso and Capponi in the world's richest race.
"I was very pleased with Planteur. While his preparation had been good, he only joined us in late December and we had to rush him a little bit to get him ready for the World Cup," the Italian continued.
"He is a proper horse and he showed a lot of class to finish third after an awkward start to the race.
"He is entered for Hong Kong but I would say that is very unlikely, as he doesn't like really fast ground and it could be fast in Hong Kong in the middle of April.
"He is entered in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh (May 27) and that could be his next target. He is coming home tomorrow with the other horses and we'll see how they all are when they arrive.
"The Tattersalls Gold Cup would be possible, or he could wait for Royal Ascot for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes."