Golden Goodwood win for Botti

OUT IN FRONT: Golden Steps, ridden by Frankie Dettori, on his way to winning Saturday's Qatar Stewards' Sprint Stakes, during day five of the Glorious Goodwood Festival in Chichester
OUT IN FRONT: Golden Steps, ridden by Frankie Dettori, on his way to winning Saturday's Qatar Stewards' Sprint Stakes, during day five of the Glorious Goodwood Festival in Chichester

Newmarket handler Marco Botti is still undecided on the next move for Golden Steps after the horse provided him with his first-ever Goodwood Festival success on Saturday.

The horse has been given a 7lb hike in the weights following his ready win in the six-furlong Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Stakes Handicap.

Botti said: “I’m not sure where we will go next. He goes well fresh so we may leave it three or four weeks before making a decision.

“I always thought he was going to be a good sprinter, even though he ran a poor race at Windsor previously.

“We might step him up in class for a listed race. With these kind of horses, though, there is more prize-money in these type of races.”

Although Saturday’s early pace was made by Shore Step, Botti’s four-year-old gelding, ridden by Frankie Dettori, burst through with a perfectly-delivered run to collar Go Far inside the final furlong.

The horse, which just missed the cut for the Stewards Cup on the same day, won with a length-and-a-half in hand.

His victory was a comfortable one, despite a late rattle from Barnet Fair, ridden by Richard Hughes, who stepped down from the saddle after Saturday to concentrate on his training career.

A delighted Botti said: “He won well and Frankie gave the horse a great ride. He travelled well and just held on to him and waited for the split.

“He came through very impressively and we knew there was a good race in him. We always thought he was a progressive and well-handicapped horse.

“He handled the track well. I think the race panned out well as they went a fast pace and that is what he wants.”

Jockey Dettori was the top rider at the Qatar Goodwood Festival with six successes.

Botti is still waiting to find out if Energia Fox will make the weights for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

“She wants fast ground, which hopefully she will get, and a mile-and-a-half isn’t a problem for her,” admitted Botti.

There was no joy for either John Gosden or Luca Cumani in the Qatar Nassau Stakes.

Jazzi Top was the best finisher for Gosden, who went into the big race triple-handed, in fifth, followed by Cumani’s Lady of Dubai in sixth.

Mount Logan did provide Cumani with a winner on the opening day, while Gosden tasted success with Shalaa 
in the Qatar Richmond 
Stakes.

Another big Newmarket success during the week came in the shape of Big Orange who triumphed in the Group Two Goodwood Cup for Michael Bell.