Botti hoping to go potty with win in Falmouth Stakes
Marco Botti believes success in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes is well within stable star Euro Charline’s range on Friday.
The Newmarket-based trainer is confident of a good run from his five-year-old filly in the Group One race at the July Festival tomorrow.
And, ahead of Euro Charline’s latest bid for a first win at Newmarket, Botti’s 8-1 shot has shown good form in 2016.
“We have been very pleased with the filly,” he said.
“We’re hoping for a good day with the weather. We wouldn’t be happy to run on soft ground so we’ll be looking at this week’s forecast.
“The plan was always to race in the Falmouth and miss Royal Ascot and she looked in good form in her last race.
“She’s looking strong and I think she has mentally grown up this year.
“We’ve had three second place finishes with her this year, twice in Dubai and the other in the Lockinge. Hopefully it will be one better next time.”
Euro Charline’s best result last season came in the Falmouth Stakes when she finished second behind David O’Meara’s Amazing Maria.
The former Beverly D Stakes winner has come close to a return to the winner’s enclosure in all three of her outings this year, and Botti insists her recent performances have been the best so far.
“(Last year’s Falmouth Stakes) was a good race, however, this year in the Lockinge and in Dubai I think those have been her best performances,”the Italian said.
“Hopefully I can get Ryan Moore for her again, he would be my first choice.
“My three jockeys would be Ryan, Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni so we’ll have to see whether they are available.”
Andre Fabre’s Usherette is the 8-11 favourite to win on her second outing at Newmarket tomorrow, and Botti admits the Godolphin-owned filly will be tough to beat.
“The one I fear the most is Usherette,” he said. “She’s the daughter of Shamardal and is the one we all have to beat.
“She was impressive at Ascot a couple of weeks ago. She ran really well and she’s coming back for the Falmouth.”
Botti faces competition from the likes of Aiden O’Brien, O’Meara and Saeed bin Suroor who are all considering entries into the £200,000 race tomorrow.
O’Brien’s Alice Springs is priced at 6-1, bin Suroor’s Always Smile is 10-1, while last year’s winner Amazing Maria is locked with Botti’s stable star at 8-1.
n On Monday, six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect.
Speaking on the 51-year-old’s behalf, the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick revealed that Fallon is battling with depression.
“Kieren’s had quite significant depression ongoing for the best part of three years which has gone undiagnosed in England and America,” Dr McGoldrick said in a statement.
“Hopefully we can get him managed and get him ready for the next stage of his life.
“He said he won’t be returning to race riding afterwards and will move on to another phase of his career.”
Fallon was previously a stable jockey for Sir Henry Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute.