Tac De Boistron underlined the training talents of Marco Botti on Sunday by registering a second consecutive win in the Prix Royal-Oak.
The striking grey made the best possible return from a rib injury sustained in July to become the third dual winner of the Group One race.
Partnered as he was last year by Martin Harley, the seven-year old — who returned the 7/4 favourite — took the 1m7.5f race at Longchamp by a length from High Jinx.
“We were under pressure to get him fit for the race but luckily he came to hand at just the right time,” said the Newmarket trainer. “He had only been back cantering for seven weeks and while I was happy with him we were aware that his fitness might just catch him out.
“He probably does not get the credit he deserves,but considering his age he is a very good stayer and he is a classy horse that gives you everything in each race.”
While that will be it now for this season for the evergreen seven-year-old, Botti has already formulated a list of races he would like to enter the son of Take Risks in during 2015.
“Obviously the dream is to win the Ascot Gold Cup as I think he is good enough to win one,” said the Prestige Place handler. “Considering the time of year that the race is run though, it is unusual that you get soft ground — we would need to be very lucky for it to turn out soft.
“With him being a gelding, it makes sense to go where the prize money is good for him so I would imagine we would target both the Prix du Cadran and the Prix Royal-Oak again next year.”
The Italian master could be celebrating more big race glory on Tuesday should Seismos strike down under in this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The six-year-old, who finished down the field in the Group One Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup earlier this month, will form part of a strong raiding party from Newmarket in the two-mile Group One handicap.
Included among those set to join Seismos are the Ed Dunlop trained globe-trotter Red Cadeaux, My Ambivalent, who hails from Roger Varian’s yard, and the Saeed bin Suroor trained Cavalryman.
“I spoke to Paul Francis who is out there looking the after Seismos earlier this week and he said everything has gone well,” said Botti. “He will be more suited to this track and trip as opposed to the one in the Caulfield Cup. Hopefully that run will have sharpened him up.
“For me he is good enough to be competitive if he gets a good draw.”