Aljazzi could wait for French challenge in preference to Falmouth Stakes

Prix Rothschild under consideration

  • Wednesday 04 July
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Marco Botti has warned the participation of Royal Ascot winner Aljazzi in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket is far from certain.

Although nominating the Group One mile contest at the July Course as the five-year-old’s next target following her victory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, an outing in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville later in the month is now under consideration.

Botti said: “At the moment she is well and she has come out of the race fine. She is in the Falmouth. However, a final decision has not been made as we are considering the Prix Rothschild at Deauville two weeks later.

“The concern is whether the Falmouth just comes a bit too soon, as we’ve always made it clear she needs time between her races. She is five now, though, and is stronger than before and has taken her races better than she did at three and four.

“I would love to win my first British Group One, but giving her the extra couple of weeks is not a disadvantage. On the other hand, Newmarket is nearer and she doesn’t have to travel far and quick ground will be guaranteed.”

The Newmarket handler does not expect French 1000 Guineas fourth Capla Temptress to be hindered by the step up to a mile and a quarter in the Belmont Oaks on Saturday, on what is expected to be the four-year-old’s final run on her second stint with the Italian.

He said: “She left on Sunday and everything has gone well so far. We are stepping up to a mile and a quarter, but it is on a sharper track so she should be fine.

“The Coronation Stakes wasn’t going to be easy, so we came here. She ran well in France and is in tip-top form.

“I would say she is 95 per cent likely to stay in America after Saturday. It would be nice for her to go out on a high for us.”

Aljazzi could wait for French challenge in preference to Falmouth Stakes
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