MARCO BOTTI had every reason to feel satisfied with the exploits of his Prestige Place team in 2017 with his 40 winners accruing almost £650,000 in domestic prize money and landing a Grade 1 victory with Capla Temptress in the Natalma Stakes at Woodbine last September to give a healthy top up to that total of over £90,000.
Capla Temptress, who raced for Bill Mott in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar, has sinced rejoined the Newmarket trainer and he once again has the likes of Aljazzi, winner of the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown and Dylan Mouth, winner of the Old Newton Cup to draw upon. Always upbeat and with a boyish enthusiasm, it is hard to believe that Marco has been training for nearly ten years in his own right now and is looking forward to another successful time in 2018.
Botti said: “Overall I am quite pleased with the ways things are going. Unfortunately we have lost a few flagbearers with the likes of Rockspirit being sold abroad and Speak In Colours who won us a listed race at Doncaster last October also sold but we have a nice nucleus of horses and let’s hope they can do well for us this term.”
Marco kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes will prosper as he starts to wind up for the coming turf Flat season and some interim AW targets.