Dubai World Cup Hope Planteur Could Sow Seeds Of Success At New Botti Yard

Last Yearís Third Could Further Enhance Trainerís Growing Reputation

For Newmarket trainer Marco Botti, Planteur`s tilt at the $10million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, signals an important cross-roads within his upwardly mobile career. The six-year-old horse represents Botti`s new purpose-built stable and an increasingly influential new owner in Qatarís Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani.

Botti moved into Prestige Place stables only last month, since when the trainer has saddled a pair of Listed race winners - notably Planteur`s triumph in the Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on February 23. The horse`s sale to Sheikh Joaan, son of the Emir of Qatar, was completed the following week.

"Things have gone very well since we moved in," said Botti`s wife Lucie, who is overseeing Planteur`s Dubai World Cup preparation. "Naturally, we are hoping Planteur can be the stable`s first really big winner."

A six-year-old son of Danehill Dancer, Planteur was noticeably warm under the saddle-cloth when exercising on the main track March 26 but Botti said: "He always sweats freely so it is not a worry. And you can`t blame him: he has just arrived from all that snow in England."

Planteur matched his career-best performance when finishing third in last year`s Dubai World Cup, when he closed strongly from the rear in a modestly-run race. But his recent Lingfield triumph was gained in front-running style, since connections were keen to explore how he would perform if ridden more aggressively.

Asked whether Planteur could replicate those tactics in the Dubai World Cup, Botti said: "That could happen, but we would be just as happy to sit behind the pace if it is decent and honest. The horse is coming into the race in good shape and we hope he can run a bit faster this year. We must also hope for a bit of luck with the draw."

Unlike Planteur, Botti has been in Dubai since November and supervised Jakkalberry`s victory in the Gr 2 Dubai City Of Gold sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo on Super Saturday, March 9. "I am lucky but Jakkalberry was not," she said. "He picked up a small injury after winning that race and we are disappointed he cannot run on World Cup night."

Botti`s Prestige Place stables is the culmination of two years` planning. It embraces a state-of-the-art treadmill and an equine swimming pool, and it would be apposite for Planteur to anoint the luxurious equine facility by winning the Dubai World Cup.