In less than ten years, Marco Botti has quickly established himself as one of Britain’s leading trainers with a reputation for fielding high-class challengers in the world’s biggest races led to Marco being voted international trainer of the year at the 2012 HWPA Derby Awards. He also boasts an admirable strike-rate with his runners at home, where he has been champion all-weather trainer.
International Group and Grade 1 victories with Capla Temptress, Euro Charline, Excelebration, Tac De Boistron, Joshua Tree and Gitano Hernando have been backed up by a strong supporting cast which includes G2 Mill Reef Stakes winner Moohaajim, G2 Rockfel Stakes winner Al Thakhira, and G2 Gran Premio di Milano winner Dylan Mouth.
Jakkalberry and Dandino landed back-to-back runnings of the American St Leger in 2012 and 2013, while Jakkalberry also triumphed in the G2 Dubai City of Gold. The reliable Grendisar counts the G3 Winter Derby among his 10 wins, and he was matched in consistency by the Group performer Planteur, who was third in the 2013 and 2012 Dubai World Cup. Excelebration also gave Marco his first Classic victory when winning the German 2,000 Guineas in 2011, and this was followed by a second victory in the race in 2016 for the Coolmore-owned Knife Edge.
Marco was bred to succeed in racing. His father Alduino has been champion trainer in Italy for more than 30 years, while Marco’s brother Stefano is also a leading trainer in Italy. In addition to learning at home with his family, Marco also spent time working for leading trainers Luca Cumani, Ed Dunlop and Saeed Bin Suroor before embarking on his own training career. Marco has now gone on to train over 500 winners and win more than 15 million in prize money.
Marco’s wife Lucie is a former jockey and a key member of the team, who accompanies many of the stables international runners on their travels. In early 2013, Marco and Lucie, along with their children Matteo and Valentina, moved into their brand new custom-built stable, Prestige Place, in order to accommodate their burgeoning string of racehorses.
Marco and Lucie would be delighted to welcome potential owners to visit their exciting new yard in the heart of Newmarket, the historic headquarters of horseracing.