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Grendisar Heads to Winter Derby with Conviction

The team at Prestige Place are confident Grendisar remains at the peak of his powers ahead of his bid for a third successive victory in the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield.
The popular seven-year-old claimed the Listed prize in 2015 before being narrowly beaten by Tryster in the Winter Derby itself three weeks later. He bettered that result during a fantastic all-weather campaign last season, winning the Winter Derby Trial, the Winter Derby and the Coral Easter Classic on Good Friday.
Grendisar has been beaten on his two starts so far this season over the course and distance, but Marco is optimistic his charge can claim an eighth victory at the track this weekend. “It looks a tough race this year, but our horse is in good form and we’re looking forward to running, I’m not too worried about the form of his last two runs as the races weren’t really run to suit him. Last year it took him a couple of runs to get up to speed and I definitely think he’s as good as he was this time last year. There is a lot of money on offer now for the finals, so people are running better horses on the all-weather than they used to. It won’t be easy, but Grendisar loves the track and has always shown his best form at Lingfield, so we have to be hopeful.” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Grendisar faces some hot rivals, including his recent conqueror Battalion, for the race on Saturday 25th February.

Jakkalberry doing well at Stud

Super globetrotter Jakkalberry looks to =be doing wonderfully well with his first bunch of yearlings doing very well at the select sales in Karaka, New Zealand.

The first under the hammer was Lot 366 a handsome son of Novara Park’s new season sire Jakkalberry left the auditorium after falling to the $440,000 bid of Victorian trainer Jason Warren.

Warren was bidding on behalf of his owner, fellow Victorian John Wheeler. “The horse ticked all the boxes for us on pedigree and type.We liked him as a possible stallion prospect,” Warren said. “He reminded us of his father who was such an outstanding horse.”

An outstanding stayer, Group I performer Jakkalberry won 12 races and is remembered for his powerful finish for third in a Melbourne Cup. Under trainer Marco Botti

 

“We didn’t know what to expect when he went in the ring,” Knight said. “Jakkalberry is untested, so we didn’t know where to pitch him, we really had no idea.”We knew there were some big players on him, when we got here [Karaka] and the international buyers started coming to look at the Jakkalberry yearlings, we realised they rated him a high class horse.This colt was always a standout and everyone’s favourite at home.”

Novara Park principal Luigi Muollo owned the yearling in partnership with Henk Smit who initially stood Jakkalberry at stud.”We think that once they get to three, and to a mile and further we will see them excel,” he said. “And all this off a $6,000 service fee.

The team at Prestige Place are delighted to see that Jakkalberry is doing so well in his second career.

Jakkalberry winning the American St Ledger.

 

2 Runners at Meydan on Thursday

We look to have 2 runners at Meydan on Thursday, Fanciful Angel is running in the Group 2 Zabeel Mile on the turf, he is drawn 4 of the 7 runners.” It looks to be a small but competitive race. He is in great form and has been training well in Dubai.” commented Lucie Botti who is overseeing the runners.

The other runner is Brex Drago who has run twice in Dubai since joining the team and has been placed on both occasions. He is running on the dirt for the first time in his career so always good to see how they adapt to the change in surface. “He has been training well on the dirt so would be nice for him to run another big race”. Commented trainer Marco Botti.

Driver’s Girl Wins well at Chelmsford

Driver’s Girl won well at Chelmsford on Wednesday this week winning the 1 mile maiden by a clear 9 lengths. She set sail under a good ride from Daniel Muscutt to show all of her rivals a clean pair of heels. She was winning in style at her 3rd time of asking, only narrowly beaten last time out when 2nd at Kempton 3 weeks prior.

“She had come on from her 2nd run so much and felt in great form going to post, I was expecting a good run from her but in the end she won with ease and looks to have improved again. She is a progressive filly and loves the all weather surface” Added a delighted winning jockey Daniel Muscutt.

Driver’s Girl with Nikola Aizernova

Prestige Place pleased to support Great British Racing International

Prestige Place is delighted to offer its oversees owners with the opportunity to join the Great British Racing International Club.

“The GBRI members club is great for all of our international owners and just means that they are treated so well at the course, even when they dont have runners. Which then encourages them to want to have runners at these meetings where they are so well looked after.” Added trainer Marco Botti.

 

The GBRI Members Club, which offers international owners with horses in training in Great Britain access to bespoke concierge services as well as assistance with all matters relating to their ownership interests, has seen membership numbers rise by 6% year on year, to 216 individual members, who between them own over 2,350 horses. These members hail from 43 different countries and the number of horses in training owned by the members collectively has grown by 30% since 2014. This initiative is run in partnership with the Racecourse Association, and we’re extremely grateful to them, and the racecourses involved, for all their assistance – and delighted that GBRI has been able to refer a number of clients to racecourses which has resulted in significant purchases of hospitality.

Aimed solely at British-trained horses competing outside of Europe, Team British Racing unites our human and equine representatives under one umbrella brand and provides marketing and PR support to promote them and British Racing worldwide. In 2016, 45 horses have flown the Team British Racing flag for 28 different trainers – all of whom have carried the distinctive Union Jack rugs and branding, helping to promote British racing excellence at the highest level internationally.

One area of significant expansion has been in the number of high-profile luxury brands that GBRI has partnered with in 2016 – enabling us to showcase the very best of British to potential international investors, at no cost to the business. These partners include: Harrods, Holland & Holland, Quintessentially, Chiltern Firehouse, and a host of Michelin starred restaurants, to name a few. There is closer working with Tattersalls and Goffs UK, and the effective use of overseas representatives, GBRI has reduced the number of international trips taken – although still visited eight countries, including Italy, Sweden, Turkey and USA. GBRI recognises the importance of trying to encourage buyers at both ends of the financial spectrum as vital to the overall health of the British bloodstock industry.

2017 offers GBRI the chance to build on these excellent relationships, and to work closely with even more of Britain’s domestic participants to encourage overseas investment in the sport we all love. It goes without saying that our effectiveness is hugely reliant on the goodwill and generosity of all the GB-based training yards, studs and sales houses – so a huge vote of thanks to all of them, and the team at GBRI looks forward to continuing the fruitful relationship for the next 12 months, and beyond.

Dandino & Euro Charline in team GBRI rugs and personalised baseball caps.

Grendisar bids for a hat trick of Winter Derby Trials

Pattern winners headline an excellent entry for Betway Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield Park, headed by Group Three victor Grendisar, among the 12 entries for the £45,000 Listed Betway Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 4.

The 10-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals Day, with the winner receiving a free and automatic place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday, April 14.  Last season’s Easter Classic winner Grendisar is going for a hat-trick of victories in the Betway Winter Derby Trial after scoring in 2015 & 2016.  The seven-year-old has been beaten on both his appearances during this season’s All-Weather Championships, most recently when taking third behind Battalion in the Listed Betway Quebec Stakes, also over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park, on December 17.

“Grendisar is in great form and I am hoping that we get a good run and he is back to his old form. He is very well at home and goes there with no excuses.” Added trainer Marco Botti

First Winner For Yard Apprentice- Jacob Mitchell

Jacob Mitchell relished his first winner under rules yesterday at Southwell. It may have been a claimer at the end of a cold day in January, however this will be a moment that Jacob will remember for years to come. It was Jacobs 7th ride under rules and his 2nd ride on Regarde Moi. Regarde Moi is an older horse that joined Prestige Place just before Christmas and he and Jacob seem to have made a good match.

The race run over the 1 mile trip was hotly contested with Jacob having to take on older professional jockeys, with only his 7 lbs claim to give him an advantage. Jacob has come from a pony racing background and has done well to achieve his first winner from a handful of rides.

“I am delighted that he has achieved his first winner and also for it to be on one of my horses,I hope that he continues to work hard and that more winners follow.” Added a pleased trainer Marco Botti.

Jacob and the yard super star Regarde Moi, being led into the winners enclosure

Dylan Mouth heads to Dubai

Dylan Mouth arrived safe and well in Dubai and is due to have his first start at Meydan on Thursday in the 2000 meters, partnered by jockey Andrea Atzeni. Dylan Mouth was accompanied by Kyllachy Gala and Qatar Man on the flight on Saturday evening. All 3 travelled well and are looking to start off on a good note in Dubai.

Fanciful Angel is also entered for the 1600 meter race on the turf and looks to try and maintain his 100% strike rate, so far in Dubai.

Grendisar going for back-to-back wins in the Winter Derby

Last year’s winner Grendisar is one of 26 entries, revealed today, for the £100,000 Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 25. The 10-furlong Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.

Grendisar won both races emphatically in 2016, after which he was crowned All-Weather Horse Of The Year. The seven-year-old is bidding to become the first dual winner of the Betway Winter Derby and is rated a 6/1 chance by sponsor Betway.

Prestige Place also have in the race- Poeta Diletto, successful in last season’s G3 Italian 2,000 Guineas, Kyllachy Gala who was second over course and distance yesterday. Also Brex Drago, who was third on his debut for the stable in a 10-furlong turf handicap at Meydan on January 19.

Brex Drago has his first start in Meydan for Prestige Place

Brex Drago joined the Prestige Place stables just before the Christmas festivities, No sooner had the son of Mujahid settled in than he was packing his cases for the trip to Dubai.

Brex Drago is no stranger to the Botti family being trained in Italy by Marco’s brother, the globetrotting 5 year old has had 20 starts in his career, 9 of them wins and 5 places. He takes his place on Thursday afternoon in the 2000 meter District One Mansions Handicap on the turf track, he is drawn 1 of the 14 runners and looks to face a competitive field.

Brex Drago is under a new ownership with Mr Renanto Bruni, although Mr Bruni has had much luck with horses with Marco in the past being involved in Pelerin, who claimed some good black type and is now enjoying her second career as a broodmare. Antonio Fresu is the jockey for Brex Drago and looks to complete the Italian connection, Antonio has enjoyed plenty of success over the 2016/17 season in Dubai.