Fanciful Angel wins in style at Meydan

It was a super start to the season in Dubai with Fanciful Angel picking up where he left off last time he was in the UAE. Helping Daniel Muscutt to register perhaps the most significant win of his career when bringing home the Touch Gold Racing partnerships Fanciful Angel to win the Mina Rashid Handicap, in impressive fashion.

The five-year-old was victorious at the Carnival last year but had been winless since, although he had been running in races like the International at Ascot. Fanciful beat a good line up including Hors De Combat with George Baker’s Belgian Bill third to give Britain a clean sweep of the placings.

Muscutt said: “It’s great to keep the ride and I have to thank the owners and Mr Botti. “Sometimes he’s slowly away and can then get keen which makes it difficult, but the ear plugs make a massive difference. He’s done it really nicely, and given how he settled he could maybe go over further.” Added the delighted winning jockey.

“I am delighted for the horse, connections and team to start the carnival off in this fashion. He is horse that always runs a good race and I have had this race in mind for him for a while. ” added a very pleased trainer Marco Botti.

Fanciful Angel has been entered in the Godolphin Mile and the Dubai turf on World Cup Night at the end of March.

Winning connections Mike Kaye of Touch Gold Racing collecting the trophy.

A Flying Start To 2017

Only 9 days into the new year has seen 9 runners, compromising of 2 winners, 4 placed horses, this looks to be shaping well for the rest of the season.

Dream Factory was the first winner of the year, shaping up well under a great ride from Tom Marquand to win at Kempton in style, he is a horse that has taken a while to come to hand at home and needed the other starts to give him the idea about being a racehorse. Now he knows where the winning line is I am sure we will see a few more wins for this son of Manduro.

Indian Dandy was impressive winning well on his racecourse debut, the son of Dandy Man has been working well at home and looks to be shaping into a smart sort. “He was late into the yard, so was a little behind the others, hence not making his debut until now, however he looks to be making up for lost ground now. He is a horse that I thought would give a good account of himself. The plan is to see what the handicapper does with him, however we will continue with him on the all weather over the winter.” added delighted trainer Marco Botti.

Dream Factory – in the colours of Farwestfield Farm, Owner Roz Lloyd.


First Runners In Meydan

The first draft of horses that travelled over to Dubai on the weekend, look set to run this Thursday, with Fanciful Angel. Magical Forest and Naadirr all holding entries.

4 Horses travelled over to Dubai, Brex Drago making up the advance party. All settled in well and are looking very well in themselves.” I am delighted the way in which they have all settled in” Commented Lucie Botti who is overseeing the runners in Dubai.

FA Dubai

Review of 2016 at Prestige Place

As 2016 draws to a close we were delighted to hit the 50-winner mark in Britain on Tuesday, 27 December when two-year-old Makaarim won easily for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum at Wolverhampton.
With winners in Dubai, Germany and Italy as well this year, our prize-money tally now stands at more than £2.1 million, and we’re very grateful to all our loyal owners plus our great team of staff at home who have made this possible.
This year saw the retirement of our stable star, Team Valor’s Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes winner Euro Charline, who came so close to adding to her tally of wins this season, finishing second on all three of her starts – in the G2 Balanchine and G1 Dubai Turf at Meydan as well as the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Those near-misses in high-class races meant that Euro Charline ended the year as the highest-earning British horse abroad. She went to Tattersalls in December where she sold for 750,000gns to Katsumi Yoshida.
Another of our seasoned campaigners, Grendisar, also had a year to remember, being crowned Champion All-Weather Horse at the ROA Awards for his victories in the Coral Easter Classic at the All-Weather Finals day in March as well as the Group 3 Winter Derby and Listed Winter Derby Trial. He earned more than £200,000 this year to take his lifetime earnings to £413,452.
Coolmore’s Knife Edge became our second winner of the German 2,000 Guineas in May after finishing runner-up in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes, and these good efforts saw him sold to race on in Hong Kong, where he has been joined by Bahamas, who was runner-up in the Group 2 Gran Criterium at San Siro. Also in Italy, Dylan Mouth landed the Group 2 Gran Premio di Milano, his 12th win from 18 starts.
Our team for the Dubai Carnival accrued one win and five seconds, with Fanciful Angel winning on the turf on 28 January, while Lazzam was twice runner-up – in the G3 UAE 2,000 Guineas and the Listed Al Bastakiya, a trial for the UAE Derby.
Golden Steps enjoyed his trip to Qatar for the Katara Sprint Cup, in which he finished third, and he later won the valuable Bunbury Cup at Newmarket in July under Frankie Dettori.
The fillies Aljazzi and Kyllachy Queen each did us proud this year, winning Listed races at Haydock and Kempton for their owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, and Kilboy Estate respectively.
Dream Mover ended his career with us with two wins and a runner-up finish in the G3 Premio Chiusura and he has now been sold to race on in America, while Azraff won the valuable Planteur Handicap – a special race for us to win – which was the opening race of the Qatar Lockinge meeting.
Two other promising individuals who deserve a mention are Wild Hacked and Rockspirit, both three-year-olds who have won three races each this year to earn official ratings of 97 and 104 respectively.
We’ve been delighted to celebrate our tenth year training in Newmarket in such style and look forward to sending another team of horses out to Dubai for the Carnival early in 2017. From all of us here at Prestige Place, we wish all our friends and colleagues a very Happy New Year.

Knife Edge Antonello

Knife Edge

William Gleed into Second Awards Stage

The whole of the Prestige Place team is delighted that William (Bill) Gleed has been selected for the 2nd stage of the 2017 Godolphin and BHA Stud and Stable Staff awards. Bill has been a permanent fixture at Prestige Place – since we moved into the yard from Greenridge and worked for Marco prior to the move also. This is Bill’s 5th year nominated and we hope this year is the year we have all been waiting for. The Awards, now in their 13th year, recognise and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the stud and stable staff who are at the heart of our sport.

Bill who celebrated his 71st birthday yesterday and was at work (early as always) to celebrate with some cake and biscuits with the lads. Bill has not missed a days work from Prestige Place since he joined Marco when he started training in 2006. Bill who holds stable pass number 278 – we are currently on 59889. Just shows how dedicated and hard working he is, in his time in racing he has only ever held 4 jobs and has only “moved on” from jobs when the boss either died or moved to another part of the world to train.

“I love my job, the horses, the people. Its what I get up for in the mornings.” added a delighted Bill. Bill was nominated by all the head lads, office staff, trainer and vets that visit the yard – so has a very strong bank of support.

The awards sponsored by Godolphin and run by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in association with the Racing Post, the Awards offer over £120,000 in prize money, with up to £40,000 available to a single yard or stud. The prizes will be presented in front of an invited audience at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

The category Bill has been nominated for is the Dedication to Racing Award – For a member of staff who has served a minimum of 15 years in the industry, is an integral part of the team, offers a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and a love and dedication of their job. As we can all see Bill has smashed the obligatory 15 years service by some 50 plus years.

“Bill is a delight to work with, he is dedicated to the core, hard working and never late – in fact he is always first in and last out. He is always happy and has a smile and a good word and takes the new staff under his wing.” Added assistant trainer Karen Parris.


Bill – who’s main role is feeding the horses (A very important job in any top yard)

Hopes & Dreams

We look to have a really smart bunch of yearlings and at this time of the year this is when you are allowed to have big hopes and dreams of them all.

There is a real mix this season, with some very exciting first season sires and some very established sires also represented. All of the yearlings are cantering away lightly and progressing very nicely. With the mild weather that we seem to have had so far this winter they look well in themselves and good in the coat and a cheeky sparkle to the eye.


A very smart Footstepsinthesand colt (Ex Think Again 2015)

Grendisar and Brandbend head to Listed race

Grendisar and Brandybend look set to clash on Saturday in the Listed Quebec stakes at Lingfield on the All Weather. Brandybend the smart daughter of Galileo is back on the all weather after a very international campaign of late, her last race being in Sweden.

Grendisar looks to have bounced back to his best form and is looking magnificent in his coat and his work has been good at home. He was 4th on his seasonal debut behind Team Talk in the Listed Churchill Stakes last month and looks to have sharpened up from this start.





Dubai Carnival Team Start to Assemble

Prestige Place looks to be well represented at the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting – running from the 1st week in January and culminating in the prestigious Dubai World Cup on the 25th March.

The yard looks to be represented by 8 accepted horses – amongst them some old favourites in Naadirr and a winner last year Fanciful Angel. They also look to be joined by smart juveniles in the form of recent winners Zumurudee and Qatar Man, both looking to have an exciting start to an international campaign.

Responsibleforlove a new recruit to the yard from Italy, owned by team Valor she looks to be one to add to the team of horses alongside international globe trotter Dylan Mouth himslef a multiple group winner.

Meydan, Dubai, UAE

Meydan, Dubai, UAE

Grendisar named ROA All Weather Horse of the Year

Winter Derby and all weather middle distance champion Grendisar has been named the All Weather Champion racehorse of the Year for 2016. He beat off stiff opposition from Moonrise Landing and Wolowitz but was ultimately crowned the champion.

The accolade came on Thursday evening at the 35th annual Racehorse Owners Association Horseracing Awards at London’s InterContinental Hotel. The owners of Grendisar, some of the Middleham Park Racing Club where on hand to collect the award at the prestigious ceremony.

Grendisar Winter Derby

Euro Charline sells for 750,000 Guineas

Globe trotting super star from Prestige Place has found her new home to commence her second career after being sold at Tattersalls mares sales on Tuesday evening.The Beverly Dee winner Euro Charline (Myboycharlie {Ire}) will join the paddocks of Northern Farm in Japan after selling for 750,000gns to Shunsuke Yoshida, son of the farm’s owner Katsumi.

The Marco Botti protégé, bought initially as a short yearling for 800gns and later that year for 13,000gns, was sold privately in training to Team Valor and it was when she finished runner-up to Real Steel in the Group 1 Dubai Turf that she first came to her new owner’s attention.

“She was a very good racehorse. We raced against her in Dubai and we followed her since then,” said Yoshida. “We like her bloodline very much––she will be a good outcross for Deep Impact. Hopefully she will go to Deep Impact, but he is very busy.”

“I am very sad to see her leave the yard, but now it is time for her to start her new career, she has been a fabulous filly to train and I am delighted to have been part of her success. It is as always a pleasure to train for Team Valor and I cant wait to see her youngstock on the track in due course.” Added trainer Marco Botti, supervising proceedings at the Tattersalls sales ring.