Prestige Place look to be sending out the first 2 year old runner of the season. Jellmood a smart colt owned and bred by HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum he is by Acclamation and is a smart looking early type. He has been entered at Doncaster on Saturday over the sharp 5f trip, in a race for newcomers.
” I am hoping for a good run from him, he is showing speed at home and looks to be an early precocious type. We will see where we are with him.” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Jellmood runs in the colours of HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
The Prestige Place team look to be sending out 5 runners at Newbury over the next 2 days. With 2 exciting fillies having their maiden debuts – Domitilla a daughter of Cape Cross, who has been working well at home and looks to be heading the right way. In the 2nd division of the maiden race we have the very smartly bred Frankel filly Omneeya, she is making her racecourse debut and is showing speed in her work at home.
Omran is making his 3 year old debut, having had a successful 2 year old campaign, 2nd on his racecourse debut and then winning well the next time out. He has wintered well and looks both mentally and physically stronger this season.
Saturday sees Dylan Mouth in the John Porter Stakes a Group 3 for the older horses over 1m4f, He has done well since returning from Dubai and with the assistance of Frankie Dettori the team are hoping for a big run. Fanciful Angel who also is having his first run back from Dubai runs in the mammoth 21 runner field of the 1 mile Spring Cup Handicap- with a prize fund of over £30,000.
This week looks to be a busy one at Prestige Place, with the Tattersalls Breeze up sales in full flow as well as racing starting on the turf here at the Head quarters of horse racing.
Prestige Place is sending out 2 runners on the first day of the Craven Meeting. The first is Brex Drago and smart colt who has not long returned from Dubai, he is a nice handicapper and this looks a good place to start him off. Ideally he would like a little more cut in the ground as the going is sure to be on the quicker side of good as there has been a distinct lack of rain, combined with a drying wind. We also have Al Hamdany running in the Listed Fielden Stakes over 1m1f, he is partnered by Harry Bentley and this is his first start in his 3 year old season. He ended last season on a high, being narrowly beaten in a listed race at Pontefract in October 2016. We hope to see him make a good account of himself here, on his 3 year old debut.
Aljazzi provided Prestige Place with a third consecutive victory in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton.
Ryan Moore’s partner was produced deep inside the final furlong and showed a really game attitude to coolly account for Materialistic by a length and a half at odds of 4-1. Godolphin’s filly Laugh Aloud made much of the running, but she was swallowed up late on and finished out of the money. Zest came home in third place, another head in arrears of Aljazzi.
This has become somewhat of the race of Marco Botti – Having won this one-mile Listed prize with Kyllachy Queen last season and with Lady Dutch two years ago.
“We felt the filly was stronger than last year and were hopeful she could pick up some more black type. This has been a lucky race for us, it looked a good place for her to start off in and she won nicely. She is entered in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket (May 7). We’ll see how she comes out of the race and what the ground is like, but she stays the extra furlong and did win at Newmarket as a two-year-old, so the track shouldn’t be a problem for her. At the moment, that would be her likely next race.” Added a delighted trainer Marco Botti
Aljazzi winning at Newmarket as a 2 year old. In the world renowned colours of owners Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar – who also bred this smart filly at their Blue Diamond Stud on the outskirts of Newmarket. Under guidance from racing manager Mr Tony Nerses.
It looks to be a busy weekend this weekend at Prestige Place, we look to have 3 runners on Good Friday, Grendisar heading to Lingfield to defend his crown in the Middle Distance Championship with £125,000 up for grabs for the winning horse. He has been unlucky in his last few starts this season, with the races just not falling to plan for him.
We also look to have runners at Newcastle and Bath, with Wild Hacked who was 2nd last time out looking towards scooping the £50,000 prize that is on offer for the handicap on Good Friday. Brex Drago has an entry at Bath – a real change of scenery from the racecourse at Meydan – which was where he had his last start.
Saturday see’s Raven’s Lady having her seasonal debut, in the fillies class 2 handicap, she is stepping up to a mile for the first time and it is 190 days since her last run. “She is fit and well in herself and her homework is good.” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Aljazzi is looking to have her seasonal debut in the listed Snowdrop Stakes as her starting point for her 4 year old campaign. Aljazzi will be partnered by Ryan Moore and has been showing her lust for life in her work at home.
We then look to round the Easter weekend off with Velvet Revolution, he is now a 4 year old and he is stepping up to the 2 mile trip at Kempton. He has early entries later in the season for the Chester Cup and looks to be shaping into an exciting long distance prospect.
Velvet Revolution- who along with Raven’s Lady will carry the Heart Of The South Racing’s colours, this weekend.
Grendisar forms part of the International challengers among superb entries for All-Weather Championships Finals Day. This year’s is set to be a fantastic day’s racing after 128 entries, including seven overseas-trained contenders, were received for the Good Friday highlight at Lingfield Park on April 14.
The tremendous seven-race card on Polytrack boasts £1 million in prize money, headlined by the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic (4.40pm) over a mile and a quarter, which has attracted 11 entries including last year’s winner Grendisar (Marco Botti).
The seven-year-old has run well in four appearances over the same course and distance this season but faces a tough task to defend his Middle Distance crown. “He is in great form and training well at home, we need luck on our side with a good draw and we hope to run a great race.” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Grendisar the All-Weather Horse of The Year is bidding to become the first two-time winner of the Betway Easter Classic. The seven-year-old has not quite produced his best form in four starts this winter, latterly finishing a staying-on fifth, though beaten only a length, behind Convey in the Betway Winter Derby. Trainer Marco Botti said today: “Grendisar is training well and looks in the same form as heading into Good Friday last year. This year hasn’t quite gone to plan and whether that is because he is a year older or running against slightly better horses, I don’t know. But from what we see at home he is in really good order and looks well. I am sure if he bounces back to his best form, he must be a strong contender. The team have decided to use Silvestre de Sousa. It will be the first time Silvestre rides him. We have put the cheekpieces back on as well as I didn’t think the blinkers made any difference last time.”
Racing gets underway at 1.40pm on Good Friday.
Grendisar carry’s the world renowned colours of Middleham Park Racing.
Moolazim looks to be a smart type winning well on his debut at Chelmsford on Saturday evening. He is a horse that has always been highly regarded in the yard, as he is a half brother to Lazzam who won some nice races for the team as well as finishing 2nd in the UAE Guineas. Moolazim a son of Tamayuz looked the part when running a very professional race to show his seasoned counterparts a clean pair of heels. He took charge a furlong from home under a great ride from Daniel Muscutt.
Moolazim has been late getting to the race track as he had some set backs early in his career, but now looks to have completely benefited from the time as he looks to be a very smart racehorse in the making. “I am delighted with the win, we have been very lucky that he has some patient owners as they have been rewarded with waiting for this horse. We shall now see how he comes out of the race as to his next start.” Added a delighted trainer Marco Botti
Moolazim who carries the easily recognisable colours of HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
Poeta Diletto who is having his first start in the UK after joining the Prestige Place team over the winter break. The smart son of Poet’s Voice is a 3 time winner in Italy, where he started his career with Stefano Botti. Notching up a very convincing win in the Italian 2,000 Guineas. He had his last start in Italy in October before making the journey across the water to join the team in Newmarket, in late December.
“He has settled in very well here and his work has been impressive over the past few weeks, this looks a good starting place for the colt and we will very much see where he is” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Luna Mission a lovely filly trained by Marco in 2014/ 2015 season has given birth to her first foal a little colt by Dandy Man.
The new arrival is very special to her owners Mr & Mrs Allison as it is the first foal they have bred from a mare that they have had from the start of her training career. “She is a special mare and the foal is a delight as he arrived the day before my birthday on the 22nd March – so a very great birthday surprise.” added delighted owner Jonny Allison.
Both mother and son look to be doing very well back at Star Cottage Stud. Luna Mission is off to visit Sepoy for next years covering.
The sun is shinning the clocks have gone forward and this weekend sees the long awaited return to the flat turf season in the UK. It seems to have been a long winter and we have a nice team rearing to go, with some runners heading to Doncaster.
We do however have a good collective of runners on the all weather at Kempton on Saturday, with Rockspirit and Poeta Dilleta heading to the listed Magnolia Stakes.
Poeta Diletto joined the team just before Christmas, having been a very smart sort in Italy, he has entries at both Doncaster in the Doncaster Mile, a listed race and also in the Magnolia Stakes. Bobbio and Moolazim also hold entries on Sunday at Doncaster on the turf.