Planteur's tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic is in doubt
Last Updated: October 8, 2013 12:06pm
Marco Botti: Making running plans
Trainer Marco Botti is in no rush to decide on a potential Breeders' Cup Classic bid for Planteur after admitting his disappointing run in France last weekend had "messed up the plans".
Placed in the last two runnings of the Dubai World Cup on the Tapeta at Meydan, Planteur appeared a realistic contender for the Breeders' Cup feature after a pleasing return to action at Windsor in August.
He aimed to continue his progress in last Saturday's Prix Dollar, but after setting a strong pace under Olivier Peslier, the six-year-old predictably weakened quickly in the straight and trailed home 12th of the 13 runners.
Botti admits his charge ended up having a harder race than ideal in Paris and he is keen to see how he bounces back on the Newmarket gallops before making a decision on a trip to California.
Botti said: "He seems fine, but obviously it wasn't our tactic to go that quickly. He went far too fast and the race was over for us at the top of the straight. Having gone that pace for five furlongs in soft ground, he had no chance of getting home.
"Unfortunately he had quite a hard race, he is quite tired and a run like that has messed up the plans a bit.
"There has been no decision about the Breeders' Cup yet. We want to see how he is and how he works in the next week or so."
One Botti inmate who performed far more creditably on Arc weekend was smart stayer Tac De Boistron.
The six-year-old joined the Italian trainer earlier this year after failing to get competitive in last year's Melbourne Cup and after a good run at Goodwood before winning at Chester, he filled the runner-up spot behind German runner Altano in the two-and-a-half-mile Prix du Cadran.
Botti said: "I thought he ran a good race. Things in Australia didn't go well for him because unfortunately he didn't handle conditions as it is always fast ground there.
"Softer ground is the key to him and it is nice he showed what he can do on Sunday. He just got outstayed by the winner, but they pulled clear of the rest.
"He seems to have come out of the race fine so we will probably look to go back to Longchamp for the Prix Royal-Oak (October 27), which is a bit shorter, a mile and seven furlongs. That will suit him a bit better."