Planteur is set to travel to the Dubai World Cup on March 30
Last Updated: March 18, 2013 2:33pm
Planteur: In good shape ahead of a trip to Dubai
Planteur will be making a pretty brief visit to the Gulf as he prepares to leave Newmarket this weekend ahead of the Dubai World Cup on March 30.
Marco Botti's six-year-old looked in excellent health on Monday, despite having spent his time preparing through the chilly British weather. He has taken a slightly different route towards the planet's richest race when landing the Winter Derby Trial in February.
In his first season since leaving Elie Lellouche in France, Planteur stayed on to finish third in last year's World Cup but was put in his place by Frankel on his final start of the summer in the Juddmonte International.
"I was very pleased with his run at Lingfield considering I knew he would need it a lot," Botti said. "He'll do one more piece of work this week and then he leaves for Dubai on Saturday. He's going there in very good shape."
Planteur did only hold Miblish by a neck at Lingfield, but Botti said: "Adam Kirby (jockey) said he had a lot left in hand, and he never wins by very far. We made the running that day. In the Dubai World Cup there aren't any pacemakers, so it can be slowly run. We know we can lead if we have to.
"When he comes back, we will go carefully through the summer and pick his races, but if all goes well he will hopefully end up in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He'd probably take to the dirt."
In brand new premises, Botti's aim this season is to train a domestic Group One, and one of the top on his list is Moohaajim, a contender for the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes.
Winner of the Mill Reef at Newbury, the Cape Cross colt was touched off by Reckless Abandon in the Middle Park Stakes. "I'm pleased with his progress - it's so far, so good - and we plan to run him in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury," said Botti.
"He's entered in the French and English Guineas but the priority will be the English. He was on the small side last year, but he has done well."
There are several other potential globetrotters on the books including Dandino, such an accomplished stayer for both James Given and James Fanshawe.
Botti said: "I'm very pleased with him but we haven't decided where to start him off - we'll probably think about it over the next three or four weeks. He was bought to be a Melbourne and Caulfield Cup horse, so he'll have a light summer."
Another bound for Australia will be Italian import Crackerjack King, who was last seen in the Arlington Million.
"He had a problem last year and is still in pre-training," said the trainer. "He has recovered from injury and he'll be a Cox Plate horse - his ideal trip is a mile and a quarter."