Botti keen on Moohaajim claims
Marco Botti is anticipating further improvement from the promising Moohaajim in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The Cape Cross colt looked an above-average juvenile when making a winning start to his career at Ascot in July, giving connections enough confidence to throw him straight into Group One company for a red-hot Prix Morny at Deauville last month.
Although he came up short, he ran an eyecatching race to grab fifth spot behind the hugely exciting Reckless Abandon, and the form has already received a boost with the fourth home, Sir Prancealot, landing last week's Flying Childers at Doncaster.
"He is going to run and I have been very pleased with him since the Morny," said Botti.
"He came out of the race in good form, his work has been good and I think the ground should be fine for him. It's forecast to be a dry week and he wants good ground.
"Considering he was drawn one I thought he ran very well at Deauville. The runners came across quickly and he got shuffled back and was in an awkward position.
"He didn't have much experience and we knew it was a big ask, but we thought he was up to that level and he was only beaten just over two lengths.
"Hopefully he gets a bit more luck on Saturday. We might step up to seven furlongs later on, but he is a horse with plenty of speed and six furlongs is fine for him at the moment."