Botti sweet on Sugar
Marco Botti is looking forward to Sugar Boy taking on Melbourne Cup bound Brown Panther in the Greene King Foundation Stakes.
The colt looked a bright prospect when trained in Ireland by Patrick Prendergast as he defeated Eye Of The Storm and subsequent Derby third Galileo Rock in the Sandown Classic Trial.
However, he was tailed off in the Irish Derby after being bought by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, with the colt then moving to Botti's Newmarket yard.
Botti has Sugar Boy entered in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, with other international options also open, but he said: "There are a couple of tough older horses to beat and we just hope the ground doesn't dry out any more.
"It's currently good to soft, and the ground was too quick for him in the Irish Derby. He came back very jarred-up after that.
"He's in good form and this race is a stepping-stone on his first time for us. Hopefully we'll have learned a bit more about him after this."
The near-mile-and-a-quarter Listed event will be far short of Brown Panther's best trip but the Goodwood Cup winner needs another outing before trainer Tom Dascombe finalises a trip to Australia.
Michael Owen's beloved horse spiked a temperature and stopped eating prior to his intended outing in the Irish Leger.
Saaed Bin Suroor has won this race an impressive six times in the last 11 years and his representative is Quick Wit, winner of a minor conditions event before an ordinary show in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes and a race in Turkey.
A major player will be the Jeremy Noseda-trained Grandeur, who is a Grade Two winner in America and is back from another Stateside venture when he was not beaten far from a bad draw in the Arlington Million.
Richard Hannon's Mister Music scored at the Glorious meeting and was also on the target in a small race at Bath last week.
"Since we tried Mister Music in blinkers, he has won two and been second once in four races," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"He goes back up in trip, but he won two and a half lengths over nine furlongs on this track, so that is not a problem."