Botti trio for Lingfield prize
Brazilian import Energia Eros makes his European debut at Lingfield on Saturday ahead of a Dubai Carnival campaign.
The five-year-old is burdened with top weight in the coral.co.uk Handicap, the feature £45,000 event at the Surrey track, and is one of three runners for trainer Marco Botti.
The Point Given entire has not raced since finishing second in a Group One over a mile and a half at Sao Paulo in May, having won a Group Three over 11 furlongs on his native soil last January.
He has been with Botti for nearly three months and arrived in Britain via a spell in quarantine in America.
"He's working well and this is his first start for us," said the Newmarket handler.
"He will go to Dubai after this and so far we are happy with him. We want to give him one run over here and then he will be off to Dubai on the 18th of this month.
"He definitely stays and he's a nice horse."
Botti also saddles Halfsin and Grendisar, who is 3lb out of the handicap.
"Grendisar has been running well on the all-weather and was probably a little unlucky last time," he said.
"He seems to hold his form, despite not being the most straightforward horse. He always runs good races but definitely looks after himself.
"Halfsin won a class three (at Kempton last month), but he's a funny horse.
"Sometimes I think he prefers a smaller field. He's well and in good form, but that's how good he is."
John Quinn has been tempted by the excellent prize-money to put Kashmir Peak back on the Flat as the ground is currently too soft over jumps for the smart hurdler.
A head runner-up to Thomas Hobson on the level at Doncaster in October, he was well beaten in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and will wear headgear for the first time.
"We're putting blinkers on him just to help him concentrate," said the North Yorkshire trainer.
"It's a good pot, so we'll see how we go. He's been in good form on the Flat this last year without winning.
"He'll go back over hurdles when the ground dries out a bit. He just doesn't want the ground too deep."
Karl Burke is hoping Media Hype can show he is over the training troubles which restricted him to just one run in 2013.
"Media Hype has a history of training problems and 2013 was a tough year for him," said the Middleham handler.
"It has been nothing serious - just a number of small, niggly problems which make him a very hard horse to train.
"It has been very stop-start and, although he seems in good order, I am sure he will improve on whatever he does on Saturday.
"The draw (11) is not ideal, but he handles the Polytrack and his performance when he won at Kempton just over a year ago was very good.
"It would be nice if we can get him back to that sort of form and we are building him up for a crack at one of those Good Friday races (All-Weather Championship Finals)."