Since setting up in Britain just over a decade ago, Marco Botti has made an impressive impact on the training scene.
Group 1 winners such as Euro Charline, Gitano Hernando, Joshua Tree and Excelebration have been handled by the trainer, who retains the desire to keep striking at the top level.
He spoke to us about some of the horses from his yard to watch this season.
What are your aims for the Flat season?
Every year we aim to find nice horses to run at the top level, especially Group horses and horse that can run at the good meetings at places like Newmarket, Newbury and Ascot. We have fewer older horses this year but we’re stronger with our three-year-olds, so they could be the ones to watch.
Tell us about your stable star
Aljazzi has done really well for us. She’s going to run in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday and I think she’ll run well. She won a Listed race at Kempton last time and progressed a huge amount over the winter. I think she can make her mark in good races this year.
Which new horse has been catching your eye?
Mabrook is a lovely colt by Dubawi, who was fourth on his debut the other day. We think he’s a nice horse for the future and I’d like to think he can be winning good races.
Is there been a two-year-old who has particularly impressed you so far?
We have some well-bred two-year-olds. Jellmood impressed me on his debut at Doncaster last month and he’s also shown plenty of ability at home. He should run again in the next couple of weeks and he may well be good enough to go to Royal Ascot.
And how about a three-year-old to follow?
Indian Dandy looks a progressive horse and won nicely last time at Yarmouth. He might be one for the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot next month. He’s good enough for races like that.
Was there a horse who ran over the winter for you that surprised you with its progress?
Unabated could be a nice sprinter for the season. I think he was very impressive at Newcastle last time.
And, finally, if you could have one horse from another stable, who would it be?
Churchill. I think he has everything.