Tree fells Kergorlay foes
Sunday 19 August 2012
Marco Botti completed a unique staying-race double when Joshua Tree landed the Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville.
Successful with Jakkalberry in the first running of the American St Leger at Arlington on Saturday night, the Newmarket-based Italian trainer struck again in this Group Two contest over one mile seven furlongs.
Ryan Moore, who had earlier taken the Prix Romanet aboard Snow Fairy, set the pace on the former Aidan O'Brien inmate. He was headed by Flamingo Fantasy in the straight, but rallied in determined fashion to regain the lead and hold the late flourish of Brigantin by a length.
Botti said: "He did well. I thought Ryan gave him a brilliant ride. He said he was always in control. Every time the others came to his girths, Ryan said the horse picked up again.
"We've always had the Canadian race, the Woodbine International, in mind, but I will speak to the owner.
"He may go to Australia, or we may follow the plan we had and go to Woodbine in October. He was second in the race last year. That race is over a mile and a half and Ryan said it would be no problem dropping him back to that trip.
"We will probably decide next week, but Canada is the more likely."