Arlington ace Fanciful Angel under consideration for US sale

Tue 15 Aug 2017

Fanciful Angel remains in the United States while his owners consider selling him following his fine effort in the Arlington Million.

The five-year-old gelding belied his odds of 73-1 when staging a career-best performance to finish in second place, just half a length behind the winner Beach Patrol.

In doing so, Fanciful Angel was a neck in front of Group One winner Deauville in third spot.

Fanciful Angel's display has resulted in owners Touch Gold Racing receiving several offers.

While trainer Marco Botti was delighted with Fanciful Angel's run, he will be sad to lose the horse if a sale goes through.

"That was a fantastic result. Before the race we were an outsider and he ran the best performance of his career," said the Newmarket-based handler.

"We didn't expect to finish that close in the Arlington Million, so I was delighted for everybody – the owners, their racing manager and the jockey, Danny Muscutt. 

"He's come out of the race well. Unfortunately for me, the horse has stayed there because the owners have had offers for him.

"That always happens when a horse runs so well. I'm not quite sure what the future is going to be, whether he will be sold.

"We are waiting for a final decision. It's up to the owners and they have had a few offers.

"It might be one of those things where he runs so well and then we might lose the horse and he might continue his career in America, but nothing has been confirmed.

"I know they've had offers which they are considering and that is why the horse did not fly straight back."

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