MARCO BOTTI INTERVIEW - 29/03/2016


Marco Botti is one of Britain’s leading trainers who was voted international trainer of the year at the 2012 HWPA Derby Awards.  He has a proven track record of fielding high class horses in the World's biggest races.  His string include Grendisar (won the Winter Derby) and Euro Charline (just missed out on winning the Dubai Turf last week).  Today Marco has kindly provided me with an interview which I think readers will find informative and hopefully profitable.

What would you say is your greatest training performance to date? 

Euro Charline winning the Beverley D Grade 1 in the USA – The only 3 year old filly to do so.
 
What is your favourite UK and International race-track and why? 

You can’t beat having a winner at Ascot – Newmarket also is close to my heart for obvious reasons, it is easy to get to and they look after you so well there.  Any racetrack I have a winner at I tend to like ! Internationally there are so many great tracks and we get welcomed wherever we have runners.  However I can’t help but have a soft spot for Melbourne – The atmosphere is amazing, as is the whole anticipation to the race.
 
Thinking ahead to the UK Flat season proper,which of your horses has the best chance of providing you with your first British Group One success? 

Hard to pin the hopes to one horse – we have a really nice team for the turf this year and I would like to see one of the currently unexposed types pop up.
 
How has your training gone during the Winter? 

Training has gone very well over the winter – the horses are starting to bloom and we have done well for a mild winter.  The anticipation in the yard is electric.
 
Obviously you want to win every race however, have you targeted any of your horses towards a specific big race that you really want to win? 

Grendisar – prime example of this, we knew he was capable of a winter Derby trial then Winter Derby then the classic. We also have some fillies that you need to have very specific targets for as you have a limited time with them.
 
You have a particularly good record on the All Weather, is this something you target your team for or do you feel the contours suit your horses more than grass tracks? 

No we seem to have 2 (possibly 3 teams) an all-weather team / an international team and the turf team here.  Horses then can focus on what they are very good at doing.
 
Is there a horse or few horses you feel will be worthwhile for our readers to follow? 

Dream Mover has been training well he is a nice horse in the making. Dhahmaan we hope will progress this year and Euro Charline looks to be another that always runs a good race.
 
Do you have an unraced horse/any unraced horses that readers should keep the right side of? 

Unraced is hard to say – however Al Hamdany and Bahamas look to be nice 2 year olds in the making.
 
If you could pick a horse from another stable who would it be and why? 

I wouldn’t swop any of mine – but if we had to have another it would be a star like Postponed. He was classy on the weekend.
 
Is there anything else you would like to add? 

2016 looks to be an exciting year – we love to be represented internationally and this year looks to be no exception.


Thank you very much Marco and all the best for the upcoming season.