Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Irish adventure on Planteur agenda

Planteur

Dubai World Cup third Planteur could head to the Curragh for his next assignment.

A Grade One winner when trained in France, he ran a blinder on his debut for Marco Botti in the world's richest race on Saturday night.

"I was very pleased with Planteur. While his preparation had been good, he only joined us in late December and we had to rush him a little bit to get him ready for the World Cup," said the handler.

"He is a proper horse and he showed a lot of class to finish third after an awkward start to the race. He is entered for Hong Kong but I would say that is very unlikely, as he doesn't like really fast ground and it could be fast in Hong Kong in the middle of April.

"He is entered in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh (May 27) and that could be his next target. He is coming home tomorrow with the other horses and we'll see how they all are when they arrive.

"The Tattersalls Gold Cup would be possible, or he could wait for Royal Ascot for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

The former Aidan O'Brien-trained Joshua Tree was making his debut over two miles in the Dubai Gold Cup, a race which was controversially re-run four and a half hours late after the original running had to be abandoned due to a fatality. Two other horses suffered fatal injuries in the second running.

He finished second, and Botti added: "Joshua Tree was maybe a bit unlucky as when he turned into the straight he had to squeeze through a gap and Johnny (Murtagh) said if he'd had a clearer run it would have been closer.

"He'll have a little break and the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot would be a possibility for him if he's all right."

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