Botti hoping to bring taste of Italy to Goodwood

Marco Botti, who trains Souviens Toi

Marco Botti, who trains Souviens Toi

Mori gets her head down to win the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwoo. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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Marco Botti is set to unleash Souviens Toi at Goodwood.

The Italian import is primed for her British bow in the Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes.

The £40,000 Listed contest is the feature of the West Sussex track’s first meeting of the season tomorrow (2.20pm).

Botti has been pleased with the way the filly has settled in at his Newmarket headquarters.

And while he admits a trip to Goodwood is a journey into the unknown, he is happy for the four-year-old daughter of Dalakhani to take her chance.

‘The plan is to run Souviens Toi in the Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes,’ he confirmed.

‘She has settled in fine and has been training well.

‘She won a Listed race in Italy last season and, from what she is showing us at home, she is going to be a stakes filly here as well.

‘She should get the trip and is ready to run – but the course down at Goodwood is a bit of an unknown.

‘Horses in Italy are used to running on flat tracks.

‘They are not familiar with the undulations and it can take them one or two races to get used to that.

‘When she won her Listed race the ground was heavy but I don’t think quicker conditions will be an issue.

‘I think she will handle any ground.’

The filly’s Listed triumph came in the Premio Buontalenta Lanwades Stud race at Capannelle back in November.

Souviens Toi beat Oeuvre D’Art by half a length for Botti’s cousin, Endo.

It was her third win in six races in Italy – capping a fine start to her career.

Hoping to give the import a baptism of fire at Goodwood will be six rivals.

The top-rated horse in the race is Coquet, who is trained in East Ilsley by Hughie Morrison.

The going for tomorrow’s meeting is rated good, good to firm.

And the Berkshire handler is confident his charge can return to her best on the quicker surface.

Morrison, who saddled just one winner at the track last summer, said: ‘Coquet is fine.

‘She hasn’t changed materially over the winter but I think she has retained all of her ability.

‘She had a virus after the Oaks and the two bad races she ran – at York and in France – were purely down to the soft ground.’

Bite Of The Cherry, Khione, Lily In Pink, Reckoning and Jehannedarc make up the rest of the field.

Jehannedarc is set to make her first start for Ed Dunlop.

The Montjeu mare was second to Wild Coco in the Group 3 Blackrock Fillies’ Stakes at the Glorious festival in August.

Dunlop said: ‘She has run well at Goodwood in the past and this looks like a good starting point.

‘She showed her best form on nice ground, so faster ground won’t be a problem.’

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