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Current Odds: 15-1 B. c. 4, Cape Cross (IRE) - Risera (IRE), by Royal Academy
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 13, 2013 - Asc
Summer Mile Stakes
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May 13, 2013 -Wds
Royal Windsor Stakes
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Italian-born Marco Botti began training in Newmarket in 2006, and trains around 80 horses there. Botti comes from a famous Italian racing family, his father and uncle both trained racehorses. He is married to his wife Lucie, who was herself a former jockey.
Martin Harley was born in Co Donegal, Ireland in 1990, and was apprenticed to legendary Irish trainer Jim Bolger. Harley rode his first winner at Down Royal on June 24th 2007 on just his fifth ride in public, and finished his first season as an apprentice with seven winners, although a back injury hampered his progress in 2009. His career took off when he came to England in 2011, and he now rides principally for trainer Mick Channon.
Giuliano Manfredi is a Milan-based retired businessman, who has had a lifelong interest in horses. He rode as an amateur in Italy and was at one stage Italian amateur champion. He used to own horses in Italy, but now has horses solely with Marco Botti in Newmarket, where he has around a dozen in training. By some way the best horse he has had to date was the Group I winning miler Excelebration, whom he sold to Tabor, Smith and Magnier at the back end of his 3-year-old career.
Guest of Honour is by Cape Cross, renowned as the sire of the great Sea the Stars and Ouija Board. Sea the Stars' perfect 2009 campaign featured victories in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Ouija Board's trophy haul includes the 2004 Epsom and Irish Oaks, two editions of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2004 and 2006), the 2005 Hong Kong Vase and the 2006 Prince of Wales's and Nassau. Cape Cross has also sired New Zealand Horse of the Year Seachange, Hong Kong champion miler Able One and 2010 Grand Prix de Paris hero Behkabad. A representative of the Danzig sire line as a son of Green Desert, Cape Cross was a highweight miler himself who garnered the 1998 Lockinge at Newbury and 1999 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.
Guest of Honour is out of Risera, a three-time winner in Italy. Her sire is Royal Academy, an Irish highweight during his 1990 campaign when scoring in both the six-furlong July Cup and the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Nijinsky II stallion compiled a truly global stud career, siring another Breeders' Cup Mile winner in Val Royal (2001); Hong Kong Horse of the Year Bullish Luck; multiple Irish highweight stayer Oscar Schindler; Sleepytime, heroine of the 1000 Guineas in 1997; a few champions in South America; Singapore champion Ato; and multiple Australian Group 1 victor Bel Esprit, sire of undefeated wondermare Black Caviar. As a broodmare sire, Royal Academy is responsible for multiple highweight and dual classic heroine Finsceal Beo; 2004 St Leger victor Rule of Law; 2011 European co-champion two-year-old colt Dabirsim; and Australian champion and top sire Fastnet Rock.
Risera, a half-sister to multiple Group 3-placed stakes winner Rusoli, hails from a solid Italian family. Their dam, Group 3 heroine Smageta, placed in the 1982 Italian 1000 Guineas, Italian Oaks and Premio Lydia Tesio. Smageta is the granddam of globetrotting star Rakti, who won a total of six Group 1 events in Italy and England. This female line has also produced multiple Group 1 scorer Svelt and Italian co-highweight Le Cadre Noir.
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Lightly raced four-year-old was a touch unlucky when third in his latest over a mile at Ascot in a Group Two in July in his first start since winning at Windsor in May and has won one of his four starts on grass. Son of Cape Cross is trained in England by Marco Botti who sent Jakkalberry over to win last year’s American St. Leger and colt has promise but has not faced competition of this caliber and may be in too tough with Martin Harley retaining the mount.