Grand oc­ca­sion for Bott as Gai makes jump to Vic­to­ria

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

THE ques­tion needed to be asked: which race­track will trainer Adrian Bott be at­tend­ing.

Bott, who co-trains with Gai Water­house, has run­ners at the fea­ture Nowra Cup meet­ing and also at Caster­ton in Vic­to­ria where the stable has Mul­ti­tude in a Maiden Hur­dle and Vale­dic­tion in the Open Steeplechase.

“The jumpers I will leave to Gai,’’ Bott said. “They are Gai’s forte, she goes down to Mel­bourne to put the pol­ish on them. I’m happy to go to Nowra.’’

Bott is send­ing two run­ners to Nowra and could eas­ily leave with a brace from Grand Fi­nal­ist in the $45,000 Nowra Cup (1600m) and Flame Of Love in the $35,000 Belle of the South (1200m).

Flame Of Love, owned by John Muir of Secret Ad­mirer fame, is re­sum­ing but she has looked very im­pres­sive in re­cent bar­rier trial wins at Can­ter­bury and Rose­hill.

“We have been de­lighted with her tri­als,’’ Bott said.

“This is a nice race to kick her off be­fore we bring her to town. We want to give her some race fit­ness and con­fi­dence.’’

Mean­while, Bott con­firmed Doomben 10,000 win­ner English will race next Satur­day in the Group 1 Kings­ford-Smith Cup (1350m) as the stable con­tin­ues its quest to se­cure the mare a start in the $13 mil­lion The Ever­est at Royal Rand­wick in Oc­to­ber.

“The Ever­est is our aim, we are try­ing to get her there,’’ Bott said.

“We want her to be there. She wants to be there, now English needs some­one (slot-holder) to want her to be there.

“She will run in the Kings­fordSmith next Satur­day and if there is a pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning in The Ever­est, that is where she will go.’’

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