TAC De Boistron is out to confirm his position as one of the favourites for the Ascot Gold Cup in tomorrow’s Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup – the Dante meeting’s day three highlight.
A half-brother to Sue Smith’s smart chaser De Boitron, the seven-year-old has continued to improve since joining the yard of Marco Botti, a rising star of the training ranks, and made a winning comeback at Ascot last month.
Today’s rivals include Tiger Cliff, who provided Lady Cecil with an emotional Ebor win last August before joining the yard of National Hunt trainer Alan King.
“Touch wood, we have had no issues with him since we got him last year, but you have to be careful with these older horses, particularly with their joints,” explained Botti.
“I spoke to his owners after the Sagaro and explained that we could wait for the Ascot Gold Cup but that the ground could be fast by then. So we all agreed to let him take his chance in the Yorkshire Cup.
“Tac de Boistron has really blossomed since he returned to Europe from Australia and the 2012 Melbourne Cup. He has a good turn of foot when the ground is soft but he isn’t slow – he does have speed.”