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Botti keeps Planteur to Classic campaign
Ashley Iveson
11:14 AEST Fri Oct 18 2013

Marco Botti is keen to give top-class middle-distance performer Planteur the chance to repair his reputation in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita next month.

Placed in the last two runnings of the Dubai World Cup on Tapeta, the six-year-old would appear to have a better chance than most European raiders of handling the dirt surface in California on November 2.

He made a winning return to action in a Windsor Group Three in August, but finished tailed off in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp after setting a fierce pace.

Botti admitted afterwards plans for Planteur were up in the air, but he has been pleased with how his charge has bounced back from that below-par effort.

"I think we are going to let him take his chance," said the Newmarket-based trainer.

"I know he was disappointing in France, but the race obviously went against him."


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