- Gitano Hernando: Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita – Oct 10, 2009
- Excelebration: German 2000 Guineas – May, 2010
- Euro Charline: Beverley D Stakes at Arlington Park – August, 2015
About Marco Botti
Good-looking, debonair, and a very talented racehorse trainer, Italian-born Marco Botti appears to have it all after establishing himself amongst the best in Britain and also as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage in his chosen profession.
Botti’s father, Alduino, has been amongst the very best trainers in Italy for decades, while his brother, Stefano, has also carved out a successful career for himself as a trainer back home. Marco however wanted to make his name in the strongest racing industry of all, Britain, and after serving his time as assistant to Luca Cumani, Saeed bin Suroor and Ed Dunlop, he decided to set out on his own in 2006. He made an instant impression, sending out Sesmen to land the Group 3 Normandie Stud Prestige Stakes at Goodwood just a few months after taking out his licence.
2008 /2009 – Gitano Hernando Surprising Victories
2008 was the real breakthrough year though for the personable handler who sent out 45 winners in the season at a very respectable strike rate of 15%, but it was the following year that Botti really made people sit up and take notice.
His Gitano Hernando began the season winning a three-year-old handicap at Doncaster before stepping up to finish second in the Group 3 Dee Stakes at the Chester May meeting. After a summer break and victory in a Wolverhampton conditions race, Botti then sent the relatively inexperienced colt to the United States to bid for the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita, California, where he stunned racegoers Stateside by battling to an 11/1 neck victory under an inspired ride from Keiren Fallon.
His next run came in the 2010 Dubai World Cup where Gitano Hernando actually started favourite for the $10 million race, but in the end could only finish sixth behind Brazilian sensation Gloria de Campeao. The son of Hernando went on however to run a series of fine races in top company around the world, culminating with a superb win in the Group 1 Singapore Cup at Kranji in 2011, catapulting Botti to further international recognition and helping to attract bigger owners with better horses.
Excelebration, the Horse that Challenged Mighty Frankel
His next high-class horse was the tremendous miler Excelebration, unlucky enough to have been born the same year as the mighty Frankel. Time and again Botti’s star served it up to probably the greatest horse of all time, finishing runner-up to the late Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar on four occasions in top-class races. He did manage to avoid Frankel a few times though and nearly always won, including the German 2000 Guineas, Newbury’s Hungerford Stakes, and the Group 1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp, before being sold for an undisclosed amount to the Coolmore Partners and Aidan O’Brien.
Excelebration best battle vs Frankel is also Frankel´s best performing race, the Queen Anne Stakes Royal Ascot in 2012. Excelebration battled the legendary horse all the way until the final stretch, were Frankel pulled away leaving Excelebration to Place in struggle.
Botti´s Other Star Horses
Other star horses to come Botti’s way have included Canadian International Stakes winner Joshua Tree, American St Leger winner Jakkalberry, Group 1-winning stayer Tac de Boistron, and the rags-to-riches filly Euro Charline, (originally purchased for 800 euros), who won the prestigious Beverley D Stakes at Arlington Park, Chicago, in 2014.
Best Horses & Stable Tour 2016
De Rigueur – A 6 year old winner of the Old Newton Cup that could win further handicaps .
Guest of Honour – A 5 year old that looks to be improving with potential victories in Group 2 races .
Euro Charline – 4 year old filly that seems to be improving .
Latin Charm – 5 year old bay gelding that performs well on soft ground and the mile and a half. The turf is key though .
Min Alemarat – 4 year old chestnut gelding, progressive horse that can perform better. Lost 7 out of 8 starts .
Martin Harley (19% winners) and Adam Kirby (18%) are the jockeys to have been used most by Botti over the last five years, but it should be noted that he also has a good winning strike rate when teaming up with Saleem Golam (38%) and Silvestre de Sousa (25%), as well as an 18% win ratio with both superstars Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori.
Statistics and Record
Although he has plenty of good turf horses, Botti has done particularly well (statistics-wise) on the all-weather tracks.
He has sent out 85 winners at Wolverhampton over the last five years at a winning strike rate of 22%.
He has a 24% strike rate at Southwell, and 21% at Chelmsford.
On turf he does best at Redcar (22%), and Pontefract and Windsor (17%).
On the downside, his runners on the turf track at Lingfield are best avoided having just a 6% overall success ratio.
Awards and Achievements
Botti has proved himself a master at placing his horses, not just on home soil, but around the world. In 2012 he was voted the HWPA ‘International Trainer of the Year’, the season he moved to his very own purpose-built yard at Prestige Place in Newmarket.
 attheraces.com, Marco Botti Stable Tour, 2016
 skysports.com, De Rigeur Horse, 2016
 horseracingnation.com, Euro Charline Horse, 2016
 irishracing.com, Latin Charm Horse, 2016
 racingpost.com, Min Alemarat Horse, 2016