Another Batt has flown to Istanbul for the Trakya Trophy on Sunday - a local Group 3 with a winning prize of €115,000. Another Batt has acquitted himself admirably every time he has set foot on a racecourse, and despite running brilliantly in 3 listed races he has slightly come up short of what is required to win one domestically. Regardless of the race being slightly inadequate in trip and on ground which will be a little faster than ideal, having looked at the runners he will go there with an excellent chance. I, along with owners Paul Fisher and Charlie Austin of Excel Racing are very much looking forward to making the trip out there to support him. It has taken me some time to recover from being touched off in the Acomb with James Garfield, he ran a superb race, showing he is well up to that level. Had the rain not have come I really believe that the story may have been different, even with the eventual winner looking a very good horse.
He continues to improve physically, all being well he will run once more in England before heading Stateside to Del Mar for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Being by Exceed and Excel he will relish a faster surface, he is an incredibly agile horse that should therefore handle the tight turns of Del Mar. Exciting times ahead for all at Saffron House.