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Boistron Romps Home In Sagaro

Thursday, 1st May 2014

Tac De Boistron (Take Risks-Pondiki, by Sicyos) staked a major claim for the Gold Cup when scoring an impressive 5-length win in the Gr3 Sagaro Stakes (16 furlongs) at Ascot overnight, reports racinguk.com. Last year's winner of the Gr1 Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp looked a class act as he powered clear of his rivals in the final furlong under Frankie Dettori. The Sagaro was won last year by The Queen's mare Estimate before going on to land the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot meeting. However, trainer Marco Botti stressed that Tac De Boistron's appearance in the staying championship at the Royal meeting depends on there being some cut in the ground. "I was pleased with him. He did it well. It was his first race of the year. We didn't want to give him a hard time, but he was very impressive the way he travelled through the race and he put the race to bed in a few strides," said Botti. "I don't think we'd race on ground that was too quick. Today the ground had dried out a little bit. As long as he gets his toe in that is fine. We wouldn't run him on firm ground." Botti said that Tac De Boistron would likely head straight to the Gold Cup without another warm-up run. "There is a Group Two race in France at the end of May, but he was so impressive we'll probably bypass that and wait for the Gold Cup and see what kind of ground we get. Fingers crossed we get the ground," he said. Australian racegoers may remember Tac De Boistron who finished sixth in the 2012 Gr3 Geelong Cup (2400m) before disappointing in the Melbourne Cup that same year when finishing in 23rd position behind Green Moon.

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