Newmarket Trainer Marco Botti leads the European raiders with Guest Of Honour and Dandino on Arlington Millions night

European raiders look poised to throw down a strong challenge in each of the feature races at Arlington tonight. Marco Botti’s Dandino will be a hot favourite to take the American St Leger (9.52). Fellow globe-trotter Wigmore Hall holds an outstanding chance of at least a place in the one mile five and half furlong contest. Last year Botti claimed the prize with the useful Jakkalberry and must be fancies his chances of winning this year.

In the Secretariat Stakes (10.23) the French trained Visiyani and improving Yeager trained by Jeremy Noseda will make bold shows. However, the Irish trained First Cornerstone is the most likely of the raiders to win the Group One prize.  The three-year-old showed excellent form last season and may be revitalised by the trip to the US.

The Irish also have a leading chance in the Beverley D Stakes (11.02) with the game filly Duntle, but she will have to see off the useful home talent Marketing Mix to succeed. Both Dank and Gifted Girl are interesting runners, with the Sir Michael Stoute filly having the greater chance of making the frame.

Botti has continued to bring out improvement in Guest Of Honour but he will have to improve again to take the feature – The Arlington Million (11.44). In the race the colt will be joined by four other British hopefuls – Hunter’s Light, Side Glance, Mull of Killough and Grandeur. Side Glance ran well in the Dubai World Cup and may have the best chance of a place. Dale Roman’s Little Mike if anywhere near his best should ensure that the prize stays at home.

Marco Botti has an uncanny way of landing international contests and tonight may see him as the Guest Of Honour once more.


(Featured Photograph – Dandino at Glorious Goodwood 2012 by Stuart Rice)