Joshua Tree, trained by Marco Botti for K K Al Nabooda & K Albahou, became the latest Ballydoyle graduate to score on the international stage when making virtually all of the running to land the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville last Sunday. The son of Montjeu had previously won the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine along with the Qatar International Invitation Cup (pictured) at Doha in the owners’ homeland.
After the victory trainer Marco Botti nominated the Grade 1 Melbourne Cup and the Grade 1 Canadian International as possible targets. “We will definitely have to consider Australia now. It’s either Australia or we could go back to Canada for the Canadian International in which he ran second last year.
“Ryan (Moore) said he gets the trip although the 3200 metres at Flemington might be a bit harder than 3000 metres here. Still he’s a tough horse, he’s been around the world and he copes with the travel and I think you might need that type of horse to go to Melbourne. We’ll decide in the next two weeks.”