Planteur heads G3 Danehill Dancer 1-2, big G1 targets next

Globetrotting Planteur (6h Danehill Dancer-Plante Rare, by Giant’s Causeway) will be aimed at the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic after easily winning the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on Saturday night.

The 2011 G1 Prix Ganay winner, who has finished third in the last two G1 Dubai World Cups, justified odds-on favouritism at Windsor when beating improving three-year-old Al Waab (3c Danehill Dancer-Aunt Julia, by In The Wings) by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Marco Botti, who saddled the Dayton Investments-bred Planteur, is considering targets in Ireland and France before the Breeders’ Cup.

“A mile and a quarter is his best trip, so we will probably stay at that, and I think the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic is the big aim,” Botti told TDN. “Personally, I think he should handle the surface and he ran well in Dubai, so we should take our chance. He is in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes [at Leopardstown on September 7], so we will decide on that later in the week. He could also go for the 1m 2f race at Longchamp on Arc day. Frankie (Dettori) said he tried to do too much early on and never wins by far, so I am pleased with that.”

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