Ace Aljazzi brings her A-Game to Atalanta for Andrea Atzeni

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Watch how Aljazzi outclassed the opposition in the Group Three Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on Saturday plus an interview with Marco Botti

By staff

Aljazzi swept clear in the BetBright Casino Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Making her first appearance since filling the runner-up spot in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot as a 40-1 shot, Marco Botti's filly was 9-2 back at Group Three level in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

The daughter of Shamardal was nearer last than first racing inside the final three furlongs, but the pacesetters had gone hard and as they wilted, Aljazzi was only just finding top gear.

John Gosden's pair of Dancing Breeze and Nathra were to the fore as the final furlong marker approached, but Aljazzi went by them as if they were stood still and had three lengths in hand at the line.

Nathra was a clear second ahead of Tisbutadream in third.

Atzeni said: "It's very important to win a Group race with her. She's a beautifully-bred filly and it's obviously good for the stud.

"I think she'll go on to better things, but it was good to win a Group Three on her.

"The plan was to sit a bit closer to the pace, but she hasn't run for over two months and she was a bit rusty early on.

"I left her alone and she likes to pass horses anyway. She picked up really well.

"She's quite light and busy, so I think the two-month break suited her."

Marco Botti told Racing UK: "She likes space between here races and she was in tremnendous form. I thought she was a little further back than we wanted to be but she picked up in tremendous style.

"A mile is her best trip. She's versatileregards ground and will now go straight to the Sun Chariot at Newmarket."

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