Marco Botti sets sights on Italian Derby glory for Dark Acclaim

Dark Acclaim who runs in the Italian Derby (Nigel French/PA)

Marco Botti feels Dark Acclaim will be well suited by the step up in trip on his first start at Pattern-race level in the Derby Italiano at Rome on Sunday.

The Middleham Park Racing-owned son of Dark Angel will bid to open his account for the campaign in the Group Two contest when tackling the one-mile-three-furlong trip for the first time.

Although the three-year-old, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, only finished fourth in a Listed event at Newmarket last time out, Botti feels it was a solid effort on a track that did not suit.

Botti said: “Everything at home has gone well and his preparation has gone according to plan.

“I don’t really know how to work out the Italian form, but I think the main danger is the horse that won the Italian 2000 Guineas (Wait Forever).

“Our horse stays well. The ground may dry out a little bit, but it is not going to be really fast, which is good.

“He has been consistent and ran a good race at Newmarket. He is quite a big horse and he didn’t really appreciate the dip and things like that.

“Hopefully he will run a good race and be in with a shout.”

Connections of Dark Acclaim will be hoping the Kevin Ryan-trained Naadirr can back up his last time out success at Doncaster on the same card in the Group Three Premio Tudini.

Tim Palin, spokesman for the owners, said: “Naadirr bounced back to form at Doncaster and Kevin Ryan has him in fantastic shape for the race. This has been the target since March 25.

“All looks set for a bold show on Sunday, providing the slightly enigmatic Naadirr puts his best foot forward.

“We’ve around 20 owners flying out to Rome so hopefully it will be a fabulous weekend.”