Chocolicious Royal Ascot bound... then onto Frankel

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“We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot
for the last couple of years”

Marco Botti’s cosmopolitan Newmarket yard is about to add a fresh dimension, with the springtime arrival of South African sprinting mare Chocolicious, who has been bought by the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate with visits to Royal Ascot and Frankel on her agenda.

ATB, also has half-brothers Jakkalberry and Crackerjack King in training with Botti.

The trainer’s wife Lucie Botti confirmed: “We’re expecting Chocolicious to arrive in the spring, with a view to being prepared for Royal Ascot.”

The daughter of Kahal out of an Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box, was bred by Backworth Stud in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Chocolicious has won five of her 16 starts, including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 6f as a three-year-old.

She ran three times at last year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan. Piloted by Ryan Moore, Chocolicious finished third in the UAE 1,000 Guineas and was a narrow second to Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Crying Lightening in a 7f conditions event, but has been lightly raced on her return to South Africa.

ATB member Darren Dance told Australian media: “We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot for the last couple of years, and Chocolicious provides the perfect opportunity. We’d like to send her to Frankel at the end of her racing career.”

Extract from Racing Post