Noseda hoping Keystroke switch pays off
sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Listed) | 7f | ITV4/ATR
He had him in that contest again but the Newmarket trainer decided to have a crack at Listed company with a five-year-old who now has a BHA mark of 103, having won a handicap at Kempton in good style off 95 in January.
But the pick on official ratings is the in-form My Target, who has risen from 89 to 107 thanks to a burst of four straight handicap victories that began at Lingfield on New Year's Eve.
Bidding for third victory
This race was founded in 2002 and success for Naadirr would make Marco Botti the first trainer to win it three times as he has previously scored with Ceremonial Jade (2009) and Solar Deity (2013).
Lady Wulfruna founded Wolverhampton in the tenth century and as well as this race she is commemorated by a statue in front of St Peter's Church, which she also set up a thousand years ago, with a shopping centre, a street and a hall also named after her.
Back on track
Eltezam was a smart two-year-old and finished third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2015 but has not raced since his fourth in the July Stakes at Newmarket the following month.
What they say
Stuart Williams, trainer of Swift Approval and Realize
We purchased Swift Approval at the Horses in Training sale and he's a high-class horse but he has a Listed winner's penalty which makes him not very well in. He's fit and well and I'm sure he'll run well. The race wasn't run to suit Realize at Newcastle last time and he's run well in this before so I'm hoping for a good run.
Richard Hannon, trainer of Eltezam
He had a couple of problems at the end of his two-year-old career and we never got him back last year but he is moving well, working well and over his problems. He will obviously need the race but this is a nice spot to see how he gets on.
Jeremy Noseda, trainer of Keystroke
He takes a step up in class to Listed company. I was really delighted by his last run and feel he deserves to take his chance. The seven furlongs should suit him well and he has a decent enough draw - and he is approaching the race in tip-top order.
Michael Wigham, trainer of My Target
He's thriving. I'm not too worried about the opposition because the horses he has been beating in handicaps are quite good horses and we've been giving them weight. If the handicapper is right, we're going in two pounds well in. The only negative is the draw. Stall 11 isn't ideal but the jockey has been doing a good job and that is what we pay him for.
Mike Prince, syndicate manager for Middleham Park Racing, owners of Naadirr
He has been in Dubai and he ran okay the last twice but each time he was drawn on the wrong side. Marco Botti has always thought that a step up to a sharp seven furlongs would suit him.
Richard Fahey, trainer of Rene Mathis
He ran well the first time in Dubai then disappointed second time. He has come back in great form so we're letting him take his chance.
Roger Charlton, trainer of Yuften
He seems very well and I'm happy with him. This is a good place to start, though you would expect he would be better for the race. He's in the Lincoln and whether he runs depends on what happens here.
Pre-festival Scoop6 boost up for grabs
The question is whether anyone can hit the Scoop6 for six on Saturday and take home £300,000 just in time for Cheltenham.
With the bet beating punters for the last five weeks, there is nearly £250,000 already banked waiting to be won from finding the six winners.
Next week's bonus fund is just £5,000 short of another £100,000 top-up after four days at Cheltenham.
Dual-purpose skills are needed to solve this week's bet as the six races are split between the jumps at Sandown and the Flat on the Tapeta all-weather surface at Wolverhampton.
There will be a Scoop6 on each of the four days of next week's Cheltenham Festival and if Saturday's massive pool is not won it will carry over to Tuesday at Cheltenham rather than next Saturday.
Andrew Griffiths, Totepool's spokesman, said: “Although Cheltenham is just around the corner, all eyes will be on this weekend's Scoop6 with a whopping £400,000 on the line.”
The totejackpot runs on the first six races at Sandown and the tote trifecta rollover race is the feature Matchbook Imperial Cup (3.00).
Leg 1 1.50 Sandown
Leg 2 2.05 Wolverhampton
Leg 3 2.25 Sandown
Leg 4 2.40 Wolverhampton
Leg 5 3.00 Sandown
Leg 6 3.15 Wolverhampton