Marco Botti expecting bold show from Naadirr in Lady Wulfruna contest

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Marco Botti believes Naadirr has sound each-way claims as the six-year-old bids to put a mixed spell in Dubai behind him in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

After disappointing on his first start at Meydan this winter, Naadirr shaped much better ion his two subsequent starts without quite troubling the judge.

However, the Newmarket handler reports Naadirr to be in good shape and is hopeful of a decent display with Ryan Moore an eyecatching jockey booking.

"He ran in Dubai where his first run was very disappointing and we didn't really find out why. William Buick said the horse didn't feel right and he eased off him,"said Botti.

"However, he has showed his form the last two runs. He didn't have the best luck in Dubai with the draw. Both times he was drawn high and the race was run on the other side of the track, but he wasn't beaten far and he ran two respectable races.

"He's come back from Dubai in good form, so we thought we'd take this opportunity.

"On ratings he should be in the frame.

"I think seven furlongs, especially over a fast track like Wolverhampton, will be fine and he's got a good draw (two)."

Rene Mathis also endured mixed fortunes in Dubai and his trainer Richard Fahey is hoping for better luck with the seven-year-old back in the UK.

"He ran well first time over in Meydan. We were pleased with him. His second run was a little disappointing," said Fahey.

"He's got a good draw, he seems in good form, so we'll see how he gets on."

My Target is looking to extend his winning streak after four wins on the bounce at Lingfield.

His trainer Michael Wigham could not be happier with the son of Cape Cross, who is making a swift reappearance after winning last Saturday.

"My Target is thriving. We are not worried about running a week later. He is doing well, eating well, and telling me he wants to run," said the Newmarket handler.

"He has had foot problems and when you are dealing with feet it is not easy. As the saying goes, 'no foot, no horse.' I would not say it is the only reason but it has definitely been a major part of the progress he has made.

"I am not too worried about the opposition on Saturday because the horses he has been beating in handicaps are quite good horses and we have been giving them weight. In theory, if the handicapper is right, we are going there 2lb well in.

"In handicaps, we haven't been well in because if you look at the structure we have been going up whereas the opposition have been going down.

"We go up, they go down, we go up, they go down and when he won last week he went off at 11-4 because all the pundits are looking at it and thinking he can't keep doing this.

"The only negative is draw. Stall 11 isn't ideal but the jockey has been doing a good job and that is what we pay him for.

"My Target will go on to Good Friday after this. I think he will give us a good day out."

Stuart Williams has two solid chances in Swift Approval and Realize.

"Realize is very well in himself. It was a difficult race for him at Newcastle (last month) because he obviously had a lot of weight," said Williams.

"He likes a good pace to run at, but it just didn't happen for him up there. He has been very well at home since and hopefully things will suit him better on Saturday.

"Swift Approval is fine. We are still learning about him, but I thought this was a good place to start him off. It is his first run for a while but he has been going nicely and I would like to think he will run well."

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