Botti hopeful for Naadirr high
View from connections ahead of the Stobart Club And Shop Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Naadirr (white face) is in good form as he attempts to go one better
Marco Botti is optimistic Naadirr can go one better than 12 months ago in the Stobart Club And Shop Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
After having rewarded his new owners Middleham Park Racing in a conditions event at Doncaster in July, the five-year-old will bid for a double in the six-furlong Listed event in which he finished second to Polybius last year.
Botti said: "Naadirr is in good form and we are pleased with him. It worked out well last time.
"He was in two similar races and we decided not to go to Thirsk as the ground was too soft so we ended up running at Doncaster and did well.
"Since he was sold to Middleham Park it was the plan to try find him something a bit easier to give him a bit of confidence before going back up in class again. There is no doubt he has ability as he has ran in plenty of Listed and Group races.
"In my opinion, he looks well and is a fresh and happy horse. Physically, he is in great order. He wants quick ground and he should get that.
"He ran well in the race last year and he likes the July Course. He finished second last year so hopefully he can go one better."
Eastern Impact got to within a length and a half of claiming Group One honours at the track last year, when third in the Darley July Cup.
The five-year-old is without a win this campaign, but trainer Richard Fahey, who also saddles Mayfair Lady, hopes that may be about to change.
Fahey said: "He ran OK finishing second at the Curragh last time.
"At Chester the time before there was a horse that went on up the inside and he could not catch him. It was a typical Chester race.
"He is in good form and he likes the track. On his best form he would have a good chance.
Of Mayfair Lady, Fahey added: "She is a little bit disappointing every time we step her up into Listed and Group company.
"I am keen to try and get some black type into her."
Charlie Appleby expects Baccarat to be among those fighting it out at the finish as he bids to gain a first victory in Britain since winning the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in 2014.
The Newmarket handler said: "He ran a blinder in the Great St Wilfrid back on quick ground and in a big field.
"He is always there or thereabouts. It will drop the right way for him and hopefully it is sooner rather than later.
"He has come out of his last race well and he seems in good order."