Owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, whose colours were carried to victory by Talmada last year, Nezwaah won the Listed Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle in June, for which she carries a 4lb penalty here.
The daughter of Dubawi did not have the race run to suit in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette on her last start, but Roger is hopeful she can resume her upward career trajectory when she takes on eight rivals in this £40,000 prize.
Roger said: “This looks a competitive renewal of the race, but Nezwaah goes there in good form. Things didn’t pan out for her in France, but she did it well at Newcastle the time before and this course should suit her.”
We have enjoyed a busy week for Sheikh Ahmed, with Wadigor landing the extended nine-furlong maiden at Wolverhampton on Monday. Harry Bentley did the steering and he gave the three-year-old an excellent introductory ride.
The Champs Elysees colt, who hails from the family of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge, defied his inexperience to pick up the 79-rated Cape Peninsular and win going away by two lengths.
Roger said: “I was impressed with Wadigor given his evident greenness for most of the race. He was particularly strong at the line and I hope there is plenty more to come from him. The handicapper will dictate our short-term plans.”
The victory was the second double in consecutive days for the stable. We have now saddled eight winners from 23 runners in September, operating at a strike-rate of 35%.