Foxtrot Romeo remains a source of frustration to his followers but those that refuse to give up hope are set to be rewarded in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap at Wolverhampton.
It is quite an incredible statistic that the talented five-year-old has only won once from 20 starts, and that on his debut way back in August 2011 in his days with Bryan Smart.
Having been one of the better juveniles of his generation, he ran a screamer first time up as a three-year-old when second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Other smart efforts followed, but plenty of water has gone under the bridge since then and he gradually lost his way, dropping from an official mark of 114 at his peak to 88 by the time he went close at York in June this year.
Annoyingly he has crept back up the handicap without winning, but it is just a matter of time and there was real encouragement to be taken for this assignment when he showed the new Tapeta surface was to his liking in just going down over course and distance a couple of runs ago.
His last start was again highly creditable, being a fourth-placed finish in the Ayr Silver Cup.
Marco Botti has a nice team for the all-weather season and clearly thinks Foxtrot Romeo can play his part.
Newmarket trainer Botti has claims to a double on the card in the two feature events as Norab promises to be hard to beat in the 32Red Handicap.
Quite a talented son of Galileo in the context of a race like this, he has been busy this year but is not over-raced in his general profile and still has scope for improvement.
He had useful form in maidens - including behind Eagle Top - before going handicapping, winning his last two.
The latest of those was over this course and distance, and was achieved with a deal of authority, suggesting a 6lb rise is not going to prove an insurmountable obstacle.
His immediate victim was Gabrial’s Star, who can hopefully show the form in a good light by going once place better in the Coral Casino Handicap.
Richard Fahey has his string going well and he ought still to be competitive as a 3lb rise leaves him within range of his last winning mark.
Top all-weather pilot Luke Morris has won a couple of times on Hawk Moth and renews his association with John Spearing’s consistent gelding in the Ladbrokes Handicap.
DUNDALK: 6.00 Kimbay, 6.30 Enter The Priory, 7.00 Elusive In Paris, 7.30 Dalewari, 8.00 Camakasi, 8.30 Havelock Ellis, 9.00 First In The Queue.
FONTWELL: 1.10 Kilgeel Hill, 1.40 Jewellery, 2.10 Alanjou, 2.40 Blue Buttons, 3.10 Join The Navy, 3.40 Orsm, 4.10 Detroit Blues.
HEXHAM: 12.50 Divine Port, 1.20 Golans Choice, 1.50 Brave Buck, 2.20 Shine A Diamond, 2.50 Northern Acres, 3.20 No Through Road, 3.50 Omid.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Al Musheer, 1.30 Master Dee, 2.00 Oscar Rock, 2.30 Waltz Darling, 3.00 Broughton, 3.30 Tindaro, 4.00 Champagne Chaser.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.35 Boxing Shadows, 5.10 Diamond Blue, 5.40 Jan Van Hoof, 6.10 FOXTROT ROMEO (NAP), 6.40 Miss Jonh, 7.10 Gabrial’s Star, 7.40 Norab, 8.10 Hawk Moth.
DOUBLE: Foxtrot Romeo and Norab.