Punters Must Put Faith in Theology

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

THEOLOGY has always been held in high regard by Jeremy Noseda and he can kickstart what could be an exciting year in the totepool Sagaro Stakes (3.40) at Ascot.

The Galileo colt hinted at ability in a couple of starts as a juvenile but given his breeding, he was never going to come into his own until handed a stiffer test of stamina.

A comeback fourth on his first start of 2010 over 10 furlongs Newmarket offered considerable promise and he built on that when opening his account in a mileand-a-half Goodwood maiden. The fact he was then thrown straight into Pattern company for Royal Ascot's Queen's Vase on his next start shows how highly he is rated at home and he did not let anybody down, going down by just a nose to the far more experienced Mikhail Glinka.

That performance had connections dreaming of Classic glory in the St Leger at Doncaster and while that never came to fruition, he was not disgraced on Town Moor, finishing seventh to Arctic Cosmos - and not beaten far by brilliant filly Snow Fairy.

As a stout stayer, another winter to strengthen up was always going to do him the world of good and vibes from the camp have been extremely positive.

He has shown he handles Ascot and fast ground so a bold performance must be on the cards.

Eton Forever looked a horse to follow when running away with the Spring Mile at Doncaster at the start of the month and he can take in his stride a step up in class in the Britain's Got Talent Paradise Stakes (3.05).

The highlight of his first year in training was a defeat of the talented Afsare in a Kempton maiden, but he looked as though he had made a huge step forward on his return, turning what looked a competitive handicap into a procession.

A step up to Listed level is the obvious progression and he should take plenty of stopping.

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