Trainer Dean Ivory is hoping that Golden Amber can avoid a date at the sales next week with victory in the £19,000 32Red.com Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (6.15pm, seven runners) on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Friday, November 25.
The seven-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 14.
Five-year-old Golden Amber holds the six-furlong course record at Chelmsford City, having stormed to a decisive victory in August, 2015, and was runner-up to subsequent triple Listed winner Don’t Be on her only previous start at Wolverhampton in a seven-furlong handicap in February of the same year.
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor went down by a length and a quarter to All-Weather specialist Chookie Royale when finishing second on her latest appearance in a Polytrack conditions race at Kempton Park over seven furlongs on November 9.
Ivory commented: “Golden Amber ran incredibly well to finish second at Kempton earlier this month.
“She handles the All-Weather very well and, while her best track is Chelmsford City, she has run a good race at Wolverhampton in the past.
“Being drawn two sounds good enough to me – she can be a bit slow away in her races but makes up for it in the end. Seven furlongs suited her last time and it gives her a little bit more time to get into race. She is back taking on her own sex and we are hopeful of a good run.
“She is in the mares’ sales next week but, if she goes and wins on Friday, then we might have a re-think. I would like to keep her going on the All-Weather but it depends how she gets on this week.”
Golden Amber is ridden by P J McDonald for the third time. The field for the 32Red.com Fillies’ Conditions Stakes also features Wolverhampton maiden winner Squash (Charlie McBride/Martin Harley), who was runner-up in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket in April.
Volunteer Point (Mick Channon/Graham Gibbons) broke the course record for seven furlongs at Chelmsford City in January before going on to capture the 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes on Finals Day last season (pictured).
Yeah Baby Yeah (Gay Kelleway/ Tony Hamilton) has twice been successful on the All-Weather in France, while Dutch Destiny (William Haggas/Shane Kelly) scored on turf in a Haydock Park handicap in July.
The field is completed by five-time All-Weather scorer Bint Dandy (Chris Dwyer/Josephine Gordon), who contested the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and Lyfka (Paul Cole/Jimmy Fortune), a nine-length winner at Wolverhampton in 2014.
An eight-race card at Wolverhampton gets underway at 4.15pm and concludes at 7.45pm.
Every All-Weather race run in Britain between October 27, 2016, and Good Friday, April 14, 2017, is part of the All-Weather Championships.