Ivory going for Gold at Wolves
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 on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Friday.
Golden Amber lines up at Wolverhampton
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.
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 also features Wolverhampton maiden winner Squash (Charlie McBride), who was runner-up in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket in April.
Volunteer Point (Mick Channon) broke the course record for seven furlongs at Chelmsford City in January before going on to capture the All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes on Finals Day last season.
Yeah Baby Yeah (Gay Kelleway) has twice been successful on the All-Weather in France, while Dutch Destiny (William Haggas) 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.
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