Invitational out to confirm her Good Friday date

Varian filly was a Listed winner in France last time.

  • Thursday 02 January
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Roger Varian is hoping Invitational can book her place on Lingfield’s All-Weather Championships Finals Day by claiming a fourth career victory at Wolverhampton.

The Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Fillies’ Conditions Stakes is the first Fast-Track Qualifier of the new year, with a guaranteed free start in the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies And Mares Championship on Good Friday up for grabs.

Invitational won at Wolverhampton last April, and was last seen claiming a Listed prize in France in November.

Varian said: “Invitational produced a career best when she won her Listed race in France and has already shown very useful form over the course and distance when winning her novice at Wolverhampton under a penalty.

“This race is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the All-Weather Finals on Good Friday, and should she win – and on ratings she would have an excellent chance – that race would come under consideration.”

Invitational is set to face four rivals in Friday’s seven-furlong feature at Dunstall Park.

Amy Murphy’s Rock On Baileys and the Dean Ivory-trained Lucymai renew rivalry after finishing first and second respectively at Lingfield a fortnight ago.

Lucymai is a seven-time winner on the all-weather and finished fourth in this race 12 months ago.

Ivory said: “Lucymai takes on Rock On Baileys again, but I hope we can reverse the form from Lingfield when they got first run on us.

“Lucymai was fourth in this race last year. But it doesn’t look as deep a renewal this time, and she goes there with a good chance.

“I hope she can qualify for All-Weather Finals Day, and we are looking forward to running.”

Emily Goldfinch (Phil McEntee) and Second Collection (Tony Carroll) complete the quintet.

Invitational out to confirm her Good Friday date
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