James Tate feels he has found a good opening for Lamar under the floodlights at Wolverhampton tomorrow to add to her sole victory to date.
The four-year-old has gone nine races without a win since scoring in a six-furlong maiden at Newmarket’s July Course back in June 2013.
Since that victory, the daughter of Cape Cross has had all of her subsequent starts at either Listed or Group race level.
Included in the list of races she has competed in is last year’s Group One Qipco 1000 Guineas, where she finished 10th behind winner Miss France.
Newmarket handler Tate is now hoping she can chalk up her second career victory when contesting the feature 1m1½f feature handicap at Dunstall Park tomorrow on what will be her first run in handicap company.
“We are hoping for a big run from Lamar tomorrow as it will be the lowest grade race she has run in since winning her maiden,” said the Newmarket handler. “To some extent we have been a bit disappointed with her, but she has run very well throughout her career most the time.
“She has been set some tall orders but she has just come up short in them.”
The Saif Ali-owned filly showed her well-being last time out when finishing fourth in the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa on the Polytrack over in Deauville last month.
“Lamar run with a lot of credit in France as she didn’t get much luck in running,” said Tate. “She is a well-bred and lovely big filly and I think the trip will suit her well.
“On official figures we have just got Solar Deity to worry about, but that horse is not getting any younger so it looks a good opportunity for her.
“It would be nice to get her head back in front.”
Prior to sending out Lamar, the Hamilton Road handler will welcome back the long absent Blhadawa to the track.
The four-year-old, who finished second ahead of dual Group One winner Rizeena, in a hot maiden at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile in April 2013, has not been seen out since finishing fourth in a Lingfield maiden of June that year.
Today the daughter of Iffraaj will bid to get her career back on track when contesting the opening Class Five maiden over a trip just short of six-furlongs at the Staffordshire track.
“Blhadawa has had a lot of injury setbacks but she has been working well at home,” said Tate. “It was no fluke she finished second at Newmarket that day and although there are no certainties in racing this is as close as it gets.”