James Tate believes it will take an exceptional performance to lower the colours of Lamar in the toteexacta Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford today.
The five-year-old has been in scintillating form since returning to the all-weather back in October, winning three of her four subsequent starts on an artificial surface, including on her on most recent outing at Lingfield last weekend when landing a mile conditions event.
With the daughter of Cape Cross excelling at present the Newmarket handler is expecting another bold display in the seven-furlong prize, which is the final fillies’ and mares’ fast-track qualifying race ahead of All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Tate said: “Lamar has come out of her run last Saturday in great form and really is in the form of her life at the moment.
“The fast nature of the all-weather races and the style of the racing really suits her, while she seems to love the cold weather.
“She is a filly not like any others at this time of year. She weighs 582 kilograms and still has her summer coat on.
“She has muscles like the biggest colts you will see.
“We are having a great time with her and we are enjoying watching her run. It will take a good performance from one of the others to challenge her.”
Although Spicy Jam is a dual Listed race winner in Italy trainer Marco Botti fears the 6lb penalty she has on her back as a result of those victories may scupper her chances of victory, despite believing the step up in trip will work in her favour.
He said: “The filly is well, but you can’t say she is well in having to give weight away to higher-rated rivals than her.”
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