A feast of sporting action on Boxing Day includes a competitive card at Wolverhampton, featuring a trio of £20,000 class two contests.
Several familiar names line up in the six-furlong Betway Conditions Stakes (3.00pm), which has been used as a springboard to Finals Day glory by Kachy and Pretend in recent years.
G3 winner Judicial arrives on the back of a fast finishing second in the Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield Park in November, when a wide draw hampered his chance.
Trained by Julie Camacho for his owner/breeder Elite Racing Club, the popular nine-year-old registered his 17th career success in the Listed Queensferry Stakes at Chester in August.
Steve Brown, husband and assistant to Camacho, said: “We need two more runs to qualify Judicial for Finals Day and this is the first step on the way.
“If all goes well here, he will probably go to Kempton on January 8 for another conditions race. Then the plan is to regroup and come back fresh for the sprint final.
“I am not totally convinced that Wolverhampton will be his track as races can become tactical, although he has shown at Chester and Lingfield that he doesn’t mind a sharp track.
“On a going day he is good enough to win this, it’s just a shame he still has a 3lb penalty to carry around with him. That’s life, but the horse has earnt it and he goes there in great order.”
Last season’s Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships runner-up Exalted Angel heads two contenders for Karl Burke after a brace of seconds in handicaps. He is joined by Lord Of The Lodge, who drops back in trip following a narrow success in a seven-furlong handicap at Newcastle earlier this month.
Ejtilaab reappears having been pulled up on his first start for Charlie Fellowes in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood. The five-year-old looked a sprinter of considerable promise prior to that, winning six-furlong handicaps on Derby Day and at Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate fixture for Ian Williams.
A closely matched line-up also features Soldier’s Minute, who was third in the Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes on his penultimate start, and progressive five-furlong performer Live In The Moment.
Elsewhere on the card, Misty Grey bids to maintain his perfect record at Wolverhampton and follow up last year’s success in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (3.35pm) over seven furlongs.
The opposition includes Trumble, who is on a four-timer after three impressive victories at Chelmsford City, Coral Sprint Trophy victor Volatile Analyst and former Group-race performer Spycatcher.
The remaining class two event is the Betway Handicap (4.10pm) over nine and a half furlongs, in which top-weight Power Of States looks for a third win from as many starts at Wolverhampton.