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Bailey targeting valuable all-weather prizes at Wolverhampton tomorrow and on Friday

Nov 06 2013

The All-Weather Championships continue with two twilight fixtures at Wolverhampton this week, with a couple of £19,000 Class Two handicaps.

Trainer Alan Bailey will be represented in both contests, starting with Strictly Silver in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap (7.20pm) over an extended nine furlongs tomorrow, November 7.

The four-year-old enjoyed the biggest success of his career when landing the valuable William Hill Lincoln Trial Handicap at the course in the March, before going on to finish eighth in the Lincoln itself at Doncaster.

He has continued in good form through the summer, annexing a 10-furlong turf handicap at Newmarket in August and was last seen finishing a staying-on third in a similar contest at York on October 12.

Promising apprentice Robert Tart, who rode the Dalakhani gelding to victory at Wolverhampton and Newmarket, is on board.

Bailey reported: Strictly Silver is very well in himself. I thought he ran OK at York but may have been a bit over the top, so he has had a nice little break since then just to sweeten him up.

I expect him to run a decent race tomorrow. He runs well at Wolverhampton, having won the Lincoln Trial, so he should go well.

Strictly Silver is set to face up to five rivals headed by the Gerard Butler-trained Prince Alzain, who finished fourth in the Group Three September Stakes on his penultimate start, and recent Kempton Park scorer Chookie Royal, trained by Keith Dalgleish, who is also due to run at Kempton Park this evening.

Newmarket-based Bailey will saddle Equitania in the six-furlong £19,000 Handicap (5.20pm), which is the highlight of an eight-race card at Wolverhampton on Friday, November 8.

The three-year-old daughter of Pastoral Pursuits, who will be ridden by Silvestre de Sousa for the first time, is chasing a hat-trick following front-running successes on turf at Newmarket in September and at Ayr on October 1.

Bailey continued: I am expecting a big run from Equitania. She has won the last twice and seems to come good at the back end of the year.

I think she has a good chance of completing the hat-trick and the draw (8) is not a concern because she is always quickly away.

Among Equitanias 11 older opponents is course and distance winner Forest Edge, who will carry a six pound penalty for a recent Kempton Park victory, the Richard Fahey-trained Arctic Reason and Catterick Dash hero Even Stevens, from the stable of Scott Dixon.

The two races are among the 59 upgraded contests being run during the All-Weather Championships. ARC has invested more than £2-million extra into this All-Weather Racing season.

Image courtesy of Jon Hoy; Equitania ridden by Philip Prince