Star Queensland mare Forever Gold is ready to return.
And the tough as teak mare is hitting the road again.
The Darren Weeks trained mare is set to trial next week in preparation for a Victorian campaign which will culminate in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queen of the Pacific at TABCORP Park, Melton, a stand-start feature on May 23.
Forever Gold has not raced since her unplaced effort in the $750,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final on March 2 at TABCORP Park, Menangle behind Beautide.
The Famous Forever mare copped the backwash of the controversial interference between Im Victorious and Mach Beauty in the home straight.
The proven Gr.1 winning mare was the only qualified finalist of the fairer sex in the Inter Dominion Grand Final following her gutsy all the way heat victory on February 15 at Albion Park.
“Tammy is just about ready to go again; I’m likely to trial her next week and then we’ll head south to Melbourne for the mares features before returning for the Brisbane winter carnival.” Weeks said.
Forever Gold is yet to venture further south than Menangle during her decorated career but her trainer says the timing is perfect.
And she is also unproven under race conditions from the stand-start but is safely qualified.
“We looked at these races last year with her but unfortunately we were unable to get away but everything is order and we’re keen to give it a shot. I’m happy with the way she returned from Sydney and she continues to train down nicely.
“Obviously we’re going to meet some very nice mares but that is nothing unusual for us considering she’s raced the best available throughout her career to date. There are some good opportunities with those races down there so it would be nice to get a piece of the prize.
“The Melbourne campaign should lead us nicely into our carnival back home in July and we will tackle all of the features during that time as well. We know she can match it with the boys and that’s what awaits us during our local carnival, hopefully she returns from Melbourne high on confidence.”
Forever Gold is the winner of 33 races from her 59 starts to date while amassing more than $500,000 in prizemoney.
Hoofnote; Forever Gold qualified from the stand-start with a trial victory at Albion Park on December 11, 2012 after starting from a 60m handicap.
By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)