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2018 Sweet Solera Stakes tips - Hannon's 9/2 chance can land Group Three prize in Newmarket's Saturday feature

Brian Healy 9 Aug 2018
Richard Hannon's Ajrar can win Saturday's Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

Brian Healy gives his runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's feature race on Saturday, the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes.

The feature race of Saturday’s racecard at Newmarket, the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes goes to post at 3.45pm as the fourth race of the afternoon, and seven runners will head to post to compete for a near-£30,000 first prize over a trip of seven furlongs over the July Course.

The Group Three contest forms part of Saturday’s televised ITV Racing action, and Brian Healy takes a runner-by-runner look at the big race field for the feature race at Newmarket.

Main Edition (7/2, William Hill) looked a very smart prospect when quickly racking up a hat-trick of wins, which included a defeat of the opposing La Pelosa by a neck at Ascot when winning the Albant Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mark Johnston’s Zoffany filly had a neck to spare at the line, but she blotted her copybook here in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes last month, looking beaten when badly hampered. 

She could be worth another chance, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her bouncing back here, although she may find it tough to give 3lbs to La Pelosa (9/2, William Hill) who couldn’t’ match the Johnston runner at Ascot; but the Godolphin runner still held every chance here last time in the Duchess Of Cambridge when she was badly hampered in the same incident that affected Main Edition and which led Frankie Dettori to receive a six-day ban.

Main Edition (yellow) and La Pelosa are no strangers to each other having clased twice before Saturday's race.

Charlie Appleby’s charge has shown useful form on all her starts, and she would surely have finished closer than she did at Newmarket had she not suffered the interference that she did. 

Only third next time at Sandown in the Star Stakes, she wasn’t seen to best effect off the steady pace and she is likely capable of better although a shorter trip might see her in better light having appeared stretched last time by this distance.

AJRAR (9/2, Ladbrokes) made a pleasing debut at Lingfield, scoring readily by three lengths over Seductive, and Richard Hannon’s charge stepped up on that effort when fast-tracked into Listed company in that same Sandown contest as La Pelosa.

The Nayef filly may well have made the eventual winner work harder for the victory had she not been denied a clear run; while a bumping march with the Godolphin runner when trying to get clear of trouble possibly also caused a loss of momentum and denied her a potential winning opportunity.

She looked a potentially smart sort in that run, and there could be more to come from her after just two starts; while she showed that she stays this trip well and she can confirm the form with the Godolphin runner.

In receipt of 3lbs from Main Edition also, she could make the most of that concession to get back to winning ways.

Tom Marquand will be the man in the saddle aboard Ajrar for Richard Hannon on Saturday.

Pennywhistle (9/2, Ladbrokes) meanwhile finished a good third on debut at Kempton at the beginning of July, and John Gosden’s Iffraaj filly put that experience to good use when beating Embrace The Moment at this venue lat month.

She won readily despite the relatively short margin of victory, although she still looking inexperienced. That form hasn’t worked out however, and the runner-up from that race has twice been turned over in lesser company than this.

Open to progress, she’ll need to find some improvement following that win, but there is every chance she can pull out more.

Impulsion (22/1, Paddy Power) ran out an impressive winner on her debut in soft ground at Goodwood back in June, beating Popping Corks by five lengths; Roger Varian’s charge subsequently posted a good effort in defeat although ultimately well-beaten behind the winner in the Empress Fillies’ Stakes next time behind Royal Intervention.

The Footstepsinthesand filly however failed to fire when sent to France to contest a Group Three at Deauville, beaten around five lengths and finishing ahead of just two rivals behind Beyond Reason.

While not discounted given the promise she had shown previously, she may want softer ground than she’ll get on Saturday given the way she sluiced through the easier ground on debut.

California Love (12/1, Paddy Power) is another who stepped up on a promising debut, finishing fourth on the all-weather at Chelmsford before winning here last month, beating Rosamour by three lengths.

Richard Spencer’s Power filly won readily, and that form took a boost when the runner-up won a minor contest at Brighton next time. 

She looked to have more to offer in that win, and while she probably needs to improve again taking a marked step up in class she is entitled to take her place in this field with the prospect of better to come.

Completing the field, Model Guest (28/1, Coral) is the only maiden amongst the seven runners, and George Margarson’s Showcasing filly looks up against it taking a steep rise in class having twice finished runner-up in minor company at Yarmouth and Ascot.

She had beaten only home on debut behind Pretty Pollyanna at the former venue, and while she has improved she proved no match for Ceratonia at Ascot latest when going down by a half-length. This will demand significantly more, and could find this level of competition too strong.


Main Edition blotted her copybook here in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes behind Pretty Pollyanna, where she was beaten when suffering interference; La Pelosa was also affected by that incident when still holding chances, although she too also dented her reputation when beaten at Sandown having looked as if the trip stretched her.

AJRAR (9/2, Ladbrokes) finished ahead of Charlie Appleby’s charge in that Sandown contest, possibly unlucky having been denied a clear run before bumping the Godolphin runner when trying to escape the trouble; Richard Hannon’s charge finished well although she had given too much ground to the winner.

She shaped as if she had more to come over this trip, and likely to improve she could be the one to side with here, with both Mark Johnston’s charge and the Godolphin representative having stamina to prove.

The main danger then could be John Gosden’s Pennywhistle who was a good winner last time; but that form doesn’t appear the strongest, and she will need to find a jolt of improvement if she is to win this. That is certainly possible however, and she’s not easily dismissed with proven course and distance form to her name.


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2018 Sweet Solera Stakes tips - Hannon's 9/2 chance can land Group Three prize in Newmarket's Saturday feature

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