Sweet Solera Stakes tips – Runner-by-runner preview of Saturday’s Newmarket feature
We take a runner-by-runner look at Saturday’s Newmarket feature race and give our Sweet Solera Stakes tips for the day’s Group Three highlight.
The main event on Saturday and Newmarket’s racecard on the July Course is the Group Three Solera Stakes which goes to post at 3.20pm as the fourth race of the afternoon.
Shown live as part of Saturday’s ITV Racing programme the seven furlongs contest boasts a near-£15,000 first prize to the winner and a field of nine runners will go to post for the day’s feature over the July Course.
We’ve taken a look over Saturday’s big race field at Newmarket with a runner-by-runner guide to the day’s main event and give our Sweet Solera Stakes tips to win the feature race.
SWEET SOLERA STAKES TIPS – RUNNER-BY-RUNNER PREVIEW
Took three attempts to get off the mark, bettering successive bronze medal finishes by scoring at Chepstow last month with a defeat of Paws For Thought.
David Evans’ Coulsty filly won a shade cosily having battled back well once headed and can improve; she’ll have to however taking on a much stiffer task and she has plenty to find on official ratings so might be flying to high here.
Well-related sort who shaped with ability on debut, finishing runner-up, before going on to score over course and distance last Saturday when beating Senita.
That was a good effort from Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi filly who has seen the form of her debut second since franked with the winner going on to find only one too good in a French Group Three; while the third home won next time out.
Her win here last weekend hinted at even better to come and she won readily so has to be respected stepping up in class where she could make her presence felt.
Already a dual-winner with successes at Doncaster and Haydock prior to finding only one too good in a Listed contest last month.
Mark Johnston is on a hat-trick of wins having taken the last two renewals – he’s 3-6 in this race in recent years – and the Teofilo filly may have gone off too hard in that Sandown outing behind Fev Rover in the Gala Stakes.
She stuck well to her task once headed and she had the reopposing Setarhe and Star Of Emaraaty both behind, and she might be able to confirm the form with that pair of rivals although she might ideally want conditions to be a bit slower than this.
Nevertheless she has to be respected given her handler’s record in the race and with Sylvestre De Sousa in the plate she could get an uncontested lead that may make her hard to peg back here.
FLY MISS HELEN
Looked a potentially smart recruit when making a winning debut at Newbury last month and the Le Havre filly could prove the one to beat given the form of Richard Hannon’s juveniles at present.
She ran out a ready winner over Sarsaparilla in that debut, scoring comfortably and the third has run well since. This is undeniably tougher upped in class but she could prove a smart sort who likely has more to offer and with the extra furlong here likely to suit.
The yard has done little wrong with its’ juveniles in recent weeks and she can take a forward step to confirm the impression she made on debut so every chance she’ll be in the mix.
Twice-raced maiden who has finished fifth on each start, latterly finishing around six lengths behind Method in a Listed contest at Newbury.
Richard Fahey’s Dark Angel filly was never able to land a blow there having been held up, but she did make some late headway and may well be suited by this extra furlong although she has plenty on her plate upped again in class.
Others look to hold stronger claims and on official ratings she has a fair bit to find on balance of her form to date.
Yet to win in three attempts but to be fair to the Fastnet Rock filly she has been set a couple of stiff tasks since an encouraging debut on the all-weather back in June.
Sylvester Kirk’s charge finished third on that occasion and she ran a blinder when next seen in the Chesham Stakes where she crossed the line in third again behind Battleground, hanging badly to her right and ending up under the far rail.
That form has been boosted but she wasn’t able to build on that run when last seen beating only one home behind Dandalla in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes although the drop to six furlongs might not have been ideal.
She can do better back at this longer trip although faster ground is an unknown and she might not be altogether straightforward. It wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to improve however, but she’ll likely need a fair bit more than she’d delivered thus far if she’s to win this.
Newmarket debut winner in June and the Footstepsinthesand filly has lost no caste in successive defeats since, finding only Dandalla too strong in the Albany Stakes and then finishing a close third to Fev Rover and Dubai Fountain at Sandown.
Roger Varian’s charge was only a head behind Mark Johnston’s reopposing runner-up and there’s likely to be little between the pair again so every chance she can make her presence felt once more with the promise of improvement still likely.
It would come as no surprise if she were to be in the mix and she can go close although the Johnston runner might just have her measure again.
SPIRIT OF BERMUDA
Made a winning debut in a muddling contest at Goodwood, finishing well from off the pace to score a head success over Iconic Queen and William Haggas’ charge can progress on the back of that success.
There was little over one length separating the first five horses home, but it could be significant that the Twilight Son filly is quickly turned out again and upped in class which suggests she could be a potentially smart type.
This will demand more, but she’s certainly one open to improvement on the back of that debut success and she’s respected with the potential for better to come.
STAR OF EMARAATY
Shaped well on her debut at Haydock in June, finishing runner-up behind Golden Melody and may have found five furlongs too sharp when down the field in the Queen Mary Stakes.
The Pride Of Dubai filly got off the mark at the third attempt, scoring a narrow victory at Ayr last month and she wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth in the Gala Stakes at Sandown behind two of these rivals.
However she appeared beaten on merit that day and hard to think she can improve past both to feature here. She looks up against it and has a fair bit to do on the evidence of that recent Sandown defeat.
SOLERA STAKES TIPS – BIG-RACE VERDICT
Fly Miss Helen looked smart on her debut and could well improve to double her tally; but DUBAI FOUNTAIN represents a yard with a good recent record in this contest and the Teofilo filly can get back on the scoresheet.
A dual-winner she lost no caste in defeat when beaten one length behind Fev Rover at Sandown where she had two of these rivals behind her and she can confirm the form with both given she has the potential for further improvement and might get an uncontested lead at the head of affairs.
Quicker ground is a shade worrying, but the Mark Johnston team have won this race in each of the last two seasons and know what it takes to win this. The Teofilo filly is chanced then to land a hat-trick for the yard under Sylvestre De Sousa and she could be hard to peg back if allowed to stride on and set the fractions in front.