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Sweet Solera Stakes Preview – Saturday 11th August

Last updated: August 9, 2018 by Leon Marshal

The feature race at Newmarket on Saturday is the £50,000 Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes for two-year-old fillies over seven furlongs.

The race is named in honour of the winner of the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks in 1961 and has been won by some high class fillies. Moon Cactus won the race in 1989 and went on to finish second in the French Oaks the following year. 2002 winner Soviet Song finished fourth in the 1000 Guineas but amassed prize money of more than £1million in her career. That included victories in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in 2004 and 2005. Maids Causeway (2004) was second in the 1000 Guineas and won the Group 1 Coronation Stakes in 2005.

Horses rounding a bend at Newmarket

Hannon chasing Sweet Solera hat-trick

Mark Johnston won this race with Muraaqaba in 2014 and has the ante-post favourite this season in Main Edition. The daughter of Zoffany carries a 3lbs penalty for her win in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. She battled on well to repel the challenge of La Pelosa by a neck. The runner-up is set to re-oppose on 3lbs better terms on Saturday.

The two fillies met again in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in July. The race was won in eye-catching fashion by Pretty Pollyanna with La Pelosa fifth and Main Edition only seventh. It was a rough race but, even allowing for the interference, neither filly would have troubled the winner. La Pelosa has since finished third behind Look Around and Ajrar in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown.

Ajrar was held up by Pat Dobbs and showed signs of inexperience before running on in the closing stages. That was only her second start and she probably has more scope for improvement than La Pelosa. Ajrar is trained by Richard Hannon who is seeking a hat-trick in the race after Nations Alexander (2016) and Tajaanus (2017).

Dettori booked for Pennywhistle at Newmarket

John Gosden won the Sweet Solera with the high class Rainbow View in 2008. His representative this year is Pennywhistle, a daughter of Iffraaj out of a Street Cry mare. She finished a promising third to Look Around on her debut before getting off the mark in a four-runner race at Newmarket. She needs to improve to win this but will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

Tom Queally rides impressive Newmarket winner California Love for Richard Spencer. She is by Power out of a Captain Rio mare and readily put more than three lengths between herself and Rosamour last time out. Roger Varian saddles Impulsion, a five lengths winner on her debut at Goodwood. She then finished third to Royal Intervention here before finishing sixth in a Group 3 in France. Impulsion has shown signs of temperament, notably when being reluctant to go into the stalls at Deauville.

George Margarson’s Model Guest is still a maiden after three starts. She put up her best effort last time when second to Ceratonia at Ascot and a line of form gives her every chance of beating Pennywhistle. Her early price of 33-1 looks generous compared to 100-30 about John Gosden’s filly.

Several horses running at the Hardwicke Stakes

Betting Tips

Ajrar @100-30 Bet365

Model Guest (each-way) @33-1

Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3

The Sweet Solera Stakes is due off at 3.45 at Newmarket on Saturday 11th August and will be televised live on ITV4.