Race of The Day Saturday August 11
15:457f (1400m)

german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)

Newmarket (July Course)

  • Current Favourite  Main Edition
  • Current Odds 3/1
Race Analysis Runners 8 Going Good to Soft (Good in places) Distance 7f (1400m)

Race Overview

The Sweet Solera Stakes is a Group 3 event open to two-year-old fillies run on the July Course at Newmarket. It takes its name from the 1961 dual Classic-winning filly, the heroine of the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks.

The cast this year is set to be headed by Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes winner Main Edition for trainer Mark Johnston, while there’s also the exciting C&D winner Pennywhistle for John Gosden amidst a talented field of eight for what looks an open renewal.

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Horse racing Mark Johnston

Favourite Main Edition

Main Edition won her first three starts, culminating in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. The daughter of Zoffany perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect since in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes here at Newmarket and will now attempt this 7f trip for the first time. Mark Johnston’s filly has solid claims on her best form, despite the fact that she’ll be spotting her rivals a 3lb penalty for her Ascot success.

Former champion trainer John Gosden

Other Contenders

La Pelosa was edged out by Main Edition in the Albany in June and misfired herself the following month over 6f here in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. She’s got something to prove following another tame run at Sandown since. Ajrar and Pennywhistle both come here boasting a win each from two starts and rank as potential improvers for much-respected trainers Richard Hannon and John Gosden (pictured).

Race Analysis

Richard Hannon has won the previous two renewals of this race with Nations Alexander and Tajaanus and comes here on a hat-trick mission with twice-raced winner Ajrar. The daughter of Nayef made a winning debut on the AW circuit at Lingfield last month and looked impressive in doing so.

She was then sent to Sandown for a Listed fillies’ race over this 7f trip and will have learned plenty in finishing a close second. She had the re-opposing La Pelosa behind in third that day, though it would be hard argue that rival was running to her best form.

Given Hannon’s recent track record in this contest, Ajrar is respected but she must surely take another step forward to land the prize.

The best form on offer comes from the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, where Main Edition held off La Pelosa to score by a neck.

Mark Johnston’s filly looked good in doing so and was recording her third win from as many starts. The negative is that she was a big disappointment next time out in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over six-furlongs here at Newmarket.

She was attempting to give away 3lb to her rivals – she must do so again – while she also met some trouble in running. However, her effort was already a poor one by the time she hit trouble and the fact she dropped right out to finish the best part of 20 lengths in arrears is the main concern now.

On her Ascot form Main Edition is the one they all have to beat, however, and connections have been sounding the positives over her ability to bounce back and a likely fondness for the extra-furlong.

Likewise, La Pelosa will be bang in the frame for this prize if replicating her Albany run. She was in the slipstream of Main Edition every step of the way that afternoon and had ample opportunity to go by and win the race in the final two-furlongs had she been good enough.

She, too, ran poorly on this track in the Duchess of Cambridge next time and she’s also failed to take advantage of a drop into Listed class at Sandown since, where she finished behind the re-opposing Ajrar. She was sent off favourite in both instances and has got to be treated with a degree of caution for now.

Impulsion, a filly by Footstepsinthesand, made a fine impression on her debut with a wide-margin Goodwood success in June. Roger Varian’s charge didn’t build on that in a Listed race here next time and has since come up plenty short in a French Group 3.

California Love is one of two previous C&D winners in this field. She took a marked step forward on her second outing to score here last month. That was a low-grade affair, and while the second has scored since at Brighton, that added little to the form. Richard Spencer’s yard are in form and she can improve again. Of those unfancied in the betting, she’s the one that could cause a stir.

Model Guest improved for the step up to this trip at Ascot last time, though must do so again appreciably to be a big factor in this race.

Which brings us nicely to PENNYWHISTLE, a filly by Iffraaj out of a winning daughter of Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes heroine, Folk Opera. She is bred to be above average and looked a useful prospect when shaping nicely on the AW at Kempton first time out. She duly scored here over C&D on her second start, despite racing keenly early on in what was a muddling sort of a contest.

She did things well enough in the circumstances and is very likely to improve again. This is a marked step up in class, but her trainer John Gosden isn’t known for tilting at windmills and he’s a mercurial judge of a filly. That he chose this path so early must be noted and, with Frankie Dettori jocked up, the Clarehaven handler can add to his success with Rainbow View in 2008 in this contest.

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Betting.net Selection

Pennywhistle
4/1
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Betting.net Danger

Main Edition
3/1

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Written by Enda McElhinney

Enda McElhinney is an Irish-based racing writer with an increasing portfolio of work on British and Irish racing. His daily routine is race-by-race form analysis, both on the Flat and over jumps. While the racing world must keep on turning, he is quite sure that no horse will ever pull at his heartstrings quite as much as the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Denman.