Solicit To Contest Vinery Stud Stakes

Trainer Simon Zahra has confirmed that Solicit will have her next race start in the 2014 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 before contesting the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 19.

Solicit stamped herself as a leading contender for the 2014 Australian Oaks with strong wins in The Vanity and the Kewney Stakes.

Solicit stamped herself as a leading contender for the 2014 Australian Oaks with strong wins in The Vanity and the Kewney Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Owner David Moodie revealed earlier in the month that Solicit may be targeted at the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide, rather than head to Sydney for the more difficult assignment, but Zahra told RSN that the Street Cry filly would be given an opportunity at the highest level of racing during The Championships.

“We will head up to Sydney and give her a nice hit-out (in the Vinery Stud Stakes) and head onto the Oaks,” Zahra said.

“She is an exciting filly and she hasn’t lost any admirers after Friday night that is for sure.”

Solicit started her autumn preparation with two impressive wins in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 15 and the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at the same venue on March 8.

The three-year-old was well-backed in the lead-up to the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley March 21, but was never able to get into a comfortable rhythm and finished a disappointing fourth behind Marianne.

Zahra said that he was not overly disappointed with the performance and believes that the 2013 Crown Oaks placegetter had plenty of excuses for the defeat.

“That was good; at the end of the day she just ended up in a bad spot and just couldn’t get rolling when she needed to,” Zahra said.

“She just couldn’t get into her rhythm on the fence.

“Her greatest attribute is her nice cruising speed and she can sustain that from the half mile to the finishing post, but she wasn’t able to do that.

“That is racing and that is tactics and you just suck it up and move on.

“That’s racing and we will just move on and worry about the Vinery in two weeks’ time.”

Solicit will be stepping up to staying trips for the first time since her 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, where she finished second in the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m), third in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and a narrow third in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).

The talented filly is currently on the third line of 2014 Australian Oaks betting markets behind Guy Walter-trained Zanbagh ($4) and New Zealand Derby runner-up Rising Romance ($5).

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