2014 Spring Carnival Options Open for Solicit

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2014 options are wide open for smart Victorian filly Solicitat this stage with trainers of the Group 1 performer yet to decide how much distance she’ll be tested over.


Solicit could step up to the mile and a half for the 2014 Caulfield Cup or be kept to a mile this season. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The three-year-old daughter of Street Sense already has a commanding record of two Group wins and two Group 1 minor placings from her 12 starts.

She’ll get a chance to add to that elite level record, hopefully with a Group 1 win of her own this coming campaign, but in exactly what races co-trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are still deciding.

During last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival Solicit, who has come back from her spell this time in fine order, was stretched out to 2500m for the Group 1 Crown Oaks at Flemington in November.

The race was won by Kirramosa but Solicit was just a quarter length away in third proving her ability over a bit of ground when up against her own kind.

Her autumn this time in then kicked off with back-to-back Group wins at Flemington, and was headlined by her close second to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

The Vinery was her maiden Sydney run and a nice effort having been run on a Heavy (8).

Solicit then failed in her most recent run when issues in the week leading up to the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) impacted on her performance in the Randwick race on April 19 and she dropped out to run over 21 lengths away last behind Diamond Drille.

Her trainers are confident she’ll be back to her best in the spring and are considering all major targets including the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October.

Early Caulfield Cup betting markets and futures Cox Plate odds have Solicit listed as a $26 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au.

She could however be kept to shorter spring showdowns including the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28 and then the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day (November 1).

“We don’t know whether she’s a bit too brilliant to step up in distance in the spring or whether we should keep her to that sprinter/miler distance and target the Sir Rupert Clarke and the Myer,” co-trainer Ellerton told Racing Victoria.

“She’s a Group 2 winner over 1400, but she’s Group 1-placed over 2000 and a mile-and-a-quarter, so we just don’t know yet.”

Ellerton is thrilled with the condition of Solicit post-spell, the filly in pre-training at her owner David Moodie’s Woodend property located halfway between Melbourne and Bendigo.

She’s expected to return to her Flemington stables in another two weeks to start formal work ahead of her highly anticipated spring campaign.

“She looks fantastic, she’s done really well,” Ellerton said.

“We’re probably blessed that we had that late autumn warmth and she had a really good break and she’s blossomed and strengthened up so hopefully she’s got the best in front of her.”

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