Rosehill-based trainer Gerald Ryan will take over the training of smart Victorian expat Solicit with the classy mare joining his stables ahead of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Previously prepared by Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra at Flemington, Street Cry four-year-old Solicit has won four of her 18 starts to date for $660,600 in prize money.
She had her final run under the training of Ellerton & Zahra first-up last Saturday, February 14, at Caulfield in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) and left the stable on Tuesday morning.
Her part-owners Contract Racing are hoping to continue the success they’ve had with other topline gallopers with Ryan including their two Blue Diamond Stakes winners Hurricane Sky (1994) and Paint (1996).
Ryan also prepared 1996 Queensland Oaks winner Arctic Scent, winner of that year’s Caulfield Cup under the care of her subsequent trainer Jim Mason, for the same connections.
In the Geoffrey Bellmaine last weekend, Solict sat up on the speed early before dropping away over the concluding stages to cross six lengths away eighth to Tycoon Tara over the unsuitably short sprint return.
It’s been a long time between drinks for the mare who hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) in early March last year.
That came on the back of her three length first-up victory in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) last February and she went on to run a brave second behind Lucia Valentina in last April’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in the wet at Rosehill.
Solicit is nominated for a two 1 majors this autumn during Sydney’s The Championships entered for both the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 4 and the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) the following week back at the track.
Early Doncaster Mile odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Japan’s World Ace at the top paying $8 for a successful raid down under in the classic while Solicit is a $51 outsider.
In Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting for the season’s richest race, where she ran dead last in last year after her lead-up week was hampered, Solicit is even longer at $67 in markets led by another Japanese raider To The World ($5) and Cox Plate winner Adelaide ($6.50).
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