Sydney’s Gerald Ryan is leaning towards the mares’ race on Zipping Classic Day for his classy mare Solicit who is nominated for both the Sandown Stakes and the 2015 Summoned Stakes on Saturday.
A now five-year-old daughter of Street Cry, Solicit is a five-time winner from 25 starts with her biggest win to date being at Flemington in March of 2014 in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m).
Third in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) the previous November as a three-year-old, she was also runner-up in the Group 1 Vinery Stakes (2000m) in the wet in April last year and fourth to Bonaria in that year’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
After winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) first-up this winter, Solicit is now looking for her first win since and is out to improve on her eighth behind subsequent Emirates Stakes runner-up Politeness in this year’s Myer Classic.
That run followed her close second when resuming on Caulfield Cup Day in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) meaning she is third-up this weekend at Sandown Hillside.
Hoping for an improved run stepping down in class, Ryan has Solicit nominated for both the $150,000 Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) and the $150,000 Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), but is leaning towards the latter.
“She will most likely run in the mares’ race with Kerrin McEvoy to ride,” Ryan confirmed to AAP.
Ryan’s only other Sandown nominee for Saturday is Cartier Rock in the $120,000 Listed Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies.
A bumper 22 nominations were taken for the Twilight Glow this spring, Ryan’s daughter of Fastnet Rock Cartier Rock coming of a second to Secret Prophet in a Benchmark 72 over 1400m at Randwick on October 24.
If accepted on Saturday it will be Cartier Rock’s first Melbourne run and her possible rivals include Tony McEvoy’s Listed Lexus Hybrid Stakes (1400m) winner at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day Don’t Doubt Mamma as well as runner-up in the same lead-up Indarra for Robert Smerdon.
Ryan however is more likely to keep his filly at home rather than travel her interstate, with a three-year-old Benchmark 72 at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday the preferred option.
“She will probably run in the benchmark race here,” he said.
Ryan is also weighing up a Saturday debut for the unraced Sinopia who is nominated for an $85,000 two-year-olds’ Plate over 1100m.
The nicely-bred colt, a son of five-time Group 1 European sprinter Dream Ahead, trialled for the first them when third to Gitan over 900m at Rosehill on October 27 and was down to run in the eighth heat on Tuesday morning.
His performance in this morning’s trial determines whether or not Ryan emulates the quick debut back-up of Danbird and Hot Snitzel with Sinopia and race him this weekend.
“I did the same with Danbird and Hot Snitzel before they made their debuts,” Ryan said.
“It doesn’t worry them and it’s on his home track so it’s not like he has to travel.”He is a big, tallish horse but seems to have speed and as long as he pulls up well from the trial we will race him.”
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