Solicit Strolls Home in comfortable 2014 The Vanity Victory

February 15, 2014

Solicit Strolls Home in comfortable 2014 The Vanity Victory

Classy mare Solicit has strolled in to claim the Group 3 The Vanity at Flemington today ahead of a spirited Critical Angel and Girl In Flight.

Solicit ran away to a thumping victory in the 2014 The Vanity

Solicit ran away to a thumping victory in the 2014 The Vanity. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Breaking from the barriers near-perfectly, Solicit took up the early pace and opened a large gap along with Critical Angel rounding the bend before comfortably straightening and pulling clear of the O’reilly filly to finish three lengths in-front and five to strong finishing Girl In Flight in third.

Co-trainer Mathew Ellerton was confident the form Solicit had shown in preparations would deliver a good first-up result.

“She’s seasoned and made easy work of it today” Ellerton said after the race.

“I thought she’d lead; she’s pretty fresh. It took a quick one to lead her in the jump outs here last Friday and I couldn’t see her not leading.

While currently unsure which direction the Street Cry filly would take this preparation, Ellerton has not ruled out a step up in distance as a realistic option for Solicit following today’s remarkable win.

“We’ll be guided by her – she was a bit wishy washy in her coat today, I hope she goes home and cleans it up and I hope she goes home and does well” Ellerton added.

“She’s grown up a lot and that stands her in good stead for this campaign.

“She’s got it all before her and she’s exciting for us.”

Jockey Damian Lane missed a chance to ride Solicit in her Sportingbet Best Tote Plate (1200m) victory in September due to suspension, but was happy to get a second chance to partner the classy mare in the 2014 The Vanity.

“She’s a class filly” Lane said following the win.

“Last prep I was suspended and missed a chance to win on her at Moonee Valley, so it’s good to get off on a winning note and hopefully I can stick with her.

“She did it effortlessly; she bowled out in front easily and when I put a couple round her tail just to get her mind on the job she just really let go. She did it easily.”

Having returned to the track in peak condition, a busy Autumn campaign is well and truly on the cards for Solicit, with the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) a strong possibility.

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2014 The Vanity Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1 54kg $2.90F
2 6 CRITICAL ANGEL (NZ) Peter G Moody Chad Schofield (a) 2.75L 2 54kg $51
3 5 GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 6.25L 4 54kg $6.50
4 4 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent Michael Rodd 7L 6 54kg $4.20
5 3 SENSIBILITY Peter G Moody Glen Boss 7.75L 7 54kg $5
6 7 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 8.5L 5 54kg $20
7 2 QUAYSIDE David Payne Brenton Avdulla 9.75L 3 54kg $18
8 9 REZONED (NZ) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 18.75L 8 54kg $19

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