Solicit Ready for 2016 Apollo Stakes

February 9th, 2016

Gerald Ryan has been pleased with the benefit taken by Solicit since her racing return a fortnight ago and is confident the talented mare has the tools to beat a talented field set to include Winx in Saturday’s 2016 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.

Solicit is primed for a strong performance in Saturday's 2016 Apollo Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Solicit is primed for a strong performance in Saturday’s 2016 Apollo Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Remaining in work for a final season chasing maiden Group 1 glory ahead of her retirement into a career as a broodmare, Solicit jumped from the gates well in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up; receiving a good run in transit before producing a typically smart turn of foot to run second behind Our Boy Malachi.

Ryan concedes the daughter of Street Cry has not performed at her best at Randwick previously, but revealed her major target this time is the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill and a trip to Melbourne prior is not warranted.

“Her two runs at Randwick have been awful,” Ryan told AAP.

“But I think she had excuses. She over-raced in one and in the other she was coming to the end of her preparation.

“Her aim is the Coolmore Classic so I’m not sure if we want to be going back and forth to Melbourne.”

Solicit has been a strong and consistent performer since first appearing on course for Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra in 2013; posting a credible six wins and nine minors through 27 competitive starts.

Set for the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in what was supposed to be her final racing campaign in 2015, Solicit won the Group 3 Darley Crown (1300m) on May 9th; progressing to second in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) but failing to handle the pace and eleventh in her major target.

Returning in spring for second in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Solicit placed eighth in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) before ending the year with success in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) on November 14th.

The 2016 Apollo Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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