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Star Of Emaraaty wins Sweet Solera marred by death of Fly Miss Helen

Sat 8 Aug 2020

Watch how the Kevin Ryan-trained youngster caused an upset in the Group Three contest plus reaction from winning-jockey.

Star Of Emaraaty took her career to new heights when springing a 66-1 surprise in the Betway Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in a race marred by a fatal injury suffered by joint-favourite Fly Miss Helen.

With just a novice win at Ayr to her name in four previous starts, Star Of Emaraaty took a giant step forward with a staying-on success in the Group Three contest.

Having finished behind Setarhe and Dubai Fountain in a Listed event at Sandown last time, the Kevin Ryan-trained two-year-old exacted revenge on the pair when finishing fastest of them all in the seven-furlong prize to defeat the latter by a length and a quarter.

Ryan, speaking away from the track, said: “We are delighted with her as she is a sweet filly.

“She got very unbalanced at Sandown and it was a bit of a risk coming to Newmarket of it happening again. I thought she would have a fair chance of handling it though if he got her down the hill, as we knew when she hit the rising ground she would come home well.

“She is quite a laid back filly and she will improve with racing. I couldn’t fault her today as she has picked up and quickened well.”

Though victory for Star Of Emaraaty would have been a surprise to plenty given her double-figure price tag, the Hambleton handler was optimistic she could reach the frame.

He added: “We were very hopeful of being in the three and not just being there to make up the numbers. If you think that way you always have a chance. Thankfully things dropped right for her.”

Despite not nominating an immediate target for Star Of Emaraaty, who was introduced at 50-1 for the 1000 Guineas by Betway, the Group One-winning handler is considering stepping her up in trip on her next start.

He added: “We will speak to Niall O’Brien from the Ontoawinner syndicate and see what he wants to to do, as he is quite good at judging what races to go for. I do see her having no problems in getting another furlong though.”

The Richard Hannon-trained Fly Mis Helen, a taking winner on her debut at Newbury, was pulled up midway through the race and suffered a fatal injury.

A Newmarket spokesperson said: "Fly Miss Helen sustained an injury during the race and she was euthanised on the course. Our condolences go to connections.".

Wakening earned quotes for next year’s 1000 Guineas after carrying the colours of The Queen to glory in the Betway “Newcomers” Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket, initiating doubles for John Gosden and Rab Havlin in the process.

Sitting front rank throughout the seven-furlong contest, the daughter of Dark Angel showed a likeable attitude on her debut to get the better of a late duel with Statement by a neck.

Following the race, Wakening was introduced at 33-1 by Betway, Paddy Power and William Hill for the mile fillies’ Classic.

Gosden said of the 9-1 winner: “She was in the stalls a long time, so when the gates opened she decided she wanted to be out of there. We don’t normally jump and bowl along like that, but she is a lovely filly with a lot of scope and has a great stride on her.

“I was impressed with her and the second, as they have opened up on the field and you don’t often have two go away like that in a newcomers’ race. It was a very nice introduction.

“She has got a good mind on her and the scope. She is a very likeable filly. We could go seven or a mile, as that would be in her compass as her mother stayed it.”

Al Rufaa (5-2) continued his progression by making it a hat-trick of wins for the season to complete Gosden and Havlin’s brace in the Betway Handicap by two lengths.

Gosden said: “They get on well together. He is an improving horse, but putting the hood back on him has helped a lot. He is going the right way.

“We thought this was the race with the more exposed horses in, as we were in this and the mile handicap. He is gradually making steady improvement.”

Mark Johnston notched up his 99th winner of the year as Cognac (6-4) made a successful start over a mile and a quarter in the Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap to form the opening leg of a double for jockey William Buick.

The Middleham handler said: “William has ridden him in all his races and said about stepping him up in trip last time. John O’Connor, who owns half of him, said he was a bit unsure on the pedigree side whether he would want to be stepping up in trip, but he got it well and it looks like he could go further.”

Classic-winning rider Buick completed his haul aboard the Andrew Balding-trained Coltrane (8-15) who followed up his last-time-out success at Chepstow when taking the Read Andrew Balding On Betway Insider Handicap by a length and three-quarters.

Thank You Next (7-2) took a step up to seven furlongs in her stride when getting the better of the hat-tricking seeking Magisterium by a neck in the Betway Nursery Handicap.

Trainer Richard Hannon said: “She wants seven furlongs clearly. She never stood a chance behind the Simon Crisford horse at Goodwood (Zamaani) as that was thrown in.

“She didn’t like coming down the hill at Goodwood and only started making ground when she hit the rising ground. I think she will like soft ground and she might even get further.”

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