Top Melbourne filly Solicit is on track to tackle her second Oaks with another dominant win in the Group 2 $220,000 TAB Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington today.
Today’s win was Solicit’s second from her two starts since running third in the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington in the Spring after she scored first up in the Group 3 $150,000 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 15.
Winning co-trainer Matt Ellerton will gradually step Solicit up in distance as she heads towards the Group 1 $1m ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 19.
Ellerton has not finalised the filly’s next start but said that she would be in Sydney for the Group 1 $400,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 5 prior to running in the Australian Oaks.
“She was there to be beaten today. She did a bit of work, but had a good mid race break and she was good enough to hold them off,” Ellerton said.
“I’m not sure where we will go next start, Moonee Valley or Sydney, then Vinery and then Oaks.”
Winning jockey Damien Lane didn’t take up his usually front running role on Solicit and was happy to sit outside the leader Miss Rose De Lago.
Lane waited to well into the straight before letting go and Solicit ($1.70 favourite) responded to hold off Marianne ($7) by a length with Suavito ($17) also running home well for third a short half head away.
The Michael Kent trained Marianne is racing well without wining and collected her fourth runner-up cheque from her last four starts.