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  • Ihtimal Tastes Newmarket Success

German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes (Fillies' Group 3) 7f

  • (2yo, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £28,355 2nd £10,750 3rd £5,380 4th £2,680 5th £1,345 6th £675
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 24.07s
  • Off time: 15:35:32
  • Last Updated: August 10 2013, 23:03 BST

Ihtimal was a convincing winner of the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

William Buick: Winning ride for Godolphin
William Buick: Winning ride for Godolphin

Saeed Bin Suroor's filly had not won a race coming into this Group Three contest for fillies but she'd kept decent company in the past and she continued the recent domination of the race by the Godolphin outfit with a highly taking performance.

Paul Hanagan attempted to make all on Adhwaa but the winner was handily placed in her slipstream and having been produced to lead with over two furlongs to travel, the daughter of Shamardal was able to keep her rivals at bay and ultimately go away from them as they hit the rising ground.

Midnite Angel stayed on from the rear to run on into second place with Wedding Ring back in third.

Saeed bin Suroor told the Godolphin website: "Ihtimal won well today and I was very pleased with her performance.

"She deserves another step up in class now and we will either keep her over seven furlongs or try her over a mile."

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford added: "Ihtimal won very well. We might look at the May Hill Stakes (1m, G2) at Doncaster on September 13 next and take it from there.

"Wedding Ring also ran a good race and we may drop her back to six furlongs."

Sky Bet's Richard Horner, whose firm go 25/1 about the winner for the 1,000 Guineas said: "She will have to improve again to beat the best of her generation next year but she is progressing and has a nice attitude."

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