Alonsoa revved up for Solera

Last Updated: 08/08/14 3:55pm

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Alonsoa: Newmarket hopeful

Alonsoa: Newmarket hopeful

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Henry Candy would like to see rain at Newmarket on Saturday ahead of Alonsoa's next big test in the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes.

The Wantage handler believes a deterioration in conditions will help bring the exciting juvenile's stamina into play ahead of the Group Three over seven furlongs.

Alonsoa has looked really impressive in two starts this summer, and claimed a noteworthy scalp at Sandown last month when she defeated Pack Together by three-quarters of a length in a Listed race.

Candy said: "She's a nice filly who probably wants a mile already, but if she's going to be any good she should be up to winning over seven furlongs again.

"Alonsoa has been fine since her Listed win, but she needed the hill at Sandown and it would probably suit her better if this race were over a mile.

"I am hoping that we get a nice bit of rain before Saturday to make it more of a test.

"On fast ground, one or two of the other fillies might be a bit too sharp for her over the seven furlongs.

"I am pleased with the way that Alonsoa is developing. She has the physique to progress - she is a big, strong creature - and has got the pedigree to suggest that she should be running in this type of race.

"At this stage I couldn't tell you if she is going to be a Classic filly next year.

"I only ever take things one step at a time and this race is a logical progression from Sandown."

Stroll Patrol impressed at Leicester last month and has since been sold to prominent owners Qatar Racing, according to trainer Charlie McBride.

The Newmarket handler said: "She's a lovely filly and will be running in Qatar's colours at the weekend.

"She's a big horse with a lot of scope and we've always thought a lot of her, right from day one.

"She's had an easy time since Leicester and has done everything right.

"She's proven she can handle cut in the ground and also when it's fast, but we wouldn't want too much rain, I wouldn't have thought."

Bonnie Grey finished a staying-on third behind Alonsoa and Pack Together at Sandown, with trainer Rod Millman realistic about the chances of his filly reversing the form.

The Devon handler said: "She ran a very good race at Sandown and stayed on nicely to get some black type.

"That said, we've got a bit of ground to make up on the two horses that finished first and second."

David Elsworth's Arabian Queen is forced to carry a penalty for her win in the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket.

Elsworth said: "She's going for the Lowther at York so I thought she may as well run in this rather than do a bit of work - it's only at the end of my garden.

"It's no penalty kick, by any means. There are some improving fillies in there, but she's the one with a Group Two win in the book.

"She had a bad draw at Ascot but she's got the plum draw (stall one).

"She doesn't have to make it, though, she did last time because nothing else did. Win, lose or draw she'll run a big race but the main aim is to get to the Lowther.

"She's also in the Prix Morny as well. I wouldn't be too keen in taking on the colts but we did put her in so we'll see.

"She wouldn't run in both though, as they are only days apart."

Richard Hannon believes Pack Together would not have to improve too much to take a hand in the finish and reverse the Sandown form with Alonsoa.

He told www.richardhannonracing.com: "Pack Together must have a shout in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

"She has only three-parts of a length to find with Alonsoa from Sandown, so that puts her right in the mix."

Godolphin have dominated the race since 2009, with Saeed bin Suroor winning three of the runnings.

This year the once-raced Winters Moon represents Bin Suroor, who told www.Godolphin.com: "Winters Moon won nicely on her debut and has been doing well since that run.

"She is in good order at the moment and has won over this course and distance.

"It's a step up in class but I hope that she can run another good race."

Charlie Appleby is represented by Efflorescence, who is also one from one.

"Efflorescence has come out of her win at Newmarket well. I think this year's race looks a tough renewal as she is coming up against some more experienced fillies," said Appleby.

"She has won on her only start, making all, and her lack of experience might catch her out a little bit. Whatever she does on Saturday, she will hopefully come on again afterwards."

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