Trainer Mark Johnston will be represented by Main Edition among a high class field of 7 runners for the Group 3 german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course on Saturday (11th August).
This seven furlong contest for two-year-old fillies boasts prize money of £50,000 and is being sponsored by german-thoroughbred.com for a ninth consecutive year.
Main Edition will have to carry 3lbs more than each of her opponents thanks to her victory in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot seven weeks ago. She has run once since then, in the six furlong Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (sponsored by bet365) at the Adnams July Course on 13th July, when serious interference in the closing stages put paid to her chances and she trailed home in seventh place.
Richard Hannon, who has trained the winner of the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes for each of the past two years, will be represented by Ajrar, runner-up in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown last month.
La Pelosa, beaten just a neck by Main Edition in the Albany and subsequently fifth in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes and third in the Star Stakes, is another leading contender alongside Pennywhistle, who will be representing the powerful John Gosden/Frankie Dettori trainer/jockey combination.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, Mark, trainer of Main Edition, said:
“Main Edition has come out of the Duchess of Cambridge fine and we don’t envisage the step up to seven furlongs being an issue, although the Lowther is still an option going forward.
“She was in the process of running below par before getting badly hampered last time out and she got a bit upset beforehand down at the start that day so hopefully we have ironed that out since.
“If she bounces back to her Ascot form giving weight away shouldn’t be a problem and we feel she will be hard to beat.”