Blue Bayou wins the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Blue Bayou swooped around the outside of her six rivals to land the £50,000 Sweet Solera Stakes, Saturday’s Group Three seven-furlong feature on the July course at Newmarket.
Dropped out at the rear by jockey Dane O’Neill, the filly found her speed two furlongs out and stormed past rivals, beating Fireglow by half a length.
Trainer Brian Meehan’s filly was quoted at 16/1 for next season’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas after her 7/4 victory.
She had finishing third in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at the July course a month ago.
“She’s one of the best fillies I have trained and could be a Guineas horse. I think there is a lot more to come from her,” said Meehan.
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Buckstay, a consistent handicapper, finally got his neck in front to land the £10,000 handicap under Jim Crowley.
The five-year-old gelding was pipped into second at the course a month ago but made no mistake to score at 4/1 for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam.
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Crowley was happy to let others lead before producing Buckstay to win by a neck from fast-finishing Flash Fire, at 20/1, the two having pulled clear of the rest.
Chapple-Hyam said: “He has been unlucky. I am delighted for owners Fitzi and Jim Hay as they have been very loyal to me. He is not short of speed and I might put him in the Ayr Gold Cup in the near future if it doesn’t come up soft.”
Both Meehan and Crowley completed doubles when they teamed up to see Ashridge Lad land the mile handicap at 7/2.
Crowley took the eventual winner wide of the field and then re-joined the pack before going on to win from Franklin D who grabbed second place in a blanket finish some way adrift of the winner.
Gypsy Eyes made every yard of the seven-furlong maiden to record an impressive victory over 10 debutant rival fillies in the opener.
Under James Doyle for trainer Charlie Hills, the two-year-old high Chaparral filly came under pressure a furlong from home.
But Doyle asked for more and his mount responded to stretch away and win by two lengths.
John Burrows, Hills’ travelling head lad, said: “This filly will get further and I am sure there is a bit of black type in her.
“She has got a good attitude and did it from the front.”
Luke Morris had to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at the Marco Botti trained Sharp Sailor to get the colt home in the 10-furlong handicap.
The 4/1 shot looked beaten two furlongs from home but Morris managed to galvanise his mount to beat outsider Solo Hunter.
Figment, odds-on favourite at the course three weeks ago when beaten into second, broke her maiden tag by winning the fillies’ stakes under Robert Havlin for trainer John Gosden.
Always at the front, Figment, the 4/5 market leader, cruised home from Fine View.
The finale, over two miles, went to The Cashel Man who came from last to first to score for Joe Fanning and trainer David Simcock.
The winner was the 15/8 joint favourite and beat fellow joint favourite Amour De Nuit despite drifting towards the near rail in the final furlongs.