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The key views as Charm bids to confirm promise in Sweet Solera
12 Aug 2017 | Sweet Solera Stakes (Gr 3) | 7f | 2yo fillies | ITV4/RUK

This race has been kind to Godolphin over the past eight years, with the blue silks carried to victory on five occasions between 2009 and 2013.

The best of those winners was White Moonstone, who captured the race in 2010 as part of an unbeaten juvenile season, although she failed to build on that campaign owing to injury.

Trainer Charlie Appleby has yet to win the race, but in Poetic Charm he has an impressive course-and-distance winner with a pedigree of outstanding potential (she is by Dubawi and a half-sister to champion two-year-old and top stallion Teofilo).

Appleby said: “Poetic Charm came out of her debut well and the form of that race looks strong. We have a couple of drying days in Newmarket, so I'm anticipating the ground will not be too soft. I’m hopeful she can take the next step up in grade.”

Should she take her record to two wins from two starts, Poetic Charm is likely to be considerably shorter than the 33-1 she is now for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas next year.

Is Capla Temptress a globetrotter in the making?

Capla Temptress carries new colours on Saturday, having been purchased by international racing syndicate Team Valor following her victory over course-and-distance last month.

Trainer Marco Botti and Team Valor have been successful partners in the past, with the likes of Gitano Hernando and Euro Charline scoring at Grade 1 level in the USA.


Foreign raids are likely to be on the cards for Capla Temptress as well if she can prove worthy of such travels, and Botti said: “We think she’s progressing and I’m pleased with the way she has come out of her last run. It looks a tough race but she’s run well at the course and the ground should suit her.

“Team Valor like to have a few runners in America and there’s a race in Canada on September 17. We’ll know whether she should be going there after this race.”

Will form or potential come out on top for Hannon?

Richard Hannon brings two fillies into this race with different profiles: one with proven form and one with a large amount of potential.

Tajaanus has won two of her three starts, the second of which came in a Listed race at Sandown when she showed a good attitude to hang on to win by a nose.

On the other hand, Mayyasah, a €160,000 yearling, won her only start in impressive style at Newbury, albeit the form is not the most solid.

Hannon said: “Tajaanus seems to be improving with every run. She won’t mind the ground and the form has been franked from her last start. She remains in great order and I would expect a bold run.

“Mayyasah is making a big step up in class but she was very impressive that day. She's a lovely filly with plenty of scope and seems to have improved from that run. She also shouldn’t mind the ground and will be right there on the line.”

Nyaleti in mind when assessing talented duo

It would be unfair to view whatever Dance Diva does as merely a boost or a knock to the form of Nyaleti, but it is inevitable some attention will definitely be paid to it.

Dance Diva was five lengths behind the exciting Nyaleti when second in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot last time, losing her unbeaten record in the process.

She is one of two Cheveley Park Stud runners in the race, along with Juliet Capulet, and Chris Richardson, managing director of the stud, said: “Dance Diva is a nice filly and progressive. It’s no disgrace to be beaten by Nyaleti, but the draw is a problem in this race as it might leave her out on a wing. She's in good order as is Juliet Capulet, who won nicely last time.”

Mamba Noire ready for longer trip

There was no disgrace in Mamba Noire finishing third to the classy Clemmie in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last time either, and her trainer Ken Condon believes the step up in trip for this race will suit.

He said: “She finished off her last two races strongly, so we think she's ready to step up to seven furlongs. The slower ground shouldn't be a problem and we've been happy with her since her good run at Newmarket last month.”


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