Sweet Solera Stakes betting tips: Pennywhistle the punt for Newmarket win

The 2018 Sweet Solera Stakes betting tips given by Horsebetting.com experts say Pennywhistle is your best bet for victory in the juvenile Group 3 contest for fillies only over 7f at Newmarket on Saturday, 11 August. La Pelosa is feared most for Godolphin, while Ajrar looks each-way value given his trainer’s fine recent record in the race. Read our 2018 Sweet Solera Stakes betting tips for more on these horses’ chances.

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Pennywhistle taken to score Sweet Solera success under Frankie

Why oh why has Frankie Dettori turned down riding at the Shergar Cup at Ascot? It may be because trainer John Gosden has a very lively chance of capturing the Newmarket feature on Saturday, the juvenile Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes (15:45), with Pennywhistle.

This two-year-old daughter of Iffraaj is a course and distance winner having landed a 7f novice stakes contest just three weeks ago. Pennywhistle was soon tracking the leaders, shaken up by jockey Rab Havlin two out and ridden to lead entering the final furlong.

She was always doing enough and only had to be pushed out to score by three-quarters of a length. Prior to that, Pennywhistle was a length third on debut to subsequent Listed winner Look Around over this trip on the all-weather at Kempton.

Gosden’s charge was unlucky not to nab second in the final strides and looks the type of unexposed filly who could easily make some of her more experienced rivals vulnerable. If that proves to be the case, then Pennywhistle is well worth a wager to make a big step up and land the spoils under big race jockey Dettori.

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La Pelosa the main danger for Godolphin

The Albany Stakes one-two from Royal Ascot, Main Edition and La Pelosa set the standard here, though neither were granted much luck in-running when they re-opposed and finished down the field in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over 6f at this venue during the July Festival.

It was the Godolphin owned La Pelosa who turned that Ascot form on its head, however, despite being cannoned into by Angel’s Hideaway, so she rates the main danger instead of the Mark Johnston filly. Trained by the boys in blue’s retained handler Charlie Appleby, she scored by a comfortable three lengths from Chaleur on debut over 6f at Kempton.

La Pelosa was then just beaten a neck by Main Edition in the Albany, but then finished four lengths in front of that re-opposing rival in the Duchess Of Cambridge. Both fillies were badly hampered as a result of Angel’s Hideaway as Pretty Pollyanna took advantage and landed that Group 2 contest by seven lengths.

While it’s tough to get a handle on what would’ve happened had the collision not taken place, La Pelosa has been out since and finished a 1 1/4 lengths third to the aforementioned Look Around in that Listed race at Sandown. She lost second in the final strides to another re-opposing rival when getting a nudge, but meets Ajrar again off level weights.

Unlike Main Edition, who has to shoulder a 3lb penalty for her previous win in the grade, La Pelosa still looks the one to give our main bet the most to think about having earned an official rating of 105. This puts her 2lb well-in on the Johnston filly, who may be even more exposed.

Ajrar an each-way alternative

Trainer Richard Hannon has won the last two runnings of the Sweet Solera, so his twice raced Ajrar has to be respected in light of that superb recent record. She may be the best each-way bet in a wide-open looking renewal after just getting up on La Pelosa in that Listed contest last time out.

This daughter of Nayef is out of an Invincible Spirit mare – who was also trained by the Hannon family – and landed her debut over 6f at Lingfield last month by three lengths. Ajrar was soon ridden clear by jockey Tom Marquand and pushed out for a taking success.

Although no match for Look Around at Sandown last time out, she did chase the leaders before Pat Dobbs got to work on her and just touched off La Pelosa for second. Ajrar is a very athletic type that should have even more to offer after just those two starts.

This looks no less competitive but, like Pennywhistle, she is still relatively unexposed when compared to the other two market principals. If Ajrar can confirm the Sandown form with La Pelosa, then that gives her considerable claims of making the frame again.

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