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Cumberland Lodge possibility for Solid Stone

Solid Stone could step up to a mile and a half for the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot following his battling victory at Newbury on Saturday.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old will consider the Group Three contest on October 2 after he knuckled down well to outpoint Foxes Tale by a neck, having made most of the running.

It was a second Group Three success in a row for the Saeed Suhail-owned gelding following the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor last month.

“He doesn’t know when to lie down. He’s such a battler. He’s such a game horse and it’s nice to get one like that who gives everything,” said Philip Robinson, assistant racing manager to Rabbah Bloodstock.

“It might be worth stepping him up another furlong and try a mile and a half, which I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion might be his best.

“I haven’t really looked, but something like the Cumberland Lodge. It’s quite a stiff 12 furlongs, but something like that.

“He’s done very well. We’ll see how he comes out of this. He’s come out of it well so far and we’ll see where Sir Michael wants to go.”

Robinson forecasts a bright future for Injazati after the Mohamed Obaida-owned three-year-old completed a hat-trick in a handicap over a mile and a quarter on the same card.

Injazati (right) is expected to go on to better things after completing a hat-trick at Newbury
Injazati (right) is expected to go on to better things after completing a hat-trick at Newbury (Steven Paston/PA)

Trained by Charlie Fellowes, the Night Of Thunder colt made all the running when holding seasoned campaigner Sam Cooke by two lengths on what was only his fifth career start.

“We’ve always thought a lot of him and I know Charlie has been really keen on this horse,” said Robinson.

“The main thing was getting him switched off early as he cold be a bit keen. They have discovered to let him do his own thing, whether that is in front or whatever, and he might step him up to a mile and a half now he has learned to relax a bit.

“He might even be better again over a mile and a half. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. Whatever he does this year, he’ll be better next year.”

Robinson feels Hala Hala Athmani, owned by Jaber Abdullah, is a filly to watch out for in 2022 despite losing her unbeaten record at Ayr.

The Kevin Ryan-trained half-sister to Group One winner Hello Youmzain was third to Nazanin in the Group Three Firth of Clyde Stakes when taking a hike in class after winning a Carlisle maiden on her debut last month.

“She’s a lovely big filly and without doubt is going to be better next year. Whether she runs again this year or not, I’m not sure. To me it looked looked she was getting a bit lonely out in front and will be stronger next year,” said Robinson.

“She could be anything. I really like her. She looked like the winner a furlong and a half out. She got lonely and then got tired the last half-furlong, but she’s very much a filly for next year.

“She seems quite keen early on in her races but a lot can change and she’s a big filly. Once she strengthens up it would be nice to think she’d see the mile out next year, but I’m sure Kevin will find something nice for her somewhere.”

Solid Stone digs deep for Group Three gold in Legacy Cup

Sir Michael Stoute’s Solid Stone continued his progression when battling back gamely to win the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes at Newbury.

Third in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, he had just been coming up short in Listed and Group Three company until last time out at Windsor.

Connections decided on a change of tactics there and he made all the running to win a Group Three, but that meant he was carrying a penalty on this occasion.

William Buick replaced Richard Kingscote in the saddle but adopted the same tactics, however, with over a furlong to run he was swamped.

Odds-on favourite Al Aasy, who appeared to be going well, Foxes Tales and Ilaraab all went by Solid Stone, but Buick was yet to ask for everything.

As Al Aasy folded disappointingly on his first start since being gelded, Solid Stone (12-1) began to hit top gear and by the time the line came, he was going away again to beat Foxes Tales by a neck.

Buick said: “He’s at that level, obviously, he had a 3lb penalty. Al Aasy looked the class horse in the race but he had questions to answer.

“I spoke to Sir Michael and we couldn’t see any pace in the race and given he won from the front at Windsor, we decided to go on and take advantage of it.

“They jumped on him when he was still going through the gears, but you wouldn’t find many horses that have the tenacity that he has. He responded very well.

“I hadn’t gone for everything when they joined me as I could feel him winding up, but it’s not ideal to drop back and then go again at that stage of the race.

“He won going away which would encourage you to try a mile and a half at some stage.”

Solid Stone shines in Winter Hill win

Richard Kingscote executed a perfect front-running ride as Solid Stone came out on top in the Sytner BMW Sunningdale & Maidenhead Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who was registering an eighth success in this Group Three event, Solid Stone was sent off a 9-4 chance in a four-runner heat after finishing fourth at Salisbury last time.

Sporting first-time cheekpieces, Solid Stone was sharply away for Kingscote, who opted to set his own pace with favourite Fancy Man tracking him throughout.

He was still bowling along with half a mile to run, but it turned into an exciting battle in the final two furlongs with Harrovian challenging on one side and Fancy Man on the other, but Kingscote had a bit up his sleeve and Solid Stone eventually prevailed by three-quarters of a length.

The jockey told Sky Sports Racing: “He deserved it, he’s been running well all summer.

“He’s done it well today. Sir Michael just reached for the cheekpieces and they helped us out at the two pole and he kept on rolling.

“It’s great to get a nice winner (for Stoute).”

Bruce Raymond, representing the winning owner Saeed Suhail, said: “He’s been working exceptionally well and Richard just suggested last time putting the cheekpieces on and I think they’ve made the difference.

“He always looks as though he would stay a mile and a half, but I don’t know, I’ll leave that to Sir Michael – he’s the engineer, if he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing!”

Teona got back on the winning track in the Sytner BMW Sunningdale & Maidenhead August Stakes for Roger Varian and Ray Dawson.

The three-year-old has faced two tough tests this season in taking third behind Snowfall in the Musidora before finishing well behind that rival when 10th in the Oaks at Epsom.

Given a break since then, Teona was sent off the 3-1 joint-favourite for the extended 11-furlong heat along with Domino Darling and she eventually made easy work of beating her seven rivals.

She kicked clear when given the signal by Dawson, galloping home three and three-quarter lengths in front of Desert Encounter to register a first Listed success.

Varian said: “We had big hopes of her in the spring and it didn’t go her way in the Oaks trial or the Oaks, so we’ve given her time.

“Hopefully this is just the start for her now – it’s nice to get a Listed win and hopefully she can build on that now.”

Teona has a handful of entries in the coming weeks, including next month’s Blandford Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Varian added: “We’ll see how she comes out of it.

“She’s well entered up so we have plenty of options over a mile and a half.

“I don’t think she will want the ground too soft, hopefully she comes out of this race well and we can look at something in September maybe.

“There’s hopefully next year as well. Her mum, Ambivalent, got better with age and this filly, hopefully the best is still to come.”