Solic­i­tor’s rise set to con­tinue

The Sportsman Weekend - - Friday Night Races - By RAY HICK­SON

TAL­ENTED sprinter STATE SOLIC­I­TOR can con­tinue his rise through the ranks in the west af­ter a strong win in a classy Lark Hill trial on Mon­day.

Some of Perth’s best gal­lop­ers went around in a cou­ple of 950m heats but the win­ner six from eight stood above them.

State Solic­i­tor, who was beaten one length in the Group 1 Win­ter­bot­tom Stakes back in Novem­ber, sat three wide all the way in his trial be­fore mov­ing up on the turn and he as­serted some author­ity late to win by about half a length. He ran down MIL­I­TARY REIGN, who also con­tested the Win­ter­bot­tom, while back in field and not tested was DIS­PO­SI­TION fin­ish­ing about 1-¼ lengths from his sta­ble­mate.

The fol­low­ing 950m heat was taken out by come­back sprinter MADASSA.

This smart five-year-old posted his sec­ond trial win this month and also hasn’t raced since the Win­ter­bot­tom but the 2015 edi­tion where he ran fourth to Buffering.

He led all the way and did it com­fort­ably down­ing the very handy FIRST AMONG EQUALS and an un­der pres­sure ASTRONOMITE.

Madassa is likely to re­sume in the Northam Stakes on May 7, First Among Equals heads there also and State Solic­i­tor could line up.

First Among Equals is Ade­laide bound while CHOCO­LATE HOLIC, who had a quiet time in sixth be­hind Madassa, is headed for the Dar­ren Weir sta­ble Vic­to­ria.

Away from proven gal­lop­ers, RACY AVA made a nice first im­pres­sion with strong win in her first pub­lic out­ing.

The two-year-old filly led all the way and jockey Jar­rod Noske had a good look around at 100m be­fore she es­tab­lished handy mar­gin.

Def­i­nitely like to have an­other look at DOWN ‘N’ DIRTY af­ter run­ning fifth in what was his first trial since De­cem­ber.

Jockey Shaun Meers stood pretty high in the irons as he al­lowed the geld­ing to just brush home a cou­ple of lengths off the win­ner.

It was sim­i­lar story with an­other un­raced young­ster called PO­LAR ICE and you can throw lightly raced filly HALLDORA and handy four-year-old LUKE’S GOLD into that ‘easy trial’ cat­e­gory.

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