Spencer maps route to Sweet Solera for Alabama

Move up in trip looms after fine Albany run

  • Wednesday 26 June
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Richard Spencer will try to win a maiden with Albany Stakes fourth Alabama Whitman before stepping her back up in class.

The daughter of Ivawood had finished second on debut at Windsor, but took a big step forward when keeping on strongly behind Daahyeh at Royal Ascot last week.

Spencer will therefore consider going up in trip for Newmarket’s Sweet Solera Stakes.

“She’s come out of the race fine, but we’ll so how she is in the next week or so,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“All being well we’ll go for a maiden somewhere and then go for the Sweet Solera (August 10). It was a very good run, but it was expected.

“She’s in the sales races later in the season, but it would be nice to get a maiden win under her belt – and then go for a black-type race.

“The Sweet Solera looks sensible, because the step up to seven furlongs looks perfect. But she is versatile over six or seven, and I don’t think ground worries here.”

Spencer’s Molecomb winner from last year, Rumble Inthejungle, made his seasonal reappearance in the Commonwealth Cup, but finished last of the nine runners. He is set to drop back to five furlongs.

“He was just a bit gassy and a bit fresh, but that run will have knocked the freshness out of him,” he said.

“He’s entered in the Nunthorpe and he’ll be entered at Goodwood (King George Stakes). I think dropping back to five is what he wants.”

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