Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's Musharakaat gets an early opportunity to show she is Pattern-race class after just one run when she lines up for the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket today. The Ed Dunlop-trained youngster created a good impression when making a successful debut in a seven-furlong maiden on the Polytrack of Kempton last month. "Musharakaat is in good form at the moment - I spoke to Ed this morning and he seems happy with her," said Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan, the Minister of Finance.
"We had the option of running in a novice contest at Lingfield next Tuesday but we feel she has improved since Kempton and deserves to take her chance at Newmarket. "She is taking a big step up but, if you take out Luca Cumani's filly Khor Sheed, the race has an open look about it so we thought that we would let Musharakaat run and see if she is up to Group class. She will certainly get the seven furlongs and we are hopeful that she is a progressive filly. She won nicely on her debut, when she probably needed the run, and she will have come on for that outing.
"We have given her entries in some of the top end-of-season races and her sire Iffraaj is doing well. "We don't know much about her but she seems to be heading in the right direction and we will learn a bit more about her on Saturday." Godolphin's Rio De La Plata, meanwhile, can continue his renaissance in the totesport.com Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock today. * Agency