Duchess Salutes First Up

Oct 25, 2015

Solar Duchess looks set for a great campaign after finding easy winning form first up at Mornington on Friday.

Having her first run since early April, the consistent five-year-old had trialled well at Cranbourne in the lead-up and was nicely primed for the 1000m BM64 contest.

Settling just off pace, Solar Duchess was well rated by Andrew Mallyon who was having his first ride on the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade.

Looming up four wide at the turn, Solar Duchess quickly put pay to her rivals, racing clear over the final stages to salute by an impressive 2 1/4 lengths.

"It was great to see her win," said Robbie Griffiths.

"She is not an easy horse to ride and she still did a few things wrong but was still able to go away with a very convincing win."

Raced by Dennis Malcolm, Carole Malcolm, Ken Williams, Scott Irwin, Anthony Fly, Jon Fly, Brad Fly, Helen Scott, Jon Evans, Russell Stocker, Barbara Long, Tony Long, Robert Patterson and Klayton Kaos Klub (manager John Martin), Solar Duchess was bred by Nangawooka Park.

She is out of the talented Desert Sun mare Solar Antiquity who Robbie trained to three metropolitan victories and a Group One second to Glamour Puss in the Group One Goodwood Handicap.