Solinski (Boniface Vengesa)

The Zimbabwe-bred star, Solinski, last raced at Borrowdale Park on June 25, 2017, as a three-year-old, racing for the first time in open company in a 2200m Borrowdale Handicap.

The Fencing Master (GB) filly had won five of her seven previous starts, including the 1800m Silver Slipper, the Bloodstock SA 2000, the Zimbabwe Derby and the Zimbabwe Oaks.

Now a five-year-old mare, Solinski has been nominated to run in the 1800m Champion Fillies Stakes on Sunday, November 18. Final acceptances for this event are due tomorrow (Monday) – she may or may not be among the acceptors, but it really doesn’t matter. The fact that Solinski has been nominated is newsworthy, and proof that she has completed her long walk back to recovery from a serious injury.

Full marks to her patient owners, and Swanson Racing, for being with her every step of the way.

Solinsky didn’t win the last time she raced in 2017 but, carrying top weight, ran third, 1.75 lengths behind Baumgartner who was receiving 10.5 kgs. Rawedge, second, was 3.5 kgs better off with Solinski, and Ladies First, Betula Uber, Stirling Road and Viking Castle made up this field.

It was a magnificent effort and I sincerely hope Solinski will be back to her best sooner rather than later. We must remember, however, that miracles sometimes take a bit longer.

If Solinski does come out next Sunday, the most important thing is for her to enjoy the race.

Photograph by Andrew Philip Equine Photography

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