There are surprise and shocks in racing, some of them are good and some are not so. When you have a big priced winner people tend to think of it as a fluke, which it can be but it could also just be for a number of reasons. Star Of Emaraaty was sent off at odds of 66-1 but she stormed home to take the Group 3 7f Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.
Lockdown this year caused havoc with the breeze up sales and Robson Aguiar, like all consignors, was left with 2yo’s ready to sell but no sale to sell them at. Kevin received a phone call with the pitch about a Pride Of Dubai filly who went very well so it was decided that she would come to England for a few weeks and see if Kevin liked her. Immediately her work was good and she was a filly with a great attitude. When Kevin got in touch with Ontoawinner, who have had huge success with fillies, they popped up to see her and agreed she would don the yellow and white silks.
Promise was shown straight away as Star Of Emaraaty finished second on debut. With the fixture list turned upside down, Royal Ascot arrived in the usual week but only 2 weeks after the restart. Connections decided to take a chance and run Star Of Emaraaty in the Albany. She ran very well but got outpaced 2f from home before staying on late. It was a good run and did give information about the future as Kevin Stott said she wanted further than the 6f she had raced over. This allowed Star Of Emaraaty to shed her maiden tag at Ayr when trying 7f for the first time.
Star Of Emaraaty had shown a lot of promise and so she took a step up in grade following her first win. She headed to Sandown for a listed race which would ultimately finish fourth in. She chased the leaders throughout the race but then 2f from home got unbalanced coming down the hill. The leaders got away from her but then she stuck on well. Although well beaten in the end it was clear that if she had been in a rhythm then she would have been a lot closer.
Connections decided to stick with pattern company when nominating the Sweet Solera for her next run. Although it was a step up to Group 3 company there was confidence Star Of Emaraaty could finish in the first three. The only worry was the downhill nature of the course but if she could get her head down and stay in balance then Kevin knew she would finish strongly up the hill. The race attracted a mix of fillies, there were a couple of debut winners with big reputations whilst Dubai Fountain had finished in front of Star Of Emaraaty last time out in the listed contest. Star Of Emaraaty was not in the thinking of most as she would sent off at 66-1 under Kevin Stott.
Stott wanted to take a patient approach and just got his filly to jump steadily. This allowed a couple of his rivals to move forward, including the co-fav Dubai Fountain who took the overall lead. Star Of Emaraaty wanted to get going and after the first furlong there was a compromise reached with the pair sat in fourth spot as the field stretched out to race closer to the far rail. The leader wasn’t being pressed and was allowed to set a fairly steady gallop. Sensing the slow feel of the race, William Buick moved up on the outside of Star Of Emaraaty to demote her to fifth spot as they headed into the final 1/2 mile.
At the halfway point of the race there was a tragic event as co-fav Fly Miss Helen suffered a fatal injury and was quickly pulled up. Thoughts go out to connections for their loss.
Star Of Emaraaty had travelled well into the race but moving past the 3f marker it looked like she once again may be starting to struggle with the downhill nature of the track. Stott quickly grabbed hold of the reins and got the filly balanced but being on the back foot Star Of Emaraaty just lost a little ground. The leader was having an easy time in front and was starting to wind it up, looking to catch out her rivals. Kevin needed to work well over 2f from home as his rivals were starting to move through the gears and he was wary about losing his pitch.
The leader kicked for home hitting the 2f pole and held a length lead as they ran into the dip. Star Of Emaraaty started to get dropped a little but Kevin was working hard to get a balanced and not lose too much ground so she could finish up the hill. The ground flattens out 1 1/2f from home as the rising ground begins. Star Of Emaraaty came widest of all and suddenly she found her feet underneath her. Dubai Fountain was tough in front and had been in the firing line from the off. The co-fav still had a length advantage but was continuing to find for pressure. Stott was getting a real tune from Star Of Emaraaty and after changing her legs she found another gear. Closing in on the final furlong she passed a couple of rivals to find herself in fourth spot and chasing the leading trio, who were having their own battle.
Rolling and finding her stride Star Of Emaraaty was starting to motor and started to eat into the ground. Still Dubai Fountain led the way, fighting off challenges. Away from the main action Star Of Emaraaty was charging up the hill down the centre of the track and suddenly looked like she may have say in the finish. Kevin had been working his filly for 2 furlongs but now he felt the win could be there and asked Star Of Emaraaty to maintain her finishing run. With a couple of reminders the filly went once again joining the leader 100 yards from home. Nobody had an answer for Star Of Emaraaty’s finishing flourish as she came fast, wide and late. Snatching the lead away from Dubai Fountain, Star Of Emaraaty powered through to the line winning by a margin of 1 1/4 lengths, going away.
Was it a surprise, yes but was it a fluke, definitely not. Star Of Emaraaty had shown enough to suggest she was above average and could easily improve with more racing. Kevin was confident she could run well and get into the places. Dubai Fountain had beaten her by 5 lengths at Sandown but that gap would certainly have been far closer if Star Of Emaraaty hadn’t got so unbalanced, as well as Stott looking after her. With the former going off favourite it was quite easy to think that wherever she finished Star Of Emaraaty would be close by. Ontoawinner have really established themselves as one of the leading syndicates and have dined at the top table with fillies. It is great to gain a group success with them and all of their owners. Obviously now will be time to look at even bigger targets for Star Of Emaraaty and the filly looks like she could get a mile as well as 7f. It is exciting times with the filly and connections will be on tenterhooks to see her out in action once more.