Getting a 3yr old back on to the track can be one of the most exciting runners to have. Whether they were a classy juvenile, an unexposed type or vast improver the possibilities moving froward are unknown and promising. Unfortunately the best laid plans do not always come to fruition straight away. Soaring Star had excuses for not hitting his potential yet but he shed his maiden tag in impressive fashion when making all in the 6f Jordan Electrics Novice Stakes at Ayr.
Showing ability and promise as a 2yr old, Soaring Star had been placed on his first two career starts. With a large purse on offer connections decided to have a crack at the Wetherby’s 2yo Stakes at Doncaster. It didn’t work out for him that day but no harm was done and with experience in the bag he was put away until the following season. Gelded over the winter, Soaring Star grew and strengthened up coming back into training looking like more of the finished article.
An opening handicap mark of 78 looked reasonable and Soaring Star worked well at home, showing that he had maintained his ability. Starting off in Novice company at Redcar he was trying 7f for the first time. In a race that looked as though Soaring Star had only one other horse to worry about, he ran ok to finish third (favourite won the race). Although it wasn’t a bad effort it did look as though he couldn’t quite finish his race off. Afterwards a little check showed that a small wind op may well help going forward.
It would be 7f again for his first foray into handicap company, around the tight track of Catterick. Soaring Star would be joint favourite for the contest and for much of the race looked like the winner. Unfortunately he once again faded into third position, a little disappointing. After having a wind op this run was forgiven and it was another place, although Soaring Star would need to build on this.
Still looking like a fair mark the options were open but connections went for the novice route and headed to Ayr. It would be a drop to 6f but Soaring Star would head into the contest with the best form and rating. He was backed into even money favourite and his nearest market rival was the unraced Amniarix, a well bred filly. Kevin Stott is the only jockey that Soaring Star has had on board and he was once again in the saddle. The pair would take on 8 rivals in the 6f contest.
Kevin was keen to ride with confidence and as soon as the stalls opened he was positive. After jumping well, Soaring Star was driven up to lead the field. Kevin rode as if he was on the best horse in the race and quickly took control of the race. Running down the centre of the track, Soaring Star set a good gallop and was chased along by a pair of outsiders. With around a length lead Kevin had eyes only for what was in front of hime and was riding his own race.
They headed through the first half of the race in a flash. Outsider Heer Me took on Soaring Star, a move that just forced the gelding to kick on and increase the tempo. Kevin was happy to loosen his reins and allow Soaring Star to press on. The pair travelled well throughout and took the field past the 3f. With the fractions strong in front, those who tried to chase Soaring Star paid for it and started to weaken from well over 2f out. Kevin was oozing confidence and just continued to plough on in front. His biggest market rivals were sat in mid division but came under pressure 2 1/2f from home. With Kevin motionless they could sense the favourite was running away in front.
Moving inside the 2f marker and the field well and truly split up. Soaring Star still led but Sweet Joanna and Amniarix moved through to give chase as well as Gumra coming from the rear. The field was now just a four horse race and it was advantage to Soaring Star. Kevin just began to wind him up as he heard the hooves rattle behind. Soaring Star started to lengthen and readied himself for the final flourish.
Holding a lead of 1 1/2 lengths, Soaring Star entered the final furlong with the race at his mercy. Up to this point he had done everything right but Kevin wanted him to go through and finish the job off. Now in full drive, Stott wanted his mount to find and lengthen again. Sweet Joanna was the closest pursuer and she started to get a break on the rest. Soaring Star began to understand his jockey and after changing his legs he quickened up. The lead gradually grew to a little over 2 lengths. Still Kevin wanted more, putting the foundations for future races where Soaring Star would need to keep up to his work. Credit to Soaring Star who had set a strong gallop and he continued to find for pressure from his jockey. Striding out all the way to the line, Soaring Star took his first win by a cosy 2 1/4 lengths.
This race did look like a nice opportunity for Soaring Star if he put his best foot forward and he did just that. Kevin was very positive and his mount looked like he enjoyed it. Hambleton Racing have enjoyed a fruitful 2020 and Soaring Star looks like he should continue to deliver some more wins to the tally. He will step back into handicap company now and it will no surprise to see him back up this win.