Muraaqaba could be pitched up into Group One company
before the season is out after taking first place in Saturday’s Sweet Solera Stakes.
Although one of the first off the bridle, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned two year-old responded well to pressure to come through runners and post a one-and-three-quarter length victory in the seven-furlong Group Three contest, sponsored by German-Thoroughbred.com, at Newmarket’s July Course.
“I thought she was in trouble half-way in as she has never been in among horses before but once Dane (O’Neill) pulled her out away she went. The step up in trip has probably helped her,” said winning trainer Mark Johnston.