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Chester May Festival: Solid Stone back in national action at Huxley Stakes as they take on Megallan in a group of four |  Race News

Sir Michael Stoute’s Solid Stone returns to UK action in the Irish IRE-Incentive Scheme Huxley Stakes in Chester.

The six-year-old was last seen at the Neom Turf Cup in Riyadh in February where he had little luck in the race and was not suited to the firm ground.

He had been very consistent before, however, winning both the Legacy Cup and the Winter Hill Stakes last year at group three level.

“Forget his race in Saudi Arabia, he was stuck on the outside and it was way too firm for him, so we drew a line through that,” said Bruce Raymond, race director for owner Saaed Suhail. “He likes good ground, but he has a good chance no matter what.

“Our horse is working very well and we are really happy with the way he is doing. I think the track will suit him around Chester too, he is also very consistent and I think the racing will suit him.”

John and Thady Gosden are represented by Megalanwho finished third behind Master Of The Seas in the group three Earl of Sefton Stakes when he reappeared last month.

Megallan (red cap) chases Master Of The Seas in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes

“He ran very well there, he just got beaten by a real horse in Master Of The Seas,” said Thady Gosden. “He obviously came for the race, it’s his first race of the season.

“They’ve had a lot of rain in Chester which shouldn’t be too much of a problem. You wouldn’t want it to be bottomless so hopefully they won’t have too much rain.”

Elsewhere in the race is Mick Channon certain boya former Group 3 winner who has not been seen since November 2020, and Paul and Oliver Cole majestic dawn.

Top-class Al Aasy (William Haggas) was due to make its seasonal return, but will race at Ascot on Saturday instead.

Shadwell Owners Race Director Angus Gold said: “I spoke to William this morning and he just felt that with the rain and the ground getting softer he would rather head back to Ascot than do it. racing at a proving ground in Chester.”

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