Tiara hope: A handful of months after thinking it may be all over, Gerald Ryan has Solicit back in group 1 company.Tiara hope: A handful of months after thinking it may be all over, Gerald Ryan has Solicit back in group 1 company.Photo: Getty Images

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The water walker? A change in stable environment? An old bloke’s training trick? Gerald Ryan can’t exactly be sure what sparked Solicit, but he definitely wasn’t banking on being back in the group 1 fold this weekend.

Not least of all when he trudged out of the Randwick stewards’ room three months ago all but conceding her career was over – a far cry from being a live chance in the Tatt’s Tiara at the Gold Coast on Saturday.