Our 2017 Sandown G3 Solario Stakes (Saturday, September 2nd, 2:25pm) ante-post betting market has just gone live. This race will feature some of the most exciting 2-year-old prospects on the scene right now. The race distance is 7f and the purse is £45,000.
Charlie Appleby’s Masar is sired by New Approach and out of the Cape Cross-sired mare, Khawlah. He shed his maiden tag, on debut at Goodwood, before putting up a decent showing when 3rd in the Chesham Stakes (Ascot). Masar should go very close.
John Gosden’s Purser has only had one outing and landed the spoils with Ryan Moore on his back, getting-up to beat Merlin Magic in the final strides. It certainly was a mature-enough-looking debut and connections will have high hopes for this one.
It looks like a very competitive renewal though and cases can be made for Dream Today, Tangled, Romanised, Connect and James Tate’s Hey Gaman. The race will be shown live, on ITV, so don’t miss it!
Solario was a very successful horse, in the mid-1920s, winning the Exeter Stakes (1924), the Ascot Derby (1925), the Princess of Wales’s Stakes (1925), the St. Leger Stakes (1925), the Ascot Gold Cup (1926) and the Coronation Cup (1926). He was also a pretty handy sire and his progeny included Exhibitionist, Mid-day Sun and Straight Deal. The race was launched in his honour in 1947 and the inaugural winner was Panair.
Lester Piggot is the leading jockey, having won the race on 6 occasions. The great Oh So Sharp was his final partner in victory (1984). Sir Henry Cecil still holds the trainer record (6 wins). Oh So Sharp was also one of his inmates.
Kingman’s Solario Stakes Springboard To Success
In August of 2013 Kingman took the Solario Stakes, with Prince Khalid Abdullah’s new retained jockey James Doyle onboard. After this, Gosden suggested that the Prix Jean-Luc at Longchamp was a likely target. Kingman was already amongst the ante-post favourites for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, when entered for the Greenham Stakes at Newbury. He won the race with an extremely impressive run, sprinting away from a high-class field to win in style. After the race, Doyle could not praise Kingman highly enough, comparing the horse to a Ferrari!
The 2000 Guineas got underway with Kingman and Australia as the two hot favourites. The runners split into two groups, with the two main protagonists racing on either side of the famous Newmarket course. However, a shock was in store for punters when Night Of Thunder won the contest. Australia took 2nd place, while Kingman was a slightly disappointing third. Following the race, there was speculation that Kingman would be sent to the Curragh, for the renewal of the Irish 2000 Guineas. The rumours proved to be correct and Kingman returned to the winners enclosure after a much more polished performance.
Kingman was then entered for the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. The racing industry looked forward to a return bout with Night Of Thunder. Gosden’s colt would be taking on older horses for the first time in this race. Kingman duly won the Sussex stakes and then silenced any remaining doubters with a superb performance in the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating-off a challenge from the much-vaunted Toronado and winning like a true champion. Kingman showed, yet again, that he had the acceleration to pull away from even elite-level horses in this race.
Gosden’s prediction that the horse would make a raid into France eventually proved correct, although the race was the G1 Jacques le Marois at Deauville. He showed that he could be just as effective overseas, beating another quality field and enhancing his reputation even further. Will the 2017 Solario Stakes produce a winner in Kingman’s Class? Only time will tell!
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