Solario Stakes Preview
Last updated: August 30, 2019 by Leon Marshal
The highlight of Saturday’s meeting at Sandown Park is the Group 3 Solario Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs. The race has a rich history of producing top class winners including To-Agori- Mou (1980), Oh So Sharp (1984), Raven’s Pass (2007) and Kingman (2013). Subsequent Epsom Derby winner Masar won here in 2017 and last year’s renewal went to champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot.
Gosden seeks record-equalling sixth victory
Too Darn Hot was trained by John Gosden who has won the race five times, just one short of Sir Henry Cecil’s record. The Newmarket trainer relies on Eshaasy, partnered by Jim Crowley in the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum. He is a son of Oasis Dream out of a Galileo mare. Eshaasy finished seventh at Newmarket on his debut before getting the better of Harrison Point by a neck in a Kempton maiden.
The blue colours of Godolphin are carried by Al Suhail, a Dubawi colt trained by Charlie Appleby. He finished runner-up in the Newmarket maiden in which Eshaasy finished a never-nearer seventh. James Doyle took him to the lead with two furlongs to travel but he was just worried out of it by Al Madhar. He followed up in a minor event at Yarmouth and holds future entries at Group 1 level.
Clive Cox saddles Positive who is arguably the form horse after chasing home the impressive Pinatubo at Goodwood. The winner is currently ante-post favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas so it was no disgrace to be beaten five lengths. He had useful juveniles Lope Y Fernandez, Visinari and Platinum Sar well behind that day.
Visinari represents Johnston at Sandown
Mark Johnston’s Visinari was beaten at odds-on when third to Royal Lytham at Newmarket last month. He was beaten a long way at Goodwood after setting the early pace and has a lot to do to reverse the form with Positive.
Kameko is a colt by Kitten’s Joy out of a Rock Of Gibraltar mare trained by Andrew Balding. This colt holds a Derby entry for next year and was good value for his debut victory over It’s Good To Laugh over course and distance.
Hector Loza was third on his debut at Kempton Park before winning at Chelmsford and Lingfield. He now races on turf for the first time for Simon Dow and Nicky Mackay. The field is completed by Full Verse who looks to be the second string for Godolphin. He was gelded after a modest effort in a nursery at Goodwood behind Governor Of Punjab.
Al Suhail @9-4 Ladbrokes
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2
The Solario Stakes is due off at 3.35 at Sandown on Saturday 31st August and will be televised live on ITV4.