Few horses have improved as much in quality as Sandown’s Solario Stakes, a rather unfashionable contest for a number of years which has somehow been won by both Kingman and Masar in the last five renewals. Saturday’s could keep that good run going, as Too Darn Hot (3.35) already figures prominently in the betting on next year’s Derby.John Gosden’s two-year-old is extremely well bred and hosed up in a maiden here last time. He will take a lot of beating.
1.50 Sandown Two years ago Global Applause won the National Stakes over this course and distance for Ed Dunlop but he comes here on a losing run, his rating having dropped 8lb from its peak. If Robert Cowell has him going the right way again, he would be a real threat.
2.05 Chester Tim Easterby may have picked up a bargain in the one-time French Al Erayg, a lightly raced half-brother to Maid’s Causeway who had four decent runs to his name in his home country and has since been gelded. He is handily drawn and might be worth a speculative interest.
2.25 Sandown There was more in hand than the official margin (three parts of a length) when Red Force One scored at Newbury.
2.45 Beverley Judged on the filly’s Listed success in June, Elnadim Star is one to stick with.
3.00 Sandown This is a significant step down in grade for Veracious, placed in the Coronation and the Nassau in her two runs this year. She beat Group One winners in both contests and should be up to scoring here unless another top-class filly is waiting to reveal herself.
3.15 Chester Duretto is bound to be popular for this drop to Listed company after going close in a Group Two in July. But he has not been easy to win with, so Here And Now makes greater appeal, having shown himself to be on an upward curve with his recent York handicap success.