Kingman Heads Solario Field
Kingman, an early favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas will be the showpiece of 11 highly rated two-year-olds in the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown this Saturday.
Currently sitting well on top of the odds at 5-1 at Bet365, the colt trained by John Gosden rose to clear prominence at the end of June in Newmarket, destroying all competition to win by six lengths for his maiden victory.
Not since 1984’s victor Oh So Sharp however has a winner of the Solario gone on to enjoy classic success the following season; a statistic that doesn’t look promising for Kingman.
With the exception of this hoodoo, the race does in fact have a rather impressive record for producing Group One Champions, most recently through Raven’s Pass in 2007, who famously went on to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup Classic the following year.
The son of Elusive Quality, who was also trained by Gosden, led a memorable three-year-old rivalry with Henrythenavigator, of course besting the 2,000 Guineas winner on those two courses.
Leading trainer Richard Hannon, who in his own right is rarely short of talented two-year-olds, has three entries in the race including Coulsty, Washaar and the so-far unbeaten Piping Rock.
All is looking promising for the Hannon camp, having seen off several other contenders in previous and recent starts; Piping Rock impressively beat out eight other contenders in his maiden at Ascot and Washaar managed to see off one of three Godolphin runners, Emirates Flyer, in his last start also at Ascot.
Exhibiting a strong hand themselves, Godolphin will further field Silent Bullet and Music Theory, the latter of which winning his last two starts at Newmarket.
With several fancied runners, the Solario has the potential to produce one of the more memorable Group Three races of the season.
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