Saturday 1 September, Sandown Park, 3:35, 7f, 188Bet Solario Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (2yo)
The race is named after Solario who was a successful racehorse and sire. He sire was Gainsborough who won the Triple Crown of the 1,000 Guineas, The Derby and the St Leger in 1918. His dam Sun Worship was a daughter of the very influential Sundridge who was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1911. Solario won the St Leger in 1924 and went on to win the Coronation Cup in 1926 by 15 lengths before winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
The most successful trainer in the race since 2000 is John Gosden who has saddled four winners over the period.
The betting has been a very good guide recently with 11 of the last 12 winners coming out of the top three in the betting, including seven favourites. Short priced winners have been prevalent with 10 of the last 12 winners going off at prices no higher than 4/1.
Recent winning form is also an important factor as eight of the last 12 winners had won on their previous start and nine of the last 12 winners had run in the last 49 days. Previous course form is not a factor. Ten of the last 12 winners had run at least once over the race distance of 7 furlongs and seven of the last 12 winners had previously won over 7 furlongs.
All 12 winners had previously won earlier in their careers. Of the horses that had an Official Rating a rating of 94 or higher has been required to win the race in eight of the last twelve renewals. None of the last 12 winners had previously won a Group race.
Arthur Kitt came back well when headed to win the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot having won at Haydock on his debut in pleasing fashion. The going is a bit of an unknown at he has previously won in Good and Good to Firm ground but should give backers a decent run for their money up against the John Gosden-trained Too Darn Hot who could well go off as the odds on favourite.
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