The 2019 Solario Stakes (Saturday 31 August, 3.35pm) is the highlight of the second day of the Betway Summer Celebration at Sandown Racecourse. It is a Group 3 race run over 7 furlongs and it is restricted to 2-year-olds. It was established in 1947, with notable winners this century including Ravens Pass, Kingman, Masar, and Too Darn Hot.
Check out 10-year-trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the Solario Stakes 2019.
Solario Stakes 10-Year-Trends
Eight of the last 10 winners of the Solario Stakes have been drawn between stall-two and stall-four, with seven winning their previous race. No winner had run more than four times, with four winners having won their only previous race.
Winners are normally well-found in the market, with the longest-priced winner in the last decade being only 11/2. John Gosden has trained two of the last six winners, whilst Ryan Moore, William Buick, and Oisin Murphy have all ridden a winner in the last seven years.
Solario Stakes Runner-By-Runner Guide
Beautifully bred colt by Dubawi out of Shirocco Star and, whatever he does this year, he looks sure to make up into a nice 10-12 furlongs horse as a 3-year-old. However, he was only just touched off on his debut and he made short work of three opponents at odds of 1/6 last time. Trainer Charlie Appleby has been banging in the winners this week and this fellow could be another one for the Godolphin operation.
Trained by John Gosden but he was unfancied on his racecourse debut when allowed to go off at 22/1 in the race that Al Suhail finished second on debut. He was then sent-off as the 13/8 favourite for a maiden on the all-weather, but he only just landed the odds, with 25/1 and 33/1 shots filling the places. Those runs suggest he needs to take a significant step forward here.
A second runner for Charlie Appleby, but jockey bookings suggest Al Suhail is the number one string with William Buck on board. This son of Kodiac has also already been beaten in a handicap off a mark of 90 and it will be disappointing if he can beat today’s rivals. There also must be a decent chance that he will be used as a pacemaker for Al Suhail, who may want a properly run race at this trip to bring his stamina into play.
Beaten into third on his debut but he has since won low-class races over six and seven furlongs to earn a mark of 85. He may not have reached the ceiling of his ability yet, but it will be still something of a shock if he can beat some better-bred horses here.
Another beautifully bred colt who is by the sire of Roaring Lion, who won several races for the owners Qatar Racing. His progeny normally make-up into nice three-year-olds at a mile and 10 furlongs but he could easily progress enough from his first start to trouble the best of these, having landed some nice each-way bets on debut.
Landed plenty of bets when sent-off as the 6/4 favourite on his debut and belied his 12/1 odds when second at Glorious Goodwood, be it 5-lengths behind next year’s 2,000 Guineas ante-post favourite Pinutabo. He warrants plenty of respect for that performance but it’s interesting that Charlie Appleby is happy to pitch Al Suhail against him after beating him with Pinutabo.
Beat a Charlie Appleby colt when winning at 10/1 on debut. He was then sent-off at odds-on for his next start when he disappointed when finishing third behind Royal Lytham, who has been beaten further since. His last run at Glorious Goodwood was even worse and, though he was less than a third of the price of Positive in the market, it’s hard to see him reversing that form here.
Solario Stakes Summary 2019
As ever with 2-year-old races, the 2019 Solario Stakes looks a tricky puzzle to solve. It will be disappointing if Full Verse or Hector Loza can win off their current ratings, but the latter is going the right way.
Visinari also needs to bounce back from a poor run last time, whilst Eshaasy was beaten a long way behind a re-opposing rival on debut. Kameko is respected but he has the widest draw to overcome, whilst Positive could give the form of Pinutabo another massive boost by winning this.
However, it looks significant that Pinutabo’s trainer Charlie Appleby is happy to take on Positive with Al Suhail. He is bred to be suited by further, but so was the stable’s Masar who won this race in 2017 before winning the 2018 Derby. Appleby also looks to have entered Full Verse as a possible pacemaker.