For a Group 3 contest Sandown’s 188Bet Solario Stakes includes some pretty impressive performers among the juvenile race’s roll of honour since it’s inception in 1947. Charlottown won the 1965 renewal before going on to Derby glory at Epsom the following year while subsequent St Leger winner Athens Wood was successful in 1970. The most famous horse to win the seven furlong event however has to be Oh So Sharp in 1984 who went on to claim the fillies’ triple crown for trainer Sir Henry Cecil in 1985.
The most successful trainer in the race this century is Newmarket handler John Gosden with four victories including those achieved by his two outstanding milers Ravens Path and Kingman. Gosden made it win number five on Saturday afternoon courtesy of the once-raced colt Too Darn Hot and few would bet against the son of Dubawi proving up to Classic standard next season following the stunning performance of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colt at the Esher track.
An easy victory in a maiden on the course is one thing but on this occasion the impeccably bred Too Darn Hot had to face Royal Ascot’s Chesham winner Arthur Kitt, York’s Acomb runner-up Watan along with the second and third – Dunkerron and Confiding – in Goodwood’s Group 2 Vintage Stakes. Not only did the mount of Frankie Dettori prove up to the task but such was the impression left by the even money favourite’s four length victory that bookmakers were quick to elevate the horse to the head of the ante-post market for the 2019 Investec Derby.
A best price 7-1 with Boylesports and Betvictor for the world’s most famous Flat race Too Darn Hot, who is almost certain to step up to Group 1 company for his next start, is also one of three horses heading the betting for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. An 8-1 chance with Ladbrokes and Coral for the first Classic of the season, the same odds offered with most firms about stablemate and Coventry Stakes winner Calyx together with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns who also made it two from two with a comfortable win in the Curragh’s Group 3 John Sisk & Son Round Tower Stakes on the same afternoon.
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