THE big race of the day at Sandown is the Solario Stakes, a Group 3 over 7f for two-year-olds.
Exciting maiden winner Too Darn Hot is the short-priced favourite for the race which was won by Derby hero Masar 12 months ago.
1. Arthur Kitt (6-1) – Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote
Unbeaten after two starts and impressed when hitting the line strongly to win the Chesham at Royal Ascot.
He has been off since then and the form looks rock-solid, with the fourth winning a Group 2 in France.
This stiff track will suit and he looks a major contender, for all he already looks primed for a stiffer test than this.
Tom Dascombe on Arthur Kitt
“It was very much the plan (to wait for Sandown). He was a (son of) Camelot that was ready to run in April, which isn’t expected, and he’s a Camelot who won over six furlongs, too.
“The plan was always to win the Chesham and then give him a bit of time. He was mentally very forward and sharp, ready to go, and when they’re ready to race, you don’t want to leave them in their box.
“The owners, Chasemore Farm, live next to Sandown so this seemed the logical step, Listed to Group Three company here.
“I know where I want to go if all goes to plan on Saturday, but let’s see where we are after the race.”
2. Confiding (9-2) – Martyn Meade/Oisin Murphy
Made a big impression when winning on debut at Newbury in May.
He was off the track for a while before making his return in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, finishing a solid third.
Should have more to offer after just three starts but he might come up short for win purposes.
Oisin Murphy on Confiding
“It’s a race that has a lot of history, the Derby winner won it last year and Kingman won it a few years ago.
“I think this is a smart horse. I rode him before he ever ran, along with Advertise, and they identified a long time ago they thought they were nice horses.”
3. Dunkerron (7-1) – Alan King/Martin Harley
Won at Windsor and York before running fourth in the July Stakes behind a subsequent Group 1 winner.
Looked the likeliest winner of the Vintage Stakes when quickening into the lead approaching the final furlong, but he was picked off late.
This stiff track will suit and he is the highest-rated horse in the field, so he commands plenty of respect.
Martin Harley on Dunkerron
“He had a bad run first time at Goodwood, then won his second start.
“He’s been improving all the way through, it was a good run at Glorious Goodwood.
“I was kicking myself after the race as I probably went a shade too soon but looking at the winner, he got checked a few times and would have been an unlucky loser.
“He’s done nothing wrong, he’s come forward since – I’ve seen him work and he’s in good shape.”
4. Too Darn Hot (11-10) – John Gosden/Frankie Dettori
Very well-bred colt – by Dubawi out of multiple Group 1 winner Da Re Mi, making him a brother to So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar.
Made a big impression when winning by seven lengths on his debut at this course over a mile.
The drop back to 7f doesn’t look ideal, but he has plenty of potential and is an exciting prospect.
Thady Gosden on Too Darn Hot
“He ran very well at Sandown first time out. It probably wasn’t the greatest maiden, but he couldn’t have won it much better and he has been in good form since the race.
“He is a pretty short favourite considering some of the opposition he is up against. It is an extremely competitive race, with a Chesham winner in there and some of the others are serious bits of kit.
“He has always pleased us at home. He has got a great mind on him and you don’t have to ask him too many questions.
“I think everyone thought this race was much better for him than Beatboxer (also entered), as they are slightly different types of horses.”
5.Victory Command (14-1) – Mark Johnston/Silvestre De Sousa
Has stood plenty of racing so far this season but has continued to improve.
Allowed a soft lead when making all the running to win a Listed race at Ascot last time out.
This demands more, but he could be dangerous if let loose on the front-end.
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6. Watan (7-1) – Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore
Made a winning debut at Goodwood despite hanging and running green throughout.
Improved on that performance to finish second in the Gimcrack over 6f at York last time out.
This is quite a quick turnaround, but the step up to 7f shouldn’t be an issue.
Richard Hannon on Watan
“He is a very nice horse and he ran a very good race at York.
“I thought about bringing him back in trip, but Oisin (Murphy) was adamant and said he will get a mile as he said he passed the line still full of running.
“Obviously it is a stiff track here and it actually looks a smart race.
“It would be lovely to get a bit more black type with him and win a Group 3 for his stallion (Toronado).”