Kingman is as short as 5-1 for next year's 2,000 GuineasPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Guineas fancy Kingman heads Solario entries
KINGMAN, a leading fancy for next year's 2,000 Guineas, heads a field of 11 talented two-year-olds entered for the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
The John Gosden-trained colt, who caught the eye when slamming his opponents by six lengths in his maiden victory at Newmarket at the end of June, is as short as 5-1 for next year's Classic.
However, no Solario winner has gone on to enjoy Classic success since Oh So Sharp went on to complete the fillies' Triple Crown in 1985 for the late Sir Henry Cecil following her success in the Solario in 1984. A stat that doesn't bode well for Kingman.
Despite that, the race does have a relatively impressive record for producing Group 1 winners, the most recent of which being Raven's Pass in 2007, who went on to land the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Classic in the following season.
The son of Elusive Quality, who was also trained by Gosden, underwent a fascinating rivalry in his three-year-old campaign with Henrythenavigator, getting the better of the 2,000 Guineas victor on those two occasions.
Richard Hannon, who is rarely short of talented two-year-olds, has three entries in the race with Coulsty, Washaar and the unbeaten Piping Rock.
Piping Rock impressively dismissed eight rivals when landing his maiden at Ascot last month, beating Makhfar by a length and a quarter.
Washaar beat one of the three Godolphin representatives, Emirates Flyer, last time out in a Listed contest at Ascot last month.
Godolphin's other two representatives, Silent Bullet and Music Theory, have both caught the eye with Music Theory winning his last two starts at Newmarket and Silent Bullet continuing his unbeaten streak when winning at Haydock last time out.