Exciting Derby prospect Too Darn Hot heads high-class Solario line-up
The exciting Too Darn Hot heads a six-strong field for Saturday's Group 3 118Bet Solario Stakes at Sandown as he bids to cement his credentials for next year's Investec Derby.
Connections had been tempted to wait until a novice race at Ascot on Saturday week, but have plumped for the Solario, won 12 months ago by this year's Epsom hero Masar.
The Lord Lloyd-Webber homebred, who caught the eye when landing a maiden at the track by seven lengths this month, holds entries for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge and Darley Dewhurst Stakes this term and is a general 16-1 chance for the Derby behind Futurity Stakes winner Anthony Van Dyck.
A son of Dubawi out of the top-class Dar Re Mi, Too Darn Hot will be partnered by Frankie Dettori and is joined by Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt, Acomb Stakes runner-up Watan and the Martyn Meade-trained Confiding.
Nassau Stakes third Veracious heads the line-up for the Group 3 118Bet Casino Atalanta Stakes on Sandown's card and drops in class after two respectable efforts in Group 1 company behind Alpha Centauri and Wild Illusion.
Laugh Aloud, not seen since winning a Group 3 at Epsom more than a year ago, joins her in the mile contest, which also features fellow Godolphin runner Winter Lightning.
Sandown's clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said: "The two Group races have attracted really high-class fields. I think it's a very good Solario in particular with six really promising two-year-olds coming together.
"Veracious has some outstanding form in the book. It's a really competitive and interesting day's racing."
Of the surface, which was described as good to soft on Thursday, Cooper added: "The ground we've still got as good to soft. We had 8mm of rain of Wednesday but the forecast is dry going forwards and we are slowly going to dry out as the week progresses."
South Western Railway has announced a strike will take place on Friday and Saturday and that only two trains per hour will run to and from the racecourse. For more information, you can visit nationalrail.co.uk.
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