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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

The talking points and trainer views for the Solario Stakes

Masar (right) finished third to September at Royal Ascot
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2.25 Sandown
BetBright Solario Stakes l Group 3 | 7f l 2yo | ITV4/RUK

The Godolphin silks have not been carried to success in this contest since Lovely Millie got Sheikh Mohammed's then fledgling operation on the board 23 years ago, but Masar has the right profile to end the barren spell.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt has had a break since finishing third behind classy pair September and Nyaleti in the Chesham Stakes over this trip at Royal Ascot in June.

Before that he had made a winning debut in a 6f maiden at Goodwood, where he accounted for another smart type in the shape of recent Gimcrack runner-up Invincible Army.

In recent weeks Masar has been noted going well in his work on the Limekilns, and he looks sure to appreciate the stiff seven furlongs at Sandown.

Appleby said: “I've been pleased with Masar since his run at Royal Ascot. We purposely gave him a break after that and he's done well for it, with his homework being very pleasing.” 

Can Gosden get close to Sir Henry?

John Gosden will move one shy of Sir Henry Cecil's record of six Solario wins if Purser can carry the Khalid Abdullah silks to glory, just as Kingman did for the stable in 2013.

The son of Mizzen Mast got up to beat the more streetwise Merlin Magic under a considerate hands and heels ride from Ryan Moore on his debut over this trip at Newbury last month.

Purser has come out of that in great shape and bids to follow other Gosden winners of the race such as Foss Way (2002), Windsor Knot (2004) and Raven's Pass (2007).

John Gosden: has an excellent record in the Solario Stakes

The trainer said: "He learnt a lot at Newbury, where Ryan Moore gave him a great education, and he got up nicely to win. It's a tough race, as it always is, but one thing we don't want is any more rain as he prefers it quick."

Turkish delight anyone?

Owner Ibrahim Araci will have plenty on his plate in his native Turkey this weekend, where his Crimean Tartar is appearing at Veliefendi's international meeting, but he has won this twice in recent years and is back again with Redcar maiden winner Arbalet.

He bids to follows in the wake of Native Khan (2010) and Aktabantay (2014), who put Arbalet's trainer Hugo Palmer on the Solario roll of honour for the first time.

Arbalet may have got off the mark only at the third time of asking last month, but is well thought of at Kremlin Cottage Stables and was previously backed to turn over the smart Hey Gaman at Yarmouth.

Hugo Palmer: trainer of Arbalet, who has been trained for this race

Rob Speers, the owner's racing manager, said: "It's a big step up from Redcar but Hugo has always held Arbalet in high regard and he should be suited by the stiff seven furlongs.

"He's been purposefully trained for this race, in which we've done well in the past. Booking Ryan Moore is a huge plus and we're looking forward to it."


What the rest say

Clive Cox, trainer of Connect
He knows all about Sandown having had his first two runs there, in the second of which he put up a good performance when winning his maiden. It's a hot race but he's deserving of his place in the line up and I've every confidence he'll give a good account.

Ken Condon, trainer of Romanised
We're dropping in class but going up in trip. He's rated 107, which should mean he has a good chance. We'll see how it works out – he's still growing and maturing.

David Menuisier, trainer of Vintager
He misbehaved before winning his maiden at Newmarket so I hope he doesn't do that again – he doesn't do it at home. He was a big price that night but it was no surprise that he ran so well and this will tell us a bit more about him.

He learned a lot at Newbury where Ryan Moore gave him a great education and he got up nicely to win

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