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Sandown Park

  • 14:45 Sunshine Coach Solario Stakes 7f 16y

  • (Group 3) £34,000 added 2yo 4 ran
  • Winner £19,848 2nd £7,525 3rd £3,766 4th £1,876
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 33.27s
  • Off time: 14:49:43

Full result

14:45 Sandown Park Result 20th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Talwar (IRE) 9-0 J Fortune J Noseda 2 9/4
Made all, ridden over 1f out, forged clear entering final furlong, comfortable opened 2/1 touched 5/2 £900-£400 £2125-£1000 £800-£400
2nd (1) 5 Silverheels (IRE) 9-0 N Callan P F I Cole 2 9/2
Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner entering final furlong, no chance opened 5/1 touched 5/1
3rd (3) ½ Eastern Sun (IRE) 9-0 Martin Dwyer J H M Gosden 2 4/1
Steadied start, close up in 4th, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go a never dangerous 3rd 1f out opened 3/1 touched 4/1
4th (4) Trumpet Major (IRE) 9-0 P Dobbs Richard Hannon 2 6/4f
Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £1625-£1000 £812-£500 £650-£400(x2)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90
Straight Forecast: £11.57 Exacta: £10.70

Placepot: £635.70, Pool: £94523.62, 108.54 winning tickets
Quadpot: £44.40, Pool: £5250.78, 87.37 winning tickets

Verdict

This was the smallest field to have contested this seven furlong contest for a number of years. It occasionally falls to a smart individual with Native Khan and Raven's Pass the two most notable winners. The going became fairly testing and the field had come down the stands' side in the first race on the card but the four runners opted to stay on the far side. Jimmy Fortune soon had TALWAR in a nice rhythm at the front of the field and the son of Acclamation stretched out well to win as he liked. He had disappointed connections on debut and his trainer had downplayed the form of his course and distance maiden win but he had coped with the step up to Listed company at Ascot and took another step forwards here. On paper, he isn't certain to get too much further but the way that he galloped on here certainly suggests that he will have little problem getting a mile and he has a choice of entries for the remainder of the season. He only had a short-head in hand over Trumpet Major at Ascot but comprehensively reversed the form with Richard Hannon's runner who had since won impressively at Newmarket. Trumpet Major was heavily supported to reverse the form but was in trouble a quarter of a mile from home; he may not have handled the conditions and can be given another chance to prove that this was not his running. Silverheels could only finish in midfield when favourite for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot but has since finished third in the Superlative Stakes and fourth in the Richmond Stakes which has worked out well. This was another solid performance and connections may well be able to find him a race at this level before the season's out. Eastern Sun had run out an easy winner of a Newbury maiden that has worked out fairly well and this half-brother to Allied Powers was not disgraced on this step up in class in keeping on for third having been outpaced when the tempo quickened. He has entries in the Royal Lodge, Champagne Stakes and the Dewhurst and is worth another chance to prove his credentials at this level on a better surface.