Maxime Guyon and Andre Fabre form a formidable team
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
TWO of the last three winners have gone on to score at the highest level and the best chance of that trend continuing looks to come from overseas as Andre Fabre sends over Sun Chariot and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes entry Fintry for a first foray on British soil.
Already a Group 2 winner, Fintry heads the betting, although her trainer warns she may not be at her peak.
Another overseas raider is Diamond Dove from Germany, who was second in a Group 1 at Dusseldorf on her latest start.
The home challenge is headed by Karl Burke-trained Odeliz and John Gosden’s Water Hole, who looks progressive, while Godolphin’s lightly raced Zibelina won a Group 3 last year. Richard Hannon’s dual Listed winner Zurigha adds depth to a nine-strong field.
One for fancied horses
Look to those at the head of the market – the biggest-priced winner in the last ten years was 17-2 chance Shabiba in 2008.
What they say
Andre Fabre, trainer of Fintry
She was impressive in the Prix de Sandringham but in the meantime she has had quite a serious cough. She’s had a long rest so she’ll probably need the race. This is a comeback with a view to the Sun Chariot, and I’m bringing her over for the better ground.
Hugo Palmer, trainer of Audacia
She produced a career-best last time and will have to do the same again to win this. If it was a bog, like it was on Monday when we entered, then she would have a better chance as she wants it soft. She will stay in training next year at five and the objective is to get some black type to add to her Listed win. Hopefully she can achieve that here.
Karl Burke, trainer of Odeliz
She’s in great form and I’m confident she’s improved again. She’s bigger and stronger and I’m looking forward to seeing her run, although we are taking on a very good French filly.
Charlie Appleby, trainer of Zibelina
We purposely gave Zibelina a break after her run at Goodwood in May because of the ground. She’s not suited by summer ground and needs some juice. She’s been training well and we’ll be happy with the conditions at Sandown. We’re hopeful she’s going to put up a decent performance.
Richard Hannon, trainer of Zurigha
The ground will be testing but she did finish fourth in the French 1,000 Guineas when it was very soft so I’d like to think she’ll handle the conditions. Look at her two best runs this year and her claims are outstanding. She beat Ribbons – who won a Group 1 in France last weekend – at Kempton in April while her last run, when third to Euro Charline, looks pretty smart following the winner’s subsequent victory in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes in Chicago.
Andreas Lowe, trainer Diamond Dove
She’s in very good form and I’m confident of a good run. Soft ground is ideal so we’re hoping it doesn’t dry out too much. She was runner-up in the German Oaks but I think she’s equally effective over a mile, so we are hopeful.
Tony Coyle, trainer of Lily Rules
She’s in great form. We’ve been waiting for softer ground so she’s had a good break and if she can finish in the first four we’d be delighted.
The Solario Stakes, 2.40 Sandown, has gone to an unbeaten horse in five of the last seven seasons, including the last two. Future Empire is the only qualifier this year.
Pointer provided by Raceform Interactive
Bath: good to soft, soft in places
Beverley: good to firm, good in places
Chester: good to soft
Market Rasen: good
Newton Abbot: good, good to soft in places
Sandown: sprint course – soft; round course – good to soft
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