Solario on Sunway agenda after Ascot disappointment

David Menuisier’s Sunway could return to the scene of his eyecatching debut to contest the Solario Stakes in September.

The chestnut is a full-brother to Sealiway, the 2021 Champion Stakes winner who now stands at stud in France.

His little brother was a winner on debut when running away with a Sandown maiden in June, coming home three and a quarter lengths ahead of his nearest rival under Oisin Murphy.

That run led to the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot last month but the colt dropped out of the race abruptly and was later found to be lame.

“He came out of the Ascot race lame and it looks as though he suffered from a concussion of the knees, he’s now absolutely fine,” Menuisier said.

“I knew at the time something was wrong but couldn’t put my finger on it, it was too bad to be true and then the next day he was clearly lame.

“We had to investigate, luckily we managed to find the problem and resolve it.

“It doesn’t take anything away from the horses that finished in front of him, but I think on a going day he would have been extremely competitive.

“We’re preparing for another race in September, he’s probably likely to go for the Solario Stakes and then we will see where we go after that.”

Menuisier is also making plans for another promising two-year-old called Devil’s Point, a New Bay colt who is a half-brother to Aidan O’Brien’s The Acropolis.

The chestnut acquitted himself well on debut, finishing fifth in a competitive Sandown heat when beaten only a length a half despite signs of greenness.

Next time out, the juvenile took a step forward and comfortably won a Ffos Las maiden by four and a quarter lengths after his intended Goodwood run was scuppered by the abandonment of the fixture.

“He won well. He ran very well at Sandown, he was quite green but he improved plenty for his first run,” Menuisier said.

“It looked a strong race, like most Sandown maidens really, he was just quite green and he half missed the break but he did well in the straight before getting tired. On Tuesday he proved that he benefited from the experience.

“He was meant to run at Goodwood last Saturday, so he spent the day there and then had to come home.

“It’s never easy for a youngster to do that and he then had a long journey to Ffos Las, which was not ideal preparation for the race but he made it very simple for himself.”

There are no fixed plans yet, but Group options are under considerations for the latter part of the season.

“We were delighted. There are a few possibilities, like the Acomb at York or the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster,” said Menuisier.

“It was only on Tuesday so we’ll see how we go and what we do.”

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