888Sport Solario Stakes
Group 3, Sandown Park 14:15
£45,000 added,
2yo only,
7f 16y, Class 1   
Saturday 22nd August 2015

1 First Selection 4/1
2 Manaafidh 4/1
3 Mr Wizard 25/1
NR: Binzart (IRE)
10 ran Distances: ½l, 1½l, 1l
TIME 1m 28.21s (slow by 1.21s)

Simon Crisford bagged his first Group-race winner as a trainer as First Selection put up a smart performance in making all to land the 888sport Solario Stakes at Sandown.

First Selection
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First Selection

Ridden by George Baker, the two-year-old had defied top weight in a nursery when last seen at Newmarket's July meeting and confirmed his progressive profile with a half-length success.

Manaafidh pressed the winner hard through the closing stages, but the 4-1 shot stuck to his guns well to take his record to four wins from five starts, his only reverse coming when ninth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Crisford said: "What a star this horse has been, that's his fourth win this year.

"He kept finding plenty in front and is a very honest, straightforward colt with a strong will to win. That makes a big difference.

"He makes our life so easy, as he has got the talent to go with his courage.

"He has got an incredibly enthusiastic owner who picked him out at the breeze-up sales and I think he will want to take him to Dubai for the UAE 2000 Guineas, he's got the sort of action to think he will go well on the sand."

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888Sport Solario Stakes
£45,000.00 added, 2yo only, 7f 16y, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good (Good to Soft in places on the Sprint Course)

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) First Selection (SPA) 4/1 G Baker
S Crisford 2
2nd (8) ½ Manaafidh (IRE) 4/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 2
3rd (3) Mr Wizard 25/1 S Donohoe
N P Littmoden 2
4th (11) 1 They Seek Him Here (IRE) 3/1f T E Durcan
H Palmer 2
5th (9) Battle Pride (IRE) 14/1 J Fortune
R Hannon 2
6th (1) ¾ Taking Libertys 16/1 T Eaves
K A Ryan 2
7th (6) ½ Beaverbrook 6/1 T P Queally
M Johnston 2
8th (4) Pythius (IRE) 16/1 Joey Haynes
K R Burke 2
9th (5) ½ Brorocco 14/1 David Probert
A M Balding 2
10th (2) Dream Destination (IRE) 14/1 M Dwyer
S Kirk 2
NR (10) Binzart (IRE) 8/1 Non Runner
M Botti 2