Fasig-Tipton Night Of The Stars Solario Stakes
Group 3, Sandown 14:40
£60,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
7f 16y, Class 1   
Saturday 20th August 2022


1 Silver Knott 9/4
2 Wahaaj 5/1
3 Desert Hero 85/40F
6 ran NR: The Foxes Distances: 3¼l, 2l, 3¼l
Time: 1m 29.56s (slow by 2.66s)

The Charlie Appleby-trained Silver Knott, who had built on a promising Newbury debut fourth to subsequent Acomb winner Chaldean when getting off the mark at Kempton, improved markedly for that experience, with a visually impressive display in the seven-furlong contest.

Dual winners Dornoch Castle and Wahaaj set the pace, yet Silver Knott was on the bridle, cruising ominously behind under Pat Dobbs, who stepped in for the sidelined James Doyle.

The writing was on the wall two furlongs out with everything else under pressure and once given the office, Silver Knott silkily went past to score by a comfortable three and a quarter lengths from Wahaaj.

The Queen, whose silks were carried to success in the race by Reach For The Moon last year, was represented by 85-40 favourite Desert Hero, who stayed on well for third having run keen in the early stages.

Silver Knott was handed a 20-1 quote for next season’s Qipco 2000 Guineas by QuinnBet.

Trainers Quotes

“It’s nice to have these winners and this time of year it’s nice to unearth these type of horses,” Appleby told Racing TV.

“A few of them are starting to put their heads up above the parapet now and announce themselves.

“Over the next month to six weeks it is an exciting time but I’m sure there are plenty more out there from other stables who will emerge. Ourselves, we have a few more to run in the next couple of weeks.

“We obviously won the Gimcrack with Noble Style and had Victory Dance win at Newbury so we will try not to but heads too much and look for the right ones to step up in trip.

“This might be one of those horses, he’s got a pedigree to die for and one that suggests as he goes up in trip we’ll see further improvement.

“The more you can get to dream about in the winter it shortens it and then we see what reality brings in the spring.”

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Solario Stakes
£60,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good

4 (5)      Silver Knott 2 9-3 Charlie Appleby Pat Dobbs 9/4
6 (3)
Wahaaj 2 9-3 Patrick Owens Louis Steward 5/1
2 (6)
2 Desert Hero 2 9-3 William Haggas Cieren Fallon 85/40F
1 (4)
Defence Of Fort 2 9-3 Peter Chapple-Hyam Jason Watson 4/1
7 (2)
Lady Bullet 2 9-0 Alice Haynes Kieran O'Neill 25/1
3 (1)
4 Dornoch Castle 2 9-3 Charlie & Mark Johnston Richard Kingscote 16/1
NR 5 (7) The Foxes 2 9-3 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER

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