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Solario Stakes could be wide open

Solario Stakes could be wide open


There’s plenty of top-quality action on the Flat this weekend, with the Beverley Bullet and the Solario Stakes.

The Solario Stakes at Sandown is always a fascinating contest for the two-year-old generation and it’s seen some smart types, such as Kingman, win the race in years gone by.

Arthur Kitt –  Solario Stakes @ 6/1

It looks more competitive than the betting suggests and Arthur Kitt seems overpriced at the 6/1 mark.

Tom Dascombe’s unbeaten charge was particularly impressive in Listed company last time out and the yard, who are in fine form at present, do well with their juveniles.

The favourite, Too Darn Hot, is respected after his seven-length romp at the course on debut, but there’s no value in his price and it’s a big step in class on just his second outing.

Take Cover – Beverley Bullet @ 11/4

The Beverley Bullet is usually a decent betting race but it will be hard to beat last year’s winner Take Cover after his solid efforts in Group company of late, finishing runner-up to star sprinter Battaash at the Goodwood Festival, so 11/4 looks like a fair price on history repeating itself.

There’s also a decent card up at Chester and Growl is likely to prove hard to beat in the big sprint handicap.

Richard Fahey’s charge has been running well in more competitive heats in recent times and can defy top weight and get the better of last year’s winner, stablemate Powerallied.

Earlier on that card it might be worth taking a chance on Arcanada for the aforementioned Dascombe.

The son of Arcano has been a little out of sorts since his all-weather hat-trick this winter but he’s slipped to a lenient handicap mark, now 3lb below his last turf success, and he has some eye-catching form to his name after two wins over 7f.

He’s available to back at 14/1 and makes appeal as the each-way selection of the day.

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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.