Sri Putra shines in Solario and now has Million on his mind

As any even vaguely promising juvenile performance will at this time of year, Sri Putra's in outstaying his rivals to take yesterday's Solario Stakes at Sandown in a bunch finish put him in the lists for next year's 2,000 Guineas at a token 33-1. Such reaction from bookmakers is of the kneejerk variety, but in fairness to the Michael Jarvis-trained colt, he defied a near three-month absence to take the Group Three contest and will surely progress.

Philip Robinson, in the saddle, certainly thinks so. The 47-year-old, an excellent tactician, held the son of Oasis Dream just off a strong enough gallop set by Frankie Dettori on the favourite, Cry Of Freedom, and pounced on The Cheka, who had taken over halfway down the straight, inside the final furlong to score by half a length.

"He was doing all his best work at the end," Robinson said. "He'll certainly come on for the race, and in due course another furlong will suit him well."

Sri Putra's next target will be the most valuable one for his age in Britain, the inaugural running of the Tattersalls Million at his local track, Newmarket, in Oct-ober. The seven-furlong race, with a first prize of £550,000 from its eponymous purse, has a limited catchment, being open only to yearlings from the promoting auction house's premier catalogue last autumn, an occasion on which Sri Putra cost his owner, the Malaysian sultan Ahmad Shah, 240,000 guineas.

"The horse had always worked well in the spring," said Jarvis, "but after he won at Newbury in June he got sick with a virus. His layoff might have been a blessing in disguise, because he started growing, and it was just as well he wasn't working or racing during that phase. The Million race is tempting; there are a lot of noughts involved. I'm not sure if it would make much difference to his highness, but it certainly would to me."

The sultan, an all-round sports fan, is also the 77-year-old head of state of Pahang, one of the13 states in federal Malaysia, a background in contrast to the upbringing and trade of The Cheka's owner, who grew up above his father's bookmaker'sshop in Chiswick. That is the comedian, actor and film director Mel Smith, who would have been an appropriate winner on the 50th Variety Club fund-raising day at the Esher track.

The Solario Stakes has a patchy record in spotlighting future talent. The last runner to go on to a top-level success after his freshman season was Where Or When, fourth seven years ago, though last year's victor, Raven's Pass, fourth in the 2,000 Guineas and since runner-up in three Group Ones, has come close. Ireland's top contest for juvenile fillies, today's Moyglare Stud Stakes, has had a greater impact on future Classics and the two perceived as the most likely to win today's renewal, Again and Shimah, are prominent in the 1,000 Guineas lists. Again, trained by David Wachman, will start favourite to give the owning Coolmore partnership their 20th Group One prize of the campaign.

Seb Sanders, last year's joint champion jockey, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after a three-horse pile-up at Chester. Sir Duke, who was fatally injured, fell and brought down Sanders' mount, Speed Gifted, and Cheshire Prince. Sir Duke's jockey, Pat Dobbs, and Dean Heslop, rider of Cheshire Prince, escaped injury.

Suggested Topics
News
peoplePaper attempts to defend itself
Voices
voicesWe desperately need men to be feminists too
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

IT Systems Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits