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Solario

Foaled: 1922    Died: 1945
Sire: Gainsborough    Dam: Sun Worship
Dam Sire: Sundridge    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   

Breeder(s):

4th Earl of Dunraven

Trainer(s):

Reginald Day

Owner(s):

Lord Glanely
Sir John Rutherford
Solario
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

St Leger
1925  Joseph Childs
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1926  Ascot Gold Cup   Joseph Childs
1926  Coronation Cup, Epsom   Joseph Childs

Description:

Solario, a strong, well-made and handsome colt, was bought as a yearling for a bargain 3,500 guineas by Sir John Rutherford. He won one of his three starts as a juvenile and was almost cut. However, he really came into his own at three, finishing fourth in the season's first two Classics. This late developer then won at Ascot and Newmarket before cantering home in the St Leger. As a 4-y-o he took the Coronation Cup by a staggering 15 lengths and the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Sir John refused offers of £75,000 and then £100,000 for the colt, but after his owner died in 1932 Solario fetched 47,000gns at public auction, a record for those days. As he had been a champion on the racecourse, so he became a champion at stud, siring the Derby winners Mid-Day Sun and Straight Deal, and also Exhibitionnist, winner of the 1000 Guineas and Oaks.
 

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