Positive holds off fast-finishing Kameko in a photo finish to claim the Betway Solario Stakes at Sandown
- Positive was sent off the hot 4/5 favourite in the hands of Adam Kirby
- The colt took over with a couple of furlongs to go at Sandown on Saturday
- But Kameko made late lunge under Oisin Murphy resulting in a photo finish
Positive earned a shot at one of the big end-of-season two-year-old races when edging home in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.
The Clive Cox-trained 4-5 favourite has a lot to live up to. The Solario Stakes has a recent history of throwing up decent winners with three of the last six scorers – Kingman, Masar and Too Darn Hot – going on to win at group one level with Masar’s win coming in the Derby.
Positive beat fast-finishing Tameko a nose to earn 33-1 2,000 Guineas quotes from Paddy Power.
Positive edged out Tameko a nose to earn 33-1 2,000 Guineas quotes from Paddy Power.
His run was also an endorsement for Pinatubo, the season’s outstanding two-year-old colt so far, who beat him five lengths in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Cox believes Positive is improving all time. The Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 12 could be the next step. Alternatively, the Royal Lodge Stakes at the same track on September 28 is an option if Cox chooses to step his son of Dutch Art up to a mile.
Cox said: ‘He is a very nice improving horse and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.’
Owner Alan Spence, a Vice President of Chelsea, added: ‘He will have learned a lot today. He won his first race very easily and in the second one, he was at the back and when he came though Pinatubo had flown. Today is really the first time he has had a proper race.’
The Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 12 could be the next step for Positive
Positive is ridden at home every day by jump jockey Jerry McGrath. The colt gives Cox a strong hand in the feature juvenile races with stablemate and Richmond Stakes winner Golden Horde also to be deployed.
Trainer Amanda Perrett will aim Lavender Blue at the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 5 after the filly owner by ABBA’s Benny Anderssen bounced back from a poor run in the Oaks with a decisive length and a half win in the Group Three Betway Atalanta Stakes.
Meanwhile, Judicial showed blistering pace and a genuine will to win to land the £62,000 William Hill Beverley Bullet on Saturday.
Trained in North Yorkshire by Julie Camacho, the seven-year-old sprinter already held the five-furlong track record at Beverley and he once again showed his love for the East Yorkshire track with a dominant performance in the hands of jockey Joe Fanning.
Judicial, who is now unbeaten in three starts at Beverley, won the Beverley Bullet by three-quarters of a length from Queens Gift.
Fairy Falcon, a half-sister to previous Bullet winners Alpha Delphini and Tangerine Trees, finished a staying-on third – another short head away from the Elite Racing Club-owned winner.
Steve Brown, Camacho’s husband and assistant, said: ‘We inherited a horse that was combustible, and I think he’s got comfortable. We’re back on track, we’ll just go to Newbury for the Group Three (Dubai International World Trophy), I would imagine, in a couple of weeks’ time.
‘He’s a five-and-half-furlong horse and he likes a hill. They tend to go a good gallop here and it just plays to his strengths – he sees it out well.
‘We’re three from three at Beverley. We’d like to race here every week! Already he’s put us on the next step of the ladder, he’s taken us from league two to league one.
Earlier on Beverley’s richest ever raceday, Good Birthday showed great promise with a resilient triumph in the William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap.
The Andrew Balding-trained 11-4 chance was slowly into stride in the £52,000 contest over a mile and a quarter. But once he found his rhythm, Ben Curtis’ partner ably seized control inside the final furlong and ended up with half a length in hand of Desert Icon.
Good Birthday, owned by King Power Racing, was subsequently cut to around the 20-1 mark about winning the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket on September 28.
Balding said: ‘That was a really great effort and I’m delighted with him.
‘He was given a great ride and he’s going to develop into a pretty decent horse. That (the Cambridgeshire) is certainly a possibility, if he gets in.’