Richard Pankhurst handed entry in Solario at Sandown
Last Updated: 26/08/14 12:02pm
Richard Pankhurst is one of 14 entries for the European Wealth Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
Trained by John Gosden, the Raven's Pass colt stepped up from a debut fourth at Newmarket to claim the Chesham Stakes in impressive fashion at Royal Ascot.
The seven-furlong Solario was won by Raven's Pass for Gosden in 2007, with the Newmarket trainer sending out Kingman to success at the Esher track 12 months ago.
Richard Pankhurst ran in the colours of Gosden's wife, Rachel Hood, at the Royal fixture but will wear the green and red of Sheikh Mohammed's son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, should he run at the weekend.
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Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson said: "It (change of ownership) has been done recently.
"We'll see what the trainer decides regarding this weekend. There is plenty of time between now and then."
Among the potential opposition is Hugo Palmer's Aktabantay, second in the Superlative Stakes, and the Scott Dixon-trained Cock Of The North, who was third in that race at the July meeting.
Palmer said of Aktabantay: "This race has been the plan all along and the plan is to run as long as it stops raining at some stage during the next few days.
"He's in really great shape. He's strengthened, he's grown and he's improved and I've been delighted with the way he's been training during the last month or so.
"I can't wait to get him out again, hopefully on Saturday as long as we get some sensible ground and we aren't racing in a bog."
Sir Michael Stoute's well-regarded Disegno also features, as does Saeed bin Suroor's once-raced Future Empire, who holds a host of big-race engagements.
A second Godolphin possible is course-and-distance scorer Latharnach from Charlie Appleby's yard, with Richard Hannon three-handed through Step To The Shears, Tupi and Lexington Times.
Mark Johnston can choose from Pallister, Mister Universe and Grigolo.
There is a notable Andrew Balding representative in Elm Park, who caught the eye winning at Newbury in the colours made famous by Mill Reef, while Sir Mark Prescott has put in York winner Celestial Path.