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  • Aktabantay Lands Solario

European Wealth Solario Stakes (Group 3) 7f 16y

  • (2yo, 7f 16y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £25,520 2nd £9,675 3rd £4,842 4th £2,412 5th £1,210 6th £608
  • Going: Good to Soft (Back straight Good, Sprint: Soft, Good to Soft places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 29.84s
  • Off time: 14:41:06
  • Last Updated: August 30 2014, 17:25 BST

Aktabantay (9-4) got up in the final stride to snatch a last-gasp victory in the European Wealth Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Aktabantay (right) on the way to winning The European Wealth Solario Stakes
Aktabantay (right) on the way to winning The European Wealth Solario Stakes

Hugo Palmer's pride and joy needed all of the seven furlongs and 16 yards to get his head in front and give the Newmarket trainer his first Group success.

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Pallister made the running before the 16-1 outsider Lexington Times went on and looked like springing a surprise.

However, the stiff finish brought the field together and Aktabantay produced a final flourish under Ryan Moore to score by a short head from the 5-4 favourite Future Empire, who also came late.

Moore told Channel 4 Racing: "He got pinched coming out of the stalls and I was sitting five of five and we weren't going mad.

"I didn't want to go all the way round them. I got a nice split through but Lexington Times got away and pinched a length or two.

"It took him a while to get going too, I think he was just a bit green and inexperienced. Hopefully he'll come on for that."

Palmer said: "Ryan said he got pinched coming out of the stalls and had to sit last. That wasn't the plan, but two down I thought he was going to win easily, but (Richard) Hannon's horse (Lexington Times) kept galloping and it took him a while to get there.

"I don't know whether he wants better ground or a stronger gallop. I dream and hope as we go up in grade they will go faster and that will get him going. You can see why I put cheekpieces on him to make him concentrate.

"It will be up to the owner and I know he is keen on the Dewhurst. I think he will be well suited by the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile in Santa Anita.

"Outstrip was third in the Dewhurst before winning it last year, so we'll just see. He's a Group winner now and he's a valuable commodity."

James Doyle, on the runner-up, got a two-day whip ban (September 14-15).