AKTABANTAY SET FOR SOLARIO RUN

Aktabantay is likely to have his next run in the Solario Stakes at Sandown on August 30.

Hugo Palmer's highly-regarded juvenile finished second behind the impressive winner Estidkhaar in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

There are plenty of options remaining this season, including the Breeders' Cup, but Palmer is already thinking of next season's Greenham Stakes.

"He's no longer a talking horse," said Palmer.

"The winner got first run on us and I'm not saying by any stretch they we might have beaten him, but he had a three-length head start on us.

"The first thing William (Buick) said to me was that he hated the ground and that on decent ground he'd have found another gear. That surprised me as I thought he'd like it.

"We've got to enter him in the Dewhurst and Champagne Stakes, races like that, but it's probably easier to say where he won't go. I don't think Goodwood would be his track so he won't be running in the Vintage.

"There's a race in France, the Prix de Cabourg (August 3), which is not impossible, but the most obvious answer is the Solario.

"He certainly stayed the seven furlongs. He's out of a mare who won over a mile and a quarter, so you'd hope he'll get a mile.

"The Breeders' Cup is not impossible, we've already had them on, but the race I'm working backwards from is the Greenham."

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