Owned by Prince A. A. Faisal, the son of Exceed And Excel won the Listed Surrey Stakes at Epsom in June, travelling powerfully before pouncing late, and he produced a similar performance under these very different conditions when getting the better of the Robert Cowell-trained Blue De Vega by a neck.
Ridden confidently by Silvestre, who is retained jockey for Prince Faisal, Solomon’s Bay was allowed to use his high cruising speed in the early stages, sitting two off the rail in fourth, and he remained with cover before being unleashed inside the final furlong, leading inside the last 100 yards to collect a first prize just shy of £10,000.
Coronation Day was a further half-length back in third, while the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Top Score finished fourth in a race which had looked tight on paper beforehand and proved just so on the course itself.
A close relation of the high-class Meadow Creek, Solomon’s Bay is from a stout-staying family that includes the almighty Taghrooda, but this striking chestnut with the distinctive white markings is far more reminiscent of his sire on the racecourse, showing pace to boot and a fine turn of foot when the tempo quickens.
Roger said: “Solomon’s Bay won nicely at Epsom and he has performed with credit since. His run-style and pedigree suggested this sort of test would suit him and I am delighted he could win again for Prince Faisal. He holds an entry in the October HIT Sale and he would prove a top-quality performer under similar conditions for any potential purchaser.”