ALAN KING can slam Dunk the Solario Stakes on Saturday.
His high-class Dunkerron has been knocking on the door in Group company of late.
The son of Aussie stallion Kuroshio caught the eye when winning back-to-back races at Windsor and York in June.
He tackled the Group 2 July Stakes after that and ran a cracker to finish fourth over an inadequate 6f.
He was briefly outpaced before running on strongly to finish just three lengths behind subsequent Group 1 winner Advertise.
King moved him up in trip for the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last time, and he looked the winner for much of the race.
The gelding quickened into the lead approaching the final furlong, but having chased a fast pace he could not fend off the late challenge of Dark Vision.
The track at Goodwood will have been sharp enough for the strapping two-year-old, who should love the stiff finish at Sandown.
There has been some rain around of late, and if the ground comes up slow on Saturday it will be no issue.
Given his proven Group 2 form, he represents a cracking bet at 7-1 now eased into a Group 3.
The favourite, Too Darn Hot, impressively won his maiden at Sandown last time out.
However, this is a much tougher test on just his second start and he looks far too shot at 5-4.
Arthur Kitt (5-1) won the Chesham at Ascot but slow ground would be a big worry.
Confiding (6-1) is also ahead of Dunkerron in the betting despite finishing behind him at Goodwood.
If the tip was based with a more fashionable trainer he would be plenty shorter.