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Sire Gainsborough
Dam Sun Worship
Grandsire Bayardo
Damsire Sundridge
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1922
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder 4th Earl of Dunraven
Owner Sir John Rutherford
Trainer Reginald Day
Record 12: 6-1-2
Earnings £20,935
Solario is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sun Worship by Gainsborough. He was born around 1922 in Ireland, and was bred by 4th Earl of Dunraven.
Major wins

Exeter Stakes (1924)
Ascot Derby (1925)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1925)
Ascot Gold Cup (1926)
Coronation Cup (1926)

British Classic Race wins:
St. Leger Stakes (1925)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1937)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland
(1943, 1949 & 1950)
Solario Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse
British Railways Locomotive #60104
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Solario (1922-1945) was a very good British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Bred in Ireland by the 4th Earl of Dunraven, he was by the 1918 English Triple Crown champion, Gainsborough. His dam Sun Worship, was a daughter of the outstanding sire Sundridge who was the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1911. [1]

Solario was sold as a yearling for the huge sum of 47,000 guineas to a British syndicate.[1] Sir John Rutherford employed Reginald Day to condition the colt for racing. At age two, Solario won the 1924 Exeter Stakes and was second in the Middle Park Stakes. As a three-year-old, he finished fourth in the first two British Classic Races then won the third, the St. Leger Stakes. At Ascot Racecorse he won the 1925 Ascot Derby. At age four, Solario ran away from the field while winning the 1926 Coronation Cup by fifteen lengths then won the Ascot Gold Cup.


A champion sire and damsire

Solario commenced stud, duties at Newmarket at a fee of 500 guineas a mare.[1] In 1932 he was sold following the death of his owner, Sir John Rutherford. In his will, Rutherford left two pictures of Solario and the Coronation Cup he won to the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Solario was sent to stand at Terrace House Stud (now Tattersalls' Park Paddocks in Newmarket, Suffolk). In 1937, he was the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland when his son Mid-day Sun won the Epsom Derby and his daughter Exhibitionnist won the 1,000 Guineas Stakes and Epsom Oaks. Solario sired his second Epsom Derby winner when another son, Straight Deal, won the 1943 running.

Solario died at the age of twenty-three in 1945 having sired the winners of £270,000 in stakes.[1] He is buried at Tattersalls' Park Paddocks in Newmarket.

Selected notable offspring

  • Sunny Devon (b. 1928) - won Coronation Stakes, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in England
  • Raeburn (b. 1933) - won the 1936 Irish Derby
  • Sind (B. 1933) - Leading sire in Argentina in 1950
  • Straight Deal (b. 1940) - won 1943 Epsom Derby

Solario was the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1943, 1949 and 1950. Through his daughters, he was the damsire of:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Leicester, Sir Charles, "Bloodstock Breeding", J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969

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