Native Khan has justified his status as event favourite, with an impressive performance with victory in the Group Three Alexis Catchpole Solario Stakes at Sandown, continuing on from his dÃ©but triumph at Newmarket.
Jockey Eddie Ahern was blocked behind horses with two furlongs to go, but after finding a gap the Ed Dunlop trained Native Khan, picked up the pace with one furlong to go, challenging the leader, moving into the front position inside the last furlong, comfortably defeating dual winner Measuring Time, by half a length,with Surrey Star a further half length behind in third place.
Winning trainer Dunlop is now has a few Group One options under consideration for Native Khan.
"He did it well considering it was a little bit of a messy race," said Dunlop.
"We were in jail, but Eddie got us out.
"He will have learned a lot from it and it was the right decision to come here and not run on soft ground at Newbury last weekend.
"He won't have a heavy campaign, maybe one or two more races, but it will be a big one. He's in the Dewhurst, the Racing Post and the Grand Criterium, which as he is French-bred, we will consider."
Jockey Richard Hannon commented of Measuring Time, "He ran a little green but that was a solid run. He'll be very nice."