By Simon Jackson.
Royal Ascot winners Solow and Gleneagles remain on course to clash in the £1million Qatar Sussex Stakes on July 29 that has attracted 21 entries on Day Two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The Aidan O’Brian-trained Gleneagles added to his victories in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas with an easy win in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Earlier, the Freddy Head-trained Solow had extended his unbeaten sequence to seven races when landing the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.
Head – who first won the Queen Anne with Goldikova in 2010 – identified the Sussex Stakes as the probable target for Solow immediately after the Royal Ascot victory.
“Solow is a fantastic horse, a great warrior who can do anything – you can wait, you can lead,” Head said after the length win under Maxime Guyon.
“I hope he lasts and we have many more years with him. Maybe we will come back for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. We’ll see – I’m not going to run in everything that comes because I want him to last.
“I’m not a fan of the Keeneland track – I think it’s a bit tight so we won’t go to America [for the Breeders’ Cup].
“He’s a lovely horse, great balance, great action, great mover, very easy to train, great mind, which is very special because at two and three he was a very nervous horse, wouldn’t travel well and things, so he has changed with time and with racing. I think we will still have some more good days with him.”
“Guyon added: “It’s amazing. Before the race we didn’t know if [Hong Kong champion] Able Friend could win because, in Hong Kong, he is the best horse but, today, the boss is Solow.
“I think he is the best horse that I have ridden in my career. It’s amazing because this year is a new contract for me with my new bosses, the Wertheimers. When you can win a Group 1 at Ascot, it’s amazing.
“My horse was really relaxed in the race and showed a very good turn of foot. We didn’t know how he would react to Ascot because he hadn’t raced here before and it was also the first time in a straight line. He has proved he is the best today.”
Read ‘Horse Talk with Simon Jackson’ at London24 for the latest horse racing news.