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Solow soars in Queen Elizabeth II clash

17 Oct 2015

Solow extended his remarkable winning sequence by landing the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day

Solow has now won five Group 1s in 2015. Image courtesy of Racingfotos.com

A much-anticipated clash between the Freddy Head-trained Solow and Aidan O’Brien’s crack three-year-old miler Gleneagles was won in decisive fashion by Solow as Gleneagles failed to run up to his best, coming home in sixth.

Solow was sent off as a well-backed 11/10 favourite, and Freddy Head’s prolific winner didn’t let his backers down, responding well for pressure to forge ahead inside the final furlong.  Belardo finished strongly to grab second, three-quarters of a length adrift of Solow, with Gabrial a further length and a half back in third.  

Maxime Guyon settled Solow in third place early on as last year’s Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park cut out a moderate early gallop, with the progressive Kodi Bear splitting the pair. Elm Park and Kodi Bear briefly looked to have the favourite in trouble as they kicked for home with a couple of furlongs to run, but Solow stuck to his task determinedly, edging to the front just inside the furlong pole and always doing enough to deny the strong-finishing Belardo.

Solow progressed well last season, winning five of his six starts – the one defeat came over a near two-mile trip – and he has upped his game further this term, successful on all six outings in 2015. Solow is a tremendously likeable, consistent top-class performer, and is now a five-time Group 1 winner, though it’s unlikely his Timeform master rating of 130 will change on the back of this success, his four-and-a-quarter length defeat of The Grey Gatsby in Dubai still his best performance on the figures.

Delighted winning trainer Freddy Head said: “He’s very special. He’s easy to train and does whatever you want at home”.

Head also confirmed that Solow – a gelding – will be kept in training next season and his first major target will be again be the Dubai Turf.