Wednesday 26 October 2016

Gleneagles misses Solow clash

Published 27/07/2015 | 11:32


Glorious Goodwood has been robbed of one of its highlights as Gleneagles bypasses Wednesday's Qatar Sussex Stakes due to unsuitable ground.

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Aidan O'Brien's dual 2000 Guineas winner and St James's Palace Stakes hero was supposed to test his mettle against the older generation for the first time, with Freddy Head's Solow, a winner at both the Dubai Carnival and Royal Ascot, his main adversary.

However, the course was hit by 18 millimetres of rain on Sunday leaving the ground on the round course good to soft..

Coolmore spokesman Kevin Buckley said: "Gleneagles is 100%, but he hasn't been declared due to the present going at Goodwood."

As a result, Solow is now an odds-on favourite.

Richard Hannon's Night Of Thunder, last year's 2000 Guineas winner, is in opposition but was some way behind Solow at Ascot. Connections will be hoping slower ground helps him close the gap.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's Arod is progressing this season and was impressive in the Summer Mile. This is a step back into Group One company, though, and he was behind Night Of Thunder in the Lockinge earlier in the season.

The ground will suit Roger Varian's Belardo, winner of last season's Dewhurst but only lightly raced this campaign due to the dry summer.

O'Brien is represented by Cougar Mountain and Bossy Guest runs for Mick Channon, while Andrew Balding's Here Comes When and Richard Fahey's Gabrial complete the eight-runner field.

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