Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gleneagles in Sussex mix


Gleneagles features in a high-class entry of 39 for the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 29.

Aidan O'Brien's colt completed the English-Irish 2000 Guineas double with victory at the Curragh last weekend.

He remains in the Investec Derby, but is thought more likely to stick at a mile and run in the St James's Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting.

O'Brien, who has won the Sussex on four occasions, most recently with Rip Van Winkle in 2009, is responsible for 10 of the 12 Irish representatives, with Highland Reel and Found also featuring.

Solow, winner of both the Dubai Turf and Prix d'Ispahan this year, has the mile showpiece on his radar after the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Freddy Head said: "I have put Solow in the Sussex Stakes and we will see how things go for him and make a decision nearer the time. His next appearance will be in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and we will see where we go from there.

"He has come out of his run in the Prix d'Ispahan very well and I am very happy with him.

"I want to stick to a mile with him for the moment. He has won over a mile and one furlong, but for the moment I have no plans to go over further.

"We will see later in the season, perhaps in the autumn, about going over further with him again but for the moment the top mile races are his aim.

"He has won on all types of all going and I really think he doesn't care what the ground is like. He seems to be blossoming with age and I hope he can continue to do so."

Solow is one of four entries from France, with 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile hero Karakontie (Jonathan Pease), recent French 2000 Guineas victor Make Believe (Andre Fabre) and Karar (Francis-Henri Graffard) also entered.

Richard Hannon holds a particularly strong hand with five entries including recent Lockinge Stakes winner Night Of Thunder, Toormore and Ivawood, while Sir Michael Stoute can call on Group One-winning mare Integral.

The John Moore-trained Able Friend, the joint top-rated horse in the world and four-time Group One winner in Hong Kong, has been given the engagement, while the race could have a further international feel to it with Australian trainer David Hayes giving Criterion a provisional entry.

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