Sunday 17 December 2017

Gleneagles and Solow primed for showdown at Glorious Goodwood

Aidan O'Brien
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Gleneagles is firmly on course for a titanic clash with French ace Solow in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The dual 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace hero delighted trainer Aidan O'Brien in a piece of work last Friday and is all set to take on older horses for the first time in the mile showpiece on July 29.

Coolmore's UK representative Kevin Buckley said: "I met Aidan and Joseph on Saturday in Newmarket and they said he is in great shape and did a nice piece of work the previous day. Hopefully he will live up to expectations on the Sussex Downs."

Buckley added: "He is a specialist miler and Aidan holds him in high esteem. He is a very tough horse, with a low action and you can see the Giant's Causeway coming through in him."

The question of who will ride Gleneagles is up in the air, however, with Ryan Moore awaiting news on how long he will be on the sidelines for after being injured in a stalls incident at Newmarket last week.

His father Gary said on Saturday he expected his son to be out for "more than a month."

Buckley, speaking at a Goodwood preview lunch, said: "We will stick with the position of using the best available on the day."

Solow was also successful at Royal Ascot, landing the Queen Anne Stakes to follow up his brilliant display in Dubai on World Cup night.

Trainer Freddy Head, who would like to see some rain, said: "Solow is very well, I'm very happy with him. It's a good race and, as he's a gelding, there are not many in France for him."

Irish Independent

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