Solow back in light training but skips Dubai
7 Feb 2017
Meydan ruled out, but Royal Ascot an option for Freddy Head's gelding
Solow wins the QEII on QIPCO British Champions Day in 2015. Picture: racingfotos.com
The Freddy Head-trained grey won at Meydan two years ago en route to recording three memorable triumphs in the QIPCO British Champions Series but he does not feature among almost 800 horses nominated today for this year’s meeting.
Head told The National: “There is no way I can get him ready for a race like that in time. We are not coming to Dubai. He is back in training and I am very happy with him and it is all going well.
“I am looking at racing him for the first time probably at the end of April or the beginning of May and his intended target is the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.”
He was expected to be among the stars of the 2016 Series, too, after extending his winning sequence to ten on his return at Chantilly in early March.
However, he sustained a leg injury of the gallops soon afterwards and has not run again since.
Provided he stands training, the gelding is likely to have a similar campaign in Britain as in 2015.
Solow will not contest the Dubai Turf at Meydan. Is being trained to reclaim his Queen Anne crown. Could meet Tepin there, too.
— Geoffrey Riddle (@Louchepunter) February 7, 2017