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Solow: has not been beaten since May last year

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Head confident Solow is primed for Ascot bid

FREDDY HEAD believes Solow may still have a season's best performance in him for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 17.


The striking grey son of Singspiel, who was shown off to journalists at Head's Chantilly yard on Monday, has reeled off four consecutive Group 1 victories this season at around a mile, beating top-class opposition in The Grey Gatsby, Esoterique and Arod in the process.

But Head believes Solow will have benefited from being eased off after Goodwood and is ready to produce a huge run at Ascot on October 17 in a race for which he is already evens favourite.

Better for a break

"I think if all goes well he will be in his best form," said Head. "If the Queen Elizabeth gets a bit of soft ground, I think he will be top. The horse is very well and he has freshened up a bit."

Expanding on his feeling that Solow has flourished since the Sussex Stakes, Head said: "When you run in Dubai - he had a prep race before that - you have to start your season very early. Afterwards we've never stopped really.

"He ran in the Prix d'Ispahan then off to Ascot in June and then Goodwood. I think at Goodwood it was the end of that run. He needed a rest so I am very happy with him."

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