Heavily-favored Solow overhauled a stubborn Arod nearing the wire to win the Group 1 QIPCO Sussex Stakes by a half-length at Glorious Goodwood July 29. The victory earned Solow an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Mile Oct. 31.
The gelded son of Singspiel now has won eight consecutive races, the last four being Group 1 contests. The Freddy Head trainee became the first French horse to win the Sussex since Bigstone in 1993.
A field of eight went to the post in the Sussex, which lost a little luster with the withdrawal of the top 3-year-old Gleneagles earlier this week. Trainer Aidan O'Brien scratched the colt due to the heavy rain received in the area.
At the start it was Arod that went to the front to set the pace, with Solow tracking him in second. That pair continued to race forwardly throughout the early stages of the race.
As the field entered the final furlong, it was a battle between Arod and Solow, with the grey gelding finally edging clear nearing the wire to win by a half-length. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to the late-closing Gabrial, with Here Comes When taking fourth.
Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:39.18 over a course rated as good.
After the race Head told reporters “He's great, he's getting a bit lazy with his age and does exactly what he needs to. He's just a hell of a horse.”
Head indicated that Solow would be pointed to the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day in October.
Solow was bred in England by his owners, Wertheimer Et Frere.
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