Wertheimer et Frere's homebred Solow pulled away to win by open lengths over The Grey Gatsby in Saturday's Group 1, $6 million Dubai Turf at Meydan Racecourse.
In contrast to The Grey Gatsby, who grew very warm before the race and had to be blindfolded in order to be loaded into the starting gate, Solow was cool and collected. The grey gelding moved up from mid-pack to take the lead in mid-stretch, getting the 1800 meters – about nine furlongs – in 1:47.76.
Trainer Freddy Head and jockey Maxime Guyon teamed up to win with Solow, who is a seven-time winner from 12 starts.
“He is a very good horse. But this was a big test, as it was his first Group 1 race,” Head said. “But I couldn't have had him better and he showed what a good horse he is. Maxime Guyon rode him perfectly, very quiet, very cool. This is my first winner in Dubai, it's fabulous. He is one of the best I have trained.”
The British-bred Solow is by late Dubai World Cup winner Singspiel out of High Maintenance (High Honor).
European classic winner The Grey Gatsby was making his first start of 2015.
“I was delighted with him. The winner has won well but my horse has run a good race and he'll come on for it,” said Kevin Ryan, trainer of The Grey Gatsby. “I'd say we could go on to the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh now, and hopefully then Royal Ascot.”
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish, shipping over after a victory in the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, finished third.
“I feel like we won the race. 48-72 hours ago everyone was saying it's a tendon, a suspensory (injury). Our vet diagnosed the problem quickly to be a bruised hoof,” said Brad Weisbord, U.S. racing advisor to Al Shaqab.
“I can't say enough about the team. Nick Bush and Ginny Depasquale lived with this horse 24 hours a day. Coordinated everything with (trainer) Todd Pletcher by phone. We soaked the hoof. No medication. No nothing. Pure horsemanship.”
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