France: Solow ruled out of defending Ascot title

SOLOW with Maxime guyon winning

Solow: won last year’s Queen Anne by a length from Esoterique

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

SOLOW is set to miss the defence of his Queen Anne Stakes crown at Royal Ascot after connections announced he is to spend a period of recuperation at the Wertheimers’ stud farm in Normandy.

A five-time Group 1 winner last season, Solow took a blow to a hind leg when exercising in March and missed a trip to Dubai.

Racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau said on Tuesday afternoon: “Solow has left to recuperate at the Haras de Saint-Leonard, following the blow he took to a hind leg during exercise. He will return to Freddy Head when he has totally recovered.”

Solow had been no shorter than 15-8 for the Queen Anne despite having been forced to miss both the Dubai Turf and the forthcoming Prix d’Ispahan.

Breeders’ Cup Mile heroine Tepin is now the general 4-1 favourite for the Ascot curtain-raiser, having stretched her winning run to six in the Group 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile last Saturday.

Three of the next four in the betting – Limato, Toormore and Dutch Connection – could all meet in Saturday’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

 

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