Gleneagles can confirm his position as the champion three-year-old miler in Europe by adding the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to his victories in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas tomorrow.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge blitzed to victory at Newmarket when having his favoured fast ground and then showed he had resolution to match his class when overcoming slower conditions to double up at the Curragh.
His win over Endless Drama on his home soil may not have impressed everyone but with the going likely to be in his favour in Berkshire, the real Gleneagles should be seen.
It is likely to be a real test, however, as he is being taken on by Make Believe. Connections of the Andre Fabre-trained colt sportingly stumped up the cash to supplement the French 2000 Guineas winner for this race.
It will not be a two-horse either, with the unexposed Consort an intriguing contender, but Gleneagles looks a class apart.
The cream of the older milers are gathered for what promises to be a vintage renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes.
While having the greatest respect for Hong Kong ace Able Friend and last year’s 2000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder, this looks the right opportunity for Solow to continue his rise.
Meanwhile, it was another good weekend for Leeds owner Andy Taylor as his horse Line of Reason won the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.
Paul Mulrennan brought the Paul Midgley-trained five-year-old with a well-timed challenge on the wide outside to hit the front in the final half-furlong.
Line Of Reason (4-1) shrugged off Ardhoomey to take the Listed prize by two and a quarter lengths. Russian Soul was third with Line Of Reason’s stablemate Monsieur Joe – also owned by Taylor – fourth.