Dubai World Cup news: Solow ‘all systems go’ for Dubai after Prix Montjeu win

Geoffrey Riddle reports on the global horse racing happenings in the lead up to Dubai World Cup night.

Solow, ridden by Maxime Guyon, shown winning the Dubai Turf at last year's Dubai World Cup. Pawan Singh / The National / March 28, 2015
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Solow is on course for the Dubai Turf at Meydan on World Cup night after his troubled success at Chantilly last week.

Solow showed he still had all of his verve when he accumulated his tenth successive win in the Prix Montjeu in France on Thursday, but had to overcome significant traffic problems before running out an impressive winner.

The grey gelding will now ship to Dubai where he will defend his title in the $6 million (Dh22m) Dubai Turf.

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“He’s come out of the race very well,” Head said yesterday. “The horse showed in the race that he was in good shape.

“It’s all systems go for Dubai. As for the opposition, we will have to see.”

Solow will not have to contend with The Grey Gatsby, who he beat by four and a quarter lengths 12 months ago.

The fellow grey was ruled out of the 1800-metre contest by trainer Kevin Ryan this week as World Cup night on March 26 has come too soon for him.

Solow is set to face Godolphin’s Tryster, who put in a spellbinding performance at Meydan in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta on Saturday.

In Australia crack turf sprinter Buffering warmed up for his trip to Meydan with a hit out at Eagle Farm under big-race rider Damien Browne.

Buffering is attempting to become the second Australian winner of the 1,000-metre turf sprint after Ortensia in 2012.

“He gave me a great feel and was able to stretch out on that track,” Browne told “We’ve got a couple of weeks to tighten up but I am happy where he is at right now. “

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