• Ian Ender


SOLOHEADBEG. 30 April 2016 Exelebration-Quirtis Owner-

Soloheadbeg is a recent arrival from the Irish yard of Henry De Bromhead. He arrives at the yard having had nine races to date, four on the flat and five over hurdles.He is an extremely well bred horse, being out of an unraced Galileo mare, who has produced five racecourse representatives to date, including Sir Erec, a Group 1 performer for Aiden O'Brien on the flat, and the winner of the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Leopardstown for Joseph O'Brien in 2019. His sire Excelebration was unlucky to be born in the same year as Frankel, but still was the winner of two Group 1 races.

Soloheadbeg made his debut in September 2018 over one mile at Listowel in heavy ground, finishing 10th of the 11 runners. There was no initial promise at Limerick a month later when dropped back to seven furlongs. After a gelding operation he returned as a three year old in March 2019, over an extended 10 furlongs, on the all weather at Dundalk, but trailed in last of the eight. He was back at Dundalk in April, running in his first handicap from a mark of 52, stepping up to 12 furlongs, he was beaten six and a half lengths in to seventh place, when coming under pressure from three furlongs out.

That was Soloheadbeg's last run on the level to date, as his five other runs for the De Bromhead yard were over hurdles.He made his juvenile hurdles debut at Gowran Park in October, making a little late headway to finish a 39 lengths third. Over a half furlong further at Galway three weeks later, and ridden for the first time by Rachael Blackmore he finished well down the field in sixth place. His best run to date came at Tipperary in June on good to yielding ground, when keeping on to finish fourth, beaten by six and three quarter lengths. It was a backward step at Bellewstown eight days later, when weakening quickly for a well beaten eighth placing, and on his most recent start at Tramore in July in first time cheek pieces, and in his fisrt handicap hurdle, from a mark of 104, he weakened quickly from three out over two miles and five furlongs.

Soloheadbeg is a well bred horse, who is still very lightly raced, and has been bought as a dual purpose performer.

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