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Melbourne could be Best Solution for Godolphin winner


With the Epsom Derby safely secured for Godolphin, in the blue silks, after many years of trying, the Melbourne Cup could be the next major prize in the sights of Sheikh Mohammed’s global operation. That is certainly what Saeed bin Suroor is thinking anyway, with Australia’s most famous race a potential destination for the 1m4f Group 2 Princess of Wales’s winner Best Solution. Bin Suroor said: “He’s a horse for 1m4f and further abroad. We’ll see how he comes out of this but I think he could be a horse for Australia.

Horses with form over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half do well there, and I would like to go for the Melbourne Cup with him. “The ground today wasn’t really what he wants as it was fast ground and he’d rather have good to soft. He was training really well coming into this race and he’d progressed physically from last year. “I will talk to Sheikh Mohammed about the King George or the Irish St Leger for him.” An imposing 4yo son of Kodiac, Best Solution, a Meydan winner in February of this year and twice victorious in Group Three company, has finished second in Group One company on two occasions and, once sent to the front over a furlong out by Pat Cosgrave, never looked likely to be headed.

Just over half an hour later the Godolphin blue silks were back in the winner’s enclosure when Lover’s Knot landed the 6f juvenile fillies’ maiden under William Buick for Charlie Appleby. Runner-up on her only previous outing, over the same course and distance a fortnight earlier, the homebred daughter of Invincible Spirit is a half-sister to Blair House, victorious in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta on Super Saturday. Sent straight to the front, she was never headed and ran on too strongly for Handmaiden, on whom Frankie Dettori was sporting Sheikh Mohammed’s old maroon and white silks, now carried on horses owned by his daughter whose runners race under the moniker HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing.

Advertise promotes Classic credentials

SPORTING the increasingly successful Phoenix Thoroughbred silks, Frankie Dettori enjoyed a seemingly armchair ride aboard Advertise who was far too good for his seven rivals in the 6f Group 2 July Stakes, the juvenile feature on the first day of the prestigious July meeting at Newmarket. Runner-up to the excing Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Advertise was sent off favourite to uphold that form, and he did so comfortably under Dettori with a smooth two length success.

Approaching the Dip it was obvious Dettori was on the best horse and the pair quickened away nicely, leaving trainer, Martyn Meade, to contemplate loftier targets. Cutting a relaxed figure in the sunkissed winner’s enclosure, Meade said: “The way he did it was fantastic. Frankie gave him a great ride and gave him time to get into his stride; he’s a big 2yo. “He cooperates with you all the time and he put it to bed pretty convincingly. He’s a straightforward horse and hopefully we’ll be able to step up in distance. We were tossing up whether to go for the 7f Superlative Stakes on Saturday as I think he would benefit from an extra furlong and we have some options now.”

The Dewhurst was mentioned as a target for later in the year, and beyond that next season’s 2000 Guineas appears a realistic destination. When asked whether the son of Showcasing could be a Classic contender, Meade replied in the affirmative. “We’ll look forward to his 3yo career, I think he should be a Guineas horse and certainly, at this stage, it’s an option.” Having partnered Calyx at Royal Ascot, Dettori, who was winning the race for a fifth time, is well placed to size up the respective colts, and was impressed by Advertise. “He quickened really well and has a good mind to him. He won cosily,” Dettori said after performing his trademark flying dismount. “I said to Martyn he’s not slow and he could stick to six but he switches off and I wouldn’t be scared at all by seven furlongs.”

Farhh Goes Well over farther

TIM EASTERBY is not the most flamboyant of trainers but, not one to call a goose a swan, is always worth listening to, especially when enthusing about one of his charges. And that was exactly the case after Wells Farhh Go, beneficiary of a superb ride from David Allan in the colours of owner Alan Heley, was never headed in the 1m5f Group 3 Bahrain Trophy, a recognised St Leger trial for 3yos. Representing the first crop of Darley sire Farhh, he won both his juvenile starts but met with defeat on his previous two outings this year. This was a victory for patience, with Easterby having to bide his time and wait, and then wait some more, for Wells Farhh Go to truly come to himself after below par runs in the Dante and at Royal Ascot. He said: “We had a little trouble going into York when he hadn’t come to himself and then we were thinking about the Derby but he wasn’t right so we couldn’t run him. It’s hard and it’s not always what you want to do but you just have to wait.

He’s getting there now. “It’s all well and good saying the Guineas is here and the Derby is here, or whatever, but if the horse isn’t right then you can’t run. It’s as simple as that. We don’t want to ask him to do something he can’t do. “He’s a proper horse and he has class. I was never worried about the ground as it’s beautiful out there; if your horse can’t run on that then you’re in trouble. He’ll go for the Great Voltigeur and we were thinking about Goodwood too for the Gordon Stakes, but we might have to have another think. September and the St Leger has always been what his year’s been about.”


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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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