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Bin Suroor appears to have Best Solution for Caulfield Cup

27/09/2018
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TWO SUCCESSIVE Group One successes in Germany have further bolstered Best Solution trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s belief that he is shaping up well as he prepares for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne. Best Solution won a second straight Group One in Germany when running on well to defy challengers in the Grosser Preis von Baden over 2400m at Baden-Baden. It followed on from his victory in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten three weeks earlier. This has set up the improving 4yo Kodiac colt for an Australian challenge, starting with the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on 20 October. The Group 1 Melbourne Cup on 6 November remains a possibility for Best Solution who was fifth in this year’s running of the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

Ridden by Pat Cosgrave at Baden-Baden, Best Solution broke well and settled in third among a group of seven runners. He led briefly before being headed by Iquitos and then responded well to regain the lead inside the final furlong. Best Solution then had to shrug off a late challenge from Defoe and he eventually won by a neck, with Iquitos another half a length back in third. Saeed bin Suroor said: “That was a very good performance by Best Solution. “It was his second Group One win in Germany this year and he battled well for today’s success. He has improved all through 2018 and we now plan to take him to Australia. “He will be aimed first at the Caulfield Cup and then hopefully the Melbourne Cup.” Jockey Cosgrave added:

“Best Solution is a horse who has really grown into himself this year. “He has won his last three races after coming back from racing in Dubai. Best Solution toughed it out good in the closing stages, found plenty and fought well.” Saeed bin Suroor is no stranger to the Caulfield Cup having won the race ten years back with All The Good. And the Emirati handler is keen for a second helping with Best Solution. “Do I think he can win a Caulfield or Melbourne Cup? They are very tough races, I know that from experience,” he said. “Best Solution has won a Group Two in the UK, the Princess of Wales’ Stakes at Newmarket, and now two Group Ones in Germany. The best part of those wins is that he has improved a lot this year. He is in great form.” Bin Suroor also doesn’t think Best Solution needs a prep race in Melbourne before the Caulfield Cup. “We’ll see whether he needs it. He runs well fresh, so it’s not a priority,” he added.

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