Saeed bin Suroor has nominated Best Solution as the Godolphin colt to have derived most benefit from his prep race and subsequent work in the run up to Saturday’s G1 Investec Derby at Epsom.
Benbatl has also completed his Derby preparation with a pleasing final hit-out on Newmarket’s Limekilns that left the trainer confident he could give a good account of himself in the Classic.
Lingfield Derby Trial winner Best Solution travelled to Chelmsford, Essex, on Saturday for a training spin on the Polytrack in the company of fellow Derby contender and stablemate Dubai Thunder, an exercise that he completed with conspicuous ease.
Best Solution (ridden by Neil Pollard) galloped a mile and a quarter with Dubai Thunder (Kieren Fallon), taken along by lead horse Youmkin, and the son of Kodiac was reportedly doing slightly the better than his less experienced companion in the closing stages.
“It was a nice bit of work, it was never meant to be a race,” Bin Suroor explained.
“Best Solution has been a horse, who has never shown much in the morning. But now, after his win at Lingfield, he is working very well. He is thriving.”
Bin Suroor hinted that Dubai Thunder, who will be having only his second start when lining up for the Derby, was rapidly making up for lost time.
“This was only the second time in his life that he had been away to a racecourse, and he’s constantly learning. He’s come back from that experience very well,” the trainer added.
Benbatl, who completes the trio of Godolphin colts for Epsom, galloped on the Limekilns at Newmarket on Monday. He was ridden in his work by Chris Catlin.
“I’m happy the way he has come out of the G2 Dante at York. He’s sound and healthy,” Bin Suroor said.
“The Derby is the biggest race in the world, and consequently it is hard to win. The track at Epsom is very difficult. Not many can handle it.
“The three we run this year are not big horses. They are medium size, and this gives them a better chance,” he added.