Godolphin‘s Best Solution won his second Group One race on German soil in three weeks when grinding out victory in the 146th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-Baden.
Having struck at the top level at Hoppegarten last month, the four-year-old produced another big performance to give trainer Saeed bin Suroor a third win in the Baden-Baden showpiece.
Night Music made the running, with Roger Varian’s raider Defoe in second and Best Solution not far behind until the race hotted up in the final quarter-mile.
Best Solution went on, as Defoe and Iquitos ranged up on either side of him. Defoe – having his first start since the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May – was slightly outpaced briefly, leaving Iquitos as the main danger.
Best Solution saw him off, while Defoe rallied to take second place and get pretty close to the winner at the line.
Best Solution was cut to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne with Paddy Power.
Best Solution is looking to give Saeed bin Suroor a third German Group One win of the season in the 146th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-Baden on Sunday.
Bin Suroor may have not had much top-level success in Britain of late, but his record overseas still stands up to the closest scrutiny.
Best Solution has already won the Princess of Wales’s Stakes this year, as well as a Group One in Berlin, while Benbatl is another to have been successful for the stable on his travels.
Pat Cosgrave will be on board once more and the trainer is looking to see Best Solution book his place in the huge Godolphin contingent heading to Australia for the Caulfield Cup.
Roger Varian’s Defoe is also in the field.
“It will be an interesting race, as there are two nice horses from Germany in the contest, but Best Solution did a nice piece of work recently and is ready for this,” Bin Suroor told wwww.godolphin.com.
“He is set to go into quarantine on Thursday, September 13, for his trip to Australia.
“I am always trying to find the right races for my horses.
“You are always looking to place them in races that will bring them on for the future, and these German races have served that purpose, as well as providing very good prize money.”
Another impressive effort on the training track has Godolphin star Kementari in peak condition for his return to Melbourne in the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Having contended with Winx at his last start, the four-year-old colt runs into a field that is without the world-champion mare, but one that isn’t short of talent.
While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of his opposition, he is satisfied Kementari is in the right shape to add a second G1 title to his record.
“He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning,” Cummings said.
“Coming into this race he’s been really bright, he’s come out of his last run in sensational order.”
Having emerged as a potential top liner last spring, the son of Lonhro lived up to his promise last autumn as the top three-year-old colt in Australia, winning three races including the G1 Randwick Guineas.
His two runs this time in have produced a luckless second to Pierata in the G2 Missile Stakes over 1,200m and a fourth behind Winx in the G1 Winx Stakes over 1,400m at Randwick two weeks ago.
Cummings is as pleased as ever that the Kementari will run well, but he has appropriate respect for his opposition.
“There’s no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us,” Cummings said.
“I like the fact that he’s had experience at Caulfield, he’s handled the track, he’s trained very well and he’s gone forward with each run.
“So we’re looking forward to Saturday’s race and expecting a good performance.”