It is 10 years since Saeed bin Suroor sent out Godolphin’s G1 Caulfield Cup winner All The Good, but the long-serving trainer believes he could have another to repeat that noteworthy achievement.
In winning the 146th running of the G1 Grosser Preis Von Baden at Iffezheim on Sunday, Best Solution displayed all the attributes required to win the famous 2,400m handicap, which in terms of tradition and prestige sits only behind the G1 Melbourne Cup in Australian racing.
Speed to take up a handy position, and the ability to hold it, are the essentials to win a Caulfield Cup, but so too is stamina to run the distance right out. Best Solution has shown he has all those factors going for him.
“Do I think he can win a Caulfield or Melbourne Cup? They are very tough races, I know that from experience,” Saeed said.
“Best Solution has won a G2 in the UK (Newmarket’s Princess Of Wales’s Stakes) and now two G1s in Germany. The best part of those wins is that he has improved a lot this year. He is in great form,” the trainer added.
Best Solution 🏇 4yo c, Kodiac - Al Andalyya (Kingmambo) won the Gr.1 146. Longines Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden 🇩🇪— Ernur İnanç (@ErnurInanc) September 2, 2018
Bred by Family McCracken
Owned by Godolphin @godolphin
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor
Ridden by Patrick Cosgrave pic.twitter.com/6SbgsNX4Od
A notable feature of Sunday’s win was that Best Solution began well enough to take up the ‘box seat,’ third on the inside rail — previously, he had been slow away and last early when winning a G1 at Hoppegarten.
He has made marked improvement since his three-year-old days when he managed a win in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial finished eighth in the G1 Derby at Epsom.
Since returning to Newmarket from Al Quoz in Dubai, Best Solution has won all three of his starts and is clearly thriving. He is scheduled to start quarantine for Australia next week.
It is interesting that All The Good came to Caulfield off the back of a win in the Newburgh Handicap at Newbury, a race that was effectively a substitute for the 2008 Ebor, which had been abandoned because Knavesmire was unraceable that year.
The question now is whether Best Solution will have a prep race in Melbourne before the Caulfield Cup. “We’ll see whether he needs it,” Saeed said. “He runs well fresh, so it is not a priority,” he added.
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.”