Godolphin‘s Fine Needle romped to a second consecutive win at the G2 Centaur Stakes at Hanshin in Japan on Sunday.
The five-year-old Admire Moon horse, trained by Yoshitada Takahashi, was held up in mid-division of the 15-strong field.
He started to improve a furlong and half out and came with a strong run on the outside to lead with almost half a furlong to go.
Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin in Japan, said: “Fine Needle won really well.
“The trainer has been very happy with the horse and now Fine Needle will target the G1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama later this month”.
Fine Needle is already a G1 winner, having won Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo in March.
A harbinger that the excitement of live racing is right around the corner in Dubai.
The Racing in Dubai September 2018 Sale will be held by the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 17:00 within the Saddling Enclosure of Meydan Racecourse.
Viewing of the 44 lots of racing age will take place September 18 and 19, from 07:30-09:00 and 16:00-17:30 on each day, at Meydan Quarantine (NOFA Stables).
Past graduates of the Racing in Dubai Sales include 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival winners Raven’s Corner, Janszoon and Drafted; the first two of whom went on to compete on Dubai World Cup night just five months ago.
The 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, as previously released, has received a 12 percent purse boost, while the Dubai World Cup meeting (March 30, 2019) is now worth a record US $35 million.
Pedigrees now available for the 44 carefully selected lots in the Racing in Dubai September 2018 Sale, sponsored by @ABE_Dubai, held @MeydanRacing (lot 31 African Jazz withdrawn).https://t.co/t9LsFtcQRH pic.twitter.com/gy6VxUZAMH— ERA (@RacingEra) September 2, 2018
Sparkling pedigrees will be up for acquisition, including Lindberg, a lightly raced, winning sibling to Grade 3 winner Imperia and son of Medaglia d’Oro and Chilean Horse of the Year Cocoa Beach, as well as Flag Festival, a winning son of New Approach and multiple classic-winning Blue Bunting.
A pair of winning, in-tact sophomore sons of world-class sire Dubawi, Hipster Boy and George Villiers, also highlight the sale alongside proven commodities like multiple winners Brave Hero, Pouvoir Magique and Ode to Autumn.
Other global star stallions with progeny in the sale include Bernardini, Exceed and Excel, Shamardal, Elusive Quality, Cape Cross, Redoute’s Choice and Distorted Humor.
Prospective purchasers can view the full list of 44 lots and obtain further information via the Emirates Racing Authority website, www.emiratesracing.com, or register for the sale by contacting Syed Ashraf on [email protected]
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.