Best Solution will head for the Lexus Melbourne Cup in great heart after a tremendous performance in winning the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt was landing his third Group One event in a row and dug very deep to just prevail from Homesman in the tightest of photo finishes.
Given a superb ride by Pat Cosgrave, the Godolphin-owned runner found things against him from the start, missing the break from his wide draw, but was coolly manoeuvred into a good position.
Kicking rounding the turn with two furlongs to run, Cosgrave’s mount answered every call as the challengers loomed large, and got the verdict by a short head.
The Cliffsofmoher (Cliffs Of Moher) was third for Aidan O’Brien, with the Andrew Balding-trained Duretto fourth.
Bin Suroor, who teamed up with Cosgrave to win the Ladbrokes Stakes with Benbatl last weekend, told Racing.com: “It was Sheikh Mohammed’s decision to send him to Australia after he won two Group Ones in Germany and it is a brilliant result for him.
“The horse is doing good and the Melbourne Cup is a big race, it’s another dream for us, but we will try.”
Know more about Sport360 Application
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor believes Best Solution has improved this year as he prepares to tackle the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
The four-year-old has won all three of his races since the Meydan Carnival, twice at Group One level in Germany.
Bin Suroor has made a good start to the Spring Carnival Down Under, with Benbatl setting up a crack at Winx in the Cox Plate when winning the Group One Ladbrokes Stakes last weekend.
“I’m happy with Best Solution and how he has settled in to his new surroundings,” Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.
“The 2,400 metres (12 furlongs) of the Caulfield Cup is a big positive for him.
“He is a multiple Group One winner in Germany, who also won the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes on the July Course at Newmarket.
“He has improved this year, and I am very pleased with the way he has been finishing off his races.
“He’s ready to go.”
Omar Abdulaziz Al Marzouqi made history as he sealed the UAE’s first-ever Youth Olympic Games medal when he won silver in the show jumping event.
Al Marzouqi finished second in Buenos Aires, behind champion Giacomo Casadei of Italy and ahead of Honduras’ Pedro Espinosa.
Al Marzouqi ded
“I take this opportunity to convey my thanks and appreciation to the H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces,” he said.
“Thanks are also due to the UAE rulers and crown princes for their unlimited support that always gives us the motivation to achieve the best results at all international forums.
“I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the National Olympic Committee, steered by H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for its support to UAE citizens in all sporting events. Thanks to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Ha
From hula hooping and mini football to giant chess and darts boards - there’s plenty to keep the athletes entertained in the Youth Olympic Village! Take a quick look around... 👀⏩🎦 #YouthOlympics #BuenosAires2018 pic.twitter.com/QzEvHGjJAW— Youth Olympic Games (@youtholympics) October 13, 2018
He added: “The competition was not easy. 30 riders from 30 different countries took part in the showjumping events. It was a huge pressure and challenge to all riders. Most riders were from leading schools in the game, and the form was praised by attendants.
“I have done my best in the team events, but was unlucky. But thanks God, I made the difference in the individual event and bagging the silver medal, the first in the history of the UAE participation in these youth games. I consider it just a beginning for more to come in the summer Olympic Games in the name of the UAE.”
Abdul Aziz Al Marzouqi, the coach of the UAE national showjumping team was thrilled with the first UAE achievement.
“I congratulate our leaders on this unique achievement of the talented rider Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi, the youngest rider in the completion and the second youngest rider in the Games. Omar exhibited his talents in no uncertain terms against the top competitors from the world over,” he said.
“He led the individual events most of the time, but the Italian rider managed to clinch the gold medal as he was a late participant and has a better chance. Ultimately our efforts were rewarded with themedal for our country which has spared no effort to support us.”
“Taking part in the second strongest Olympic Games for youngsters and making such an achievement is indicative of genuine talents of this budding talent. We have gained a lot of experience which was culminated by a medal and raising the flag of the nation. I would wish to thank Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bintHa