Best Solution beats Homesman in the Caulfield Cup
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Best Solution gave Godolphin another top level success with a narrow victory in the Group One Stella Artois Caulfield Cup at Caulfield.

A field of 18 went to post for this 1 ½ mile handicap.

Much of the pace was set by Aces High and Sole Impact, with Best Solution sat just in behind these.

Approaching the end of the straight, The Taj Mahal made a daring move from the back of the field and was sent to the front, with Best Solution and Pat Cosgrave also going through.

Best Solution turned into the home straight in front from The Taj Mahal and Homesman, who had to come wide.

Homesman inched closer with every stride, but at the line, Best Solution still had his nostrils in front for a tight success, with The Cliffs Of Moher and Duretto staying on for third and fourth.

Best Solution has proved a real globetrotter for Saeed bin Suroor during 2018.

“I’ve got to give all credit to the horse,” Cosgrave said.

“I had a bad draw, jumped slowly and had to commit earlier than I should have. He was there to be beaten, but he’s so tough and genuine.

“I think anything is possible after today.”

Bin Suroor now has two Caulfield Cups following the success ten years ago of All The Good.

The trainer, who has won eight Group 1s across the world this year, paid tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for targeting the Caulfield Cup with Best Solution.

“It was his decision to send this horse to Australia, and it’s great to see Best Solution win the Caulfield Cup after winning two Group 1 races in Germany earlier this year,” he said.

Bin Suroor has finished runner-up in the Melbourne Cup three times, and confirmed Best Solution would be bidding to end the drought on Tuesday, 6 November.

“The Melbourne Cup is a very big race for us. It would be a dream to win it, and we will try,” he added.