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Best Solution salutes in a thrilling Caulfield Cup

Mon, Oct 22, 10:29am by Staff Writer

Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) was a win for the internationals with Best Solution taking out the major, with three of the first four over the line trained overseas.

Best Solution and The Taj Mahal made a run for it from the 600m with Homesman chiming in on the turn and going head-to-head with Best Solution over the concluding stages; the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained five-year-old just hanging on to claim a second Group 1 victory from as many weeks for the Godolphin trainer and jockey Pat Cosgrave after they won the G1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) last week with Benbatl.

The winner, The Cliffsofmoher – who ran on well for third – and Youngstar are amongst a host of horses that will head straight to the Melbourne Cup with Best Solution’s connections awaiting a potential penalty for the Melbourne Cup after Saturday’s win. Godolphin have never won the ‘big one’ but with Best Solution and Avilius, they get a real chance this year.

Favourites not suited by the tempo

Race favourite Kings Will Dream and Youngstar weren’t suited by the muddling tempo of the Caulfield Cup but ran on to finish sixth and seventh respectively, Kings Will Dream suffering a laceration during the race with his next run – and maybe even the spring – to be confirmed.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott had a good day at Caulfield with two winners, Thinkin’ Big taking out the Group 3 Norm Robinson (2000m) by 3L and with that he jumped back to the top of G1 VRC Derby (2500m) betting. The colt was given a peach of a ride by Tim Clark and the race was never really in doubt, and while the Derby is Thinkin’ Big’s main aim, there is a possibility – albeit small – that he could line up in next week’s G1 Cox Plate (2040m), with a Melbourne Cup start also not completely off the cards.

Shumookh gave the Waterhouse/Bott team their second win after another good ride by Clark with Invincibella 1.75L away in second, Aloisia flashing home for third.

Verry Elleegant gave favourite backers a cheer after she took out the G3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) and she now tops the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) markets over stable mate Amphitrite while Ranier made up for his unlucky defeat last start, getting home in race two to record his first career victory.

Eduardo is getting a bit of a cult following with the lightly raced five-year-old gelding recording his third win yesterday from five career starts overall. His other two runs have resulted in two second placings – beaten by 0.2L & 0.4L.

Time to Reign impressive in the Kirkham Plate

Up in Sydney, Rachel King had a good day out notching up three wins after opening the day with an impressive victory on two-year-old Time to Reign – the half-brother to Golden Slipper winner,  She Will Reign.

The Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) was one of the features of the day and it was the Team Hawkes-trained Diplomatico scoring a big win. A winner of two of his three starts, it looks like he will now head to Flemington for the G1 Coolmore (1200m) – in what’s becoming a ‘the’ race for potential stallions.

Chris Waller was expected to win the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) after High Bridge opened a short-price favourite but stable mate Exoteric got the prize. Coming off a last start Port Macquarie Cup win he opened as much as $20 on Wednesday before being sensationally backed to challenge the stable mate for favouritism. In the end it was a comfortable win for Exoteric with Social Element – who finished third in the Port Macquarie Cup – the runner-up.

High Bridge never looked comfortable and at one point was 5L from the second last horse. Jockey Jason Collet stated post race, ‘Something is obviously not 100% right there’- which certainly didn’t ease the pain for punters who took the short quote.

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