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Best Solution gains first G1 success in Grosser Preis Von Berlin


Best Solution gained the first G1 success of his career when landing the 12-furlong Grosser Preis Von Berlin at Hoppegarten, Germany, on Sunday, 12 August.

The four-year-old colt, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Pat Cosgrave, was slowly into his stride leaving the stalls and was settled at the rear of the seven-strong field in the early part of the race.

As the field entered the straight with two and a half furlongs to race, he was asked for an effort and made progress into third position entering the final furlong. 

Best Solution ran on courageously and took the lead well inside the last half-furlong. He ran on strongly to score by a neck from Sound Check in 2m 29.35s with Royal Youmzain another half-length back in third. The ground was described as Good. 

Saeed bin Suroor said: “Best Solution was a bit slowly away but Pat looked after him all the way in the race.

“Entering the final furlong, the horse really quickened up well when Pat asked him to and he has won well in the end. 

“Best Solution deserved to win a G1 race. He beat some good horses when he won the G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket last time and had been in good form at home following that success. 

“An option for him now could be to go to Australia for the Caulfield Cup (G1, 12f, 12 October) and the Melbourne Cup (G1, 2m, 6 November). We will talk to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and he will make the decision.

“We have now won two G1 races in Germany in two weeks (Benbatl landed the Grosser Dallmayr Preis on 29 July) and that is a good result for us.”