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Solution heading to Australia




Best Solution proved just why he is so highly thought of by Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor as he won the feature race on the opening day of the July Festival at Newmarket.

ALL SMILES: Saeed Bin Suroor
ALL SMILES: Saeed Bin Suroor

The son of Kodiac, who had previously placed in a Group 1 overseas, edged out the favourite Mirage Dancer to emerge victorious in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes.

The four-year-old has entries for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Irish St Leger, with Godolphin trainer Bin Suroor revealing the Melbourne Cup could also be on the agenda.

“He has improved physically and has been working really well,” he said. “I am looking for a Group 1 for him, possibly overseas, including Australia where he could be a Melbourne Cup horse.

“Horses that do well over a mile-and-a-quarter or mile-and-a-half often do well in that race.

“He has been placed in Group 1s abroad so hopefully he can get his head in front in one soon.”

While Best Solution was always considered to be among the leading contenders ahead of his outing, from the outside at least, the same could not be said of Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Naval Intelligence.

The son of War Front was sent off as a 33-1 shot in the Listed Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes, but he made a mockery of those odds, scoring by one-and-a-half lengths under John Egan.

“We are thinking big, races like the Cox Plate and Arlington Million are on the radar next year,” said the Newmarket trainer.