Cosgrave suspended for Cup-winning ride

Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution will not have a Melbourne Cup penalty

Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution will not have a Melbourne Cup penalty

Best Solution has escaped a weight penalty for his bid to claim the coveted Cups double in Melbourne.

It came after weird scenes in the earlier Race 2, with Bricktop finishing first past the post despite jockey Jamie Mott falling off toward the start.

Godolphin continued a strong 2018 racing season with a victory by Best Solution in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

Best Solution is on the second line of betting at $9 for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 6.

"This horse has improved a lot this year, physically and mentally he's a better horse than ever".

"That's why I had confidence to send him to this race".

"I've had a few placings in the meantime, but it is never an easy race to win".

"Luckily when I saw him there close, I thought I'm sure he'll win".

Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor (left) congratulates jockey Pat Cosgrave.

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When The Taj Mahal charged to the lead approaching the 600m, Cosgrave set Best Solution alight to take over and, under 57.5kg, he kept running.

The betting had Kings Will Dream in favouritism just ahead of Youngstar and The Cliffsofmoher.

A decade after winning his first Caulfield Cup, Godolphin trainer Saaed bin Suroor has triumphed again with the global visitor producing a gutsy performance to take out the world's richest 2400 metre handicap on turf.

Bin Suroor has finished runner-up in the Melbourne Cup three times but confirmed Best Solution would be trying to break the losing run in the race that stretches back 20 years.

"Caulfield is just a great place", said Cosgrave, who now has seven Group 1s, including four this year. That was a pretty big day.

Homesman, for Liam Howley and with Ben Melham aboard, loomed up in the straight and looked like running down the victor but Best Solution battled on to take out the $5 million race.

He deflected credit to Godolphin supremo Sheikh Mohammed for deciding to campaign both Best Solution and Cox Plate second favourite Benbatl in Australia. I was last out of the gates.

"I had a bad draw, jumped slow and had to commit earlier than I should have".

"It was quick early for the first couple of furlongs, then they dawdled down to the 3f pole and that's why I kicked early - my horse is a good stayer".

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