After years in the wilderness without a creditable Investec Derby challenger, Godolphin look to have a horse capable of serving it up to Aidan O’Brien’s battalion at Epsom Downs on June 3 as Saeed bin Suroor issued a positive bulletin on the well-being of the Betfred Lingfield Derby Trial Best Solution.
Ridden by Pat Cosgrave in that event, the three-year-old son of Kodiac travelled kindly in behind the leaders early on in the extended one mile and three furlong contest before showing a decisive turn of foot at the two furlong pole to quicken away in taking fashion from his rivals.
The three-year-old eventually scored by an eased down three and a quarter-lengths at odds of 7/1, creating a favourable impression. The colt had previously run on two occasions on the dirt in Meydan over the winter, evidently not showing a liking for the surface. However, he showed that back on grass, he could be a pertinent Derby contender for the boys in blue and he is a general 10/1 shot for the Epsom Classic.
Bin Suroor is pleased with the colt who took part in a racecourse gallop at Chelmsford, commenting:
It was a nice bit of work, it was never meant to be a race. Best Solution has been a horse who has never shown much in the morning. But now, after his win at Lingfield, he is working very well. He is thriving.
The Godolphin handler could also saddle Dubai Thunder (20/1) who made a distinctive impression on the minds of many racing fans when scoring in a Newbury maiden earlier this month and Benbatl (25/1) who was an excellent third in the Dante at York.
He continued regarding Dubai Thunder:
This was only the second time in his life that he had been away to a racecourse, and he’s constantly learning. He’s come back from that experience very well.