Godolphin second string proves perfect Solution for Bin Suroor
Godolphin won the St Simon Stakes, but not with the horse the market expected as second string Best Solution flew past favourite Frontiersman with a furlong and a half to run and powered away for an easy success.
The Lingfield Derby Trial pulled a length and three-quarters clear of 5-1 shot Raheen House under Pat Cosgrave, with Danehill Kodiac a further length and a half adrift in third.
Frontiersman faded tamely to live up to the disappointing tag he has earned since chasing Highland Reel home in the Coronation Cup, with just a Listed win to his name in five starts since.
But while one of Godolphin's leading lights dimmed further at the end of a long season, one that had failed to shine for most of the summer rediscovered his glow.
"Best Solution is a solid Group 2 horse who didn't like the quick ground in the Derby, which set him back a bit," said Tommy Burns, travelling manager to Bin Suroor.
"He went abroad, but the ground was against him but it was soft today – the same as when he won the Lingfield Derby Trial. I think he'll go to Dubai now."
Cosgrave added: "Best Solution won the Lingfield Derby Trial and ran in the Derby, but the ground was too quick. He's been highly campaigned and this ground is key to him."
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