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Best Solution confirms Melbourne Cup credentials at Caulfield as Crowley outlines Muntahaa mission

Pat Cosgrave riding Best Solution defeats Ben Melham riding Homesman in the Caulfield Cup.

Best Solution shot up the betting for the Melbourne Cup, following a narrow victory in a thrilling renewal of the Caulfield Cup in the early hours of the morning.

After coming out of the draw with a favourable gate, Pat Cosgrave managed to grab a nice early position on Best Solution, stalking the early pacesetter. Rounding the bend, Saeed Bin Suroor’s colt set out for home, with The Taj Mahal setting out in hot pursuit. Carrying the silks of last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Reklindling, Homesman began to bridge the gap with the leader and it was only on the bob of the head that Liam Howley’s colt was denied a brilliant victory.

Sadly, for the home contingent packed into the stands, it was Godolphin who got the victory and a jubilant Cosgrave was immediately swarmed by the press. 

"I’ve been worse places." Cosgrave began in typically cheeky fashion. "There’s nothing wrong with coming halfway across the world and winning a five-million-dollar race."

"He completely missed the gate, but Saeed was adamant he had to be in the first four or five and he was right. I had to work really hard to get there."

"At the furlong pole I thought I might have gone too soon, but he toughed it out. He’s a tough horse, he stays well and knows how to win. He doesn’t like getting beaten."

A 33/1 shot before the race, Best Solution was slashed into 12/1 fifth-favouritism for next month’s Melbourne Cup by William Hill. Runner-up Homesman was clipped into 16s from 20s by William Hill, with Andrew Balding’s Duretto – who ran on nicely to claim fourth at Caulfield – moving in from 50s to 20/1.

Backing for Best Solution and Duretto meant that British and Irish raiders now occupy nine of the top 15 slots in the betting for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Alongside Duretto and Marmelo on odds of 20/1 we find Muntahaa, who was last seen winning the Ebor for John Gosden. Nakeeta ran a good race at Flemington after winning the Melbourne Cup and Jim Crowley, who rode Muntahaa to victory at York, has confirmed he will be making the trip down-under to renew that partnership.

"I (will) ride Muntahaa in the Melbourne Cup." Crowley said in his blog with Coral. "He’s over in Australia already. The Ebor has been a very good trial for the Melbourne Cup, and he won the Ebor well. He’s a Group horse and a highly talented one at that."

"He’s a big strong horse who will be able to hold his own round there, and he’s got form from a mile and a half up to two miles."

"I’m planning to head over early to ride at some of the meetings in the lead up to Melbourne Cup day and then also in the earlier races on the card. For a race of this calibre you really need to cover all bases."

European horses dominated last year’s Melbourne Cup, filling five of the top six places, with only Darren Weir’s Big Duke good enough to get involved. The betting suggests similar dominance for Europe is expected, but as we all know with “the race that stops the nation”, anything can happen at Flemington.

*Current Melbourne Cup betting with William Hill*
7/1 Yucatan Ire, 8/1 Withhold, 9/1 Avilius, Cross Counter, Magic Circle, 12/1 Best Solution, 14/1 Latrobe, The Cliffsofmoher, 16/1 Homesman, Rostropovich, 20/1 Muntahaa, Youngstar, Tosen Basil, Marmelo, Duretto, 33/1 Bar


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Best Solution confirms Melbourne Cup credentials at Caulfield as Crowley outlines Muntahaa mission

Best Solution shot up the betting for the Melbourne Cup, following a narrow victory in a thrilling renewal of the Caulfield Cup in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 20th October.

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