"He Should Have Got Beat." Caulfield Cup Winning Jockey's Utter Disbelief
Best Solution has won the 2018 Caulfield Cup.
And what a win. The five-year-old horse drew wide in barrier 17, and jockey Pat Cosgrave admitted he thought he'd made the horse do too much work to get near the lead.
He was even five-deep in the 18-horse field at one stage.
"I had to work so hard to be where I wanted to be," the visiting Northern Irishman said immediately after the race.
"He should have got beat."
But he didn't.
In a stirring struggle down the Caulfield straight, Best Solution held off Homesman and The CliffsofMoher for the narrowest of victories.
The winner started at odds of $12 -- a very generous price in hindsight considering the horse had won its three previous starts in Europe over the 2400m distance of the Caulfield Cup.
In fact, if you're a punter and you backed one of the other overseas raiders, you probably are asking yourself just one question: why?
It's the second Caulfield Cup win for Saeed Bin Suroor, the Dubai-based head trainer of the Godolphin Stable which has won races all over the world. The stable previously won this race with All The Good in 2008.
The winner is now fourth favourite in early betting markets for the Melbourne Cup on November 6.
The current Melbourne Cup favourite is Yucatan, the Irish-trained galloper which won last week at Caulfield but bypassed today's race to stay fresh for the Big One.