Best of the bunch in Autumn
Jockey William Carson chose a good time to ride the biggest winner of his career as Best Solution took the Dubai 100 Autumn Stakes in the Godolphin silks.
Best Solution and William Carson come home clear to score in the Autumn Stakes.
With Sheikh Mohammed's entourage sponsoring the two-day meeting, it was important to try and get a winner on board for the operation and Saeed bin Suroor's colt stepped up on his fourth place at this track in the Tattersalls Somerville Stakes a fortnight earlier to take this.
The Mark Johnston-trained Montataire took the route that had seemed to work best against the stands' rail right from the start and got into a good position in front, but Carson's mount sat on his shoulder and struck for home over a furlong out.
From a less favourable draw, Paul Hanagan attempted to carve a route through the pack aboard the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Zainhom, but he raced green when coming under full pressure and Best Solution went on again to score by two lengths.
Favourite The Anvil, outpaced when the pace quickened, kept on for a respectable third without fully advertising the form of the Royal Lodge Stakes, in which he had finished second on his previous start.
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"It's great to day to do it – he's a horse that Saeed has thought a lot of and today he was impressive," said Godolphin boss John Ferguson. "He's seen out the race really, really well and he was strong at the finish, which bodes well for the future."
Carson added: "It's nice to be given these opportunities. He stayed on very well. They were always adamant that he'd stay the mile. The ground was perfect for him and he can only progress."
The winner could now be supplemented for next month's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Angus Gold, racing manager for Zainhom's owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised – I thought he ran a lovely race.
"He has a tendency to be a little bit keen and being drawn out wide, we ended up getting shuffled back, but he came through his rivals well.
"It looked like he was unbalanced in the dip. He's a big, heavy horse and this is not necessarily the most likely track for him.
"He's done it the right way on only his third run."
O'Brien said of The Anvil: "I'm very happy with the run. We'll probably leave him this year and start him off again next year as he's plenty of experience now. He will stay much further and we're very happy with him."
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