Best Solution won his second Group One race on German soil in three weeks when grinding out victory in the 146th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-Baden.
Having struck at the top level at Hoppegarten last month, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old produced another big performance to give trainer Saeed bin Suroor a third win in the Baden-Baden showpiece.
Night Music made the running, with Roger Varian’s raider Defoe in second and Best Solution not far behind until the race hotted up in the final quarter-mile.
Best Solution went on, as Defoe and Iquitos ranged up on either side of him. Defoe – having his first start since the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May – was slightly outpaced briefly, leaving Iquitos as the main danger.
Best Solution saw him off, while Defoe rallied to take second place and get pretty close to the winner at the line.
Best Solution was cut to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne with Paddy Power.
Saeed bin Suroor said on the Godolphin website: “That was a very good performance by Best Solution. He battled well for today’s success.
“He has improved all through 2018 and we now plan to take him to Australia.
“He goes into quarantine on 13 September and will be aimed first at the Caulfield Cup and then hopefully the Melbourne Cup.”
Cosgrave added: “Best Solution is a horse who has really grown into himself this year.
“He has won his last three races after coming back from racing in Dubai.
“Best Solution toughed it out good in the closing stages, found plenty and fought well.”