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G1 Railway Stakes second for Best Of Days

Mike Hedge

A second G1 victory has narrowly evaded Best Of Days in Saturday’s Railway Stakes at Ascot in Perth, Western Australia.

The former UK-trained runner who recorded the best result of his career in the G1 Cantala Stakes in Melbourne last spring appeared to be set for success with 100m to run, only to be cut down in the final few strides by the local galloper Regal Power.

Best Of Days had drawn awkwardly in his latest test, but a brilliant ride from Brad Rawiller had him perfectly placed after 100m of the 1,600m race.

Turning for home, Rawiller and Best Of Days worked into the clear, joining the lead at the 200m and hitting the front soon after.

Best Of Days was the winner of the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket when trained by Hugo Palmer and has raced 14 times in Australia winning a G3 event as well as his G1.