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Strong performance earns another G1 placing for Best Of Days

Mike Hedge

A courageous effort to finish third in Saturday’s Kingstown Town Classic at Ascot in Perth has earned Best Of Days his second G1 placing in as many starts.

The former English galloper produced a typically strong effort to come from midfield at the 400m to be pushing between runners on the line to hold the minor placing behind Kay Cee and Gailo Chop.

Best Of Days had previously finished second in the G1 Railway Stakes at Ascot two weeks ago having raced well in Melbourne at his previous two starts, including a luckless fifth in the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington, a race he won in 2018.

From his inside gate, Best Of Days took his time to get going and had more than half of the 16-runner field in front of him at the 900m point of the 1,800m race.

Jockey Brad Rawiller found some inside runs coming to the turn, but the six-year-old was always crowded for room and was severely checked just short of the line, although the incident had no bearing on the result.

Best Of Days was the winner of the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes for trainer Hugo Palmer in England and has won three races since shipping to Australia.