A second Group One victory narrowly evaded Best Of Days in last 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 Group 1 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 runner Regal Power. Best Of Days was drawn awkwardly in this latest test, but a brilliant ride from Brad Rawiller had him perfectly placed after 100m of the 1600m race.
Turning for home, Rawiller and Best Of Days worked into the clear, joining the lead at the 200m mark and hitting the front soon after, only to heartbreakingly be denied close home. Best Of Days was the winner of the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket when trained by Hugo Palmer and has since raced 14 times in Australia, winning a Group Three event as well as his aforementioned Group One.