11th June 2020 Best Of Days, Gaulois make strong G3 challenge at Eagle Farm
A change to his race day gear, a switch in distance and inherent natural ability can come together to provide Best Of Days with a return to winning form in Saturday’s G3 Eagle Farm Mile.
In a race that offers one of the last chances to grab a Stakes success before the Australian season ends on Friday, 31 July, Best Of Days (Robbie Fradd) is joined by Gaulois (Brad Stewart) who is capable of providing more than good company to his stablemate.
A G1 winner in Australia and a G2 winner in England, Best Of Days has paid the price for his good early form, being asked to carry big weights in many of his races since he won the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington in the spring of 2018.
While a victory is missing from his record over the 18 months since that success, he has maintained a level of form that keeps him in the picture.
His trainer James Cummings believes the six-year-old has more going for him in Brisbane on Saturday than at his recent starts in Sydney.
“As a G1 winner he’s well placed under these conditions in this company,” Cummings said.
“We’re switching him back to a mile and putting the blinkers back on - we’re very keen to see him win again.”
At his latest outing, Best Of Days finished third to Another Dollar and Ilwendo in Listed company over 2,000m at Randwick and he drops back to 1,600m here.
“He’s had a nice trial to keep him ticking over after running a good race at Randwick four weeks ago,” the trainer said.
“He slid up well in the trial and I feel that coming back to this trip with the blinkers gives him every chance of returning to winning ways.”
Gaulois shapes as a good back-up to his stable companion thanks to his consistency and an ability to handle all track conditions.
“He’s far better off at the weights here than at his past few. He drops four kilos on his last run and he’d been very consistent before that,” Cummings said.
“His third behind Cascadian in the Doncaster Prelude is very good form and he was narrowly beaten under 60.5kg at the Sunshine Coast at his last run and meets the horse that beat him on much better terms."
“We’ve kept him fit in the meantime, mixing things up with him between races, and he’s certainly capable of presenting himself as a winning chance.”
“One of the great things about him is that a soft track won’t soften his chances.”
The Godolphin pair is opposed by last Saturday’s G1 Stradbroke third placegetter Niccanova and the in-form locals Victory Eight and Silvera.