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20/9/2019 Another G1 target in sight for Best Of Days

The proven G1 performer Best of Days and the up-and-coming Deprive head a Godolphin team that possesses strong prospects at Caulfield on Saturday.

The pair appear in the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, a race that offers conditions to suit both horses.

As the highest-ranked runner in the race, Best Of Days (Dean Yendall) has obvious claims that are enhanced by a G3 victory at Caulfield last spring, his crowning effort in the G1 Cantala Stakes and two promising runs this time in.

“This could be the most winnable 1,400m race he’s raced in with only one last-start winner entered,” Cummings pointed out.

“He went to Caulfield on Tuesday morning and the reports were that he worked beautifully."

“I’d like to think this will set him up for another G1 in the Toorak or the Epsom.”

Deprive (Rachel King) comes into the race off a last-start second at Moonee Valley that followed five successive victories.

“He’s earned the right to run in a good race like this,” Cummings said.

“He was beaten at Moonee Valley by an amazing performance by The Inevitable. I can see him storming to the line.”

The G1 contenders will be backed up by Etymology (Ben Melham) who runs in the G3 MRC Foundation Cup and Manicure who runs in the G3 How Now Stakes.

Etymology raced in the best form of his career last preparation and a most encouraging third at the second run of his current campaign suggested he has returned in similar order.

Victory in Saturday’s race, formerly the Naturalism Stakes, includes an exemption from the Caulfield Cup ballot. Should he come through Saturday’s race in good order he could then seek a Melbourne Cup exemption by winning the G3 Bart Cummings at Flemington next month.

“He’s appreciated the drier tracks and has performed really well after a long and successful campaign when last in work,” Cummings said.

Manicure runs in the G3 How Now Stakes with Cummings looking to earn Black Type in the wide selection of fillies’ and mares’ races in Melbourne.

“Manicure brings some pretty good form with her and we’d like to capitalise if we can on the good choice of mares races in Melbourne.”

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