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5/12/2019 Best Of Days takes another shot at a Perth G1 

Mike Hedge

A return bout with his last-start conqueror is confronting Best Of Days in Saturday’s G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot in Perth, but there is good reason to believe Godolphin galloper can reverse the result.

Best Of Days (Brad Rawiller) goes into the Kingston Town with a 3.5kg turnaround in the weights on Regal Power who held a narrow advantage over him when winning the G1 Railway Stakes at Ascot two weeks ago.

The former English-trained runner also steps up in distance from 1,600m to 1,800m, which should enhance his prospects in a race in which he will be accompanied by his stable companion Tally (Martin Harley).

While Best Of Days showed in the Railway that he had coped well with the long trip to Perth, trainer James Cummings is wary of issues that can emerge after such a lengthy journey.

“The challenge is for him to stay at the level at which he arrived in Perth and that he showed in the Railway Stakes,” Cummings said.

“At this stage, I can say he has maintained that form. I was in Perth last weekend and he showed me then that he was in very good order and the reports since have been good.”

Under the conditions of the Railway, Best Of Days carried 57kg to Regal Power’s 53kg. But at weight-for-age on Saturday, the difference will be only half-a-kilo with Regal Power to jump from gate 15 and Best Of Days from two.

“He found one a bit better in the Railway, but he’s better off under these conditions and we know he’ll cope with the extra distance."

“He’ll be a worthy competitor.”

Tally comes to the Kingston Town after finishing well back over an unsuitable 1,400m trip in the Listed Carbine Club Stakes at Ascot two weeks ago.

“I expect him to be more comfortable over the 1,800m than he was in the shorter race last start,” Cummings said.

“I’d say he will be at the most competitive level he could be in a G1 race.”

Saturday’s Stakes-race contingent is completed by Widespread in the Listed Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Stakes, and again Cummings is looking at the change in distance as a key factor.

“He didn’t hit the line last start and that was the second time at the mile that he’s done that,” he said.

“So the hope is that he’ll appreciate this trip and reproduce the form he’d shown in Victoria.”

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