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21/11/2019 G1 opportunities for Godolphin in Perth Feature races
Photo: Best of Days

Another G1 opportunity is presented to the former British-trained Best Of Days when he runs in the Railway Stakes at Ascot (WA) on Saturday.

Best Of Days makes the journey west along with stablemates Widespread who runs in the G2 West Australian Guineas and Tally who is to follow up his win two weeks ago in the Rosehill Cup with a drop back in distance to the 1,400m of the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes.

As a G1 winner of the Cantala Stakes at Flemington and a horse whose last start resulted in a luckless fifth in the same race earlier this month, Best Of Days is one of the better-performed runners in Saturday’s race.

He is up against a strong field of locals headed by another recent Flemington G1 winner Gatting, the WA Derby winner Regal Power, the G2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Star Exhibit and the G3 Asian Beau Stakes winner Samizdat.

Trainer James Cummings regards the Railway as a race that can restore Best Of Days to his best form.

“We’re looking at this race as an opportunity for Best of Days to redeem himself by scoring a win he deserves,” Cummings said.

“He drew a little wide in the Cantala Stakes and was never on the track, but still had the audacity to be running on and was only three lengths from the winner.”

“The 1,600m is his trip, he’s a winner at the distance in a G1 race at least the equal of this one.”

“He’s right there among the highest-rated horses in the race, and there seems to be no reason why he can’t run-up to that rating.”

Widespread comes to the Guineas off a pair of wins in lesser grade in Melbourne, but on an upward trajectory.

“He’s earned his place in this race with a couple of very good wins in Victoria at his two runs this time in,” Cummings said.

“This is likely to be the toughest race he’s run in, but he’s a horse who’s in form, all of his five runs have been in this direction and he’s shown us he’s capable of taking what will be a significant step up.”

One of the more durable members of Godolphin’s Australian team, Tally won the 10th race of his career last start at the age of seven and is in Perth with targets other than the Carbine Club in mind.

“This is a stepping stone for Tally who is going to be more effective in longer races in Perth next month,” Cummings said.

“He spoke for himself by winning in Sydney two weeks ago and he’s been quite effective at this time of the year as he showed when he won the Eclipse Stakes last year at Sandown.”

“The 1,400m isn’t his distance but we’re expecting to see him running on.”

The week’s feature race agenda is completed by the appearance of Ranier in the $1 million The Gong on the other side of the country at Kembla Grange.

In early betting for the Ballarat Cup, Dr Drill has been well supported from $4.20 into $3.90.
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