He is maligned by punters, but Godolphin gelding Best Of Days (GB) has a fan in jockey Hugh Bowman.
Bowman is the first to admit the seasoned campaigner doesn’t win out of turn, but he says it isn’t for want of trying.
“He’s got a style where he needs things to go his way a bit, but if they do he can pull a rabbit out of a hat from time to time,” Bowman said.
“The thing about him is he’s actually a very consistent horse. It’s just from a punter’s point of view, he’s a horse where they probably think ‘next start’ and fall into him when he just doesn’t get the job done. From a rider’s point of view, he’s a pleasure to ride and he always puts in.”
Bowman is yet to win a race on Best Of Days but he has a great record on the eight-year-old, who he has ridden four times for a brace of seconds in last year’s Villiers Stakes and Summer Cup, a third in the 2019 Crystal Mile and a fourth in Group Three grade.
Best of Days has finished within two lengths of the winner at his two lead-up runs in Melbourne and was coming off an interstate switch the last time he won a race — the Carlyon Cup at Caulfield in February. He will take his place in Saturday’s Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and has drawn ideally in barrier two.
Best Of Days is $10 in early markets with Love Tap, who won the Gloaming Stakes on the corresponding program last year, a $3.10 favourite after returning to form with a Kembla Grange win last start.
Best Of Days heads to Rosehill this weekend after missing a start at Randwick last weekend, picture Racing Photos