Best Case Chasing Maiden Group Win In Sandown Guineas

By: Thomas Hackett
November 12th, 2013

Anthony Cummings-trained Best Case will have the opportunity to record his maiden win at Group level when he contests the Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Best Case is one of several classy three-year-olds that have been included in the nominations for the Sandown Guineas that will be run at Caulfield on Saturday.

Best Case is one of several classy three-year-olds that have been included in the nominations for the Sandown Guineas that will be run at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Best Case has had just six career starts but has progressed impressively since starting his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a narrow victory over Sigismund in the Gosford RSL Club Plate Maiden (1200m) on August 25.

The Savabeel gelding finished an unlucky second behind Mr Jackman in the Coolroomda Vinci Handicap (1350m) at Wyong and made his debut at Group level when he was far from disgraced behind Eurozone, Criterion and Aussies Love Sport in the Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

He recorded his maiden metropolitan victory when he beat 2013 Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa in the City Tatts Inglis Bonus (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 19 and had no luck when he finished fourth in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Cummings believes that Best Case had plenty of excuses for his defeat in the Carbine Club Stakes and is confident that the Sandown Guineas will be run to suit the promising three-year-old this weekend.

“A really slow pace in the Carbine Club played against him but his run was really good,” Cummings told AAP.

“He got caught behind Hucklebuck and that horse was late coming into the picture and we were behind it.

“There should be better speed on Saturday and that will be to his benefit.”

Best Case could have the opportunity to turn-the-tables on Carbine Club Stakes winner Paximadia this weekend after the lightly-raced son of Commands was included in the nominations for the Sandown Guineas.

Paximadia showed promise as a two-year-old during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, finishing fourth in the Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes (1350m) and third in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m), and has recorded two impressive wins since returning to the races in the Listed Vintage Stakes (1410m) at Flemington on October 5.

The Sandown Guineas will likely be the final race start for Paximadia in Australia as the classy colt is set to continue his racing career in Dubai along with fellow Darley youngsters Long John, Academus, Complicate and Bello.

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