A trip to the country has sparked former Group One competitor Best Case back to top form at Eagle Farm.
Best Case had been well beaten at his two previous starts but landed a $13 to $9.50 betting move when he beat Jetset Lad ($3.60) by 1-1/2 lengths in the Wilpak Meats Handicap (1800m).
Originally trained by Anthony Cummings in Sydney, Best Case raced against some of Australia’s elite in his three-year-old year, finishing third in the Group One South Australian Derby.
However, he has struggled since and was sold to the Aquis Farm syndicate earlier this year and he is now with their trainer Steve O’Dea.
O’Dea trains from Eagle Farm and also the Aquis Farm property at Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland.
“He didn’t really impress us when he was well beaten at Doomben last time so I decided to take him out to the Aquis property for a bit of country life,” O’Dea said.
“I also put him over the jumps to sharpen him up a bit. It seems to have done the trick.”
O’Dea said he would now look for longer races in Brisbane for Best Case.
“The South Australian Derby was 2500 metres so he is looking for more ground. Unfortunately, 2200 metres is about as far as they go in Brisbane so that will have to do,” O’Dea said.
Jockey Michael Cahill believed the run of the favourite Arkavoroun ($3.20), who finished second last beaten 2.5 lengths, could be forgotten.
“The track is shifty where he was racing and he wasn’t suited by it,” Cahill said.