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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Maybe The Best completed a double on the day for the David Vandyke stable when she prevailed in a tough finish to land a Fillies And Mares Class 3 handicap over 1200m at Doomben on June 1.

It was the four-year-old mare’s second win in three starts since transferring to Vandyke from the Anthony and Sam Freedman training partnership.

Kyle Wilson-Taylor jumped the daughter of I Am Invincible, who was only cool in the betting at $7.50, into the leading line, but he then let the speed go in front of him, settling into an ideal third place, getting the run of the race just two-and-a-half lengths off the leader Aidensfield, the $2.50 favourite, who was trying to make every post a winning one.

Aidensfield maintained a strong gallop all the way through the sweep to the home turn. She had been pestered all the way by the $3.20 second placed Raiden and these two main fancies kept up their two-way battle on straightening, with both kicking on well early in the straight.

But somebody else was about to gate-crash their party.
Wilson-Taylor had eased Maybe The Best out for a run approaching the home turn and Maybe The Best then settled into tackling the task of reeling in the two front-runners.

When Maybe The best moved alongside them at the 200m, Raiden cried enough, but Aidensfield was up for the fight.

For over 100m Maybe the Best and Aidensfield engaged in a stride-for-stride battle for the honours and it was only in the last 50m that Maybe The Best eased ahead of his rival to score by a half-length margin in what would have to go down as a well judged win.

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