Veteran pacer Maywyns Best has run his last race, with connections deciding the time is right for his racing career to end and the next chapter to begin.
Succumbing to the aches and pain of age and following surgery to remove bone chips, ‘Bestie’ as he was affectionately known, leaves a big void in the Graham Dwyer stable.
The 11-year-old retires with 32 wins and 41 placings from his 191 starts and takes a lifetime PB mile of 1.51.0, claimed when leading throughout at Albion Park in June 2020.
Trained by Graham Dwyer in 164 of his 191 career outings, it was Pete McMullen that was able to get the optimum performance out of Bestie on raceday.
Partnering Maywyns Best to eight wins in his last 14 months of racing, his top-five quickest victories have all been with McMullen in the sulky and displaying a zest that belied his age, three of those speed wins were this season.
Dwyer and his Kingslodge Pacing team will miss having Maywns Best in the stable, a pacer that was able to bank close to $125,000 in stakes following him being claimed by connections in March 2019 to return for his second stint in the Dwyer barn.
Just as a rainbow follows a storm, the Kingslodge team have continued their tremendous season and Dwyer was able to land his 500th training winner last week when a relative newcomer to the stable, Onetwo Threecheese was successful at Redcliffe.
Daring to dream of churning out a century of winners in the season, Dwyer currently sits on 82 wins for the term following another successful week with winners at four of seven meetings, even after having no runners on two of those days.
Always on the lookout for new horses to join the Kingslodge team and with son Layne edging closer to gaining his race driving licence, Bestie may be gone, but the best may yet be to come.
It took 70 race starts to get there, but the patience displayed by connections with Valkyrie Hanover has been repaid after the mare claimed her first race victory.
Placed at her previous five starts in succession, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood had her moment of glory at Redcliffe last Wednesday night.
Coming up short on 69 previous occasions, the mare proved the adage that there is a race for every horse a correct one, claiming the maiden breaking win.