Maybe Yesterday was rewarded for his amazing straight track consistency when sensationally upstaging arch-rival Unleash Collinda in Sunday afternoon’s $87,000 Group 2 Sportsbet Healesville Cup Final (350m).
Maybe Yesterday, trained at Pearcedale by Andrew Parsakevas, set Healesville alight when claiming the $55,000 Cup winner’s purse courtesy of a near-record 18.784sec performance.
“You can’t go into races of that nature with any real confidence. But once he found the rail and Unleash Collinda crossed to his outside, I knew we’d be hard to beat,” Paraskevas said.
His winning time was just two lengths outside Unleash Collinda’s 18.64sec track record and one length off his PB of 18.71sec.
It was a new race record, eclipsing Allkel To Excel’s previous benchmark of 18.799sec, established in 2015.
Incredibly, Maybe Yesterday, a December ’20 son of Bernardo and Eye Will Reign, also bred and raced by Andrew Paraskevas and father John in their Sparkle And Fade Syndicate, has finished top-two in his last 15 starts, all at Healesville, in a sequence dating back to May.
Maybe Yesterday has won 11 of those 15 starts, finishing second to Unleash Collinda in all four of his defeats.
“He is a pleasure to train, as is the entire litter which includes Sleepless Nights and Every Four Years. They may not be the fastest dogs in my kennel but they are quiet, clean and they do everything right. A lot of the credit has to go to their sire Bernardo,” Paraskevas added.