It was a relatively modest Gosford maiden on Tuesday, but the winner Regal Stage has anything but a modest background and family with the Redoute's Choice four-year-old entire the brother of the accomplished and now retired Lankan Rupee.
It was the first start for the Waterhouse and Bott trained Regal Stage after three trials, the latest over 1045m at Randwick on January 24th, which he narrowly won. On Tuesday in the $35,000, Gosford Polytrack Provincial Championship Heat 16th March Maiden Handicap (1200m) he won with more authority.
Regal Stage and Tim Clark, picture Stevehart.com.au
Regal Stage under Tim Clark settled outside the leader of the small six horse field before Clark sent him away to lead and then ease down for a 1 1/4L win over Canzonet (Exceed And Excel) and Glyn Schofield and a half-neck to She’s Si Savvy (So You Think) and Tommy Berry.
The time was 1.11.97 on the Good 5 track with the final 600m in 35.45.
Regal Stage was a $1.8 million yearling purchase off the back of his elder brother, now enjoying an equestrian life after racing for Mick Price to win five Group 1 races, 11 in total with nine placings from 29 starts with earnings of $4.1 million. Lankan Rupee was also the 2014 Australian Horse of the Year.
Tuesday’s win for Regal Stage earned $16,740 for connections Mr A J Bott, Mr T R Folsom, Mrs S M Montague, Mr D Healey, Mr D A S Paradice, G1G Racing & Breeding and Ms K Waterhouse. Regal Stage might have some way to travel before catching up to Lankan Rupee but he is on the board first up.
Regal Stage returns a winner, picture Stevehart.com.au