- Sire-Dam -
Regal Reality may not be the easiest to get to the start but once races get under way he has shown himself to be a classy customer.
He proved that when third behind Enable and Magical in the Coral-Eclipse on his latest start, when attempting to provide trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a record-breaking seventh success in the race, having previously been an emphatic winner of the Group 3 Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
Regal Reality was always travelling like a winner on his first start beyond a mile on his penultimate start, although he proved tricky in the preliminaries and less than straightforward to get to the start.
Chris Richardson, Managing Director at Cheveley Park, admitted: “He had a ‘moment’ that evening but things slightly went against him, as far as he was concerned. He’s a horse who likes routine and on that occasion he was being asked to come into the paddock at a moment there was a horse coming out, and it just upset his rhythm.
“If you change his routine a home, including on gallops, it can be the same, but he’s hugely talented and it did not affect him once the race got under way.
“I think moving up to a mile and a quarter suited him last time and I know Sir Michael feels it is going to be his advantage going forwards.”
He added: “The Eclipse is one of Mr and Mrs Thompson’s favourite races and they are delighted to have a runner, and to be participating. One has to be respectful of a very strong field and Enable is a deserved favourite, but if you are not in you can’t win and at the end of the day we are not going to run away from one.”
Enable proved an impossible nut to crack but Regal Reality, despite again being a little awkward to get to the start, kept on well and is one to keep in mind in future big races.