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Regal Reality may have a quirk or two 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 2019 Coral-Eclipse, 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.”
Regal Reality was gelded at the end of 2019 and so we are likely to see plenty more of him in the coming years.
In 2020, he won in Group 3 company over a mile at Salisbury and signed off for the year by splitting Kameko and Benbatl in the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket.