The start was always likely to decide the outcome of the Claiming Pace at Devonport on Friday night and that’s the way it turned out.
Short-priced favourite Tisu Toota, chasing his fifth win in a row,didn’t begin as quickly as usual and Regal Stride was able to zoom to the front.
From then on, the Ben Yole-trained gelding was always in control and he strolled home 12 metres clear of Cromac Jamie and Mighty Spark.
It was the second runaway win in the space of five days for the seven-year-old who also thrashed his rivals in the Claimer at Mowbray last Sunday.
“He’s flying–it wasjust how he won last week,” driver Mark Yole said.
“As soon asI got to the front I knew I was right.
“Tisu Toota has been lightning away lately but tonight my horse finally put it all together from a stand.
“Normally he begins safe but it can dependon how long they hold them.
“He likes to be on the move and, if hehas to stand for too long, he backs back a bit.”
Yole said he had been confident of winning even if Regal Stride didn’t lead.
“The way he went last weekI felt he probably could have nearly sat outside Tisu Toota and still won,” the driver said.
“Since Ben freshened him, he’s been a different horse. He’s fresh in the mind and loving racing again.”
Yole said that Regal Stride’s stablematePushkin, an all-the-way winnerfor driver Natalee Emery in the C1 Pace, was in much the same boat.
TOO GOOD: Regal Stride, driven by Mark Yole, scores a runaway win in the Claiming Pace at Devonport on Friday night. Picture: Greg Mansfield
He was also followingup a big win at Mowbray five days earlier.
“Pushkin has found his right couple of races where he’s been able to lob on top,” Yole said.
“Before that, hehad a lot of bad draws and was off back marks in stands where hehad to do too much work.
“Being able to get on top, just changes their minds.”
Three claims were lodged for unplaced runner Jukebox Music and his new owner was to be decided by ballot.
Jukebox Music was well backed to win the race but got shuffled back in the run and had no luck.
THE THIRD HEATof the Allen Williams Memorial saw in-form Stowport trainer-driver Craig Hayes lead all the way on former King Islander Herbie Haze.
Another in-form trainer, Shelley Barnes, won the C4/C5 Pace with Moto Kenny who rated a smart 2:00.3 while John Castles trained a double courtesy of Dayraid and Spot Eight.
Dayraid was given a soft run behind the leader by Gareth Rattray and finished a shade too well for pacemakerDellas Command to score by a metre.
Spot Eight, also driven by Rattray, showed that he wasn’t just a front-runner when he came from the rear of the field to record his third win from his past four starts.
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