Regal Spur too strong

Regal Spur, a galloper coming back from joint surgery, proved too strong for his rivals in The Junction Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday, February 3.

Backed in from an early price of $6 to start $3.90 favourite, Regal Spur, ridden by Paul Gatt, scored a long neck win from Just A Bigger Dash ($5) with Babitzin ($21), three-quarters of a length away third.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said it was a tribute to the horse he was able to win.

“By his race the track was starting to firm right up and for a horse that has joint surgery he did a good job to win,” McEvoy said.

“It was a good ride by Paul Gatt (his third winner for the day). He had Regal Spur perfectly placed behind the leader and brought him into the opening turning for home.

“The horse responded to Paul’s urgings and after looking a bit flat-footed early in the home straight, wound up to drive through for a win.

“Paul said it was a good win and that Regal Spur might be looking for 1400 metres now.”

The win keeps McEvoy at the head of the South Australian Trainer’s premiership and stretches his lead to three.

For Regal Spur, it was his fourth win from just 22 starts.


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