Regal Lion all set for the Derby

Regal Lion impresses with a great run in Monday’s G2 Tulloch Stakes in Newcastle.

The Cambridge three-year-old came from near last to storm into second in the A$200,000 Tulloch Stakes, which was to have been run at Rosehill on Saturday but was postponed to yesterday and moved to Newcastle because of the very heavy Rosehill track.

That also meant a shortening of the distance from 2000m to 1850m which wasn’t expected to suit Regal Lion but he thrilled trainer Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman by taking a huge amount of ground off his rivals late. 

That saw the NZ Derby placegetter shorten from $34 to $8 to win Saturday’s Derby at Randwick even on the quick five day turnaround.

“That was an enormous run and hopefully he can back it up on Saturday,” said Forsman.

With the barrier draw completed this morning, Regal Lion will be heading into the Australian Derby from barrier 10. The Gelding seems to be in top form and will be a promising competitor in this Saturday’s race.

Regal Lion on his way to the barriers for the NZ Derby at Auckland Racing Club in New Zealand.

Parts of this article were written by NZ Herald and can be read here.