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.
Regal Lion is spot on for Saturday's Group 1 AJC Derby, storming home for 2nd @newcastleraces_ in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes for @nashhot and @ForsmanAndrew assisted by @BBakerRacing https://t.co/tfHRnD18Ui— OTI Racing (@OTIRacing) March 28, 2022
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.
Parts of this article were written by NZ Herald and can be read here.