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Veteran pacer Regal Cheval relished the advantage of the No. 1 barrier when he gave a solid frontrunning display to win the 2536m Follow The Stars Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown dictated terms to a nicety to guide the seven-year-old to a comfortable victory. He started the second fancy at $4 and beat the strong-finishing Alta Rhett ($16) by a length, with the $2.10 favourite Heez Our Perseus an unlucky third, being hopelessly blocked for a run behind the pacemaker.

Regal Cheval, owned by Barrie Devereux, ended a losing sequence and a ten-month drought. It followed his fighting third behind Unconditional the previous week when he had a tough run in the breeze.

The Victorian-bred Regal Cheval is by the American stallion Artistic Fella and is out of Star Cheval, who raced 81 times in Victoria for six wins, 30 placings and $39,338 in stakes. Regal Cheval won ten races in Victoria and now has a record of 83 starts for 12 wins, 25 placings and $104,211.

Pierre Whitby, a $17 chance, was unlucky. He enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, before being shuffled back behind the tiring Bettorstartdreaming in the last lap.