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Former Victorian pacer Regal Cheval is at his best when he leads — and when he surged to the front at the start from the No. 2 barrier and headed the polemarker and $3.30 favourite Bettor Be Lively, the seven-year-old’s supporters were on good terms with themselves.

Trainer-reinsman Colin Brown then was able rate the gelding perfectly, even after the $7 chance Euphoria had dashed forward into the breeze after just over a lap had been completed. Regal Cheval, an $11 chance, held on grimly in the final stages of the 2536m event to win by a half-head from Euphoria after final quarters of 28.7sec. and 29.4sec.

Regal Cheval, a winner at ten of his 55 Victorian starts, has now raced 34 times in Western Australia for three wins (all when leading) and eight placings. He is by American sire Artistic Fella and is out of the Canadian D M Dilinger mare Star Cheval, who had 81 starts for six wins, 30 placings and stakes of $39,338.