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Trainer Michael Brennan and the owners of Sangue Reale seriously considered retiring the New South Wales-bred gelding last year when he was off the scene for ten months after having undergone surgery to remove bone chips from his rear fetlock joints.

But patient care from Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood and lots of wading in the ocean are reviving the Art Major six-year-old, who notched his first win for 18 months when he led his eight rivals on a merry dance before coasting to victory in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Balustrade And Handrails Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Sangue Reale’s third start for Inwood, following a first-up second to Bettorstartdreaming and a sound fourth behind Babyface Adda and Gambit.

Sangue Reale was the $2.40 favourite when Chris Voak got him away speedily from barrier three and then was able to get him to relax through the lead time in a slow 38sec. before moderate opening quarters of the final mile of 30.6sec. and 30.8sec.

Sangue Reale then sprinted over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 28.4sec. and he rated 1.57.6 in beating Machs Gold ($8.50) by five metres.

“Michael Maxwell and Michael Brennan were about to retire Sangue Reale when they agreed to send the horse to me, to see if he could throw off his leg soreness with plenty of beach work,” said Inwood.

“Sangue Reale was pretty sore and had a fair few problems. He hadn’t been particularly sound after the operation to remove the bone chips. I jog him on the heavy sand at home and hopple him occasionally, and I take him to wade at the beach at Naval Base almost every day.

“Sangue Reale has plenty of ability. He won the group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic (beating Shockwave after a successful protest) and at his next start he finished third behind Shockwave in the Golden Nugget.”

Sangue Reale, a six-year-old Art Major gelding, has earned $198,707 from nine wins and 20 placings from 52 starts. His full-sister Miss Sangrial was retired after 19 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $244,748 from 71 starts. Her biggest success was in the group 2 Empress Stakes in March 2019.

Bred in New South Wales, Sangue Reale is out of the Christian Cullen mare Christimo, who raced 35 times for ten wins, six placings and $48,618. Her final seven starts were in WA when Gary Hall snr prepared her for four wins at Gloucester Park early in 2011.

“His nearside hind leg swells a bit after he races and he is a day-to-day proposition,” said Inwood. “Keeping him sound is the main thing, and we could be looking to run him in the Pinjarra Cup next month.”