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Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing

Six-year-old Sangue Reale bounced back to his best form with a convincing all-the-way win in the $30,000 Cowden Insurance Brokers Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“I’m happy with his performance after the disappointment in the Bunbury Cup (in which he raced three back the pegs, got clear in plenty of time, but failed to flatter in finishing seventh behind Mighty Ronaldo),” said Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood.

“After the Bunbury Cup, it was back to the basics with a lot more beach work. I also put the blinkers back on tonight in a bid to sharpen him up. Now, I’ll be nominating him for the $30,000 Narrrogin Cup next Saturday night.”

Michael Grantham got Sangue Reale, the $4.80 equal third favourite, away to a flying start from the No. 1 barrier, and the New South Wales-bred Art Major gelding relished his frontrunning role, and after a slow lead time of 38sec. and moderate opening quarters of 30.4sec. and 29.3sec. he sped over the final 400m sections in 27.8sec. and 27.7sec. to win by a length and a half from the $3.10 favourite Double Up, who enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position before fighting on solidly to be second, a length and a half from the winner, who rated 1.55.8.

Babyface Adda ($4.60) impressed in running home powerfully from last in the six-horse field at the 300m to finish third.

The New South Wales-bred Sangue Reale, who had bone chips removed from his rear fetlocks last year, has had seven starts for Inwood for two wins and two placings to take his record to 56 starts for ten wins, 21 placings and $222,309 in stakes.

He is a full-brother to Miss Sangrial, who was retired after racing 71 times for 19 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $244,748. Her victories included the group 2 Empress Stakes in March 2019 when she was driven by Grantham to a half-head win over Our Alfie Romeo.