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Banjup trainer-reinsman Michael Grantham has Triroyale Brigade racing in splendid form and the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old showed he should be a leading contender in the $30,000 Northam Cup on January 29 with an effortless victory in the 2503m The Sunday Times Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Triroyale Brigade ($6.50) began from the inside of the 10m line and Grantham was content to give the Bettors Delight gelding a perfect passage, three back on the pegs, before getting into the clear 480m from home and finishing powerfully to win by three and a half lengths from Beat City, a 30m backmarker who raced in the breeze for most of the journey before getting to the front with 375m to travel.  

This gave the 26-year-old Grantham his fifth driving success from 14 starters this season.

Triroyale Brigade, an easy all-the-way winner in a 2536m mobile event two starts earlier, now has had 32 starts in Western Australia for four wins and 11 placings after his 43 starts in New Zealand produced five wins and 18 placings.

He is out of the Mach Three mare Trigirl Brigade, who had 46 starts for seven wins, ten placings and $143,710 in prizemoney. Triroyale Brigade’s full-sister Trilight Brigade has earned $48,686 from 14 wins and 19 placings from 55 starts.