Obscurely Bred Regalo Di Gaetano is a Group III Winner

Mark Smith - Saturday November 27

The Richard & Chantelle Jolly-trained Regalo Di Gaetano has been the standout performer for the lightly used Redoute’s Choice stallion Supreme Class who died in 2020.

Regalo Di Gaetano - he's a winner (image Grant Courtney)

With three Listed stakes wins to his credit, Regalo Di Gaetano scaled new heights in Saturday’s Group III Eclipse Stakes at Caulfield.

With Zac Spain in the saddle, the 6yo gelding kept up a strong gallop to defeat Bonvicini (Myboycharlie) by a long-neck with Starelle (More Than Ready) a halg-neck back in third.

It made it three stakes wins on the bounce for Regalo Di Gaetano, following the Listed John Letts Cup at Morphettville and the Listed Murray Bridge Cup.

Carrying the green, white and red colours of the Italian flag, Regalo Di Gaetano advanced his record to eleven wins, one second and three thirds with earnings of $591,970.

Zac Spain said the Eclipse Stakes was not the original option for Regalo Di Gaetano.

“He was going to run in the Ballarat Cup, but it was going to be too wet for him. They decided to hold off and found the right race today,” Spain said.

“He’s just a winner. He knows where that winning post is even though he had a shy at it. He’s a lovely big strong horse and put himself in a lovely spot.

Regalo Di Gaetano (image Grant Courtney)

“He relaxed nice underneath me, and was never going to get beaten today.

“I knew that there was one horse (Bonvicini) coming, and to his credit, he dug deep. He’s a winner.

“Credit to Richard and Chantelle, they do a great job in Adelaide. Whenever they bring their horses to Melbourne, they’re competitive. I’m glad I could be on his back today.”

From the largest crop of 33 live foals by the Hong Kong performer Supreme Class (fourth in the Hong Kong Mile), Regalo Di Gaetano is the lone winner from three foals out of the winning Regal Shot mare Regalina who was dropped from the Stud Book last year.

 

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Race Result - Keno Eclipse Stakes Gr3 1800m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:49.66
1
Regalo Di Gaetano
T: R & C Jolly J: Zac Spain 55.5
6g Supreme Class (AUS) x Regalina (AUS) (Regal Shot (AUS))
2
0.4
Bonvicini
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 54
5m Myboycharlie (IRE) x Orvieto (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
3
0.6
Starelle
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 54
4m More Than Ready (USA) x Star Of Giselle (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
More Than Ready
4
0.8
Royal Mile
T: L A Creek J: Jacob Opperman 54
4g Danerich (AUS) x Street Blaze (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $26,000
V:Wellington Park North Violet Town Vic
B: Lee Creek
5
1.0
Our Playboy
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Damian Lane 54.5
4g Sebring (AUS) x Mischief Night (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $210,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Mick Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd
6
1.1
So Si Bon
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: L Nolen 59
8g So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis August (Early) Online Sale $9,000
V:Lindsay Park Racing
B: S Jennings
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: R Laing
7
3.1
Defibrillate
T: Patrick Payne J: M J Dee 57.5
7g Shocking (AUS) x Our Chickaroonie (NZ) (Groom Dancer (USA))
8
3.3
Djukon
T: C J Waller J: B Prebble 54.5
6g Jukebox Jury (IRE) x Djumama (IRE) (Aussie Rules (USA))
9
5.0
Excelman
T: Richard Laming J: B Mc Dougall 54
5g Reliable Man (GB) x Glory Run (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Westbury Stud Ltd Karaka NZ
B: Laming Racing
10
7.0
Hang Man
T: M D Moroney J: D W Stackhouse 57.5
8g Windsor Knot (IRE) x Halliard (GB) (Halling (USA))
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