An assertive victory in the Group 3 Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park demonstrated that REGAL REALITY (Intello) is an improving horse with plenty of class. Driven clear under Ryan Moore in the final furlong, there was almost four lengths back to Easter Classic winner and favourite, Matterhorn (Raven’s Pass), with a further three lengths stretching back to Danceteria (Redoute’s Choice), a Listed winner on his previous start. Third on his reappearance in the Group 2 bet365 Sandown Mile, REGAL REALITY relished the step up to 10 furlongs, granting Sir Michael Stoute with a remarkable 10th winner in this historic contest.
This was REGAL REALITY’s second success at Group 3 level, having captured the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last summer. One of 12 Stakes performers for INTELLO in 2018, REGAL REALITY’s Sandown success bolsters a strong start to 2019 for his sire. INTELLO’s 17 winners so far this season also include the Wertheimer & Frere’s Listed winner FOLAMOUR and the unbeaten SLALOM, victor of the Group 3 Prix Noailles and leading contender for next weekend’s Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club.