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28/05/02 Laing's Tough Call for Regal Jumper
r3regalroyal.jpg (12363 bytes)In form Sutton Grange trainer Robbie Laing has a dilemma on his hands, but it is only for good reasons.

On Saturday Laing, who recently won the Group One SA Derby with Pantani and the Group Three The Jansz with Rohatyn, saddled up his dashing jumper Regal Royal to an impressive win in the Moonee Valley Hurdle in Melbourne.

The problem is now Laing must decide whether the talented eight-year-old will continue his ultimate aim to the Grand National Steeplechase.

"All of this preparation we've had his set for the Steeplechases," Laing said. "So I guess we've now got a bit of a decision to make as to whether we stay with the hurdles or stick with our original plan."

Laing seems to be leaning toward the feature Steeple events over the upcoming winter jumping carnival.

"He's a super steepler," Laing said after he trotted home in in the six length demolition job. "So I guess we're in a bit of a quandary now."

In Saturday's event leading jumps jockey Craig Durden was able to put the gelding to "sleep" in a lovely position before sweeping up to the leaders at the 800 metre mark. From there the result was never in doubt as the son of Forever Regal bounded away to beat Sir Cool, who edged out the early leader Crown Duo for the minor end of the prize.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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