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Coral Regency - Hove 695m - £10,000

 

CLARES KYLETAUN duly landed the Coral Regency title his performances in the 695m competition suggested with another runaway win in the £10,000 final at Hove on Thursday - and provide trainer June Harvey with a real tonic.

 

“Mum’s not been feeling that great, but Kyle’s performance really was fantastic and she instantly felt much better,” said Matt Redman, son and kennelhand for his mother, after the July 2015 son of Ballyana Foxtrot and Lughill Marie made all to win by six and three-quarter lengths in 41.05sec.

 

It was the fastest time in the competition and, in leading home the John Mullins-trained Bangor Ella, added to his Ballyregan Bob Memorial title Clares Kyletaun won at the backend of last year - with this impressive run of form being attributed by connections to overcoming a cramping problem.

 

“It’s thanks to mum and dad (Tony), but also to Phil Milner for all his sports physiotherapy work with Kyle that we seem to overcome this problem, and you're seeing the fruits of that now. He’s flying now and we’re all just delighted. It was a special night down at Hove.”

 

Victory for Clares Kyletaun in the Hove showpiece added to the kennel’s success with Fizzypop Buddy in the St Leger in 2015 and Redman reports the Classic hero is set to sire a litter of pups given their other form kennel star Racenight Jenny is in whelp to him.

 

Next stop for Clares Kyletaun will be the six-bend race at Towcester on Derby final night with Redman hoping for better luck at the Northamptonshire venue than when last there when he finished down the field in Goldies Hotspur’s TV Trophy win late last year.

 

“It was bitterly cold that night and Kyle didn't handle at all. That was in there middle of the cramping problems, but things are different now and he handled the track well enough. He’s in great form and is proving what we always thought about him. He’s a star.

 

“Thanks from all the family to Hove for putting on a great night’s racing. There was a good atmosphere and we were treated royally, so our thanks to the track and the sponsors Coral. Let’s hope he’ll be back to defend his Ballyregan Bob and Regency titles!”

 

Highlight of the supporting card was the victory in the hurdles contest of last year’s Grand National winner Razldazl Raidio, who reversed form with his conqueror this year at Central Park, Parkers Dynamite, as he made all in a lightning 30.09sec.

 

Trainer Ricky Holloway said: “That was brilliant and is why he's still the best hurdler in the country. It’s the fastest time recorded since 2010 when the clock was taken from the old-style traps - he went faster than many flat races on the card on Thursday!

 

“He blasted out and jumped for fun - hurdling at its very best. He blew them all away - even at four years of age he’s gone quicker there that at any time before. He should go to Towcester now for the Champion Hurdle but doesn’t seem to run it that well. I’ll have a think.”