Trained by Grant and Alana Williams and owned by Bob and Sandra Peters, Regal Power started from the second-widest barrier in the 14-runner field but powered home to beat Godolphin’s Best Of Days, a European-bed son of Azamour, by half a length. Platoon was third.
"I felt like the pressure was off a bit (with the) wide barrier. I just had to go out there and wing it and hope that it went my way and it did,” winning jockey William Pike said.
"I got back a long way, but I actually had a pretty good run, I don't know if I would've wanted to swap my run for too many others.
"Inside the last furlong, that's where his character kicked in. He could either say 'nah, I went too wide and done too much, or nah I'm here to play' and he never laid down.
" Winner of last season’s WA Derby (Group 2), Regal Power provided the third race victory in the past 6 years for the combination of owner, trainer and jockey. The 4-year-old gelding will now go to the Kingston Town Stakes (Group 1) in 2 weeks time, with last year’s race having been won by his close relation Arcadia Queen.
Bred by the Peters, Regal Power is the best of 3 winners out of the stakes-winning Redoute’s Choice mare Broadway Belle, making him a brother to WA Derby (Group 2) winner Action. Broadway Belle has a 2-year-old called Vanman, who is by Vancouver, and a yearling filly by American Pharoah. She foaled a filly by Pierro last month.
Regal Power is the third Group 1 winner for Pierro bred from a daughter of Redoute’s Choice, the nick producing 75% winners to runners and 19% stakes winners to runners.
Pierro stood the 2019 season at Coolmore Australia for an advertised fee of $88,000 (inc GST).