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Regal Power scores dominant Ted Van Heemst Stakes win at Ascot for Bob Peters and Grant and Alana Williams

Regal Power capped his comeback campaign in style and continued Bob Peters and Grant and Alana Williams’ clean-sweep of the Ascot carnival with an effortless victory in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes on Saturday.

Fresh from his upset win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), Regal Power justified $1.20 favouritism to claim his second triumph in the Ted Van Heemst (2100m).

Jockey Patrick Carbery made a sweeping move out wide from near last to hit the lead early in the straight and Regal Power shot clear to score by 1-3/4 lengths.

Platoon ($19) ran on strongly for second ahead of the pacesetter Cockney Crew ($20), who held on for third.

Peters and Team Williams won all three Group 1s during the Ascot carnival and added another Group 2 win after Treasured Star also won the WA Guineas.

The leading owner and co-trainers won the Ted Van Heemst for the seventh time in the past eight years with Elite Belle (2014), Delicacy (2015), Perfect Reflection (2016), Galaxy Star (2018), Regal Power (2019) and Truly Great (2020) their previous winners.

Regal Power, the winner of two Group 1s, an All-Star Mile and $4.5 million, has bounced back to his best after a lung infection and illness ruined his past two Melbourne campaigns.

“It was touch-and-go earlier in the year with all the things that were wrong with him,” Peters said.

“It took a lot of work from a lot of people to get him back again and it was good to see.

“I was pleased that Paddy took off. I had a talk to him before the race and I said ‘they’re likely to go a bit slow and then take off on the corner and try and put a gap on you, so just be ready’.”

Peters said Regal Power would be immediately spelled but a Melbourne or Sydney autumn campaign was unlikely because of the quick turnaround.

Meanwhile, consistent mare Beret broke through for a valuable feature win in the Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m).

The Adam Durrant-trained five-year-old notched her third straight victory when she beat Playing Marika by three-quarters of a length.

“She’s just got better with maturity and she’s in a real purple patch at the moment,” Durrant’s stable foreman Jason Miller said.

“When she straightened up I was real confident she was going to get the job done.”

Durrant continued his strong record in the fillies and mares’ feature following his previous success with Keyton Grace (2006), Russian Playmate (2008), Real Charm (2014) and Celebrity Dream (2017).

The Oakland Park Stud colours made famous by legendary galloper Northerly were carried to victory by Beret and the Durrant-trained Son Son, who won Saturday’s TBWA Stallion Tender Scheme Trophy (1200m).

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