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Harness Racing: Sangue Reale back to winning ways

Sangue Reale picked up his first win in 18 months when taking out the 2130m Simmonds Steel Balustrade And Handrails Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

At one point it looked as though Sangue Reale's career could be over after he underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his rear fetlock joints and was on the sidelines for 10 months.

Injury issues

Then trainer Michael Brennan and the owners of Sangue Beale considered retirement but thankfully opted against it and the six-year-old is now back in the winners' circle.

Sangue Reale switched to the stable of Giles Inwood and the trainer was rewarded for his patient care as his charge stormed to glory at Gloucester Park.

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With star reinsman Chris Voak in the sulky, Sangue Reale made his move over the final 400m to eventually beat Machs Gold by five metres.

He now has nine wins and 20 placings from 52 starts and Inwood is delighted to see his charge back saluting in races.

Patience pays off

"Michael Maxwell and Michael Brennan were about to retire Sangue Reale when they agreed to send the horse to me, to see if he could throw off his leg soreness with plenty of beach work," Inwood said after the win.

"Sangue Reale was pretty sore and had a fair few problems. He hadn’t been particularly sound after the operation to remove the bone chips. I jog him on the heavy sand at home and hopple him occasionally, and I take him to wade at the beach at Naval Base almost every day.

"Sangue Reale has plenty of ability. He won the group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic (beating Shockwave after a successful protest) and at his next start he finished third behind Shockwave in the Golden Nugget."

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