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Belle Royale Wins US Gr1 Gamely Stakes
Deceased former Eliza Park shuttler Val Royal (Royal Academy-Vadlava, by Bikala) added US Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 4YO mare Belle Royale (Val Royal-Kahyasi Moll, by Brief Truce) notched her 5th successive win with a half-length victory in the US$250,000 Gr1 Gamely Stakes (9 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Hollywood Park in California. Belle Royale (ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Simon Callaghan) defeated fellow Irish-bred 4YO mare Quiet Oasis (Oasis Dream-Silent Heir, by Sunday Silence) & another 4YO mare Capital Plan (Rock Hard Ten-Miss Dahlia, by Strawberry Road). Belle Royale was a £800 (A$1,300) yearling at the UK Doncaster 2009 October Sale. Overall she now has 10 wins (also including April's Listed American Beauty Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita Park) & 7 runners-up from 26 starts for US$358,232 earnings.