Marcus Tregoning Racing & Whitsbury Manor Stables
Marcus Tregoning has one over riding ambition as he approaches the new turf season with an increased team of more then sixty horses.
It is to make his mark again in Group races after several years campaigning at a slightly less exalted level.
“I would like to see our horses be back in Group company”, he confirms. “We did very well in the past winning Group 1 and Group 2 races including the Derby with Sir Percy and we would like to be heading back in that direction.
“I enjoy the heritage handicaps because the prize money is so good but there is nothing quite like winning Group races and we have the facilities at Whitsbury to do it.
“What we need above all is a healthy year and the horses to be on song which wasn’t always the case in 2016”.
Tregoning starts the new season with 24 two year olds including half a dozen owned by his long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
The past form of the yard suggests there will not be any speedballs among them aimed at the Brocklesby at Doncaster on the opening weekend as Tregoning prefers to give his juveniles time to develop before pressing any buttons.
He reports “I’m very pleased with the two year olds who look a really nice bunch at this stage. Although they are the seed corn for next year one or two will be sharpish”.
The stable’s first runners are likely to be at Newmarket and Newbury in the middle of April.
The ever popular Bronze Angel, dual winner of the Cambridgeshire, remains in training.
Marcus has taken a half share in the hardy eight year old who was in sparkling form.
While he is unlikely to be ready until Royal Ascot he should still be effective in heritage handicaps in the second half of the season.
Hopes are high that the robust mare Dance The Dream can progress again at four.
Standing fully 17 hands she has grown and developed over the winter, is in great form at home and is likely to start off in a handicap before being stepped up to better company.
“She looked exciting last season when she won so well at Chepstow and Leicester and we think she will be a proper stayer”, says her trainer.
Argenterie, so impressive in her maiden at Salisbury, has matured over the winter and Seafarer is one of a number of promising three year olds who could make their mark in handicaps.
Other names to note include Waqt, who ran well at Goodwood, Monaadhil, a three year old gelding by Dark Angel, and Mukalal.
Among the 24 juveniles are two Kyllachy fillies owned in partnership by Marcus and their breeder John Tuthill who is a welcome new addition to the roster of owners at Whitsbury.
John’s Owenstown Stud in Co Kildare has a well earned reputation for producing sound stock that deliver on the racecourse.