Marcus Tregoning Racing & Whitsbury Manor Stables
On a fine summer’s day with hardly a breath of wind there is no better place to train racehorses than Whitsbury, high on the downs above Salisbury.
A group of athletic two year olds canter past, their coats gleaming with good health in the early morning light.
Marcus Tregoning nods approvingly, then wonders out loud which of them will be ready to run at Glorious Goodwood towards the end of July.
He concedes “This is a lovely place to train with a variety of grass and all weather gallops in a beautiful setting. You can see the horses are happy and relaxed”.
After a quiet start to the campaign the winners have begun to flow, and you sense there is much more to come in the months ahead.
It is ten years since Tregoning sent out Sir Percy to gain a dramatic late victory in the Derby.
The horse is now a highly successful stallion and his trainer is doing very well with a reduced team of horses since he moved from Lambourn to Whitsbury early in 2013.
He says “These are exciting times and I am very positive about the future. I am still as keen as ever. There is no point in training racehorses if you don’t have goals in life.
“While we are having winners we are looking to upgrade all the time. We haven’t had a Group winner since we came to Whitsbury so that is top of the list”.
Bronze Angel, the hardy old bruiser twice victorious in the Cambridgeshire, has more than done his bit with upwards of £400,000 in prize money. Now seven, he is on target for another crack at The Cambridgeshire.
Tregoning reasons “Having fresh horses like him going into the second half of the season is quite a bonus. He is a funny old character and can hopefully pick off a nice handicap somewhere.
“I will claim off him because he likes to think he is in charge and can half run away with an apprentice on his back”.
The trainer believes that time spent with his horses is never wasted. He starts feeding round the bottom yard at 4.30 am, checking their legs and well-being at the same time.
Among his team of almost sixty horses he has some promising three year olds and upwards of twenty 2 year olds that have yet to run. Six belong to long time supporter Sheikh Hamdan.
Several juveniles are showing sufficient promise to be on the short list for Goodwood.
Tregoning reflects “It is amazing how they start springing into life at this time of year which is very exciting.
“We will be looking to run quite a few of them in the weeks ahead”.