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RED ROYALIST WINS AT GOODWOOD

RED ROYALIST WINS AT GOODWOOD

Red Royalist gained an overdue first success in a triple photo finish at Goodwood on Tuesday.
Second on his debut at Ascot last September, he then finished a close and highly encouraging third in a valuable sales race at Newmarket the following month before being gelded this spring.
So although Red Royalist has taken time to find his form this year he was certainly not winning out of turn at Goodwood at his first attempt over ten furlongs.
The step up in trip from a mile seemed to do the trick as he kept on well inside the final furlong to beat Hats Off To Larry by a neck with Fearsome the same distance away in third place.
Red Royalist was the latest of Marcus Tregoning’s useful team of three year olds to strike a winning note and the in-form trainer can look forward with confidence to more success in the coming weeks.

PROGRESSIVE STAYER NOBLE BEHEST SCORES AGAIN

PROGRESSIVE STAYER NOBLE BEHEST SCORES AGAIN

Noble Behest extended the fine form of the stable’s three year olds by doubling his score for the season in a Class 4 two mile handicap at Thirsk on Friday.

The form of his first success seventeen days earlier at Chelmsford had already been franked by the runner up.

Raised 6 lbs for that victory Noble Behest looked a progressive stayer as he led over two furlongs out at Thirsk before keeping on strongly to see off the persistent challenge of the 6-4 favourite On Fire by one and a half lengths.

He was the 18th winner of the season for Marcus Tregoning whose in form team is maintaining a healthy strike rate of 20 per cent.

There should be more to come from Noble Behest who runs in the colours of an enthusiastic team called The FOPS.

 

 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SUCCESS!

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SUCCESS!

Another day. Another success for Marcus Tregoning’s talented band of three year olds.

On Thursday it was the turn of Seafarer to showcase his talents at Chepstow with a clear cut victory.

Twenty four hours later Imphal displayed resolution and stamina In equal measure at Goodwood as he completed a hat trick of wins with a withering late run that took him to the front in the final stride of the Class 5 Butlins Handicap.

Imphal has shaped all season like a stayer of considerable potential and despite being keen in the early stages on his first attempt over two miles he was doing all his best work in the final furlong as he foiled a gamble on the lightly raced Kozier by a short head.

He has been ridden to all three triumphs by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who plays an important part on the gallops at Whitsbury in the mornings and is making the most of his opportunities on the racecourse.

Although Imphal’s handicap rating has already gone up a stone during his winning sequence to a mark of 72 he is bound to be raised again after this latest success.

He continues to improve with experience and could well play a part in the better staying handicaps as as the season unfolds.

SEAFARER BACK IN THE WINNING GROOVE

SEAFARER BACK IN THE WINNING GROOVE

Seafarer was deservedly back in the winning groove at Chepstow on Thursday after a frustratingly finishing second on his three previous outings.

His form this season looks solid with his most recent conqueror Nathan hacking up in a decent handicap at Newbury last weekend.

The downside is that Seafarer’s mark has gone up 11 lbs for those three defeats.

He certainly seemed to appreciate the step up in trip to twelve furlongs at Chepstow as he stormed two and a quarter lengths clear of the favourite Star of the East in the closing stages of the Class 4 handicap.

Winning jockey Hayley Turner was impressed by the potential of Seafarer who she described as still a bit of a baby.

“I really had to tell him what to do before the penny dropped and he relished the trip. The further he went the better”, she said.

With the third horse Sparte Quercus seven further lengths back Seafarer looks booked for another hike by the handicapper.

But you sense that Marcus Tregoning is looking forward to planning an interesting  Autumn campaign for this good looking son of Henrythenavigator.

EXCEEDINGLY STYLISH WIN FOR DIVA

EXCEEDINGLY STYLISH WIN FOR DIVA

Exceedingly Diva put the colts in their place with a thoroughly likeable first success in the opening division of the six furlong novice stakes at Salisbury on Wednesday.

Having shown bags of promise in finishing second on her racecourse debut at Windsor in June, she took a significant step forward by making all the running to win comfortably  with something to spare.

Taking full advantage of her draw next to the rail, leading apprentice Kieran Shoemark popped her out in front and dictated matters throughout before they readily saw off the challenge of Kick On Kick On by a length.

Well bought by Marcus Tregoning for 46,000 Euros as a yearling, Exceedingly Diva looks a filly of some potential.

By the top class sire Exceed and Excel, she is closely related on the dam’s side to the smart filly Rumoush and the 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati.

In time Exceedingly Diva will surely be a valuable commodity at stud but before then she should enjoy an exciting career on the racecourse.

 

NOBLE BEHEST PROVES HIS WORTH OVER TWO MILES

NOBLE BEHEST PROVES HIS WORTH OVER TWO MILES

Noble Behest gained the first victory of his career in a Class 5 handicap  at Chelmsford on Tuesday evening on his first attempt at two miles.

Wearing cheek pieces for the first time he showed a willing attitude for 3 lbs claiming apprentice George Wood to get the better of a prolonged duel with the runner up the joint favourite Oxford Blu by half a length.

The form looks reliable as the pair came nine lengths clear of the third horse Chaparrachik in the closing stages.

Stamina was always likely to be the forte of Noble Behest as he is by Marcus Tregoning’s Derby winner Sir Percy of out Lady Hestia who won six times for the trainer, the last time over two miles.

The step up in trip from a mile and a half to two miles certainly paid off for Noble Behest, a lightly raced three year old who has the scope to develop into a useful handicapper at this sort of trip.

IMPHAL DOUBLES HIS SCORE UNDER SAUNDERS

IMPHAL DOUBLES HIS SCORE UNDER SAUNDERS

Imphal doubled his score for the season with an impressive success from the front at Bath on Tuesday in the closing mile and five furlong handicap.

He looked every inch an improving young stayer as he saw off the opposition with plenty to spare.

Imphal benefitted from a positive ride from stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who dictated the pace throughout, and gave him a breather round the final bend before pressing on again for a decisive victory.

Saunders reported “Imphal is a nice, young horse who was a bit fresh and bounced off the ground.

“He enjoyed himself out in front and is progressing well”.

While the handicapper will have his say after this latest stylish triumph you’d imagine there is plenty more to come from Imphal who was very strong at the finish.

 

SIR TITAN AT THE DOUBLE

SIR TITAN AT THE DOUBLE

Sir Titan gained his second success in a fortnight with a determined victory over a mile at Windsor in a Class 4 handicap on Monday evening.

He was always handy before leading over a furlong out and keeping on resolutely to hold the late challenge of the veteran Shifting Star by a head.

Having won with something to spare on his seasonal debut over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton two weeks ago Sir Titan took the step up in trip in his stride from a mark of 82.

With thirteen winners already at a strike rate well in excess of 20 per cent the team remain in fine form and Sir Titan is one of a number of our three year olds with the size and scope to progress as the season unfolds.

 

CHELMSFORD VICTORY FOR WATHEER

CHELMSFORD VICTORY FOR WATHEER

In form Marcus Tregoning came tantalisingly close to providing a double for his long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum at Chelmsford on Friday evening.
Watheer won the opening two year old maiden race over seven furlongs before the free running Mukalal was just foiled in his bid to complete a hat-trick when he was caught close home after attempting to make all the running in a valuable mile handicap.
He possesses plenty of pace and the way he dominated proceedings for much of the race suggests he remains a horse of some potential.
Watheer had run with promise when fourth on his debut at Salisbury nineteen days ago and took a timely step forward with a hard earned victory by three-quarters of a length from Barbarianatthegate.
He was given a determined ride by substitute jockey Kieran Shoemark when Jim Crowley failed to arrive in time from Doncaster.
Watheer took time to warm to his task but he stayed on well once turning for home and was firmly on top at the finish.

HAWKERLAND PROVES HE CAN GO THE DISTANCE

HAWKERLAND PROVES HE CAN GO THE DISTANCE

Hawkerland doubled his score for the season with a comfortable success in a Class 5 handicap over two miles at Chepstow on Tuesday evening.

A narrow winner despite running green at Yarmouth three weeks ago over just short of twelve furlongs he clearly relished the step up in trip as he stayed on well to see off the strong challenge of Wordiness.

Hawkerland was ridden with a mixture of patience and confidence by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders to put his seal on the race.

The young jockey continues to impress despite briefly taking things a little bit too easily in the final furlong.

“I’ll be having a word with him about that but he’s given him a good ride”, said Marcus Tregoning who bought the winner as a foal for his owner Guy Brook.

The trainer revealed that long term he hopes Hawkerland, by Sea The Stars, could develop into a Cup horse.

Tregoning added “There is plenty of stamina in his family, he is progressing well and I’d like to think he can build on this. I couldn’t be happier with him.”

Photo: Sound and looking well after his win.