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STORMING AHEAD AT SALISBURY!

STORMING AHEAD AT SALISBURY!

Storm Ahead lived up to his name with an impressive winning run in a valuable Class 2 mile handicap at Salisbury on Wednesday.

He was unlucky in running when hampered at a crucial stage before finishing fourth on his seasonal debut at Doncaster behind Defrocked who then franked the form by winning the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Storm Ahead took a big step forward at Salisbury, moving up stylishly to lead a furlong out before stretching clear on the easy ground to beat Sinfinietta by two and three quarter lengths.

There is surely more to come from the gelding who races in the colours of Guy Brook.

 

 

Scopey Tukhoom scores at Goodwood

Scopey Tukhoom scores at Goodwood

Tukhoom offered considerable scope for the future with a decisive success in a mile maiden for three year olds at Goodwood on Friday night on his second start.

Ridden with patience by Louis Steward he was last for the first half mile before moving stylishly into contention with steady run on the outside.

After easing into the lead over a furlong out Tukhoom readily pulled clear of his rivals without being asked any serious questions by his jockey.

It was an eye-catching victory by a horse who ran only once last season in September in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes at Newbury, a race which Marcus Tregoning traditionally targets with his more promising two year olds.

Tukhoom, a half-brother to three times winner Tupi, cost 100,000 guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls and runs in the colours of long time stable supporter Hamdan Al Maktoum.

 

SERENA GRAE WINS AT CHESTER

SERENA GRAE WINS AT CHESTER

Serena Grae was a timely first winner of the season for Marcus Tregoning in a £14,000 staying handicap at Chester on Saturday.

Pat Cosgrave was always ideally place on the five year old grey mare, just behind the leader,  and struck for home on her early in the straight.

Serena Grae responded willingly as she galloped on strongly to claim victory by one and three quarter lengths from Indira who was seeking to complete a hat trick.

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It was the fifth career success for Serena Grae who races in the colours of Mrs Heather Raw and could soon be returning to Chester.

Tregoning suggests “Although she can be quirky she has a fair bit of ability, settles well in her races and gets the trip well.

“The way she won suggests she might stay a bit further than today’s distance of one mile, five and a half furlongs and now that she has shown me that she handles Chester I’d be keen to bring her back to the course as their prize money is impressively generous”.

With his team slow to come to hand this season and some of them out of sorts the trainer has waited patiently for signs of improvement at home.

Now that Serena Grae has hit form he is hopeful that others may follow in the coming weeks. He is certainly keen to run Burmese in the Ascot Gold Cup despite his defeat at Sandown on Thursday evening in a race run at an unsuitably pedestrian pace

IMOGEN HAS GONE!

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It was good to see the sunshine as the calm returned to the Whitsbury downs this morning after Storm Imogen passing through yesterday!

STORMING HOME AT LINGFIELD

STORMING HOME AT LINGFIELD

Storm Ahead lived up to his name with a sustained run in the final quarter mile that provided his first victory at Lingfield on Monday.

Having shown promise on both his previous starts he took a big step forward with a hard earned defeat of the odds-on favourite Bernie’s Boy by a neck in the seven furlong maiden.

Storm Ahead began to make progress from the rear entering the straight and kept on in determined fashion to overhaul the long time leader Bernie’s Boy 75 yards from the line.

It was a solid performance that offered hope of better to come in 2016.

Marcus Tregoning said “They went very quick from the start and Storm Ahead kept on well to outstay them.

“He will be a nice three year old over a mile and a quarter next year”.

FINAL VICTORY FOR THE TREGONING/TURNER DUO

FINAL VICTORY FOR THE TREGONING/TURNER DUO

The fruitful partnership between Marcus Tregoning and Hayley Turner reached an emotional conclusion as the pair shared a popular victory with Clovelly Bay at Chelmsford on Friday evening ahead of the jockey’s retirement the following afternoon.

As both the owner and trainer of Clovelly Bay Tregoning was clearly delighted to provide one more winner for the most successful female rider of the past decade.

Turner was at her tactical best as she seized the lead on Clovelly Bay two furlongs out before the duo held on in a tight finish by a short head from One Pekan.

The winner has been running consistently all year and come tantalisingly close to giving George Tregoning, the trainer’s son, his first success at Goodwood in August.

There will be plenty more chances for both Clovelly Bay and George Tregoning.

But for Turner the curtain comes down on her outstanding career on the final day of the turf season at Doncaster.

She has been a credit to her profession.

BLACK TYPE FOR ALAMODE SECOND IN GROUP 3 OH SO SHARP STAKES

BLACK TYPE FOR ALAMODE SECOND IN GROUP 3 OH SO SHARP STAKES

Alamode stepped up markedly from her success at Goowood with a flying late challenge that took her into second place in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Kirsten Rausing’s home bred filly, by Marcus Tregoning’s Derby winner Sir Percy, shows a lot of speed given that she is bred to appreciate distances over more than a mile that she is likely to be encountering next season.

She made ground hand over fist in the closing stages over seven furlongs in finishing a length second to the unbeaten winner First Victory at Newmarket and will surely be a big player for Tregoning next year.

 

IMPRESSIVE THIRD WIN FOR SWEET P

IMPRESSIVE THIRD WIN FOR SWEET P

Progressive filly Sweet P completed an impressive hat-trick in style in the mud at Windsor on Monday.

Her two previous victories this season has been achieved on fast ground but she seemed well suited by the different conditions this time, just as Marcus Tregoning had predicted in the Racing Post.

Wearing her customary hood Sweet P made all the running and was fully in charge in the closing stages despite being eased down by Louis Steward in the final 100 yards.

Steward reported that the filly is game, versatile and improving fast. This latest success in a decent Class 3 handicap will see Sweet P rise further in the official ratings but there is surely more to come now that she has shown she goes so well on soft ground.

Further ahead she has an entry in the December Sales at Newmarket.

 

ASCOT WIN MAKES IT A HAT TRICK FOR BURMESE

ASCOT WIN MAKES IT A HAT TRICK FOR BURMESE

Burmese capped a fine season with a highly impressive victory in the two mile Class 3 Gordon Carter Stakes at Ascot on Friday.

In completing his hat-trick he could be named the winner from the moment his jockey William Buick made his move early in the straight.

Burmese soon eased into the lead and stayed on strongly to beat Deauville Dancer by two and a quarter lengths with the third Sweetheart Abbey fully six lengths away third.

Burmese is only three, ran for the first time in June, has finished in the first two in all six of his races this season and gives every sign of developing into a smart stayer next year.

Marcus Tregoning suggested “This horse is going the right way and William Buick likes him a lot.

“I hope he can make the next step in 2016 and can come back to Ascot for the Royal meeting”.

The trainer was smiling broadly as he added “It is a question of whether it is the Queen Alexandra Stakes or the Gold Cup”!

Here’s hoping.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE STAR CLAIMS A VICTORY AT DONCASTER

CAMBRIDGESHIRE STAR CLAIMS A VICTORY AT DONCASTER

Marcus Tregoning’s popular campaigner Bronze Angel made a timely return to form at Doncaster on Saturday a fortnight before his date with destiny in the Betfred Cambridgeshire.

Bronze Angel, now aged six, has faced a series of stiff tasks this year since a superb spell late last season saw him land two valuable handicaps including a famous second victory on the Cambridgeshire.

But on Saturday he was down to his last winning mark of 105 and with a visor replacing the blinkers he has worn in recent races he gained the eighth success of his admirable career by a comfortable length and a half from in-form Man of Harlech.

This latest victory by Bronze Angel in the Potter Logistics 50 Glorious Years Handicap over a mile took the total of prize money he has won down the years close to £450,000.

He was ridden by smart apprentice Louis Steward who was also in the saddle for his second victory in the Cambridgeshire a year ago.

Bookmakers are taking no chances ahead of Bronze Angel’s bid to win an historic third Cambridgeshire on September 26 as they slashed his price across the board.

Tregoning said “He is such an easy horse to train, a sweet horse and his owner Lady Tennant deserves him as she is so loyal.

“Bronze Angel is a grand old servant, a model of consistency who seems to come alive in the autumn.

“Winning today has now qualified Bronze Angel for the valuable Balmoral Handicap at Ascot next month”.