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Ascot win for Mukalal

Ascot win for Mukalal

Mukalal maintained the fine form of the team with a determined success over seven furlongs in the Class 3 Troy Asset Management Handicap at Ascot on Friday.

A powerful, progressive type who has always shaped like a good horse at home he was winning for the third time this season.

Mukalal was taken down to the start early by Jim Crowley, and came back rapidly in a manner that saw him dominate his rivals for most of the race.

But the last furlong on testing ground seemed to stretch his stamina and he did extremely well to hang on by a nose from Tribute Act despite drifting markedly left in the closing stages.

Marcus Tregoning understandably has a high opinion of Mukalal and will be advising his owner Sheikh Hamden to keep him in training as a four year old.

The trainer explains “He is a tall, strong horse who has promised plenty and has always run well. As he has a high cruising speed and hits the gates very fast it makes sense to use his stride.

“I do think he could improve a lot and become a Saturday horse next year if Sheikh Hamdan decides to keep him in training”.

Four Timer for Imphal

Four Timer for Imphal

Imphal became the first horse from the yard to complete a four timer this season with a late winning charge at Lingfield on Thursday that took him to the front in the final strides.

He has been ridden to all of four of his victories by our hard working apprentice Tyler Saunders who continues to shine as he gains racing experience.

Imphal did not help his cause in the Class 5 two mile handicap with a sluggish start but he began to make ground over the last half mile, moved closer on the bend and came with a strong run between Fulham and Veiled Secret to snatch the verdict in the tightest possible finish.

The photo showed that he had prevailed by a short head from Fulham with a head back to the long time leader Veiled Secret.

Imphal then had to survive a stewards inquiry though the head on video replay showed that Veiled Secret had drifted right into him as he made his challenge.

Saunders reported “Imphal helped me out there after jumping slowly from the stalls. He is going to improve again next year.

“I ride him quite a lot at home and he’s an exuberant horse who enjoys what he does.”

Saunders has now ridden ten winners and is keen to maintain the momentum.

“I’d like to keep improving and help out the boss as much as he helps me”, he said.



Noble Behest completed an impressive hat-trick of victories with a comfortable success under floodlights at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

The progressive three year old again showed that he has stamina in abundance as he put his seal on the race turning for home before keeping on resolutely to hold the challenge of Opposition by half a length in a Class 4 handicap over two miles and half a furlong.

The keen running winner was ridden positively by Martin Dwyer who famously joined forces with Marcus Tregoning in triumph in the 2006 Derby on Sir Percy, the sire of Noble Behest.

Although the handicapper will have his say there should be more to come from this improving type whose dam Lady Hestia was a prolific winner for Tregoning and was often ridden by Dwyer.



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.



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 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 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 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 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 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.