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Six Length Win for Silver Link

Silver Link gained a deserved first success at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening over a mile and three quarters.

She has come close on several occasions over the past eighteen months and finally delivered in style with a decisive victory under floodlights.

The application of cheek pieces for the first time may well have helped Silver Link who was held up in the rear by Ben Curtis before being produced with a strong run in the straight which took him clear to win by six lengths from Ocean of Love.

There could well be more to come from Silver Link now that she has got his head in front for the first time.

Comfortable win for Monaadhil

Comfortable win for Monaadhil

Monaadhil maintained the fine late season form of the team with a comfortable success in a Class 4 handicap over a mile and half a furlong at Nottingham on Wednesday.

An attractive, progressive three year old by Dark Angel he did not race as a juvenile but is making up for lost time by winning twice from three starts and finishing second in between.

Monaadhil travelled like the best horse at Nottingham, eased into the lead over a furlong out and kept on powerfully to hold the challenge of Rosarno by two lengths.

A horse who enjoys a bit of cut in the ground, he is still learning his trade and shapes as if he will do even better next season.

Valuable win for Dance The Dream

Valuable win for Dance The Dream

Dance the Dream gained the most valuable success of her career in the £30,000 Sir Gordon Richards Handicap over twelve furlongs at Leicester on Monday.

She was given a fine ride by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who has made excellent progress this year and was gaining his biggest victory in the saddle.

Saunders was always handily placed on the beautifully bred Dance the Dream before launching her on an irresistible run that saw her lead just over a furlong out on her way to beating Top Tug by one and a half lengths.

This was her second triumph at the course and she also ran very well at Leicester last time when she was beaten only half a length by the smart Blakeney Point in another valuable Class 2 handicap.

Having trained both her sire Sir Percy and dam Shadow Dancing with great success Marcus Tregoning will have been thrilled to see Dance The Dream continue the family’s fine tradition.

He will also have taken considerable pleasure at seeing his talented apprentice continue to make the most of his chances for the yard.

Saunders commented “Dance The Dream stays well and I am sure she will go on to even better things.

“It is great to repay some of the faith Marcus has shown in me”.

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.

HAT TRICK FOR NOBLE

HAT TRICK FOR NOBLE

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 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.