With thoughts already turning to the 2107 flat season Marcus Tregoning has been busily assembling an attractive team of yearlings at Whitsbury Manor Stables.
When the campaign opens in March he expects to have around twenty five two year olds in training.
He was clearly in upbeat mood as he paraded a hand picked group of eleven youngsters at the top yard on a beautiful morning late in October before an audience of owners, breeders and supporters.
They included likely types by Nayef, Declaration of War, Power, Medicean and Exceed and Excel as well as a group of four commercial colts in which there are shares available.
Guests were suitably impressed before a long, entertaining lunch in a nearby marquee.
Marcus admitted that a major part of the fun he gets from training racehorses is sourcing the bargains, bearing in mind that whatever the purchase price they all cost the same to train.
He explained “I consider a bargain to be one that pays his own way, gives his owner or owners lots of fun and aspires to running in valuable televised handicaps or Group races.
“When you consider the likes of Bronze Angel, Boom and Bust, Prism, and our Derby winner Sir Percy, none of these cost more than 40,000 Guineas and most, including Sir Percy, far less.
“Add up their earnings and you might get a bit of a shock”.
Of those still looking for owners Marcus was positive about an attractive yearling by Champs Elysees who cost 25,000 Euros at Tattersalls Eire.
He said “This one is a great mover with a good temperament who has just cantered for the first time.”
He is also keen on another Champs Elysees Colt with a big white face who cost 11,000 Guineas at Newmarket and suggested that colts by Thewayyouare ( 12,000 Euros ) and Royal Applause (10,000 Guineas) should both be forward enough to make two year olds.
He concluded with a chuckle “Who knows? The next Champion two year old, Cambridgeshire winner or Derby hero may be only feet away from your grasp”.