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YEARLING PARADE AND OWNERS’ LUNCH

YEARLING PARADE AND OWNERS’ LUNCH

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”.
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DANCING THE DREAM AT LEICESTER

DANCING THE DREAM AT LEICESTER

Dance the Dream gained her second success of the season in style at Leicester on Tuesday over twelve furlongs. Hugely impressive in winning her maiden at Chepstow in August she had subsequently run well when stepped up in class in a heritage handicap at Ascot. Back down in grade at Leicester Dance The Dream looked every inch a smart, progressive filly as she tracked a strong pace before pulling readily clear in the last two furlongs to win by four lengths from Hestina.  Few, if any results this season will have delighted her trainer Marcus Tregoning more as he trained both her sire, the Derby winner Sir Percy and also her dam Shadow Dancing who boasted decent form before retiring to stud with an official rating of 106. A fine, imposing type who seemed to appreciate ease in the ground at Leicester Dance The Dream could well be out again in the colours of Mrs Hugh Dalgetty before the end of the season and has every chance of improving again next year.

ARGENTERIE LANDS MAIDEN AT SALISBURY

ARGENTERIE LANDS MAIDEN AT SALISBURY

The runaway success of Argenterie at Salisbury on Thursday offered boundless promise for the future.

Her trainer Marcus Tregoning was in upbeat mood as he greeted Kirsten Rausing’s well bred filly in the winner’s enclosure at his local track.

No Wonder. Argenterie had shaped encouragingly in finishing third on her debut at Goodwood just over a month ago and took a big step forward at Salisbury by dominating throughout in her division of the 7 furlong fillies maiden on her way to defeating Interweave by three and a quarter lengths.

Sharply out of the stalls she was soon in charge on the far rails, was fully in command two furlongs out and sailed home unchallenged with her jockey Martin Dwyer easing down in the closing stages.

Tregoning hinted that Argenterie might step up in grade before the end of the season, perhaps in the Rockfel Stakes or Fillies Mile.

“She is a very exciting filly with some nice entries and I’d say she will take up one of them”, he said.

“I’ve always thought a lot of her, she should handle any ground and will get a mile next year”, he added.

 

FIRST YEARLING PURCHASE OF THE YEAR AT ARQANA

FIRST YEARLING PURCHASE OF THE YEAR AT ARQANA

Working hard in Deauville this evening, Marcus has purchased his first yearling of the season for owner Karen Paterson.

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Lot 42, a beautiful filly by SIYOUNI out of KISSIN SIGN, purchased for €185,000.

 

SEAFARER SCORES AT SALISBURY

SEAFARER SCORES AT SALISBURY

Seafarer displayed considerable potential in winning on his second start at Salisbury on Thursday from an unpromising position at half-way.

Marcus Tregoning then came tantalisingly close to enjoying a double as Port Isaac was pipped on the line in the three year old maiden despite running green as he drifted markedly left handed in the final two furlongs.

Seafarer took a big step forward from his debut at Chepstow four weeks ago. He was locked away on the rails behind horses for much of the race but once he was saw daylight he quickened in the style of a smart two year old to gain the day.

It was a highly encouraging victory which clearly pleased both his jockey Pat Dobbs and his trainer Marcus Tregoning who owns a leg in the winner.

Dobbs was impressed by the way Seafarer finished the race full of running while the trainer revealed that his colt had been showing plenty of dash at home.

“I think he will get a mile now on good to firm ground and later on he could be very nice”, said Tregoning who will be looking for Port Isaac to go one better in the weeks ahead.

 

DANCE THE DREAM IN CHARGE AT CHEPSTOW

DANCE THE DREAM IN CHARGE AT CHEPSTOW

Dance The Dream fulfilled the promise of her fine run at Newbury a month ago with a totally dominant victory at Chepstow on Tuesday.

A fine, big imposing three year old, fully 17 hands, she has needed time to grow into her frame which is why she did not race at two.

But there was no doubting her ability on her third start as she put her seal on the race at a surprisingly early stage.

Dance The Dream was fully in charge at the head of affairs turning for home and sailed home unchallenged in a manner that left Marcus Tregoning talking confidently of her pursuing black type.

There was added pleasure for Tregoning since he trained both her sire Sir Percy and dam Shadow Dancing.

He said “Dance The Dream is a big, strong galloping filly. I think a mile and a half is her trip though she will stay further”.

FIRST SUCCESS FOR MYSTIKANA

FIRST SUCCESS FOR MYSTIKANA

Mistikana, by Marcus Tregoning’s Derby winner Sir Percy, gained an overdue first success at Lingfield on Wednesday.

She can be a bit too keen for her own good at times but settled much better for her new jockey Danny Brock on her way to a decisive four length success.

Tregoning turned to Brock when Royston Ffrench was badly held up by traffic on the nearby M25.

But the trainer gave Ffrench full credit for his decision to try Mistikana again over a mile and a half despite previous reverses at that trip.

Tregoning explained “Royston said there was no question about her staying a mile and a half so I encouraged Danny to be positive.

“Mystikana must have been six lengths clear with two furlongs to run and it looks as if she might get further.

“She also seemed to enjoy the all weather surface so we’ll see what the handicapper does now”.

 

THAMES KNIGHT DELIVERS AT EPSOM

THAMES KNIGHT DELIVERS AT EPSOM

Thames Knight squeezed through the narrowest possible gap on his way to a spirited victory under top weight in a Class 5 handicap over ten furlongs at Epsom on Thursday evening.

He bravely shrugged off a smack in the face from a rival jockey’s whip as the field bunched a furlong out, soon led then dug deep to see off a strong late challenge from The Gay Cavalier.

This latest triumph offered further evidence that Marcus Tregoning’s Whitsbury team are hitting their stride after a quiet start to the season.

Thames Knight, owned by Rupert Villers, who won twice last year at Bath, is by Tregoning’s Derby winner Sir Percy.

He was very well ridden by Royston French who was successful on Thaqaffa for the trainer at Beverley last Friday.

VICTORY AT BEVERLEY FOR THAQAFFA

VICTORY AT BEVERLEY FOR THAQAFFA

Thaqaffa gained an overdue first success under top weight in a Class 5 handicap over eight and a half furlongs at Beverley on Friday evening.

He had shown a fair degree of promise on several occasions, finishing runner up twice, and had divided subsequent winners on his seasonal reappearance at Chelmsford at the end of April.

The stiff course at Beverley held no fears for Thaqaffa who was a bit keen early before settling in second place just behind the leader.

He led just under two furlongs from home, was soon in command and kept on willingly to beat Dasheen by three and a quarter lengths.

While Thaqaffa is bound to be raised by the handicapper from his current mark of 74 this was a victory and a performance which offered plenty of encouragement that he can progress through the season.

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.