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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.

 

 

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