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THAMES BACK ON FORM AT GOODWOOD

THAMES BACK ON FORM AT GOODWOOD

Thames Knight bounced back to form with a fluent success in a Class 5 handicap over a mile and a half at Goodwood on Friday evening.
He was given a confident ride by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who is making the most of the opportunities given him by Marcus Tregoning.
The result was never in doubt from the moment Saunders eased his mount into the lead just a furlong from home.
Thames Knight kept on strongly to win by one and a half lengths from Light of Air with Deep Challenger a close third.
Tregoning explained that the winner had struggled on testing ground at York last time.
He said “I was worried that the race might have taken a bit too much out of him but he is physically tough and a wonderful horse to train because he runs on a regular basis”.
The trainer was full of praise for Saunders on his debut at the track.
“Tyler was always in the right place through the race. He is older and stronger now, a great asset to the team and never lets me down. I have quite a few horses for him to ride this season”, he said.

TALANTED MUKALAL DOUBLES HIS SCORE

TALANTED MUKALAL DOUBLES HIS SCORE

Mukalal doubled his score for the season with a spirited victory from the front on his handicap debut over eight and a half furlongs at Wolverhampton on Thursday.
Given a mark of 82 after his impressive success at Lingfield a month ago he made much of the running in the Class 4 handicap and found more when hard pressed in the final furlong.
It was tight in the final fifty yards as Vantage Point threw down a fierce challenge but the photo showed that Mukalal had prevailed by a head with the well back favourite Pavilion a close third.
A strong, scopey type Mukalal did well to prevail in a race that contained several well regarded, improving three year olds.
He has the size and substance to progress further through the season in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

MUKALAL WINS IN IMPRESSIVE STYLE FOR SHEIKH HAMDAN

MUKALAL WINS IN IMPRESSIVE STYLE FOR SHEIKH HAMDAN

Mukalal gained an impressive first success at the third attempt in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan in the opening auction maiden over one mile at Lingfield on Thursday.

A fine, big ,scopey type he showed a lot of promise on his debut at Newcastle last year but found the wide open spaces of Newmarket a bit too much just over two weeks ago.

It was probably the wrong place to take him at this early stage of his career as he is quite excitable and got very lit up there on the way to the start and on the way back.

The hood seemed to work much better on him at Lingfield where he settled nicely behind the leader before easing into the lead on the final bend and readily pulling clear.

Marcus Tregoning was clearly delighted by this taking performance.

He said “Mukalal has a tremendous cruising speed which is always an asset and it made sense to bring him back to the all weather as he ran so well at Newcastle in November.

“We look forward to his next run as he should get better with experience. Hopefully he can progress”.

MORNINGTON AND SAUNDERS HIT THE MARK AT BATH

MORNINGTON AND SAUNDERS HIT THE MARK AT BATH

Mornington doubled his score for the season with a decisive success in the Class 4 handicap at Bath on Monday over a trip of just short of twelve furlongs.
In defying an 8 lbs ride for his maiden triumph at Brighton just over a fortnight ago he took a significant step forward in a manner which offered promise of more to come.
The winner was again well ridden by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who seized the initiative early in the straight before easing up on his mount in the closing stages once victory was assured.
Racing off a mark of 80 Mornington won with something to spare by two and three quarter lengths from Plymouth Sound.
He seemed well suited by the step up in trip from a mile and a quarter last time and is progressing nicely at this early stage of the season.

VICTORY AT BRIGHTON FOR MORNINGTON

VICTORY AT BRIGHTON FOR MORNINGTON

Mornington gained a decisive first success in a Class 4 handicap over ten furlongs at Brighton on Saturday evening.

There was much to like about the way he travelled through the race before dashing clear in the final furlong to best Inniscastle Lad by two and three-quarter lengths.

After missing more than twelve months following a set back Mornington had shown promise in both his starts at Lingfield towards the end of last year.

On his fourth start on Saturday racing off a mark of 72 he took a big step forward with the help of finely judged ride by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who was gaining the third win of his career.

Hopefully Mornington can continue to make up for lost time in the weeks and months ahead.

SPRING SUNSHINE AT WHITSBURY

SPRING SUNSHINE AT WHITSBURY

2017 SIR PERCY NOMINATION FOR SALE

2017 SIR PERCY NOMINATION FOR SALE

We have a breeding nomination to our 2006 Derby winner SIR PERCY for sale.

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VICTORY FOR SAUNDERS ABOARD MYSTIKANA

VICTORY FOR SAUNDERS ABOARD MYSTIKANA

Mystikana doubled her score at Lingfield on Friday with the help of a patient ride by apprentice Tyler Saunders in the opening Class 6 handicap over twelve furlongs.

A tendency to be too keen has hampered her chances in the past but the race worked out perfectly this time as she swooped in the final furlong to win in style.

Mystikana has been running consistently all winter and while this wasn’t the strongest race by any means the manner of her victory offered promise that she can win more races at this trip.

Held up in the rear early on she edged closer on the final bend and once in front galloped on strongly to beat The Ginger Berry by three lengths.

There was added pleasure for Mystikana’s trainer Marcus Tregoning as she is by his Derby winner Sir Percy who continues to do well at stud

APPRENTICE TYLER SAUNDERS LANDS HIS FIRST WINNER

APPRENTICE TYLER SAUNDERS LANDS HIS FIRST WINNER

Tyler Saunders enjoyed a Red Letter Day at Lingfield on Wednesday as he gained his first victory on Clovelly Bay in the closing mile and a half Class 5 apprentice handicap.

It was an overdue success for Saunders, aged 20, who works hard in the yard and has now had thirty rides.

Clovelly Bay runs in the colours of Marcus Tregoning and has been knocking on the door since his last win at Chelmsford just over a year ago.

Horse and rider were soon into a nice rhythm at Lingfield and came with a well timed challenge which took them to the front inside the final furlong.

Clovelly Bay then kept on strongly to win beat the favourite General Hazard by one and a quarter lengths to the evident delight of his eager jockey.

Tregoning said “I am pleased with horse and his rider. Tyler has done well since joining us and hopefully he can progress after this breakthrough success.

“Now that Clovelly Bay has won over the longer trip of a mile and a half it gives us more options for him”.

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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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