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A DOUBLE WITH WINS A SALISBURY AND BATH

A double on Wednesday confirmed the excellent form of the team.

Our talented four year old Power of Darkness led the way with a repeat success in the valuable Molson Coors Handicap at Salisbury before Monaafasah won impressively at Bath on her second start.

Power of Darkness is now unbeaten on three visits to our local course at Salisbury. He missed the rest of the campaign after landing the same prize twelve months ago, was subsequently gelded and has returned better than ever this year.

But he made life seriously difficult for himself on Wednesday by giving his rivals an advantage of four or five lengths when the stalls opened.

At half way Power of Darkness was still in last place. But once Andrea Atzeni switched him out wide he began to ease into the race and though the task still formidable a furlong out he closed relentlessly on the leaders before edging ahead of Nicklaus close home to gain a thrilling victory by half a length.

Marcus Tregoning has always held a high opinion of the winner owned by his long time supporter Rupert Villers and will now aim him at the £150,000 mile handicap on the Friday at Goodwood that he won with Boom and Bust in 2011.

Marcus then moved on to Bath where Sheikh Hamdan’s Cape Cross filly Monaafasah confirmed the promise of her debut seven weeks ago with a stylish triumph in the Class 5 maiden over just short of twelve furlongs.

By staying on strongly to beat the odds on favourite Shrewdness decisively on quickish ground she posted a performance that offered plenty of promise for the future.

On a rewarding day for Tregoning he revealed that his classy three year old Mohaather has begun pre training at Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud after recovering from a bone bruise to his off fore and is on course to return to Whitsbury later this summer once he has done a month’s cantering.

Crucially the colt is sound and going the right way. If he continues to progress  his trainer is already looking ahead to the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October as a possible late season target.