Marcus Tregoning is targeting black type and heritage handicaps as he looks forward to a fruitful campaign with a promising team of fifty horses.
Marcus spent 14 years as assistant trainer to Major Dick Hern before taking over from him at Kingwood House Stables in 1998. With an outstanding record of achievement at the highest level including the 2006 Derby with, there is much to be looking forward to for the upcoming season.
He says “We have done well in the past in Group 1 and 2 races. We thought we had the ideal candidate last year withuntil he suffered a significant injury shortly after winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
“One minute we had a serious 2,000 Guineas candidate. The next he was out of action for several months. The good news is that he is pleasing again ahead of the new season.”
Naturally Tregoning is hoping thatcan be his flagbearer in 2020. After his setback, which required surgery followed by recuperation at Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, the colt returned to training in the late summer before ending the season with a fine run into fifth place in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
With better luck in running he would have finished a lot closer to the winner. The trainer reports thatis well and is being aimed at the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes.
The talented six year old Power of Darkness is also back for more. He won twice including the Shergar Cup mile at Ascot before missing the Cambridgeshire with a minor problem. He is an obvious candidate for heritage handicaps. The six year old 99 rated sprinter Mubaalegh is an interesting recruit from France following the retirement of his trainer John Hammond. Another speedster, the free running three year old Raasel, gives every sign of being a five furlong specialist.
Impressor rounded off his two year old campaign with a brave front running third in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes. He should prove effective up to a mile this season and has several interesting targets to aim at.
Tregoning’s squad of 23 two year olds include sixteen youngsters owned by his long time patron Sheikh Hamdan. Four are by’s sire Showcasing, a prolific producer of smart two year olds. No wonder the trainer rates him so highly.
Then there is Motarajja, a colt by Frankel out of Rumoush, a filly Tregoning trained to finish third in the Oaks. He could be one for later in the season. Others to note include a Dark Angel colt, Ensyaaby and a Nayef filly, Taqseemaat.
Marcus and his team are greatly looking forward to the start of the turf season in June.