ASIAAF OFF THE MARK AT GOODWOOD
With three winners from nine runners since the uniquely late start to the turf season the Whitsbury team of Marcus Tregoning currently has an impressive strike rate of 33%.
The latest on the scoresheet is the scopey filly Asiaaf who won a ten furlong novice race snugly at Goodwood on Sunday eleven days after a highly promising debut at Kempton.
The benefit of that initial outing was evident as she travelled notably well at Goodwood before striding into a clear lead over two furlongs out until idling as she held the late challenge of Coquette by half a length.
Tregoning commented “Although Asiaaf has won well I was hoping she had learned a bit more from her debut run.
“She was still a bit green and I think her jockey Jim Crowley felt he should have held on to her a shade longer and produced her a little later. The aim is to try to get some black type with her”.
The trainer revealed that he had taken a pull with his horses when racing came to an abrupt half shortly after the Cheltenham Festival in mid March.
His patience is certainly being rewarded now. “They are in good form and I’m very happy with them”, he said.
Stable starwill now be ridden by Jim Crowley in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after he rode the colt in an encouraging piece of work at Lingfield. Crowley, who is retained by Sheikh Hamdan, had been toying with the idea of choosing the same owner’s Mustashry, but has opted instead for last year’s Greenham winner who looks a picture and has been pleasing at home ahead of his much anticipated return to action.