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NEWCASTLE WIN FOR SEAFARER

The Derby winning team of Marcus Tregoning and Martin Dwyer joined forces again to land the valuable Class 2 mile and a half feature race at Newcastle with Seafarer on Thursday.
The long journey from Whitsbury to the North East is well over 300 miles but once the race started Seafarer was always in pole position to take the first prize of £16,172.
On a foggy afternoon on Tyneside he could be seen travelling notably well just behind the leaders before moving smoothly to the front over two furlongs out and winning cosily by three quarters of a length from Stargazer without being asked any questions by his rider.
Tregoning has long felt that Seafarer is a horse of considerable potential and he won on his second start as a two year old. But he is highly strung and it has taken time to produce his true form this season with the help of blinkers.
He wasn’t suited by the slow pace in the November Handicap at Doncaster but bounced back on Thursday with an undeniably impressive success in the colours of his trainer who owns him with three friends.
Tregoning suggested “He is a fun horse who we bought cheaply for £15,000 from the Airlie Stud and he’s got it now. He has filled out, is much more settled and shapes like a lovely dual purpose type.
“But for the moment we will make the most of the fact that he enjoys this surface so he could be running at Newcastle again.”

IMPRESSIVE 5TH WIN FOR LANDUE

Landue extended his impressive late season form with another decisive success in a mile and a half amateur riders handicap at Kempton on Tuesday evening.

He has now won five times since opening his account off a mark of 59 at Lingfield over ten furlongs in July.

His progress has been relentless with further victories at a Ffos Las, Chelmsford and Kempton before his latest triumph back at Kempton on Tuesday.

Landue was given a polished ride by Ross Birkett who waited in midfield on the inner before producing him with a strong run in the final straight which saw him stretch clear readily to beat Agent Gibbs by three and a quarter lengths.

Now up to a mark of 78 it is inevitable that he will be raised again after this latest romp under the floodlights.

But he may not be finished yet for the season as Marcus Tregoning has the chance of running him under a penalty at Chelmsford on Saturday.

Further ahead he has the scope to develop into a useful staying handicapper next year.

FOURTH WIN FOR LANDUE

Landue gained his fourth success from six starts this year with a cosy victory in a Class  5 Handicap over an extended mile and five furlongs at Chelmsford on Monday night.

A tough and consistent colt by Champs Elysees, he has been running well all season in the familiar green and white colours of his trainer.

Landue has always shaped as though stamina was his strong suit and once again came from off the pace to win with something to spare.

He was given a patient ride by Hayley Turner who eased him onto the heels of the leaders turning for home before sending him through a timely gap inside the final furlong to seal the victory by three quarters of a length from Hope Is High.

Landue should develop onto a useful stayer next year for Marcus Tregoning and given that he won off a mark of 72 on Monday there is surely more improvement to come after a winter on his back.

Tregoning is still on a high after the success of Mohaather in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes on Saturday.

One option he is considering for the Showcasing colt early next season is the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April.

“We can dream after that”, he says.

GROUP 3 WIN FOR MOHAATHER

The Derby winning duo of Marcus Tregoning and Martin Dwyer enjoyed a well deserved success in the Group 3 Molson Coors Stakes with the progressive colt Mohaather at Newbury in Saturday.

Racing in the colours of long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum Mohaather appeared to relish the testing conditions as he come from last to first with an irresistible run over the last quarter mile.

He caught the long time leader Athmad inside the final furlong before stretching clear to win comfortably by one and a half lengths with Almufti five lengths away third.

Mohaather had clearly improved significantly since his narrow success on his second start at Nottingham seventeen days ago.

With Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Jim Crowley preferring to ride Fanaar at Newbury Martin Dwyer came in for the mount on Mohaather who is closely related to a lengthy list of past winners.

Dwyer and Tregoning famously combined to land the 2006 Derby with Sir Percy and are still very much in the groove twelve years later.

For Tregoning the Group 3 impressive triumph of Mohaather was a notable landmark since his move from Lambourn to Whitsbury.

He retains a tangible enthusiasm for the business of training racehorses and will relish making a long term plan for a colt who clearly has much to offer in 2019.

Richard Hills, Racing manager to Sheikh Hamadan, said “Mohaather has won really well and is by Showcasing whose progeny go on this ground.

“Marcus felt he deserved to take his chance here and he was right. We will take it step by step with him”.

MOHAATHER BATTLES WELL FOR FIRST WIN

Mohaather provided Marcus Tregoning’s first juvenile success of the season with a gritty victory in the opening EBF Novice Stakes over six furlongs at Nottingham on Monday.

A good looking colt by Showcasing from a prolific family he showed bags of promise when second on his debut at Newbury nineteen days in the colours of the stable’s long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

That experience was not wasted on Mohaather who was always prominent at Nottingham before taking on the leader two furlongs out and keeping on with a pleasing willingness to snatch the verdict by a short head from Alfred Boucher with the hot favourite Swindler the same distance away third.

The form looks solid with the two placed horses both having finished second last time in decent maidens.

A 110,000 Guineas purchase as a yearling Mohaather is related to several useful winners and with normal progress should enhance the family’s record further.

THIRD WIN FOR LANDUE

Landue was back in the winning groove under the floodlights at Kempton on Tuesday evening with the help of a confident ride by Hayley Turner.

A progressive type with a pleasing attitude, he has now been successful in three of his last four starts.

Turner waited patiently towards the rear on Landue until starting to make eye-catching progress on him on the rails once turning for home in the mile and a half Class 6 Handicap.

Landue then closed steadily on the leaders, edged ahead 150 yards out and kept on strongly to win cosily by three quarters of a length from Wallflower.

This is a nice, improving three year old on a roll and it will be disappointing if he cannot enhance his record further before the end of the year.

FIRST WIN FOR BARNAY

Barnay gained an overdue first success in the ten furlong seller at Lingfield on Tuesday in the green and white colours of his trainer.

He has been running consistently for much of the season and deserved to get his head in front after finishing in the money on his last four starts.

Barnay travelled comfortably throughout before easing into the lead over a furlong and winning decisively by two and a half lengths from Mans Not Trot.

He was then sold for 8,000 guineas at the subsequent auction.

MUKALAL WINS AT LEICESTER

Mukalal gained an overdue first success of the season at Leicester on Tuesday with the help of a first time visor.

He hinted at an imminent return to form with an excellent run into fifth place in a competitive and valuable seven furlong handicap at Goodwood late last month.

Marcus Tregoning felt the visor definitely made a difference as Mukalal finished strongly to snatch the verdict by a head in a decent Class 3 Handicap by a head from Flavius Titus in a tight four way finish racing off a mark of 93.

A powerful four year old gelding by Mawatheeq, he was notably consistent last season and is finally making up for lost time after a frustrating campaign in 2018.

Tregoning noted “It’s been a shame it hasn’t worked out for Mukalal this year until now because he is a nice horse, a big unit and the quick pace here suited him.

“It was pleasing to see him back in the winner’s enclosure and he could be heading for Chelmsford next as the prize money is so good there.”

SECOND VICTORY FOR LANDUE

Landue doubled his score for the season with a hard earned success in the colours of his trainer at Ffos Las on Monday.

Stepping up in trip has proved to be the key to this progressive three year old colt who got off the mark five weeks ago on his first attempt at ten furlongs and was clearly suited by racing over a mile and a half this time.

With three of the seven runners withdrawn from the Class 6 apprentice handicap Landue was sent off an odds on shot in the hands of the stable’s experienced claimer Tyler Saunders.

Held up in the early stages he was delivered with a steady run to lead inside the final furlong and win a shade cosily by three quarters of a length from the second favourite Sky Rocket.

The handicapper cannot be too harsh on the winner after this narrow victory and there is every chance that Landue can remain competitive in the weeks ahead.

COMFORTABLE 1ST WIN FOR HONOURBOUND

Honourbound gained a comfortable first success on Tuesday in a Class 6 mile and a half Handicap at Ffos Las in the colours of Park Walk Racing.
The promise he had shown when a strong finishing third at Lingfield a fortnight ago was more than fulfilled as he put his seal on the race in the closing stages.
Held up early on by Hayley Turner he began to move closer turning for home and eased into second place a furlong out before moving ahead and galloping on powerfully to beat Time To Sea by a length and a half.
The step up in trip to twelve furlongs on his last two starts seems to have been the making of Honourbound who should be equally effective over further and could be one to follow.