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DECISIVE 1st WIN FOR SADLERS BEACH AT BATH

Sadlers Beach was a decisive winner at Bath on Friday in a Class six handicap over a mile and a quarter.

She had shown promise on her seasonal debut at Wolverhampton seventeen days earlier despite racing keenly in the early stages and took a decent step forward as she came clear in the closing stages at Bath despite drifting left handed.

At the line she was two and a quarter lengths ahead of Vin D’Honneur, a previous winner, with Ballet Red half a length away third.

While Sadlers Beach was again quite free on Friday she is progressing nicely and was well on top in the closing stages on her first start on turf.

Given that she won off a modest mark of 49 at Bath there is every chance that she can still be competitive once she is re-assessed by the handicapper.

ANOTHER WINNER WITH SPIRIT OF ANGEL VICTORIOUS AT CHELMSFORD

Spirit of Angel completed a rewarding 24 hours for Marcus Tregoning with a narrow victory in the concluding ten furlong Class 6 handicap at Chelmsford on Thursday evening.

Long days are all part of the job for the trainer who was at Bath on Wednesday evening to supervise the success of Freckles and then made the long journey from Whitsbury to Essex to saddle Spirit of Angel who he owns in partnership with Owenstown Stud.

The drive home to Hampshire will have passed more quickly thanks to the spirited triumph of Spirit of Angel who stayed on resolutely in the final furlong before edging out Percy Alexander by a neck.

The winner is a progressive gelding by Dark Angel, and had taken a useful step forward last time at Lingfield on his seasonal debut.

The way he finished at Chelmsford offered encouragement that he could improve again as he gains experience.

After racing keenly in the early stages he was doing all his best work late on in a manner which indicated that in time he will get further than ten furlongs.

FRECKLES OFF THE MARK AT BATH

Freckles provided a timely boost for the team at Bath on Wednesday evening following the set back that led to Mohaather’s withdrawal from Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas.
An attractive Arakan filly bred by his owners John and Heather Raw, Freckles had shown a degree of promise in three runs last season which earned her a handicap mark of 60.
With our former apprentice Tyler Saunders claiming a handy 7 lbs Marcus Tregoning felt she had a decent chance at Bath in the Class 6 handicap over a mile if she coped with the ground conditions from a tricky draw widest of all in stall thirteen.
Freckles was clearly equal to the challenge as she came from off the pace on the stands side to win with something to spare.
At the line she was well in command two and a quarter lengths clear of Princess Way who completed a hat trick last October.
With normal improvement Freckles should still be competitive once the handicapper has had the chance to react.

MOHAATHER TO MISS GUINEAS

Mohaather will not be running in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket after sustaining a bone bruise to his off fore.
It is a significant blow for Marcus Tregoning and his team after the colt earned a shot at the first Classic of the season with a sparkling victory in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
But the trainer is hopeful Mohaather will have the chance to make up for lost time later this year in the colours of his owner Sheikh Hamdan.
Tregoning said “He has got a severe bone bruise on his off fore. These things happen but it is very disappointing because everything was pointing towards Newmarket and he was looking like a live contender.
These days MRI scans can reveal a lot more and if we give him a rest now and take our time with him and wait until the autumn we have a fair chance of getting him back.
“It is the wise decision because I would never race a horse I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with.
“You have to be positive about Mohaather making his mark in the second half of the season. We know he is very useful and that is all the more reason to take this course of action and look after his best interests.”

SET BACK FOR MOHAATHER

Mohaather’s chance of running in next Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas is in some doubt after he was found to be lame this morning.
Marcus Tregoning reports “Unfortunately he was lame on his off fore after exercise this morning.
“We are not quite sure where the problem lies and a decision will be made sometime on Monday about his participation in the Guineas”.

DECISIVE VICTORY FOR MARGUB

The decisive success of Margub at Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening continued the team’s fine start to the new season.
A progressive three year old last season he won twice at Chelmsford before a gelding operation late in the year.
He likes to get on with things and was soon in charge at the head of affairs in a Class 3 handicap over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton on his seasonal debut racing off a mark of 85.
The pack tried to close turning for home but Dane O’Neill had kept plenty up his sleeve on Margub who kept on strongly to beat Elerfaan by three and a half lengths with Sureyoutoldme two and a quarter lengths further back in third place.
While the handicapper is bound to have his say after this stylish victory you sense that the lightly raced winner has improved over the winter and can take another step forward this summer.

MOHAATHER LANDS GREENHAM

MOHAATHER LANDS GREENHAM

Mohaather booked his place in the line up for the 2,000 Guineas with a fluent triumph in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.


A neat, classy colt by Showcasing he carries the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who has shared so many important successes with Marcus Tregoning down the years.
Mohaather ended his juvenile campaign with victory in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October.
His trainer has been upbeat about his progress this spring at Whitsbury and his exciting colt justified the confidence on Saturday with a dashing run that took him into a clear lead over a furlong out.
Mohaather then showed signs of inexperience by drifting right and then left before buckling down to readily see off the late challenge of Great Scot by three quarters of a length with Urban Icon two and a quarter lengths away third. 
Tregoning revealed that the colt is one of the fastest horses he has ever trained which perhaps raises slight doubts about his ability to get a mile at Newmarket.
“But the beauty is that he settles so well in his races”, he said.
Mohaather didn’t make his racecourse debut until September as a two year old because he was a little immature and spent a month out of training in the summer back at his owner’s stud.
He has been making up for lost time ever since and though his two most recent wins have come on easy ground Tregoning says that he has such a beautiful action he has no concerns about running him on quicker going.

Photos courtesy of Laura Green.

MOHTARRIF FIRST WIN AT LINGFIELD

Mohtarrif looks to have a bright future after his cosy success over a mile at Lingfield on Saturday on his second start.
A scopey colt by Cape Cross showed bags of promise when staying on strongly from the rear late on into fourth place on his racecourse debut at Chelmsford three weeks ago.
Mohtarrif has clearly learned from that experience as was soon nicely placed behind the leader Metatron as the field settled down at Lingfield.
He was poised to pounce on the final turn, quickly took command and though idling in front late on he kept on well to readily repel the late challenges of Fields of Athenry and Ritchie Valens.
This was a thoroughly likeable performance by a colt who can make his mark this year in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan.

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.