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SIX LENGTH WIN FOR SPIRIT OF ANGEL

Spirit of Angel justified the long journey north from Hampshire with an excellent six length victory in a competitive mile and a half handicap at Newcastle on Thursday.
He looked a class apart on his first attempt on the Tapeta surface with the help of an ice cool ride from Ben Curtis.
Spirit of Angel has run consistently all year, winning for the first time at Chelmsford back in May and finishing runner up last time at Windsor in attritional conditions.
His performance on Thursday suggests there could more to come from him next year.
He was still towards the rear of the pack turning for home before making relentless progress which took him to the front going into the final furlong.
He then stayed on so strongly that he was fully six lengths clear of the runner up Glorious Dane at the line.

IMPRESSIVE VICTORY FOR RAASEL

Raasel showed bags of pace in making an impressive winning debut over five furlongs in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan at Bath on Wednesday.

An 80,000 Guineas yearling purchase, he was soon tracking the pace, travelling comfortably, before easing into the lead fully two furlongs out and then stretching clear to beat the odds on favourite Amarillo Star by two and a quarter lengths.

It was a highly pleasing first outing by the son of the smart sprint sire Showcasing given that the runner up is rated 89 and had recently finished fifth of seventeen in the £100,000 Listed Redcar Two Year Old Trophy under the steadier of 9 st 2 lbs.

Raasel has scope to progress over the winter, coped well with the testing conditions at Bath and should have plenty going for him as a three year old.

ATALANTA BREEZE – FIRST SUCCESS AT BRIGHTON

Atalanta Breeze overcome a lengthy absence with an encouraging first success at Brighton on Monday.

She hadn’t been seen in public since three quick runs for experience over seven furlongs inside a month on the all weather late last year.

Given that she is by Champs Elysees staying was always going to be her forte and that proved the case as she began to make progress in the final three furlongs at Brighton before edging ahead 200 yards from home.

Atalanta Breeze then pricked her ears at the novelty of being in front in a race for the first time in her life and looked a little green in the closing stages.

But she kept on willingly to hold Royal Dancer by half a length and will be much wiser for the experience next time.

Marcus Tregoning will be delighted that his patience has been rewarded by Atalanta Breeze who was running off a modest mark of 53 on Monday and has scope for further improvement over a trip.

SUCCESS AT CHEPSTOW FOR FRECKLES

Freckles doubled her score for the season with a resolute success at Chepstow on her first attempt at ten furlongs on Monday.

She is progressing nicely with experience, is settling better in her races and benefited from a patient ride by Oisin Murphy who switched her off at the back of the field from the off.

Freckles then made steady headway towards the leader Essenaitch a quarter of a mile from home before edging ahead over a furlong out and keeping on well to hold the persistent challenge of Arctic Sea by a length and a half.

She races in the colours of her enthusiastic owners John and Heather Raw who also bred her.

Freckles was unlucky to lose out by a short head on soft ground at Newbury seventeen days earlier and was gaining deserved compensation at Chepstow off a mark of 66.

She has scope for further improvement now that she is more relaxed in her races.

FIRST WIN AT BATH FOR TELL WILLIAM

The combination of blinkers first time and more suitable ground helped Tell William gain his first success in a Class 5 handicap over a mile at Bath on Tuesday evening.

Backward as a two year old and slow to come to hand he had shown distinct promise on his seasonal debut at Salisbury in July before he couldn’t cope with very soft going at the same track on August 14.

Tell William benefited from a positive ride at Bath by Martin Dwyer who bustled him along in the early stages before they edged into second place behind the leader Lucky Number approaching the bend.

When Lucky Number kicked for home Tell William was the only able to go with him and while he took time to find his stride as the pace quickened he edged ahead in the final half furlong and prevailed rather more comfortably than the winning margin of half a length might suggest.

Given that a previous course victor Conspiritor was six lengths away third this was a pleasing step forward by a horse described by Dwyer as a bit lazy and complacent.

Tell William won off a mark of 68 on Tuesday and should have more to offer now with this experience behind him.

IMPRESSOR STRIKES AT SALISBURY

Impressor continued the sparkling form of the team with a highly impressive success in  the second division of a Class 4 maiden over six furlongs at Salisbury on Wednesday.
He was big eyecatcher on his debut at Goodwood fifteen days earlier when he finished full of running in fourth place despite suffering notable interference two furlongs from home.
The experience was not lost on Impressor who bounced out smartly at Salisbury, was always at the head of affairs as the field edged towards the stands rails and was fully in command as he galloped home three and a half lengths clear of the favourite Stoweman.
Marcus Tregoning was concerned to find testing conditions when he walked the course before racing but they didn’t trouble his stylish colt who has some smart entries in the months ahead.
The trainer said “Impressor is an attractive, well balanced colt who seemed fine on the soft ground though I wasn’t sure he would handle it.
“We felt he was unlucky on his debut at Goodwood and has won in a good time at Salisbury.”
Although Impressor is in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster Tregoning is inclined to keep him to six furlongs for his next start which could be the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

SHERGAR CUP MILE WIN FOR POWER OF DARKNESS

Power of Darkness again impressed as he defied trouble in running to record a cosy victory in the £29,508 Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot on Saturday.

It came less than 24 hours after Barca was successful for the team in the final race at Chelmsford on Friday evening.

Marcus Tregoning has always held the lightly raced Power of Darkness in high regard and the four year old gelding is certainly making up for lost time this season.

He won nicely at Salisbury seven weeks ago and was again doing his best work at the finish as he comfortably defied a rise of 3lbs.

He was given a cool ride by Vincent Ho from Hong Kong who coolly extricated his Mount from a pocket on the rails early in the straight before delivering him with a telling late charge that gained the day.

Once he found daylight Power of Darkness showed an impressive turn of foot as he dashed past several rivals in the final furlong on his way to beating Zhui Feng by a length.

Tregoning was full of praise for Ho on his first visit to Ascot and is already on the record for suggesting that the Cambridgeshire could be a suitable late autumn target for Power of Darkness who raced off a mark of 94 on Saturday.

 

BARCA WINS AT CHELMSFORD

Barca justified strong support with a pleasing first victory in a Class 6 handicap at Chelmsford on Friday evening.

A powerful gelding by War Front he was given a confident ride by former champion jockey Jim Crowley on his first attempt at two miles.

The step up in trip clearly suited Barca who was always travelling smoothly behind the leaders.

Although Crowley had to wait for a gap to come in the home straight, the moment one appeared a furlong out he sent his mount to the front and the race was as good as over.

Barca kept on strongly to the finishing line to beat Sacred Sprite by a length in a manner which suggests he can be placed to advantage again by Marcus Tregoning at this trip once the handicapper has had his say.

 

TRELINNEY GAINS COMFORTABLE FIRST WIN AT CHEPSTOW

Trelinney continued the good form of the stable with an overdue first success in a Class 5 handicap over ten furlongs at Chepstow on Thursday in the colours of Marcus Tregoning.

An attractive filly from the family of Ivawood, she had shown plenty of promise in finishing fourth on all three of her starts this season, most notably when she led until well inside the final furlong at Goodwood last month.

There was confidence in the market behind Trelinney at Chepstow as she was backed down to 7-4 favourite shortly before the off.

She travelled well behind the leader Four Mile Bridge before easing into the lead a quarter of a mile from home, and quickly putting her seal on the race.

Although the winning margin over Bug Boy was a length Trelinney was well on top in the closing stages without being at all hard ridden and could possibly turn out again in another handicap at Bath on Wednesday.

Tregoning was clearly delighted by the style of his filly’s victory and has good reason to believe that she can continue to progress through the second half of the season.

GHALYOON WINS AT SALISBURY

Ghalyoon won comfortably at Salisbury on Saturday evening on his second start since joining the yard.

In landing a Class 5 Novice Stakes over seven furlongs in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan he was extending the superb record of the progeny of his dam Swiss Lake who was herself a highly talented racemare.

All eleven of her offspring to race have been successful. Between them they have won more than forty races and it will be surprising and disappointing if Ghalyoon does not add to that impressive score.

He showed great promise on his debut for Marcus Tregoning when keeping on well to finish second behind the smart three year old Nazeef at Newmarket late in June and showed the benefit of that experience by making virtually all the running at Salisbury on Saturday.

Ghalyoon, who has run only three times, showed a likeable attitude in readily seeing off the challenge of the 82 rated filly Posted by half a length.

He could be an interesting candidate for handicaps in the months ahead.