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ANOTHER WINNER WITH COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR POWER OF DARKNESS AT SALISBURY

Power Of Darkness fulfilled the promise of his two year old career with a comfortable victory on his seasonal debut in the first division of a Class 5 Novice Stakes at Salisbury on Tuesday.

A fine, big imposing colt by Power he ran well in decent company on both starts last year and certainly looked the part in the paddock at Salisbury.

He then travelled comfortably through the race before making his move on the outside in the final quarter mile and quickly putting the result beyond doubt.

Power of Darkness won by one and quarter lengths from King’s Slipper despite his jockey Hayley Turner taking things easy in the last fifty yards.

This was an eye-catching performance by a very promising type who surely has more to offer and was continuing the fine form of the Tregoning team.

SIR TITAN WINS AGAIN AT GOODWOOD

Sir Titan doubled his score for the season with another fluent success at Goodwood on Sunday in a Class 3 £10,000 Handicap ridden by Hayley Turner.

Sixteen days ago they made all the running over course and distance over seven furlongs for a narrow triumph which saw the gelding raised 4 lbs to a mark of 84.

This time Hayley had Sir Titan poised on the rail in third place before making a decisive move approaching the final furlong.

The horse eased through a nice gap before quickening to lead one hundred yards and pulling one and a half lengths ahead of Easy Tiger.

Sir Titan has now won four times from eleven starts and is clearly at the top of his game with a return to Goodwood likely in the weeks ahead.

Hopes that Marcus Tregoning might enjoy a double at his favourite racecourse were dashed when his consistent stayer Imphal encountered trouble in running at a crucial stage of the Maywal Handicap.

The winner Mancini was gone beyond recall by the time Imphal found daylight but the way he then finished strongly from the rear to claim third place was highly encouraging for the future.

ALRAHAAL OFF THE MARK AT BEVERLEY

Alrahaal gained an overdue first success in the opening Class 5 Maiden Stakes at Beverley over seven and a half furlongs on Saturday in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

An attractive colt by Raven’s Pass he had run well on all four of his previous starts at distances up to a mile.

He was given a confident ride by Paul Hanagan wearing the blue and white silks of his old boss Sheikh Hamdan.

Alrahaal was always nicely placed behind the leaders before easing ahead approaching  the final furlong and keeping on strongly to hold the late challenge of Burford Brown by half a length.

A campaign in handicaps now beckons for the three year old whose current mark of  79 should not be raised too much by the official assessor after this success.

Goodwood Win For Sir Titan

Sir Titan bounced back to form with a spirited victory from the front in a Class 4 Handicap over seven furlongs at a Goodwood on Friday.

He was given a fine tactical ride by Hayley Turner who seized the initiative as the stalls opened on Sir Titan who found more when strongly challenged in the final furlong by the 4-1 favourite Dourado.

He held on by a neck in a manner which suggested be can continue to be competitive once the handicapper has had his say.

Sir Titan won last summer at Windsor and Wolverhampton and had clearly benefited from his first outing of the season when he was ninth at Ascot on May 2.

Imphal offered further evidence that the Tregoning team are running into form by again performing with credit in finishing a close third in the two mile handicap at Goodwood later in the afternoon.

Six Length Win for Silver Link

Silver Link gained a deserved first success at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening over a mile and three quarters.

She has come close on several occasions over the past eighteen months and finally delivered in style with a decisive victory under floodlights.

The application of cheek pieces for the first time may well have helped Silver Link who was held up in the rear by Ben Curtis before being produced with a strong run in the straight which took him clear to win by six lengths from Ocean of Love.

There could well be more to come from Silver Link now that she has got his head in front for the first time.

Comfortable win for Monaadhil

Comfortable win for Monaadhil

Monaadhil maintained the fine late season form of the team with a comfortable success in a Class 4 handicap over a mile and half a furlong at Nottingham on Wednesday.

An attractive, progressive three year old by Dark Angel he did not race as a juvenile but is making up for lost time by winning twice from three starts and finishing second in between.

Monaadhil travelled like the best horse at Nottingham, eased into the lead over a furlong out and kept on powerfully to hold the challenge of Rosarno by two lengths.

A horse who enjoys a bit of cut in the ground, he is still learning his trade and shapes as if he will do even better next season.

Valuable win for Dance The Dream

Valuable win for Dance The Dream

Dance the Dream gained the most valuable success of her career in the £30,000 Sir Gordon Richards Handicap over twelve furlongs at Leicester on Monday.

She was given a fine ride by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who has made excellent progress this year and was gaining his biggest victory in the saddle.

Saunders was always handily placed on the beautifully bred Dance the Dream before launching her on an irresistible run that saw her lead just over a furlong out on her way to beating Top Tug by one and a half lengths.

This was her second triumph at the course and she also ran very well at Leicester last time when she was beaten only half a length by the smart Blakeney Point in another valuable Class 2 handicap.

Having trained both her sire Sir Percy and dam Shadow Dancing with great success Marcus Tregoning will have been thrilled to see Dance The Dream continue the family’s fine tradition.

He will also have taken considerable pleasure at seeing his talented apprentice continue to make the most of his chances for the yard.

Saunders commented “Dance The Dream stays well and I am sure she will go on to even better things.

“It is great to repay some of the faith Marcus has shown in me”.

Ascot win for Mukalal

Ascot win for Mukalal

Mukalal maintained the fine form of the team with a determined success over seven furlongs in the Class 3 Troy Asset Management Handicap at Ascot on Friday.

A powerful, progressive type who has always shaped like a good horse at home he was winning for the third time this season.

Mukalal was taken down to the start early by Jim Crowley, and came back rapidly in a manner that saw him dominate his rivals for most of the race.

But the last furlong on testing ground seemed to stretch his stamina and he did extremely well to hang on by a nose from Tribute Act despite drifting markedly left in the closing stages.

Marcus Tregoning understandably has a high opinion of Mukalal and will be advising his owner Sheikh Hamden to keep him in training as a four year old.

The trainer explains “He is a tall, strong horse who has promised plenty and has always run well. As he has a high cruising speed and hits the gates very fast it makes sense to use his stride.

“I do think he could improve a lot and become a Saturday horse next year if Sheikh Hamdan decides to keep him in training”.

Four Timer for Imphal

Four Timer for Imphal

Imphal became the first horse from the yard to complete a four timer this season with a late winning charge at Lingfield on Thursday that took him to the front in the final strides.

He has been ridden to all of four of his victories by our hard working apprentice Tyler Saunders who continues to shine as he gains racing experience.

Imphal did not help his cause in the Class 5 two mile handicap with a sluggish start but he began to make ground over the last half mile, moved closer on the bend and came with a strong run between Fulham and Veiled Secret to snatch the verdict in the tightest possible finish.

The photo showed that he had prevailed by a short head from Fulham with a head back to the long time leader Veiled Secret.

Imphal then had to survive a stewards inquiry though the head on video replay showed that Veiled Secret had drifted right into him as he made his challenge.

Saunders reported “Imphal helped me out there after jumping slowly from the stalls. He is going to improve again next year.

“I ride him quite a lot at home and he’s an exuberant horse who enjoys what he does.”

Saunders has now ridden ten winners and is keen to maintain the momentum.

“I’d like to keep improving and help out the boss as much as he helps me”, he said.

HAT TRICK FOR NOBLE

HAT TRICK FOR NOBLE

Noble Behest completed an impressive hat-trick of victories with a comfortable success under floodlights at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

The progressive three year old again showed that he has stamina in abundance as he put his seal on the race turning for home before keeping on resolutely to hold the challenge of Opposition by half a length in a Class 4 handicap over two miles and half a furlong.

The keen running winner was ridden positively by Martin Dwyer who famously joined forces with Marcus Tregoning in triumph in the 2006 Derby on Sir Percy, the sire of Noble Behest.

Although the handicapper will have his say there should be more to come from this improving type whose dam Lady Hestia was a prolific winner for Tregoning and was often ridden by Dwyer.