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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.

SADLERS BEACH WINS AGAIN AT BATH

Sadlers Beach doubled her score for the season with a spirited success in a Class 6 handicap over a mile and a quarter at Bath on Wednesday evening.

Raised 5lbs for a comfortable victory at the same course forty days ago she had to dig deep to prevail in a sustained duel with Perfect Grace over the final two furlongs.

Sadlers Beach looked sure to triumph when she moved upsides the leader in the straight travelling strongly but Perfect Grace was back in front again inside the final furlong before the favourite rallied late on to claim the verdict by a neck.

Marcus Tregoning suggested that Roy Kingston’s jaunty filly is improving steadily and could be suited by stepping up another couple of furlongs in trip in the months ahead.

He said “She is pretty tough, handles fast ground and is getting better with experience”.

Sadlers Beach is now unbeaten in two runs on turf ridden by Hayley Turner who was the subject of high praise from Kingston as she came back to unsaddle.

A DOUBLE WITH WINS A SALISBURY AND BATH

A double on Wednesday confirmed the excellent form of the team.

Our talented four year old Power of Darkness led the way with a repeat success in the valuable Molson Coors Handicap at Salisbury before Monaafasah won impressively at Bath on her second start.

Power of Darkness is now unbeaten on three visits to our local course at Salisbury. He missed the rest of the campaign after landing the same prize twelve months ago, was subsequently gelded and has returned better than ever this year.

But he made life seriously difficult for himself on Wednesday by giving his rivals an advantage of four or five lengths when the stalls opened.

At half way Power of Darkness was still in last place. But once Andrea Atzeni switched him out wide he began to ease into the race and though the task still formidable a furlong out he closed relentlessly on the leaders before edging ahead of Nicklaus close home to gain a thrilling victory by half a length.

Marcus Tregoning has always held a high opinion of the winner owned by his long time supporter Rupert Villers and will now aim him at the £150,000 mile handicap on the Friday at Goodwood that he won with Boom and Bust in 2011.

Marcus then moved on to Bath where Sheikh Hamdan’s Cape Cross filly Monaafasah confirmed the promise of her debut seven weeks ago with a stylish triumph in the Class 5 maiden over just short of twelve furlongs.

By staying on strongly to beat the odds on favourite Shrewdness decisively on quickish ground she posted a performance that offered plenty of promise for the future.

On a rewarding day for Tregoning he revealed that his classy three year old Mohaather has begun pre training at Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud after recovering from a bone bruise to his off fore and is on course to return to Whitsbury later this summer once he has done a month’s cantering.

Crucially the colt is sound and going the right way. If he continues to progress  his trainer is already looking ahead to the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October as a possible late season target.

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.