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With three of the seven runners withdrawn from the Class 6 apprentice handicap Landue was sent off an odds on shot in the hands of the stable’s experienced claimer Tyler Saunders.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

SECOND WIN FOR MARGUB

Margub enhanced his growing reputation with a decisive second successive course victory at Chelmsford over seven furlongs on Saturday.
An attractive chestnut colt by Bated Breath he is certainly making up for lost time after just the one promising run in 2017.
Margub won easily at the track 29 days ago on his seasonal debut and looked a colt of some potential as he dominated the race throughout on Saturday.
He possesses plenty of pace and led just about all the way before pulling clear in the closing stages to beat Emphatic by three and a quarter lengths.
Bought for £30,000 as a yearling Margub runs in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and should be gjving his owner and trainer plenty of fun in the months ahead.

LANDUE OFF THE MARK AT LINGFIELD

Landue opened his winning account on his fifth start with a fluent success in a Class 6 Handicap at Lingfield on Monday.

Relishing the step up in trip to a mile and a quarter he briefly struggled to find daylight in the straight before finishing with a flourish to beat Special Mission by three quarters of a length in the green and white colours of his trainer.

Landue displayed plenty of promise on his seasonal debut when keeping on well to be fourth at Kempton over a mile earlier this month.

He was dropped 2 lbs to a mark of 59 after that run and took full advantage at Lingfield despite showing signs of inexperience by drifting right in the final furlong.

Given that Landue was firmly on top at the line and his sire Champs Elysees is a notable influence for stamina it would not be a surprise to see him campaigned over a mile and a half before the end of the season.

EASY WIN FOR MARGUB

Margub made an explosive return to action with the easiest possible success in the second division of a novice stakes over seven furlongs at Chelmsford on Friday evening.

With Jim Crowley held up in traffic en route from Sandown Hayley Turner donned Sheikh Hamdan’s blue and silks on Margub who had shaped with promise when finishing fifth on his sole start at two at Goodwood just over a year ago.

Forced to missed the rest of the season he looked much improved as he travelled through the race at Chelmsford with eye-catching ease before bounding into the lead over a furlong out and beating Domestic Way by nine lengths.

Marcus Tregoning will be keen to make up for lost time with the son of Bated Breath who possesses bags of speed and should be placed to good effect in the months ahead.

POWER OF DARKNESS RECORDS SECOND VICTORY AT SALISBURY

Power of Darkness gained the narrowest of successes on his first start in a Handicap at Salisbury on Wednesday.

A stylish winner at the course fifteen days ago he made life difficult for himself in the one mile £12,450 Molson Coors Handicap by a slightly tardy start.  But he made relentless progress on the outside to lead inside the final furlong before showing signs of inexperience by drifting right handed towards the far rail.

This gave the 16-1 outsider Wahash a second chance but Hayley Turner was alive to the danger and Power of Darkness rallied willingly to snatch the verdict by a nose.

Marcus Tregoning reasoned that it is always difficult for horses to come from off the pace on quick ground but he was upbeat about the improvement that Power of Darkness has made in recent weeks and is planning to enter him in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood.

“He is definitely worth an entry as he progressing and coming on well and learned more today”, said the trainer.

 

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.