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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 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.


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.


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 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 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.”


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”.


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 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 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.