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MOHAATHER TO MISS GUINEAS

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.”

SET BACK FOR MOHAATHER

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”.

DECISIVE VICTORY FOR MARGUB

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 LANDS GREENHAM

MOHAATHER LANDS GREENHAM

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 FIRST WIN AT LINGFIELD

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.

NEWCASTLE WIN FOR SEAFARER

The Derby winning team of Marcus Tregoning and Martin Dwyer joined forces again to land the valuable Class 2 mile and a half feature race at Newcastle with Seafarer on Thursday.
The long journey from Whitsbury to the North East is well over 300 miles but once the race started Seafarer was always in pole position to take the first prize of £16,172.
On a foggy afternoon on Tyneside he could be seen travelling notably well just behind the leaders before moving smoothly to the front over two furlongs out and winning cosily by three quarters of a length from Stargazer without being asked any questions by his rider.
Tregoning has long felt that Seafarer is a horse of considerable potential and he won on his second start as a two year old. But he is highly strung and it has taken time to produce his true form this season with the help of blinkers.
He wasn’t suited by the slow pace in the November Handicap at Doncaster but bounced back on Thursday with an undeniably impressive success in the colours of his trainer who owns him with three friends.
Tregoning suggested “He is a fun horse who we bought cheaply for £15,000 from the Airlie Stud and he’s got it now. He has filled out, is much more settled and shapes like a lovely dual purpose type.
“But for the moment we will make the most of the fact that he enjoys this surface so he could be running at Newcastle again.”

IMPRESSIVE 5TH WIN FOR LANDUE

Landue extended his impressive late season form with another decisive success in a mile and a half amateur riders handicap at Kempton on Tuesday evening.

He has now won five times since opening his account off a mark of 59 at Lingfield over ten furlongs in July.

His progress has been relentless with further victories at a Ffos Las, Chelmsford and Kempton before his latest triumph back at Kempton on Tuesday.

Landue was given a polished ride by Ross Birkett who waited in midfield on the inner before producing him with a strong run in the final straight which saw him stretch clear readily to beat Agent Gibbs by three and a quarter lengths.

Now up to a mark of 78 it is inevitable that he will be raised again after this latest romp under the floodlights.

But he may not be finished yet for the season as Marcus Tregoning has the chance of running him under a penalty at Chelmsford on Saturday.

Further ahead he has the scope to develop into a useful staying handicapper next year.

FOURTH WIN FOR LANDUE

Landue gained his fourth success from six starts this year with a cosy victory in a Class  5 Handicap over an extended mile and five furlongs at Chelmsford on Monday night.

A tough and consistent colt by Champs Elysees, he has been running well all season in the familiar green and white colours of his trainer.

Landue has always shaped as though stamina was his strong suit and once again came from off the pace to win with something to spare.

He was given a patient ride by Hayley Turner who eased him onto the heels of the leaders turning for home before sending him through a timely gap inside the final furlong to seal the victory by three quarters of a length from Hope Is High.

Landue should develop onto a useful stayer next year for Marcus Tregoning and given that he won off a mark of 72 on Monday there is surely more improvement to come after a winter on his back.

Tregoning is still on a high after the success of Mohaather in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes on Saturday.

One option he is considering for the Showcasing colt early next season is the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April.

“We can dream after that”, he says.

GROUP 3 WIN FOR MOHAATHER

The Derby winning duo of Marcus Tregoning and Martin Dwyer enjoyed a well deserved success in the Group 3 Molson Coors Stakes with the progressive colt Mohaather at Newbury in Saturday.

Racing in the colours of long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum Mohaather appeared to relish the testing conditions as he come from last to first with an irresistible run over the last quarter mile.

He caught the long time leader Athmad inside the final furlong before stretching clear to win comfortably by one and a half lengths with Almufti five lengths away third.

Mohaather had clearly improved significantly since his narrow success on his second start at Nottingham seventeen days ago.

With Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Jim Crowley preferring to ride Fanaar at Newbury Martin Dwyer came in for the mount on Mohaather who is closely related to a lengthy list of past winners.

Dwyer and Tregoning famously combined to land the 2006 Derby with Sir Percy and are still very much in the groove twelve years later.

For Tregoning the Group 3 impressive triumph of Mohaather was a notable landmark since his move from Lambourn to Whitsbury.

He retains a tangible enthusiasm for the business of training racehorses and will relish making a long term plan for a colt who clearly has much to offer in 2019.

Richard Hills, Racing manager to Sheikh Hamadan, said “Mohaather has won really well and is by Showcasing whose progeny go on this ground.

“Marcus felt he deserved to take his chance here and he was right. We will take it step by step with him”.

MOHAATHER BATTLES WELL FOR FIRST WIN

Mohaather provided Marcus Tregoning’s first juvenile success of the season with a gritty victory in the opening EBF Novice Stakes over six furlongs at Nottingham on Monday.

A good looking colt by Showcasing from a prolific family he showed bags of promise when second on his debut at Newbury nineteen days in the colours of the stable’s long time patron Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

That experience was not wasted on Mohaather who was always prominent at Nottingham before taking on the leader two furlongs out and keeping on with a pleasing willingness to snatch the verdict by a short head from Alfred Boucher with the hot favourite Swindler the same distance away third.

The form looks solid with the two placed horses both having finished second last time in decent maidens.

A 110,000 Guineas purchase as a yearling Mohaather is related to several useful winners and with normal progress should enhance the family’s record further.