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.”