Tre­go­ning has the pedi­gree to raise Raatea hopes

Trainer has won Han­son Haynes race four times Gosden’s Cape Palace could be the one to beat

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage

If train­ers are crea­tures of habit then one should take no­tice of the Mar­cus Tre­go­ning-trained Raatea in to­day’s Han­son Haynes and Clark Con­di­tions race at Newbury – he has won the race four times, be­gin­ning with Nayef, his first flag­bearer, in 2000.

The race, spon­sored for the 39th con­sec­u­tive year by the in­de­pen­dent wine mer­chant, is now the third-long­est con­tin­u­ally spon­sored Flat race in Bri­tain. It was won by Hen­bit in 1979 be­fore he won the Derby the fol­low­ing year. Sher­gar was first in 1980 to be fol­lowed at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals by horses such as Rain­bow Quest, Un­fuwain and King’s Theatre.

An­other Derby win­ner, Au­tho­rized, was third in it and last year’s run­ner-up, Dash­ing Wil­loughby, went on to win at Royal As­cot.

Its suc­cess as a race that pro­duces high-class horses is partly due to the con­di­tions, which re­strict it to colts and geld­ings that have not won be­fore July 1, favour­ing late-ma­tur­ing types. “It suits late devel­op­ers, which Raatea clearly is,” said Tre­go­ning. “He’s had one run when he was third at Ffos Las to an­other of to­day’s run­ners, It’s Good To Laugh. Ar­guably if he hadn’t had to switch and with an­other 50 yards he might have won, but we op­pose the win­ner again at lev­els. The horses are in good form and he’s in good form.

“But John Gosden’s Cape Palace is much talked about and Richard Han­non’s Man Of The Night is meant to be one of his best. I’d like to win, but re­al­is­ti­cally he’s a nice each-way bet.”

To­mor­row, Tre­go­ning runs Im­pres­sor in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes. “His form is good and I like the way he won at Sal­is­bury,” he said. “The ground was on the easy side then but all the other horses I’ve had have wanted quicker ground so I’m hope­ful he will act on it.”

Mo­haather, who won the Green­ham back in the spring but sus­tained a stress frac­ture, is be­ing trained for the QEII. “If he’s ready, he’s ready, if he’s not we will wait un­til next year,” he ex­plained. “Some rain would help our cause.”

Mi­das touch: Mar­cus Tre­go­ning has a hold on the con­di­tions race at Newbury

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