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
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