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Tregoning sizes up Sovereign Stakes with Perotto

Marcus Tregoning’s Perotto could take aim at Salisbury’s Sovereign Stakes after his fourth-placed effort at Goodwood last week.

The New Bay gelding contested the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday – which was won impressively by the unbeaten and highly-regarded Baaeed.

That race was a step up to Group Three company for Perotto, who has been handicapping since the beginning of his three-year-old campaign and was a Royal Ascot winner in the Britannia Stakes.

A 12-1 shot at Goodwood, he started slowly and was forced to take a wide line to find some room at a crucial stage.

The placed horses behind Baaeed finished in a bunch – with El Drama and Tasman Bay crossing the line narrowly ahead of Perotto.

Tregoning said: “He obviously lost a couple of lengths, trying to manoeuvre out on bad ground, which was quite difficult for him.

“With a better run, he’d have been second possibly. That’s what I feel anyway, but the winner was gone, the bird had flown.

“How good a race it was, in terms of depth, I couldn’t be certain – but I think he’s well up to Listed class.

“I’m not sure how good the winner is, but he’s unbeaten this year and he’s making up for lost time – I’m sure there’s an even better race in him, maybe a win in a Group One or two, who knows.”

As for Perotto, the Hampshire has his eye on the Group Three Sovereign over a mile on August 12.

“He’s a very hardy horse, he takes his races very well,” he said.

“We’re thinking about maybe going to Salisbury and running him in that mile race called the Sovereign Stakes – we might go there with him.”

Tregoning eyeing Bunbury Cup date for Ascot victor Perotto

Marcus Tregoning’s Perotto is pencilled in for the Bunbury Cup after his Britannia Stakes victory at Royal Ascot.

Perotto was triumphant at last week’s Royal meeting when taking the hugely competitive handicap by half a length under Oisin Murphy, on his first attempt at a mile.

Further targets are on the horizon at that trip for the three-year-old, but he will first turn his attentions to the seven-furlong Bunbury Cup at Newmarket’s July meeting.

Perotto is currently the joint ante-post favourite for the race but will need several to opt out for him to make the final field.

Tregoning said: “Perotto needs a few to come out to get in the Bunbury Cup – but he’s taken his race extremely well, and that’s the likely race he’ll go for next.

“As long as he gets in, he’ll be off a low weight. I think he’s ante-post favourite for the race, and he should be on that form.

“We’ll see if we get in or not, but he’s in good form.

“We’re very happy with him. He’s a tough little horse – he’s not overly big but he’s got a great big heart.”

After the Bunbury Cup, Perotto may then head for the Unibet Golden Mile at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, a race in which he will again run off a favourable weight against older horses.

“There’s not really a suitable race over a mile now – that (the Bunbury Cup) would be a stepping stone to Goodwood, where we’ll go afterwards,” said Tregoning.

“I suppose what used to be the Totesport Mile (the Golden Mile) would be a possibility – again he would be off a lower weight, because he’ll be taking on older horses.

“There will be a race for him there, at the big meeting.”

Alkumait is working towards a return to the track
Alkumait is working towards a return to the track (Hugh Routledge/PA)

The Hampshire trainer has also provided an update on his 2020 Mill Reef Stakes winner Alkumait, who has not been seen since finishing seventh behind Chindit in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April.

The Shadwell Estate colt sustained a knee injury, but has recovered and will return to training soon – with a view to running again in the autumn.

“Alkumait has been out of training for a while because he had a problem with his knee, which he’s over now,” said Tregoning.

“He’s coming back into training very shortly. I think the likelihood is we might get a couple of runs in towards the autumn, but not before, and we can look forward to him for next year.”

Perotto delight for Tregoning in Britannia

Marcus Tregoning registered a first Royal Ascot success since 2003 as Perotto landed the Britannia Stakes.

Derby-winning trainer Tregoning had endured a drought since High Accolade won the King Edward VII Stakes in a year he saddled a double, with Nayef – possibly the best horse he ever trained – winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Perotto had his stamina to prove racing over a mile for the first time – which was a marked rise in trip from his two-year-old days when he even ran over five furlongs in the Flying Childers.

Settled at the rear of the pack by champion jockey Oisin Murphy, there was little between the two groups and Perotto made a bold move a furlong out.

Joseph O’Brien’s Liffey River was charging home late but failed to get there by half a length, with Quintillus and Dubai Honour fourth.

Murphy said: “I thought I was Jamie Spencer and missed the break by a couple of lengths. I tacked over to the rail and followed William Buick which was the right decision.

“He put his little head down and his ears back when the pace collapsed. He hit the line hard and could be a horse for Hong Kong.”

He added: “I don’t team up with Marcus very much, but he’s a top trainer with a small string and an absolute gentleman.

“This horse was very well prepared today, he gave me a super ride, I’m thrilled, these races are hard to win.

“He stuck his head out, I wasn’t sure about a mile and I rode him very cold.

“I wasn’t given any instructions, but I’m glad it worked out.”

Perotto gets home in front
Perotto gets home in front (David Davies/PA)

Tregoning said: “We discussed plans and decided to drop him out and try to use his electric burst of speed late.

“Oisin is a top-class jockey and we were lucky to get him for our only runner at the meeting.

“This horse is from the same family as Accidental Agent and lots of other good ones, and showed he stays the mile really well.”

The famous Juddmonte silks were carried to a poignant victory by Ralph Beckett’s Surefire (5-1) in the King George V Stakes.

It was a first Royal Ascot success for jockey Hector Crouch and possibly a final one celebrated by Teddy Grimthorpe, who steps down from his long-standing role as racing manager to the late Khalid Abdullah on Saturday.

A winner at Leicester 10 days ago, for which he picked up a penalty, the Fastneck Rock colt came with a run down the outside and held off the strong late challenge of Ryan Moore on Sir Lamorak to win by a neck.

Crouch said: “I wanted to get him rolling and to the outside and I knew he would be hard to stop.

“It’s such a privilege to ride in the Juddmonte silks – it’s my second winner for them and the first was only last week at Leicester.”

Surefire with Hector Crouch at Royal Ascot
Surefire with Hector Crouch at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA)

Beckett said: “He’s still a bit green, and showed that at Leicester last week.

“He did just lean in as he was about to hit the front, but it was too far out for the dreaded claxon to sound.

“He’s been a bit of a slow burner, but saw out this tough trip and I hope he will end up a Leger horse.”

The closing Buckingham Palace Stakes went the way of John Quinn’s Highfield Princess (18-1), providing jockey Jason Hart with a first winner at the meeting.

Hart said: “She’s just kept working her way up from 57 last year to 92 and has improved with racing. I think she could be a black-type filly.

“I think the way the race panned out suited her. And the rain is getting into the ground and that helped. She’s an honest filly.

“I didn’t think my turn was going to come here, but thankfully it has with this filly.”

Alkumait campaign on hold due to knee injury

Alkumait will not return to action until the autumn at the earliest after suffering an injury on his seasonal bow at Newbury on Sunday.

Last season’s Mill Reef winner returned to the Berkshire circuit in a bid to provide trainer Marcus Tregoning with a second successive victory in the Greenham Stakes, following the victory of the brilliant Mohaather when the race was last run in 2019.

Angus Gold, racing manager for Shadwell Estate Company, admitted beforehand he had doubts about whether Alkumait would stay the seven-furlong trip of the Greenham – and expects him to return to sprint distances in due course after finishing seventh.

However, when that will be remains uncertain after Alkumait was found to have chipped a knee.

Gold said: “Sadly he’s come out of it with a little chip on a knee, which we’re going to have to take out.

“Apart from anything else, I think the run confirmed he doesn’t stay, even if a chip on a knee was hardly going to help him.

“I think he’s going to be a sprinter, but he’ll miss the whole of the summer and we’ll try to get him back in the autumn.”

Alkumait was one of two Greenham runners for Shadwell along with the Charlie Hills-trained Mujbar.

Connections had hoped the Group Three winner could earn himself a shot at the Qipco 2000 Guineas with a bold showing, but he could now be bound for the French equivalent after finishing only eighth.

“All his best form last year was definitely with give in the ground and I think we learned the other day he would prefer it easier. He was also far too keen, anyway,” Gold added.

“Hopefully we’ve got that out of him now on his first run back and we might look at the French Guineas or something like that.

Mutasaabeq is a potential Guineas contender
Mutasaabeq is a potential Guineas contender (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“We’ll see how he does between now and then, but he won’t be going to Newmarket for the Guineas.”

While Mujbar will not be contesting the first Classic of the season on Saturday week, the Shadwell team are still considering whether to supplement his stablemate Mutasaabeq, who was seriously impressive in a conditions race at Newmarket’s Craven meeting.

Gold said: “No decision has been made yet. We’ll wait to hear from Sheikh Hamdan’s family whether they would like to supplement him for the Guineas or head towards (Royal) Ascot and go the more gentle route.”

Alkumait seeking Greenham gold

Mill Reef winner Alkumait will reappear back at Newbury on Sunday in the Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes.

In the absence of the retired Mohaather, the three-year-old carries Marcus Tregoning’s main hopes for the forthcoming season.

Having failed to handle soft ground in the Dewhurst when last seen, Tregoning is looking forward to getting him back on a quicker surface.

“I’m very pleased with Alkumait, he’s wintered well and seems in good form at home,” said Tregoning.

“Having won the Mill Reef in September, I’m looking forward to returning to Newbury with him.

“The ground really didn’t suit him last time out (in the Dewhurst) and I think he’s a proper top of the ground horse.

“Condition-wise, he’s in the same position as we were with Mohaather when he won the race in 2019. Mohaather was a six-furlong horse dressed up as a miler, and his speed helped him win some very good mile races. Alkumait would be similar – he’s very speedy and we’re looking forward to finding out more about him.”

Richard Hannon has a major player in Chindit, who had been among the favourites for the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

“Chindit is going for the Greenham, that’s certainly the plan at the moment,” said Hannon.

Also among the 16 entries are Clive Cox’s Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado, The Lir Jet and Richard Fahey’s Rhythm Master.

Tregoning hails Sheikh Hamdan’s ‘passion for racing’

Trainer Marcus Tregoning recalled a man with a great “love for racing” and sense of humour as he led the tributes to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and owner of a string of Classic and Royal Ascot winners, has died at the age of 75.

He was associated with a succession of the most famous racing figures of the past 30 years, both equine and human.

Nashwan and jockey Willie Carson return after their 1989 Derby victory
Nashwan and jockey Willie Carson return after their 1989 Derby victory (PA)

Tregoning has known Sheikh Hamdan for even longer, having first met him as assistant to Dick Hern – trainer of 1989 Derby winner Nashwan, in his famous blue-and-white silks.

“I’ve been associated with Sheikh Hamdan’s operation for over 40 years, and it’s been a great one for me,” said Tregoning.

“Our association started in the early 1980s when Sheikh Hamdan bought Height Of Fashion from the Queen.

“That was the start of the horses coming to West Ilsley, which was where Dick Hern was training.”

Among those earliest arrivals were siblings Nashwan and multiple Group winner Unfuwain.

From those days of “tremendous excitement” right up until the Sussex Stakes-winning campaign of Mohaather just last season, Tregoning has treasured Sheikh Hamdan’s company as well as his brilliant horses.

“The early ones were Unfuwain and Nashwan – both out of Height Of Fashion,” he said.

“It was a tremendous excitement getting those, and it snowballed from there.

“We’ve had a long happy association, because we’ve had so many good ones.

“Sheikh Hamdan’s enthusiasm for racing was such good fun.

“Obviously, we’ll all miss him. It was just tremendous times we had, with all those good horses.”

Tregoning, who went on to train a Derby winner, Sir Percy, in his own right for another owner Anthony Pakenham, credits Sheikh Hamdan for helping to underpin his career.

“I was lucky enough to take over from Dick Hern when he retired – and in many ways, I suppose I wouldn’t have trained a Derby winner if I hadn’t had Sheikh Hamdan’s support,” he added.

“He was always good fun, and loved it – he had great passion for racing.

“Mubtaker was a very serious Group horse year after year after year, and still racing at the age of nine.

Mubtaker was another prolific winner in the famous blue-and-white silks
Mubtaker was another prolific winner in the famous blue-and-white silks (David Davies/PA

“When he was second in the Arc to Dalakhani, it was like he’d won the Arc for Sheikh Hamdan – he was so proud of him. He came up and stroked him, and it was extraordinary.”

The same qualities were apparent on gallop visits too.

Tregoning added: “A couple of years ago he was here with me at Whitsbury, having the usual banter and usual fun – and loving seeing all his horses.

“What a lot of people didn’t see, which I was very lucky to see, was his sense of humour.

“He had a great love, a passion for racing, and he loved talking about the horses and looking at them and talking about their pedigree, their temperaments – and what they might do.

“I have to say he was very easy to train for, because generally speaking he’d leave most of it to me.

“But obviously he had tremendous input too, and it was just always good fun.”

Tregoning also remembers his pre-eminent owner also offering to help out with a less glamorous task too.

“He had this great sense of humour,” he said.

“When he came to see me last time, which is now a couple of years ago, I had a real clapped-out Range Rover – which I’ve still got to this day.

“As we were leaving to go back to his helicopter, the Range Rover wouldn’t start – and he said to me ‘Marcus, shall I get out and push?’.

“The fun was always there. He was always laughing, and a great guy to train for.

“We send out all our thoughts to his family. It’s a huge loss.

“It’s a big blow to racing in general, because his operation is huge.”

Kevin Prendergast’s association with Sheikh Hamdan also stretches back to the late 1980s, with Tanwi giving them an early big-race winner in the Group Three Leopardstown Stakes in 1989.

Awtaad, the Irish 2,000 Guineas victor, and Madhmoon, runner-up in the Derby in 2019, were more recent class horses the County Kildare trainer had for him.

Madhmoon and jockey Chris Hayes celebrate after winning the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown
Madhmoon and jockey Chris Hayes celebrate after winning the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown (PA)

“It’s very sad news,” said Prendergast.

“He was with me for more than 30 years. He was a great man, a great owner -and he will be sadly missed by all.

“I think I trained the last winner for him – Alhaazm on Friday night (at Dundalk).

“I won the Irish 2,000 Guineas for him with Awtaad in 2016 and I was second in the Derby for him two years ago (with Madhmoon).

“They were two highlights, but I had an awful lot of luck for him over the period of time he was with me, and I found him nothing but a gentleman and very loyal owner.”

Taghrooda and Paul Hanagan following their Oaks win
Taghrooda and Paul Hanagan following their Oaks win (Steve Parsons/PA)

Paul Hanagan was Sheikh Hamdan’s retained rider between 2012 and 2016, with 2014 Oaks winner Taghrooda and 2015 champion sprinter Muhaarar providing highlights of their association.

He said: “It’s a sad day for all – he was a gentleman.

“I don’t think people fully realised how busy he was in Dubai. He was a very, very busy man, but his knowledge and his love for the sport was amazing.

“Taghrooda was a special horse in 2014 and Muhaarar gave us some great days in 2015. There were a lot of great horses during our association.

“Sheikh Hamdan was champion owner in 2014 and I know he was delighted to be back at the top that season.”

Nazeef won the Sun Chariot for Sheikh Hamdan last October
Nazeef won the Sun Chariot for Sheikh Hamdan last October (Tim Goode/PA)

John Gosden trained Taghrooda among many other top-class Sheikh Hamdan runners, and the Newmarket handler gave the owner what was to be his last British Group One winner when Nazeef landed the Sun Chariot Stakes in October.

He paid tribute to “a truly great international owner, breeder and philanthropist”.

Gosden said: “I have been fortunate to train for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum since the 1980s when I was in California. He has always been an absolute gentleman with a true passion for his horses and a profound and intimate knowledge of them.

“He enjoyed being close to his horses whether on the stud farm, the racecourse or the stables. Sheikh Hamdan was a most respected, loyal, kind and humorous man of great depth and judgement.

“A huge contributor to the development of his country and a truly great international owner, breeder and philanthropist in the world-wide racing industry. He will be greatly missed.”

Chindit work has Hannon excited ahead of strong-looking Dewhurst

Richard Hannon hailed a piece of work completed by his Darley Dewhurst Stakes hope Chindit last week as “one of the best” he has seen for years on his Herridge gallops.

Hannon sends two unbeaten colts to Newmarket this weekend, with Solario Stakes scorer Etonian set to join Champagne Stakes winner Chindit on the Rowley Mile.

Pat Dobbs had the choice of mount and will partner the latter – who heads Coral’s market at 5-2 ahead of the Joseph O’Brien-trained Thunder Moon at 11-4 – with Tom Marquand taking the ride on Etonian.

“On Thursday morning Chindit did an extremely good piece of work, probably one of the best pieces of work we have seen at Herridge for a lot of years,” Hannon told Unibet.

“We are hopeful that both will run very well, but I think Pat Dobbs was particularly pleased with Chindit and he had the choice of rides.

“On Tuesday morning Etonian did a very nice piece of work, he has never been that much of a showy horse, but he worked well and he is on target for the Dewhurst, Tom Marquand is going to ride.”

Impressive Mill Reef winner Alkumait has been supplemented for the Group One feature.

Alkumait was an impressive winner of the Mill Reef
Alkumait was an impressive winner of the Mill Reef (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Trained by Marcus Tregoning, the Showcasing colt was a taking victor in the Group Two at Newbury last month.

Owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum already had the Owen Burrows-trained Albasheer, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes, engaged, but connections have opted to further strengthen their hand.

Tregoning said: “He runs on Saturday and I’ve been very happy with him since Newbury.

“Obviously we don’t know what the ground is going to be like yet, and we don’t know how many of the Irish horses are coming over.

“Most Showcasings go on soft ground anyway and as he’s in good form, we thought we had to go for it.

“It’s been a while since I won the Dewhurst (with Sir Percy) in 2005, but we’ve had nothing good enough to run in it since. Hopefully this is a good horse, he’s looked it so far.

“The fact Sheikh Hamdan had another horse already entered didn’t come into the reckoning really.”

Thunder Moon, who made a splash when winning the National Stakes in good style, is one of three possibles for O’Brien along with Snapraeterea and State Of Rest.

His father, Aidan, has left in Royal Ascot winner Battleground, who was a late defector from the National Stakes, Wembley, who was second in the National, and St Mark’s Basilica, who was due to run in France on Sunday but was caught up in the contaminated feed situation.

A total of 18 juveniles remain in the mix.

Mill Reef hero Alkumait added to Dewhurst field

Impressive Mill Reef winner Alkumait has been supplemented for Saturday’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Trained by Marcus Tregoning, the Showcasing colt was a taking victor in the Group Two at Newbury last month.

Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum already had the Owen Burrows-trained Albasheer, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes, engaged, but connections have opted to further strengthen their hand.

Tregoning said: “He runs on Saturday and I’ve been very happy with him since Newbury.

“Obviously we don’t know what the ground is going to be like yet, and we don’t know how many of the Irish horses are coming over.

“Most Showcasings go on soft ground anyway and as he’s in good form, we thought we had to go for it.

“It’s been a while since I won the Dewhurst (with Sir Percy) in 2005, but we’ve had nothing good enough to run in it since. Hopefully this is a good horse, he’s looked it so far.

“The fact Sheikh Hamdan had another horse already entered didn’t come into the reckoning really.”

Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon, who made a splash when winning the National Stakes in good style, is one of three possibles for Joseph O’Brien along with Snapraeterea and State Of Rest.

His father, Aidan, has left in Royal Ascot winner Battleground, a late defector from the National Stakes, Wembley, who was second in the National, and St Mark’s Basilica, who was due to run in France on Sunday but was caught up in the contaminated food situation.

Richard Hannon’s Chindit, winner of the Champagne Stakes, stablemate Etonian, successful in the Solario, and Jessica Harrington’s Cadillac are other major contenders among the 18 left in.

Dewhurst enters Alkumait calculations

Connections of Alkumait will consider supplementing for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket next month, following his impressive display in the Mill Reef at Newbury.

Marcus Tregoning’s juvenile faced a significant step up in class for Saturday’s six-furlong Group Two, after a comprehensive victory in maiden company at Glorious Goodwood in late July.

However, the son of Showcasing proved more than up to the task – and top-level assignments beckon.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with him. He showed a really nice turn of foot and won very nicely.

“The Mill Reef/Middle Park double has never really worked out for us, so we were never going to go down that route.

“His action would suggest he prefers top of the ground. That’s not to say he wouldn’t handle cut in the ground, but I certainly don’t think he would want it heavy.”

Tregoning said in the immediate aftermath of Alkumait’s weekend win that he would be keen to run him again this season – potentially over seven furlongs to see if he could be a contender for next year’s 2000 Guineas over a mile.

The Dewhurst appears an obvious option, although the owner already has a likely candidate for the Group One contest in the Owen Burrows-trained Albasheer, who was narrowly beaten by Richard Hannon’s Chindit in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster recently.

Albasheer (right) is also in the mix for the Dewhurst
Albasheer (right) is also in the mix for the Dewhurst (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

However, Gold does not rule out the possibility of both horses lining up on the Rowley Mile.

He added: “Marcus would like to run Alkumait again this year – and as he said on Saturday, the only race for him really is the Dewhurst, which we didn’t enter him for because he’d only won a maiden at that stage.

“We’ll see how the land lies. We also have Albasheer as a possible for the Dewhurst – I think he was undone by his inexperience as much as anything at Doncaster.

“There would be a question mark over the trip for Alkumait – but if he settled well, like he did on Saturday, he’d give himself a chance. Seven furlongs at Newmarket is a different test to six at Newbury, so we’ll see.

“It wouldn’t be the end of the world if he didn’t run again this year, (but) the Dewhurst is the best two-year-old race in England, so if you can give yourself a better chance of winning it, maybe you should. ”

Alkumait completed a big-race double at Newbury for his leading owner, with Elarqam getting his career back on track in the preceding Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes.

Mark Johnston’s charge had disappointed on his two previous starts in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot and when defending his crown in the York Stakes, but he bounced back to form on Saturday.

Gold said: “I was delighted for the horse to get back winning again. He looked fantastic and clearly still has the enthusiasm for it.

“He’s probably a few pounds below the very best around, but he’s tough and genuine and will win his races.

“I’m not sure what Sheikh Hamdan wants to do with him. An obvious race for him would be something like the Canadian International – but whether that will be logistically possible, I don’t know, and Sheikh Hamdan might prefer to keep him at home.”

Alkumait claims clear-cut Mill Reef verdict

Alkumait ran out an impressive winner of the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

A quality field of eight colts went to post for the Group Two contest, with runaway Newcastle scorer Fivethousandtoone the narrow favourite at 5-2, ahead of Prix Morny third Rhythm Master at 3-1.

Beaten a length on his debut over the course and distance in July, the Marcus Tregoning-trained Alkumait looked an exciting horse in the making when winning on his second start at Goodwood, but nevertheless faced a significant step up in class on his return to Berkshire.

Drawn widest of all in stall one, the 8-1 shot was taken back by Jim Crowley after the starting stalls opened and settled at the rear of the field for much of the race.

However, he made quick headway to challenge for the lead entering the final furlong – and finished off strongly to hold Fivethousandtoone at bay by three-quarters of a length, with Rhythm Master almost three lengths further away in third.

Tregoning said of the winner: “It has been one of those nice upward curves with him. I worked him on some faster ground this week and I could see he was very good on it.

“He is not jarred and doesn’t feel the ground and he will progress and go on.”

Marcus Tregoning with the now-retired Mohaather
Marcus Tregoning with the now-retired Mohaather (Edward Whitaker/PA)

The victory was a significant boost for the Derby-winning trainer following the enforced retirement of his stable star Mohaather last month due to injury.

He added: “I knew we had this one coming through (after Mohaather), we just had to keep him right.

“He’s stabled right next door to my house. If he moves, like Mohaather did through the night, it wakes me up, but it is worth it.”

Tregoning is keen to test Alkumait’s stamina to see if he could be a contender for next year’s 2000 Guineas over a mile.

He said: “There is a lot of speed on the dam’s side, but if we are allowed, and everybody agrees, we will try to mould him to at least get seven furlongs and then after that we will see.

“If you could get him to drop in and settle, like he did today, there is every chance he will get a little bit further. I think that is the way to go. It opens up the game plan a bit. We could always come back to six furlongs.

“He was a little bit hairy going down to the start and a couple of times during the race the wind was blowing a bit and this little horse could hear the covers rattling. It’s just a thing he has to get used to

“He couldn’t have been more smooth through the race. He came from last to move up swiftly and he was going away at the end. I think he is pretty useful.

“When I saw him get loose one day was when I first thought he was good. He did injure one of my staff quite badly. He is just well made and has the same power down the saddle that Mohaather did – he is very similar.

“Sheikh Hamdan may want to put him away after today, but I’d be keen to run him in Group One company before the end of the season if there is a suitable race.”

Stat of the Day, 13th August 2020

Wednesday's pick was...

2.10 Beverley : Rousayan @ 12/1 BOG 5th at 9/1 (Switched right start, held up in rear, kept on final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders) 

Thursday's pick runs in the...

4.25 Bath :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Normally, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

Those happy to take the early price on trust can do so, whilst some might prefer to wait for my reasoning. As I fit the early service in around my family life, I can't give an exact timing on the posts, so I suggest you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for instant notifications of a published pick.

Who?

Tell William @ 11/4 or 5/2 BOG

...in an 7-runner, Class 4,  Flat Handicap for 4yo+ over 1, on Firm ground worth £4,690 to the winner... 

Why?...

As ever, the racecard is a mine of information (ignore the odds, we don't carry enough firms' prices for that to be totally accurate)...

...and the above data is what I'm hanging today's bet on with a 4yr old gelding who won over a mile at Newbury LTO 26 days ago and whose form includes finishes of...

  • 124421 in his last 6 starts
  • 12441 in blinkers
  • 39121 in July/August
  • 1221 over a mile
  • 1242 going left handed
  • 312 in fields of 7 or fewer runners
  • 122 here at Bath
  • 122 over course and distance

The reports above are a great way into analysing the stats available to help you form a bet and they are good enough to carry your selection(s), but I'm going to try and add a little meat to the bare bones of those numbers, as follows...

Jockey Hayley Turner's 5 yr record at Bath of 6/28 is actually 6 from 26 (23.1% SR) for 25.53pts (+98.2% ROI) over the last two seasons, including...

  • 5/16 (31.25%) for 10.24pts (+64%) in fields of 5-10 runners
  • 5/10 (50%) for 16.24pts (+162.4%) at odds of 7/1 and shorter
  • 4/13 (30.8%) for 8.74pts (+67.2%) on Firm ground
  • and 2/3 (66.6%) for 6.19pts (+206.4%) on horses trained by Marcus Tregoning...

...whilst she is 4 from 7 (57.1% SR) for 14.74pts (+210.5% ROI) at 7/1 and shorter in fields of 5-10 runners on Firm ground, including that 2 from 3 as above for Marcus Tregoning...

...who, as indicated by the 30 on the racecard and the corresponding 30-day report, is in decent form of late and it's also worth knowing (IMO) that since racing came out of enforced hibernation, his milers are 5 from 11 (45.5% SR) for 11.33pts (+13% ROI) with those sent off shorter than 4/1 winning 4 of 5.

Marcus is, as you've seen above, 12 from 42 at Bath over 5 years, indicated by the C5 and the subsequent report, but it doesn't tell you that more recently, he was 6/17 (35.3% SR) for 15pts (+88.2% ROI) at this venue last season, including 5 from 11 (45.5%) for 14.87pts (+135.2%) in fields of 5-8 runners.

And the last of the reports above is the LTO winner snippet. Closer inspection shows Marcus' LTO winners are 20 from 65 (30.8) for 57.93pts (+89.1% ROI) since the start of 2017 with those returning from a break of 11 to 45 days winning 18 of 45 (40%) for huge profits of 69.07pts (+153.5%).

The final piece of the racecard jigsaw from above is the top ranking of the Geegeez Speed Ratings (speed rating is a bit of a misnomer really, as it's more a neural rating than pure speed) and our runner's position at the head of those ratings is pretty self explanatory.

All the above suggest we should be there or thereabouts today. I had a look at the pace/draw and you want to be drawn low (we're in stall 2) and you preferably need to get on with it. Our runner seems to have two styles, held back (pace score 1) or running prominently (pace 3).

Pace score 3 is what we'd like to see today and the pace tab suggests that one horse might be a lone front runner. If that's the case, that could help us as the pace looks like it's coming from stall 1 and we could get a decent tow from the leader. Should that all pan out for us...

...we'll be well placed with... a 1pt win bet on Tell William @ 11/4 or 5/2 BOG as was available at 8.00am Thursday, but as always please check your own BOG status (*some firms are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 4.25 Bath

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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!