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Perotto aiming to spark Goodwood Celebration for Tregoning

Marcus Tregoning believes Perotto has earned the right to have a crack at the tote Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

A Royal Ascot winner in June, Perotto was beaten just a length by Megallan last time out when third in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.

Tregoning’s string are operating at a healthy strike-rate currently and he is hoping Perotto can can the good run going.

“He ran really well at Salisbury and obviously he’s got to raise him game again, but he seems to be in good form so that’s where he goes,” said Tregoning.

“The handicapper put him up another 4lb so he thought it was a career-best and he has to run in better races now and that’s where he is now.

“He won on quick ground at Ascot but I think he goes on any ground, he’s very versatile.

“The horses are going well at the moment so hopefully that continues into the autumn.”

Godolphin has a strong representation among the 14 contenders, with Charlie Appleby able to chose from Al Suhail and La Barrosa, while Saeed bin Suroor has left in his multiple Group One winner Benbatl, although he has indicated he is more likely to run in Windsor’s Winter Hill Stakes on the same day.

Richard Hughes will be hoping it rains for Brentford Hope while Richard Hannon is thinking of dropping Chindit down in class having run in three Group Ones this season.

Charlie Hills’ Mutasaabeq got back to winning ways last time out and could be joined by stablemate Pogo, with David O’Meara’s Rhoscolyn is another three-year-old possible.

Duke Of Hazzard, Escobar, Happy Power, Stormy Antarctic and Lavender’s Blue complete the list at the five-day stage.

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.”