It may not be quite the same for a trainer, but Marcus Tregoning thinks it is. He moved to Whitsbury Manor Stables in Hampshire during February after 16 years at Kingswood House in Lambourn and on Sunday he sent out his first winner from his new base.
Appropriately enough, the horse is called Homeboy, and he’s the only runner Tregoning has had out so far this season. After placed efforts at Kempton and Lingfield earlier in the month, it was a case of third time lucky, with the horse carrying top weight and most of the money.
Yes, it was a low grade all-weather selling race, but that didn’t bother Tregoning, who said, “It's a lowly start but we're thrilled to be there and it's all going well.”
The move to Whitsbury came about when the owners of Kingswood House put it up for sale. Things fell into place when George Baker moved to Manton, and Tregoning was happy to accept an offer to take over the stables from the owner of Whitsbury, Chris Harper. Tregoning reflected on the history of his new base, saying on his website, “Whitsbury is a place I've always admired. David Elsworth enjoyed outstanding success there with a mixed team ranging from classy two year olds to Desert Orchid, the nation's favourite grey.”Looking ahead, he said, “Whitsbury has some outstanding gallops and a rich history of producing winners. Hopefully we can continue that tradition”.
Alongside the change, there’s an element of continuity, as Tregoning will continue to train for his major supporter, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. He’s also brought along many of his well established stars, with Askar Tau likely to be one of the first of them out at Leicester next week, en route to the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.
Setting out his plans, Tregoning added, “Boom And Bust will start off at Listed level and Bronze Angel will be ready for later in the season. I've got a nice filly called Valais Girl, who might start off at Newbury.”