Tregoning hoping for another big day at Newbury for stable with impressive Impressor
Marcus Tregoning is hoping Impressor can live up to his name and deliver the trainer his second Newbury Group race win of the year in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes on Saturday.
The Derby winning trainer saddled Mohaather to land the Group 3 Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes at the track in April and earmarked the feature prize of Dubai Duty Free International Weekend for Impressor after he recorded an easy win at Salisbury last month.
Impressor was one of 14 five day acceptors for the Group 2 prize, named after legendary Derby and Arc winner Mill Reef and which has been won in the past by the likes of Harry Angel and Ribchester.
Richard Hannon has included Mystery Power, winner of the Group 2 Superlative Stakes this summer, while Shadn, a previous course winner who finished third in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes, and Gimcrack fourth Malotru are also engaged.
Impressor finished an unlucky in running fourth on his Goodwood debut but made no mistake next time out when winning a novice race at Salisbury by three and a half lengths on Good to Soft going.
Tregoning said: “Obviously the Salisbury race which he won so easily was on totally different ground to what he is likely to get at Newbury, but having said that I don’t see why he shouldn’t handle it. He is by Footstepsinthesand and most handle the fast ground which we’ve seen recently when he has been getting quite a few winners.
“We are very pleased with the way Impressor has taken that Salisbury race. We will find out how good he is but hopefully he will go there with a reasonable chance.
“He was unlucky at Goodwood but he was quite an inexperienced horse and that can catch them out especially jumping out straight down that hill.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the way he won that race at Salisbury. He won it very, very well and he’s worked well since. He does have a lot of speed. We had him in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, which I am sure he would have gone very well in but decided he shows so much speed we would keep him to the six furlongs for now.”
The £75,000 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes will be one of three Group races staged on the September 21 card which will also feature the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup, Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes and the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.
Away from the action on the track, attendees on Saturday will have the opportunity to explore the racecourse with the interactive ‘Racing Zone’.
Behind the scenes tours to the Weighing Room from the Classic winning ex-jockey, George Baker will begin the day. Racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip up to the Judges Box where you can glimpse the best view of the whole course as well find out about their role on a raceday. Test out your skills as a jockey on one of the Racing to School Equicizers with coaching from George, or for anyone wanting to learn more about farriery, come and visit Mac Head, who will be showing off his comprehensive range of plates and shoes and the process of fitting them.
Get up close to the action and see a race from a different perspective with a trip to the start which operate throughout the afternoon and are well worth it.
Tickets available for both days from www.newburyracecourse.co.uk or by calling 01635 40015.