Tregoning Looking to Alkumait for Consecutive Wins in the Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes

Marcus Tregoning will look to the Shadwell-owned Alkumait in Sunday’s renewal of the Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes, as he aims for back to back wins in the race, after winning the 2019 running with Mohaather.  

16 entries have been revealed for the competitive Group 3 event run over a straight seven furlongs which also features 2020 Royal Ascot heroes, Nando Parrado and The Lir Jet, plus one of the leading QIPCO 2000 Guineas fancies, the Richard Hannon trained Chindit.

Tregoning commented: “I’m very pleased with Alkumait, he’s wintered well and seems in good form at home. Having won the Dubai Duty Free 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.”

Tregoning also has Power of Darkness entered in the MansionBet Spring Cup, “I’m very happy with him, he’s working well at home. For him the faster the ground the better, but the plan is very much to run him. We’d be going there with a solid each way chance.”

As a mark of respect for the funeral of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting will now be held on Sunday 18 April, and will also feature the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered as the Fred Darling) and the MansionBet Spring Cup.

Alcohol Free, currently sitting as third favourite for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas is one of 23 entries for the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, which also features the unbeaten Lucid Dreamer, Isabella Giles and 2020 Weatherbys Super Sprint winner, Happy Romance.

Keith Ottesen, Clerk of the Course for Newbury Racecourse said: “The ground is currently Good. It’s entirely appropriate that the meeting has been postponed to Sunday as a mark of respect for the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip and our thanks go to the BHA and ITV Racing for their efforts to move the fixture in its entirety.

“This is a meeting which has frequently been attended by Her Majesty The Queen for a number of years as we welcome back the Flat season to Newbury and we are looking forward to seeing some potential superstars in action.”