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Tregoning targets repeat of Derby success

By Chris McGrath

The man who saddled the 2006 winner yesterday resolved to ride the crest of a wave back to the Investec Derby on Saturday week.

Marcus Tregoning, trainer of Sir Percy, has sent out five winners from nine runners since Cavaleiro finished third on his reappearance in the Lingfield Trial.

And while he did consider a less demanding option at Goodwood on Friday, Tregoning anticipates so much improvement from the colt that he now intends to wait for the big one.

At Lingfield, Cavaleiro was beaten nearly seven lengths behind race-fit rivals in a race switched from the saturated turf track to the all-weather circuit.

As such, he could never demonstrate his relish for the configuration that broadly unites Lingfield and Epsom, while Tregoning was also satisfied that the colt, who flourished with racing in his first season, badly needed the run.

“I wasn't at all disappointed with his trial, because he'd had a setback and I knew he would improve a ton,” the Lambourn trainer explained.

“I've taken him to Lingfield to school him down the hill and round the corner, and he does handle the camber very well.

“He's come out of his race bouncing and kicking and, if you take away the favourite, the Derby looks very open.

“It's an unusual year. We've seen some unimpressive trials on difficult ground. Some of them will improve, no doubt, but I think this horse will definitely get the trip and can run a big race.”

Tregoning attributes his recent purple patch to his forbearance during the wet spring.

“The majority of our horses are better on quicker ground so we just had to bide our time,” he said.

After some trying times since 2006, Tregoning hopes to sustain the renewed momentum with his juveniles.

“They're coming along and I might run one by Sir Percy at Goodwood on Saturday,” he said.

“We might not have as many as we used to, but hopefully two or three turn out to be quite nice.”

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