Cornish-born Marcus Tregoning has been involved in the racing industry for most of his life.
He had a grounding in the bloodstock world that included spells at Jocelyn Hambro’s Waverton Stud, the National Stud, Danny Van Clief’s Virginia Stud and the farm of vet and trainer Jim Wallace in New Zealand.
He spent 14 years as assistant to the late Dick Hern, initially at the historic West Ilsley stables, and then at Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s purpose-built Kingwood House Stables near Lambourn. Tregoning was a useful amateur rider, winning several point-to-points, often on Bespoke, who became one of the yard hacks. Hern’s retirement from training saw Tregoning take over the licence at Kingwood House in 1997.
His major flagbearers to date include 2006 Investec Derby winner Sir Percy, who was champion British-trained juvenile in 2005 after his victory in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, Nayef, who won the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, the 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic, and the 2002 Juddmonte International at York, and stable stalwart Mubtaker, runner-up in the 2003 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a three-time winner of the Group 2 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.
Other notable horses he has trained include triple Group 3 winner Ekraar, the 2000 Rockfel Stakes heroine Sayedah, the 2002 King’s Stand Stakes heroine Dominica, the 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Snow Ridge, the 2009 Betfair Cup winner Finjaan and the 2009 Doncaster Cup hero Askar Tau, who finished runner-up in the 2012 Artemis Goodwood Cup.
Tregoning trains principally for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, although other owners include Lady Tennant, Nurlan Bizakov and Anthony and Victoria Pakenham, who owned Sir Percy.