Derby-winning trainer 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 and he did not have to wait long to make an impact with Nayef winning the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, the 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic and the 2002 Juddmonte International at York.
Dominica also landed the King’s Stand Stakes for him in 2002, while Mubtaker was 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.
His proudest moment came in 2006 when Sir Percy won the Derby, having been champion British-trained juvenile in 2005.
Group 1 glory then eluded Tregoning before Mohaather was a brilliant winner of the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in 2020.