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Weather can't stop Tregoning's Dubai preparations

Marcus Tregoning's new big hope Mawatheeq is continuing his preparations for the Dubai World Cup meeting in a rather different setting.

Tregoning's Lambourn stable has been engulfed by the current snowfalls but his facilities have enabled his horses in training to keep ticking over.

Mawatheeq, who could be joined by Glorious Goodwood winner Finjaan on his trip to the Gulf, was second to Twice Over in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes on his latest start.

"We've had 10 to 12 inches of snow in recent days and we've got the snowploughs in," said Tregoning.


"To be honest it hasn't been too bad, and we're lucky enough to have a covered ride, a two-furlong oval, and we have been able to use that.

"Mawatheeq is going to Dubai, all being well, either for the Sheema Classic or the World Cup.

"He has done plenty and is forward enough. He'll be ready to go straight for the big race, as we are lucky enough to have some excellent all-weather tracks in Britain.

"I've always loved Lingfield so I might well take him there to work at some point, like I did with Sir Percy before he won the Derby."

Mawatheeq's target on World Cup night is ultimately in the hands of owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Tregoning went on: "He comes from a very good family. He didn't run at two and should improve as he gets older. I think it was only experience that cost him last season.


"The World Cup is going to be run on the new Tapeta surface, and he works on the all-weather so he should be effective on that, otherwise the other race is on the big grass circuit.

"We'll just see how he gets on, and what Sheikh Hamdan wants."

It is always easy to be optimistic at this time of year, but Tregoning feels he has a decent team to get cracking with. He continued: "Finjaan may go for the Godolphin Mile, we'll just see if we can get him ready. We have him for races up to a mile.

"Then we have Askar Tau and Oasis Knight, who are going to be really good for us in the staying races. It has been a while since we had the likes of Mubtaker and High Accolade so it will be nice to have some decent older horses to look forward to."