Fez - a filly to follow
Marcus Tregoning has news of his promising filly Hawaafez and smart stayer Askar Tau and outlines plans for the season for the pair.
Last Updated: 06/05/12 12:11pm
Marcus Tregoning believes that Hawaafez could be a filly to keep on side this season.
The daughter of Nayef was considered a potential Oaks candidate early last year, but those dreams didn't last long after she suffered short-priced defeats at Beverley and Pontefract.
However, she steadily improved as the year progressed and was a hugely impressive winner on her final start at Newmarket in late October.
She is set to start off the season in Listed company imminently and Tregoning is excited about the campaign ahead.
"She has done really well. She is such a big mare, she's absolutely massive, but I think she has finally filled her frame," said Tregoning.
"She is probably going to start off in the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury on Lockinge day and I am really looking forward to this year with her.
"I think now she has grown up a bit, she'll take her work better and she's a filly we've always liked.
"Paul Hanagan came and sat on her the other day and was really pleased, so I'm looking forward to running her.
"She is entered in the Yorkshire Cup and she's in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot as well, but we'll start her off at Newbury all being well."
Tregoning's smart stayer Askar Tau has not been seen since running creditably in the Ascot Gold Cup last June, but he is set to return on the Knavesmire later this month.
"He is in good form and he'll probably go for the Yorkshire Cup. He'll be fit enough to do himself justice," said the trainer.
"He probably wants a bit further than a mile and six (furlongs) nowadays, but we have to start off somewhere and he's in good form at home."