The name of Boom And Bust would be an unfair, if admissible description of the popular Lambourn trainer’s standing with the size of his string dwindling after the heady days of Sir Percy and the 2006 Derby.
Tregoning nevertheless follows the example of his mentor Dick Hern in targeting Glorious Goodwood and Sir Percy himself landed the Vintage Stakes as a juvenile.
Boom And Bust (22-1) had already been the most productive member of Kingwood House Stables, contributing three of Tregoning’s 10 winners this campaign and he has struck up a helpful association with Hayley Turner.
Year-on-year this £125,000 handicap is littered with hard-luck stories, but Turner took advantage of her draw in stall one and kept out of trouble in front.
Her only danger was in the closing stages when the habitually unlucky Proponent closed up to Boom And Bust’s flanks on the line.
“These have been quite difficult times, although it’s tough for everybody,” reflected Tregoning.
“All you can do is keep soldiering on and hope you can entice some new people in. Good winners help.
“We had 100 horses and we’re down to 60, which is a big drop, but some people have gone out of the game. This wasn’t an expensive horse and it might encourage some new business in.”
Tregoning said of Turner: “He did throw her off after the line last time, but she has won three on him now and she’s riding at the top of her form. She has a clock in her head.
“Dick Hern always did well here and Goodwood winners are special.”
Kieren Fallon threaded his way up the far rail to help Drunken Sailor (9-2) to pinch the Coutts Glorious Stakes from under the noses of Harris Tweed and Jukebox Jury.
After missing the cut for the Melbourne Cup last year, trainer Luca Cumani has a retrieval mission in mind. “He has improved to the point that he shows more turn of foot than he did, so I think that makes him a stronger Melbourne Cup candidate than he was last year,” he said.
“That’s all up to the owners.”
William Hill offer 25-1 at this stage.
Frankie Dettori and Neebras (4-1) chased down Chef and Western Aristocrat in the Listed RSA Thoroughbred Stakes, having finished fourth to Frankel in the St James’s Palace last time.
Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni suggested he will now rise to Group Three level before the end of the summer.