Hollie Doyle and Trueshan took advantage of Stradivarius’ withdrawal to cruise home in the Goodwood Cup.
John and Thady’s Gosden’s star was withdrawn on Tuesday morning as a result of the softened ground and the result was a maiden Group One success on the flat for a gleeful Alan King.
Doyle and Trueshan previously paired up for success in last year’s British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot and were most recently in action together in coming second to Japan in May’s Ormonde Stakes.
The five-year-old looked comfortable from the off before moving into the lead in the home straight and taking the victory by just under four lengths.
Multiple Grade One-winning trainer King was understandably ecstatic after the victory, praising Doyle but remaining coy on where Trueshan may head next.
“Absolutely thrilled, a very special moment,” he said in quotes carried by Sporting Life. “I’m not sure I’ve had a runner in a Group One before on the flat. She’s given him a great ride.
“We were lucky the rain came at the right time. I’m going to enjoy today before I worry about that (where he goes next).”
That victory in the Goodwood Cup marked the start of a hat-trick for Doyle, who scored with all three of her rides on day one.
The 25-year-old next rode to glory in the Back to Goodwood Handicap aboard John Quinn’s Lord Riddiford and made it a treble soon after by guiding home Roger Teal’s Sisters In The Sky to his maiden.
Doyle heads to Sandown on Wednesday evening and is booked on five rides, including 3/1 Miss Scaletta in the closer.
Elsewhere on day one at Goodwood, there was a double for William Buick as he won both the first and last races aboard Migration and Lovely Breeze, respectively.
Buick is another heading to Sandown in the next 24 hours but will be back on the Sussex Downs on Thursday for six rides, including on 7/4 Audarya in the Nassau Stakes.