Qatar Goodwood Festival: Trueshan breaks Group 1 duck with runaway Goodwood Cup success

Hollie Doyle aboard Trueshan (Image: Getty)

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Trueshan is now a Group 1-winning stayer after running out a decisive winner of the Goodwood Cup under Hollie Doyle on Tuesday afternoon.

Trueshan was sent off a 6/5 favourite for the day's feature after star stayer Stradivarius, who had topped the market in the morning, was taken out if the race because of heavy ground.

While conditions wouldn't have suited Stradivarius, they were manor from heaven for Trueshan who showed just how effective he is in testing conditions when running away with the Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October.

With the weather gods onside, Trueshan made the most of what looked a golden opportunity to open his Group 1 account although it wasn't plain sailing for the five-year-old, who raced quite keenly for much of the contest.

However, once the field turned for home, Doyle was able to bag the stands' rail, from which point she turned the challengers away before drawing clear in the final furlong.

The winning rider said: "This is one of the best days I've ever had. When I got a taste of the success at Ascot on Glen Shiel I got a bit more hungry and determined to want it more often.

"I never really feel pressure, but today something did come over me as I didn't want to let everyone down. He was keen early on so I made the decision to sit on the girth of the leader.

"It was very special and my brother James managed to come down today which makes it extra special.

"I was very confident going into the race. I haven't had many experiences of Goodwood, let alone on a short-priced favourite. I was feeling it a bit more than normal, but Trueshan is an exceptionally talented animal on this ground.

It's a first Group 1 prize on the Flat for trainer Alan King and a second top-flight success for the rider, who followed up 35 minutes later aboard Lord Riddiford in the five-furlong sprint handicap.

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