Hollie Doyle beats her rivals to achieve brilliant 123-1 treble and become the first female jockey to win the Goodwood Cup by driving Trueshan to victory
Hollie Doyle took the first day of Glorious Goodwood by storm with a 123-1 treble, crowned with the most valuable win of her massive career over Trueshan in the Group One Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.
It was the second top-level win for Doyle, who yesterday also had success over Lord Riddiford in the Back To Goodwood Handicap and Sisters In The Sky in the British Stallions Maiden Stakes, following her win over Glen Shiel in the Champion Sprint at Ascot last October.
That was a 16-1 surprise, but Doyle had added pressure with Trueshan, who also gave trainer Alan King his first Group 1 winner at the Flat, who was sent off 6-5 from the favorite after Stradivarius was withdrawn due to rough terrain. .
Jockey Hollie Doyle took Glorious Goodwood’s first day by storm with a 123-1 treble
Trueshan even acted at odds in the final minutes before the race. The five-year-old didn’t rest well early in the race, but eventually won as his odds suggested he would, storming away in the latter town to win by three and three quarters distances from Away He Goes.
Doyle, 24, said: ‘I’ve got some buzz from that. I’m not going too high or too low, but if you have such experience, you should make the most of it.
“It’s one of the best days I’ve ever had. When I tasted the success on Champions Day last year, I got hungry and wanted it to happen more often. I never feel pressured or nervous, but something was hanging over me today. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone.’
Trueshan’s win was also a milestone at the Flat for King, which has racked up 31 top-level wins in jumps. His 15 successes at the Cheltenham Festival include Kachit in the 2008 Champion Hurdle.
Doyle became the first female jockey to win the Goodwood Cup and drive Trueshan to victory
King, who will target Trueshan at the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp on Arc Day in October, said: “This is very special and up there with the Champion Hurdle.”
Stradivarius was scratched after the night’s rain officially made it rough. Trainer John Gosden feared the race would turn out to be an unsuitable blow for the four-time race winner. He will now be targeting the Lonsdale Cup at the Ebor meeting in York next month.
Goodwood Cup third Sir Ron Priestley came crippled off the line with a suspensory ligament injury in his right front leg.
He traveled to trainer Mark Johnston’s stable last night.