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Holly Doyle full of praise for Trueshan after Goodwood Cup win
Holly Doyle full of praise for Trueshan after Goodwood Cup win

Doyle delivers aboard Trueshan

Hollie Doyle grabbed her second career Group One success on the opening day at Goodwood as she piloted Trueshan to victory in the Goodwood Cup. 

The withdrawal of four-time winner Stradivarius due to the softer going opened the race up, and Doyle stepped in as she and the five-year-old she previously rode to success on Champions Day at Ascot in 2020, powered home ahead of Away He Goes by just under four lengths. 

Doyle and Trueshan have now won on two of the three occasions they have been partnered, the odd one out being a second in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester, and the jockey was full of praise for her mount, after sealing trainer Alan King's first top-flight success on the flat. 

She told ITV Racing: "It's incredible. He's been in my mind every day since Champions Day, when we could get back together - these are the days you do it for." 

That feature success sparked a treble for Doyle as she went on to claim the Back to Goodwood Handicap aboard Lord Riddiford for John Quinn, before finishing the day with a win on Roger Teal's Sisters In The Sky. 

Quick turnaround proves no issue for Angel Bleu

He may have last been in action on Saturday at the weekend, but Ralph Beckett could not resist sending out Angel Bleu again on Tuesday and the decision proved fruitful. 

The two-year-old came home second in the Pat Eddery Stakes on Saturday and despite jockey Frankie Dettori suggesting he needed a rest, the Italian found himself back on board on the opening day of the Goodwood Festival. 

Dettori's hunch proved misguided as he piloted the son of Dark Angel home ahead of Berkshire Shadow, much to the delight of Beckett. 

The handler saw Rossa Ryan and Kinross back it up for him in the next race, the Lennox Stakes. 

Speaking after his earlier win, Beckett admitted he would not have been able to live with himself if he had not let Ascot Bleu run. 

He said: "Frankie got off him on Saturday and said, 'He's been busy, give him a break', so I thought we should leave him alone. 

"(But) I fed him on Sunday and I looked at him sideways and thought, 'You don't look like you've had a hard race to me at all'. 

"If we hadn't declared and the field had fallen apart like this, I'd have been really, really cross with myself. With the rain last night I could hardly believe my luck." 

Bolger warns Goodwood rivals

Jim Bolger feels Poetic Flare is improving ahead of Sussex Stakes
Jim Bolger feels Poetic Flare is improving ahead of Sussex Stakes

Jim Bolger says he only sees Poetic Flare improving ahead of Wednesday's Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. 

The 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes winner was also a close second to stablemate Mac Swiney in the Irish Guineas and looks primed for more Group One success at Goodwood. 

That St James's Palace Stakes win by four lengths saw the racing world sit up and take notice and Bolger believes there is plenty more to come from the three-year-old. 

He said: "Poetic Flare has been very well since the St James's Palace Stakes. We're very happy with his work, and he seems to be improving further. 

"He's very well and I couldn't be happier with him." 

Rookie trainer eyes Molecomb success

Ed Bethell is excited to see how Fearby goes in Wednesday's Molecomb Stakes. 

Bethell only sent out his first horses in January, but has enjoyed excellent returns, with this son of Havana Gold providing particular success. 

After finishing fourth on his debut at Newcastle in May, Fearby broke his maiden soon after at Wetherby before backing it up earlier this month at Sandown. 

PJ McDonald retains the ride on Wednesday and the Leyburn handler could not resist seeing how the two-year-old might shape up against some of his more highly-rated contemporaries, with Eve Johnson Houghton's Chipotle expected to be the one to beat in the Molecomb. 

Bethell said: "We're all excited to be part of a race like this in our first season."

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