Goodwood rain a bonus for Trueshan camp
Sunday morning rain at Goodwood was a welcome sight for trainer Alan King as Trueshan prepares to challenge Stradivarius in Tuesday's Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes.
Eleven runners line up for the 2m Group 1 contest, with Trueshan 2.20 to usurp 3.25 Stradivarius, who has won the last four runnings of the race for the Gosden yard.
However, the potential for more rain ahead of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood could play into Trueshan's hands.
"That's very good news," King said about the Sunday shower, which brought around 10mm of rain to the course. "I wasn't expecting that much in the morning. I thought the rain that they'd already had would make it safe enough to run, but to see Trueshan at his best it's a case of the more rain the better."
The five-year-old has yet to win since an impressive showing in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October, where he pulled comfortably clear of a fading Stradivarius on soft ground in the pair's last meeting.
Everything has gone very smoothly in the build up.Alan King
The Singula Partnership's gelding is set to reunite with Hollie Doyle after she made way in the Northumberland Plate for Rhys Clutterbuck, who with a 5lbs claim, came home sixth when booked to alleviate Trueshan's top-weight handicap woes.
King added: "Trueshan looked very good at Ascot on British Champions Day and we've been very pleased with him this year. I was very happy I ran him at Newcastle in the Northumberland Plate, because you can't keep these horses simmering away forever and he had a proper race there. Everything has gone very smoothly in the build up since and we'll see what happens."
Tuesday's contest will be Trueshan's debut performance at Goodwood, with King and Doyle both seeking their first win in the Group 1 race.