King coy on next Trueshan target

28 July 2021 03:36:26 GMTPlus10

Trainer Alan King says he will bide his time before deciding on Trueshan's next outing, after Hollie Doyle rode him to victory in Tuesday's Goodwood Cup.

The five-year-old is 1000.00 for the Melbourne Cup on 2nd November, but connections are likely to consider other targets before the northern hemisphere season is out, with him holding entries for both August's Lonsdale Stakes at York and the following month's Irish St Leger.

Stradivarius absence helps

King's hopes for a maiden Group One triumph on the flat were boosted pre-race with the news that four-time winner Stradivarius had been withdrawn due to John and Thady Gosden's reluctance to run him on the newly softened ground.

Doyle took advantage, piloting Trueshan to victory on the Sussex Downs by just under four lengths from Away He Goes.

I'm going to enjoy today before I worry about that (where he goes next).

Alan King

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It was the pair's second success in three outings together, the odd one out being their second in May's Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

King was quick to praise his rider, but was rather less forthcoming when it came to announcing possible future targets.

"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)."

Doyle goes on to a treble

That Goodwood Cup victory marked the start of a treble for Doyle as she went on to take the Back to Goodwood Handicap with Lord Riddiford, before triumphing on Sisters In The Sky for Roger Teal soon after.

Like King, Teal was highly appreciative of his jockey, while also hoping for a favour from the handicapper as he looks ahead with the two-year-old.

He said: "We'll see what mark he gets from the handicapper - scraped home today didn't he? - and a mark of 72 or something, I'd be happy with that."

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