Hollie Doyle added to an already landmark year for women riders in horse racing by becoming the first female jockey to win the Goodwood Cup on Tuesday in a remarkable 123-1 treble.
The 24-year-old won aboard Trueshan, the 6-5 favorite after Stradivarius withdrew from the two-mile race on day one of ‘Glorious Goodwood’, one of the highlights of the season. English flat, following heavy rains. on the Sussex course.
The five-year-old took the lead at the start of the straight on the south lane, knocking out Away He Goes shot 33-1 from just under four lengths.
Winning a race for the first time in 1808 gave Doyle his second Group 1 winner and was a flat first for trainer Alan King, better known as a vault specialist.
Sir Ron Priestley, a 9-2 shot, finished a length and a half further in third.
The 24-year-old Doyle then completed her long-running treble with victories in the next two races over Lord Riddiford and Sisters In The Sky.
Trueshan helped Doyle achieve a brace on Champions Day at Ascot last October, winning the Long Distance Cup before leading Glen Shiel to victory in the British Champions Sprint Stakes for his first Group 1 victory.
“These are the days you do it for,” Doyle told reporters after Tuesday’s victory. “He’s been on my mind every day since Champions Day, when we can get back together. “
Stradivarius claimed a record-breaking fourth consecutive victory at last year’s festival under Frankie Dettori, but was pulled on Tuesday as play was smooth against the three-time Gold Cup winner.
“It’s a shame that the pitch has walked so much in the past two days,” coach John Gosden told Racing TV.
“We made the mistake of leading him on the wrong ground at Longchamp (in France) and at Ascot. There is no point in making this mistake again. We will now be directing him to York (in the north of England) next month. “
In April, Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore, then 31, became the first female winner of the Grand National, England’s most famous show-jumping race, aboard Minella Times over the demanding four-mile barriers and two and a half meters (6.9 kilometers) at Aintree, Liverpool.
The success came just weeks after Blackmore was the first woman to ride another of England’s vaulting ‘crown jewels’, the Champion Hurdle, when she teamed up with Honeysuckle to claim victory at the festival. of Cheltenham.
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