Rain on Sunday a boost for Trueshan’s Goodwood Cup chance

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July 25

Goodwood took a bit of a drenching on Sunday with more than 33mm of rain falling on the rolling Sussex Downs, bringing a smile to the face of Alan King.

The weather forecast for the ‘Glorious’ meeting is mixed – possibly more thunderstorms, showers here and there but sunshine as well through the week – but with the mud-loving TRUESHAN likely to get his favoured soft ground for the Goodwood Cup on the opening day, hopes at Barbury have been resurrected.

Alan said:”Every drop of rain that falls is a bonus for us, and it certainly enhances Trueshan’s chance. His preparation has gone smoothly. He is very well and now all we can do is hope for the best.

“It was so important to get another run into him in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, where he ran well under his big weight, and I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get Hollie Doyle back on board. She has a good record on the horse and knows him so well.”

Trueshan, who has been a superstar for Barbury these past couple of seasons, enjoyed his finest moment at Ascot on Champions Day last autumn, winning the G2 Long Distance Stayers Cup, leaving some top horses, including triple Gold Cup winner Stradivarius in his wake.

That continued dry spell played havoc with early plans for Trueshan this season, but the heavens have opened bang on time for Barnbury’s stable-star, so it’s fingers crossed.