Trueshan makes mockery of a £58,000 handicap
John Gosden spoilt the Barbury party at Newmarket last month when Lord North swooped on Beringer up the hill to win the Cambridgeshire, but Alan gained his revenge at Headquarters on Friday when saddling Trueshan to trounce the Gosden-trained topweight First in Line in the £58,000 Old Rowley Cup.
This looked a typically competitive Newmarket handicap, but under a fine ride from William Buick it proved a procession for Trueshan, who powered clear for a three and three-quarter lengths triumph in the style of a progressive young stayer.
Alan was watching in from Chepstow, but the Barbury Lions, who own Trueshan, were out in force at Newmarket, including new recruit Colin Mackenzie, formerly racing correspondent of the Daily Mail, who was witnessing the horse run for the first time, having missed the Ffos Las and Wolverhampton victories.
Buick said:”Trueshan stays very well, and he won easily. He is a very honest horse and still lightly-raced, so he could have a big future ahead of him.”
Assistant Dan Horsford was standing in for Alan, and, reflecting on the enormous progress Trueshan has made in a short space of time, he said:”This is an unexposed horse who is progressing with every race and has done nothing wrong so far.
“If you had told these guys at Wolverhampton when he was 33-1 for a novice event on the tapeta that we would be here at Newmarket they would have laughed at you, but he is thoroughly uncomplicated.
“The strong early pace played into our hands, and William said he was so straight-forward that he could have put him anywhere in the race. He has only run on flat tracks until this, so it was good to see him handle the Dip and take it all in his stride.
“William feels that Trueshan could well be an Ebor horse for next year, so, though he has already schooled over hurdles at home, I suppose that plan might be shelved for now.”