Mark and Charlie Johnston saw their Qatar Goodwood Festival get off to the best possible start as Forest Falcon landed the opening Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap.
The four-year-old was partnered by Frankie Dettori for the 10-furlong event and started a 14-1 chance after finishing 14th of 22 when last seen in the John Smith’s Cup at York earlier in the month.
This time the gelding was a straightforward winner, racing wide and taking up the lead two furlongs from home to prevail by a length and three-quarters.
“It’s good to get off the mark on the first runner, it’s very much Charlie’s doing,” said Mark Johnston.
“He earmarked this race for this horse at the beginning of the season and said all along that this would be his D-Day and he was right. He couldn’t have won it more easily.”
Dettori added: “I always knew I was going to get a good position, Charlie told me he was a good traveller.
“He was a bit gassy at the beginning, but he had a good start and with a good lead I thought to just wait until the cutaway and get him going, and he just found another gear.
“In the space of half a furlong he had three lengths on the field, he was never in doubt.”
Lord Riddiford took the Nicholson Gin Handicap for Jason Hart and John Quinn, prevailing by half a length from Roger Varian’s Dusky Lord.
The seven-year-old was a 10-1 chance for the 15-runner affair and maintained an impressive record at the track when winning for the third time in four Goodwood runs.
“I’m absolutely delighted. He’s bounced back from two wind operations, but he loves it here,” Quinn said.
“He ran well enough at Doncaster to suggest that he was on his way back and he loves this track. The bit of rain helped him.
“He’s a very nice horse to deal with, a Christian, he’s a lovely horse.
“We are so, so pleased. His next run will be the Shergar Cup, all being well, a week on Saturday at Ascot.”
Crystal Caprice then followed up a maiden victory with another when winning the Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Fillies’ Handicap for Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute.
The three-year-old, a seven-length winner at Yarmouth on her most recent outing, was this time triumphant by a length and a half as the 5-2 favourite.
Mischief Magic impressed in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes for William Buick and Charlie Appleby, following up a third-placed run on debut at Goodwood in May.
“I’m pleased with that result. The horse came here with course experience and trip experience,” Appleby said.
“He’s come forward for that. The form of the race in the maiden worked out well, his work at home had been pleasing us, so we came here with a lot of confidence.
“He has done it well in the end. I wouldn’t like to say where he will go next, but he is potentially a Pattern-race horse in the making.”