Strong Suit has been tipped as a future Sussex Stakes contender after he cruised to success in the Lennox Stakes as Glorious Goodwood kicked off today.
Richard Hannon Jnr, who is assistant trainer to his father Richard Hannon, was delighted to see the son of Rahy justify 5/2 favouritism and win the Group 2 feature race.
The American-bred colt had plenty in hand when scoring by one-and-a-half lengths from Red Jazz, with Beacon Lodge back in third spot.
And it has prompted his masters to target more big prizes.
Hannon Jnr said: ‘He might be a horse for the Sussex Stakes next year.
‘I think he will get a mile in time but there are so many nice races like this for him to mop up.
‘There’s the Hungerford Stakes and the seven-furlong Group 1 in France, the Prix de la Foret.
‘There are plenty of options for him.’
Hughes and Hannon completed a first-day double when 6/1-shot Moustache defeated Llanarmon Lad by a whisker in the Casino at bet365 EBF Assertive Maiden Stakes.
The opening race – the bet365.com Handicap – was won by Rock Of Gibraltar-colt Arlequin at 20/1.
Leading close home, Graham Gibbons’ mount kept finding more to hold off Ryan Moore on the fast-finishing 10/3 favourite Modun.
West Sussex jockey Moore hit the woodwork on 11/10 market leader Fiorente in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes, too.
Mark Johnston’s 7/1-shot Namibian pulled off the shock win, getting up on the line to beat the hot favourite for jockey Silvestre De Sousa and register a 50th Glorious Goodwood win for his trainer.
Irish raider Requinto showed an impressive turn of foot to win the five-furlong Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at 6/1.
He held off the challenge of Burwaaz, with Super Sprint winner Charles The Great back in third.
The Poker At bet365 Stakes went to 16/1-shot Red Gulch.
And that just left Secret Asset to bring an end to day one with a 14/1 triumph in the Mobile At bet365 Stakes.