Thames Knight bounced back to form with a fluent success in a Class 5 handicap over a mile and a half at Goodwood on Friday evening.
He was given a confident ride by stable apprentice Tyler Saunders who is making the most of the opportunities given him by Marcus Tregoning.
The result was never in doubt from the moment Saunders eased his mount into the lead just a furlong from home.
Thames Knight kept on strongly to win by one and a half lengths from Light of Air with Deep Challenger a close third.
Tregoning explained that the winner had struggled on testing ground at York last time.
He said “I was worried that the race might have taken a bit too much out of him but he is physically tough and a wonderful horse to train because he runs on a regular basis”.
The trainer was full of praise for Saunders on his debut at the track.
“Tyler was always in the right place through the race. He is older and stronger now, a great asset to the team and never lets me down. I have quite a few horses for him to ride this season”, he said.