Sennockian Star got this year's Glorious Goodwood meeting off to a flyer for Mark Johnston in a thrilling bet365.com Handicap Stakes.
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The Middleham maestro has a tremendous record on the Sussex Downs and saddled three runners in the opening event of this year's Festival.
As is often the case with runners from the yard, all three were ridden positively in the mile-and-a-quarter contest, with Sennockian Star tracking stable companions Salutation and Busatto in the hands of Joe Fanning.
Salutation and Busatto briefly looked to have shaken off the field when striking clear over a furlong out, but both Sennockian Star and the fast-finishing Ajman Bridge came from out of the pack to challenge.
Ajman Bridge looked sure to collect having being produced with a withering run by William Buick, but Sennockian Star refused to be beaten and stuck on determinedly close to finish to take the spoils by half a length.
Salutation and Busatto were third and fourth respectively in a great result for Johnston.
Johnston said: "Before the race I said to my son Angus that a winner in the first would be great.
"As we were watching it, he said 'we might get a one-two-three' and I thought he was going to be right. It's fantastic. The horses are just buzzing up the gallops.
"I think two years ago we won the first as well and it's a great relief to get one on the board."
Fanning told Channel 4 Racing: "They went a nice gallop up front. It suits this lad, he's better getting a lead.
"Inside the final furlong I thought he'd get there.
"I thought he was at least 5lb or 6lb too high. I was proved wrong, so that's good."