The winning trainer, Alan Jarvis, had no doubts about the jockey. "He'll do for me," he said firmly before speaking in equally enthusiastic terms about Duke Of Aston.
"He's always been a really nice horse and the fastest I have ever trained out of the stalls. Gary said that he was a bit special," added the trainer, who was completing a 55-1 double after Alfie Boy, another newcomer, had won the three-year-old maiden 35 minutes earlier.
Stevens will be seeing some familiar faces when he takes part in the Lester Piggott International Jockeys Challenge at Taby, Stockholm, next Tuesday evening, as his former American colleagues Kent Desormeaux, Corey Nakatani and Laffit Pincay take on top riders from Britain, France and Scandinavia in a four-race series which forms part of the Swedish 2,000 Guineas card.
The other contestants are Kieren Fallon and Pat Eddery from Britain, Olivier Peslier from France, and the Scandinavians Mark Larsen, Gunnar Nordling and Fredik Johansson.
The home side lost its star when Kim Andersen, champion jockey in Scandinavia for the past two years and in front again this season, broke a leg at Aarhus on Monday.
Earlier at Goodwood yesterday, The Winning Line Syndicate, whose colours were made famous by Teeton Mill during the last jumping season, had hopes of a double after their Ligne Gagnante had taken the three-year-old 1m4f handicap in a driving finish with Deploy Venture.
Ligne Gagnante was continuing the excellent form of the William Haggas stable, but the Newmarket trainer and owners had to settle for third place when their Anthony Mon Amour, 7-4 favourite for the 6f handicap half an hour later, set a strong pace but tied up and was caught well inside the final furlong by the 16-1 chance Loch Laird and Top Banana.Reuse content