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Pether's Moon (left) pulls clear of Encke (blue silks) to win the Glorious Stakes © Getty Images
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Favourite Pether's Moon claimed victory in the Glorious stakes at Goodwood as Encke, the most high-profile horse to be banned in the Godolphin doping scandal, finished second in his first race back.

Pether's Moon raced to a one-and-a-quarter-length win under jockey Richard Hughes to give trainer Richard Hannon success in Friday's opening race at the Festival.

Encke, the 2012 St Leger winner, crossed the line in second under the stewardship of William Buick. It was the first time the horse had run since completing a six-month ban after testing positive for anabolic steroids in 2013. The scandal was widely regarded as one of horse racing's darkest days.

Buick went one better in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes with victory on board Wannabe Yours, while 12/1 shot Red Avenger earned a shock win for jockey Jimmy Fortune and trainer Ed Dunlop in the Betfred Mile.

Take Cover snatched the King George Stakes by a neck from Extortionist, while Fortune made it a double on the day for himself after riding J Wonder to a close victory in the L'Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes.

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