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This one is on
Via Egnatia and Jewel House
represent ex-champion trainer
John Gosden today when, to all in-
tents and purposes, the 2017 turf-
flat season gets under way, proper,
with a seven-race programme at
Newmarket, indisputably head-
quarters of 'The Sport Of Kings!'
It's exciting being back at what just
has to be the best track on this planet,
by a Rowley Mile!
As far as viewing for racegoers it
was always a joke, with thoroughbreds
galloping towards the stands but, be-
fore watering was implemented, the
famous Heath was the fairest test of
a racehorse imaginable; fortunately
this magnificent venue hasn't been
watered this year and we're looking
forward to a tremendously informa-
Via Egnatia looked an Epsom Derby
prospect when beating Never Sur-
render seven lengths over the Row-
ley Milke 199 days ago; he stretched
clear in resounding fashion and the
time-handicap mark was tremendous,
We're therefore surprised to see Via
Egnatia one of six declarations for a
£14000 Conditions Stakes over seven
furlongs. There might be a good reason
One tends to eke out information on
useful types and we learned recently
that Via Egnatia has been a 'bit of a
handful' on the gallops; you can bet
'Big John' is running him short in order
to get the 'gassiness' out of him but
twice-raced distance winner, Salsa-
beel, will undoubtedly provide a test.
Salsabeel achieved a useful
time-figure when beaten a short-
head during the St Leger meeting at
Doncaster, another wonderful track,
before watering compromised exten-
sive remedial work.
Via Egnatia and Frankie Dettori jus-
tify a punt as does Jewel House, one of
nine 'decs' for a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes
over the same course and distance.
Time-comparison will be interesting.
Firefright, mount of Ryan Moore, is
an obvious favourite and likely winner
but Gosden would have known that
before declaring Jewel House, certain
to occupy one of three places.
There are certain trainers always
worth serious consideration and oth-
ers I'm always keen to take on!
Think of a world, without watering!
Husbands new season triple
TORONTO---Veteran rider Patrick
Husbands wasted little time mak-
ing his mark on the new Woodbine
season when he rode an impressive
triple on Sunday's 10-race card.
The 43-year-old, who went winless
on Saturday's season-opening card,
produced winners in race one with It-
sinthestars, in race seven with Jennifer
Lynnette before also claiming the day's
final race with Ariel's Vision.
Husbands, a seven-time champion
at the celebrated Toronto racing oval,
lies third in the standings behind Eu-
rico Rosa da Silva and Jesse Campbell,
both on four wins.
He made amends for drawing a
blank on Saturday when he steered
the brown filly Itsinthestars to a half-
length victory over the three-year-old
Going five furlongs, Husbands
stalked the pace set by Dyna's Mis-
chief and Beau's Beauty before bring-
ing Itsinthestars with a determined
stretch run to nip Beau's Beauty in the
Husbands's second win of the
day came when he combined with
the four-year-old bay filly Jennifer
Lynnette to beat the three-year-old
and upwards in another five-furlong
He glued the filly to the flank of
pace-setter Real Coal -- ridden by
Jamaican Jermaine Bridgmohan -- be-
fore reeling in the leader in the stretch,
reaching the front with a sixteenth to
run and taking the wire three lengths
Husbands wrapped up his day's
work in style, taking four-year-old
bay filly Áriel's Vision to a narrow
win by a head over the three-year-
old and upward fillies and mares, in
a tight finish to a five-furlong contest.
He settled the filly well off the pace
as Dance With Me Baby and Weep-
nwidow disputed the lead. However,
Husbands closed Ariel's Vision well
in the stretch and she barely got up to
edge Dance With Me Baby. CMC
Veteran Barbadian jockey
Newmarket, 11.55 Via Egnatia
1.35 Jewel House (e.w)
2.05 Olivia Fellow (e.w).
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