Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

John off to a Flyer as Course Reopens

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

John off to a Flyer as Course Reopens

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JOHN Gosden registered his first winner for Godolphin as Tempus Temporis booked his ticket for Good Friday by winning the Betsi Golden Mile Conditions Stakes as racing took place at Chelmsford City for the first time yesterday.

The Essex circuit, formerly known as Great Leighs, closed in January 2009 after going into administration less than a year after it launched, but has reopened under a new name.

Gosden looks like being the chief beneficiary of the decision to run all the horses previously owned by Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikh Mohammed's wife, in the Godolphin blue. Tempus Temporis was a winner last time out and although stepping up in class for the PS20,000 Fast Track Qualifier, Robert Havlin always looked confident and the 11-4 chance beat Super Kid by five lengths.

Gosden's wife, Rachel Hood said: "This horse had the blinkers on which suited him and he's been very progressive."

Jono Mills, representing Godolphin, said: "I would anticipate that the All-Weather Championship is exactly where we'll go but we'll go home and check with John and the team, then a decision will be made."

Havlin said: "I knew Mr Gosden's horse stayed and we probably beat a few non-stayers there today."

Gosden had earlier won with Zamoura who was a game winner of the SIS Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite after a promising run when second on her debut, she looked a sitting duck in the straight but kept on pulling out more for Nicky Mackay.

Duchess Of Marmite was just a head back in second.

"She's still green and I thought I was beaten but she just held on," said Mackay. "Hopefully there's more to come from her. The track rides lovely, it's very nice to ride."

The Godolphin colours had already been carried to victory in an eventful first race as Tryster edged out Gaelic Silver in a pulsating finish to the Betfred Handicap. …

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