Horse racing makes a successful return at Chelmsford City

Tryster (right).
Tryster (right).
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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.

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 tun 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 was stepping up in class for the £20,000 Fast Track Qualifier but Robert Havlin always looked confident and the 11-4 chance beat Super Kid by an easy 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 and 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.

Sent off the 2-1 market leader, Tryster was settled at the back of the field for much of the mile and a quarter journey, but was produced with a telling run in the straight. Just as it looked as though he would win comprehensively, he hung violently to his left when coming under pressure, running across Gaelic Silver.

The two lunged to the line almost as one, but the judge called Tryster the winner by a short-head.

Jockey Adam Kirby said: “He’s still a bit of a baby and lacks a bit of experience. He just looked at something up the straight and had a duck out, but there was loads underneath me. “I was quite surprised as I thought it (the track) was a little bit deep, but it’s a sound surface. It’s perfect.”

The stewards inevitably called an inquiry following the interference between the first two but the placings remained unaltered.

Mills, representing winning trainer Charlie Appleby, said: “It’s only his fourth start and he’s already a winner once. This was a learning curve to see if he likes the surface and he did.”

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