Ace Husbands shines with double to lead Bajan success

Veteran jockey Patrick Husbands rode a double at Woodbine on Saturday, to headline strong Barbadian success at the prestigious western Canada racing oval.

The 47-year-old won with 8-1 chance Hatmaker Holiday in race seven before returning to win the last event on the 10-race card with favourite Marjorie’s Dream.

Chris Husbands, who is of no relation to Patrick Husbands, also picked up a win in race two with 5-1 bet Pluie d’Avril while Keveh Nicholls won race nine with 5-1 chance Saltini.

A seven-time champion at Woodbine, the inimitable Patrick Husbands opened his account in a six furlong sprint when he made all the running with brown filly Hatmaker Holiday to beat the two-year-old fillies by 1-½ lengths.

The Josie Carroll-trained Hatmaker Holiday shot from the gates to set a torrid pace of 22.85 seconds for the quarter and 46.03 seconds for the half, and leave the final turn with a two length lead.

For My Elbi chased down the lane but Husbands carried the filly confidently to the wire.

Husbands’ second win came in identical fashion as he produced a gate-to-wire ride aboard three-year-old chestnut filly Marjorie’s Dream to dismiss the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by a whopping eight lengths.

The pair outsprinted Trading Bay to the lead and then opened up a lead that proved unassailable in the stretch, and Husbands never once touched his whip, gearing down the filly down approaching the wire.

Chris Husbands, meanwhile, combined with four-year-old chestnut fully Pluie d’Avril to collar the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by three-quarter lengths in a 7-½ furlong trip while Nicholls partnered seven-year-old gelding Saltini to a two-length win over the three-year-olds and upward over the same distance.


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