Jay Dubb still winning a year on

04:30 PM 07 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Jack Smolenski
Champion horseman Jack Smolenski: Passed away a year today.
Jay Dubb

A year to the day after the death of the great J W Smolenksi, his namesake Jay Dubb has done him proud, winning his debut in emphatic style at Winton.

Purchased out of the barn of Jack’s son Mark Smolenski for very big money by Ian Dobson for trainers Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen, Jay Dubb was sent straight to the front by driver Blair Orange, before dashing away to win, in the memory of Jack, by 2 ¼ lenghts in a time 1-57.7

Jay Dubb, who was co-bred by the man dubbed ‘the horsemen’s horseman’, is a two-year-old son of McArdle out of one of Jack’s favourite mares in Champagne Princess, who was victorious in 12 of her 23 starts.

Jay Dubb is now likely to set his sights on the Kindergarten Stakes.

Meanwhile, smart filly Goodness Gracious Me set a new 2400 metre track record for fillies when winning in a time of 2-58.1.

However, the quickest time of the day went to Return To Sender, who remarkably paced a sub 2-56.0 mile and a half for the second time in just six days.

By Mitchell Robertson

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