Last season I recall sending out a Newsletter that included details of a horse that had not seen a racecourse and explained the meaning of it’s name to you, plus the fact the trainer thought a good deal of it, and that it would improve as time went by.
The horse made debut at Yarmouth over six furlongs on the 21st of June and ran home third of five to FINAL RECKONING, the 2/5 favourite.
VIA EGNATIA was as green as grass that day, pulled like a train but ran on really well at the business end, finishing less than two lengths off that winner, who had already been racing three times and went in again next time out.
Less than a month later Gosden sent it out for a second time, again over six furlongs (Newbury), and this time he finished fifth of eight to MAJESTE.
The winner was then fourth in a Group 2, the second won at Kempton and the third won next time out at Epsom.
The colt was then put away for a backend maiden at Newmarket, over a mile. The experience and step up in trip was not wasted on him and he absolutely bolted in by seven lengths from the Charles Hills trained NEVER SURRENDER. That one made seasonal debut on the 1st April and was done just a 1/2 length in a 16 runner by the Roger Varian trained favourite.
The third placed horse that day was a Stoute trained favourite called PIVOINE, who was beaten 13 lengths into third place. He has since bolted in at Kempton.
Gosden has given this horse the time it needed and whilst today’s race is a step up in class again I believe he’ll win us a few £’s during the coming season.
VIA EGNATIA should go into your tracker and kept a close eye on!