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A double at Newton Abbot on Thursday, 29 October delivered further confirmation that our horses are in rude health as we enter a really busy period of the season.
Mille Sussurri and Metier both won in a manner that offered bags of promise for the future before our third runner of the day Momella performed with credit in finishing second over fences under top weight on her first outing since wind surgery.
First to strike was the imposing Mille Sussurri in the two mile, five furlong handicap hurdle. A big, scopey type who is going to be a smashing chaser, he was a bit keen but jumped for fun before winning readily off an opening mark of 107.
After a couple of runs in bumpers he gained confidence from two attempts over hurdles in the spring when he was too free and as he showed on Thursday he is still immature and has to learn about racing. The basic talent is there, however. It was great to see Mille Sussurri get off the mark and there is so much more to come from him.
Half an hour later our Irish import Metier then made an extremely impressive debut for us in the two and a quarter mile novice hurdle. He had smart form on the flat in Ireland with a mark of 88 before we bought him at Tattersalls horses in training sale at Newmarket a year ago.
We had already abandoned plans to run him early this year before lockdown and decided instead to keep him as a novice for this season though we did briefly toy with the idea of giving him a spin on the flat.
Metier’s schooling has always been good and he jumped like a natural at Newton Abbot In the colours of Gary Stevens before easing to the front at half-way and then galloped on strongly to land the spoils by ten lengths from Oneupmanship.
You couldn’t ask for more from a first start over hurdles and he is clearly an exciting addition to the team. It would be nice to try and win a similar with Metier under a penalty before we step him up in grade.
Both Mille Surruri and Metier were well ridden by Sean Bowen who is such a big part of our team and comes in regularly to ride out and school.
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