Ditcheat syndicate off to a flyer

Marracudja got the newly-formed Ditcheat Thoroughbreds syndicate off to a flying start with an impressive victory on his chasing debut at Newton Abbot.

Paul Nicholls and Ian Fogg pose with Marracudja

The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old won twice over hurdles last season but was sold earlier this year after owners Potensis Bloodstock Limited chose to move on their National Hunt horses.

Sent off at 11/8 for the South West Racing Club Novices' Chase, Marracudja jumped fluently at the head of affairs and comfortably saw off 8/13 favourite Ballybolley by nine lengths in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies.

Nicholls said: "That was a great performance on ground that was probably a bit too soft for him.

"I'm delighted that Ditcheat Thoroughbreds has made such an immediate impact and we can look forward to having a lot of fun together this winter."

The Ditcheat handler suggested the Showcase meeting at Cheltenham could be the next port of call for his charge.

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