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.