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2011 bay gelding by Martaline ex Memorial (Fr) (Homme De Loi (Ire))
Marracudja made a flying start to last season, making a flawless debut over fences at Newton Abbot before backing that up in fine style, and giving his syndicate a memorable day at Cheltenham, out jumping his eight rivals to win again.
He then had the misfortune of bumping into the quite exceptional Arkle winner Altior on his next two runs, a task that even experienced Grade one horses later in the season found way too tough. Marracudja’s year ended in two runner up efforts, firstly when a fine second to Mick Thonic at Cheltenham giving the winner 8 pounds and latterly when second to Hammersly Lake just a week after.
Last year Marracudja wasn’t the easiest to train, and very often we weren’t able to put the level of work into him required in preparation for his races. However, much to our delight his behaviour and mental state this season seems to have transformed, enabling us to train him in a much more productive manner.
We learnt last year there are a couple of key factors to Marracudja racing at the top of his game, good ground and not having his races too close together, ensuring he is fit and fresh when he heads to the track. Clearly a talented horse who could well improve if he continues to progress the way he is at home. We were encouraged by his first run of this season at Kempton where he finished a close second after settling nicely for Sam Twiston-Davies.
Having started the campaign off in great style, Marracudja held his own really well in excellent novice company, running very well in defeat behind some of the top novices of the year. He’s a fantastic jumper with loads of speed and will continue to be competitive this season.
Last season he made every step of the running twice round Wincanton jumping slickly on both occasions. He then stepped up in class when finishing third on Boxing Day behind subsequent Supreme Novice hurdle winner Altior who ended his campaign rated 160.
Marracudja then recorded his career best effort in the Grade 2 Dovecote Novice Hurdle when finishing second to the unbeaten Winter Escape. Dan Skelton trained Welsh Shadow who finished third behind Marracudja went on to finish fifth behind Yorkhill in the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival adding real substance to a strong looking Dovecote.
|MARRACUDJA (FR)||MARTALINE||LINAMIX (FR)||MENDEZ (FR)|
|1999||CORALINE||SADLERS WELLS (USA)|
|2011||MEMORIAL (FR)||HOMME DE LOI (IRE)||LAW SOCIETY (USA)|
|1989||OUR VILLAGE (IRE)|
|2000||RAJPUT COLD (FR)||ESPRIT DU NORD (USA)|
Sam Twiston-Davies SAYS
He’s always been a horse I couldn’t wait to jump fences on, his exuberant nature makes him a joy to ride and I think over two miles this year he could have a very productive season. One I’m looking forward to riding.
February 3, 2018
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February 1, 2018
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December 26, 2017
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