Sep 13, 2010

SUSSURO (Pivotal/Hoh Dear) stepped out at Moonee Valley on Saturday having only her second start. The stable has always felt that she has ability but having drawn wide and being only her second start we felt that the task might be too big. We were wrong and she was able to finish off with great strength to win by a nose on the line.

With the outside barrier draw we opted to ride her quietly. Jockey Craig Newitt settled last on her and during the run she was up to 10 lengths from the winner, this did cause a few anxious moments for trainer Tony Noonan and connections. ‘I didn’t even get a chance to cheer for her, I was just watching her and I didn’t think that she would win during the run– I thought that she was just going to run a really nice race’ Tony said.

‘We will now look to the Thousand Guineas with her. She will not being having to big a spring, possibly just one run then into the Thousand Guineas’

Newitt was impressed with the win ‘Mid race I thought that if I could work home and run third or fourth I would be really happy, but she is that sort of horse that just keeps on giving. She is very genuine and she has a very good future’.

It was great to enjoy the win with the owners Peter & Jen McMahon and their family, Rex and Wendy Gorell also part owners were quickly on the phone post race to enjoy the victory with Peter and Jen. The future looks very bright for Sussuro and we hope that victories continue to come for her!

Also at Moonee Valley on Saturday talented mare BELSCENICA came 2nd in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes. She is a very honest mare with a liking for the Moonee Valley track. In a tough race against quality opposition she was able to get a great position throughout and finish off really well hitting the line strongly. It is great that she now has this well deserved black type placing to her name!

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