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Making his stable debut for us this afternoon at Sedgefield, Not What It Seems enjoyed the rain softened ground, when clearly travelling best throughout the last half mile, coming home by two and three quarter lengths, under a confident ride from Joe Colliver. Not What It Seems had previously been runner up twice, and finished fourth for his previous trainer Gordon Elliott in Ireland, so now that he has used up his full quota of bumper runs, we now look forward to him making his hurdles debut in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the winning connections, Stephen Sugden and Ryder Sugden.

The following first appeared on the website last month.

NOT WHAT IT SEEMS. 19 April 2016. Robin Des Pres-Kyle Ruby. Owner-Stephen Sugden And Ryder Sugden.

Not What It Seems is the first offspring of his dam, the winning pointer Kyle Ruby, who only ran four times, all in point to points, she won once, and was placed twice.His sire is the very good source of national hunt horses, the French bred Robin Des Pres.

Not What It Seems has only run on three occasions to date, all in bumpers in Ireland, for the yard of Gordon Elliott. He made his debut at the Galway Festival in July of this year, keeping on well to be forth, but beaten 22 lengths by his stablemate Weseekhimhere. He reappeared 16 days later at Tramore, going off as the 3/1 second favourite, he finished second, beaten by 13 lengths to the odds on chance, with a length and a half to spare over the horse in third.At Bellewstown 11 days later he once again finished runner up, having gone off second favourite, and being beaten 19 lengths by the favourite, but he did beat the third horse by 11 lengths. According to the Racing Post ratings he has run to a similar level in all three races, recording a rating of 99. If he carries his bumper form over to hurdling, his new owners will have lots of fun.

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