• Ian Ender



Stormin Norman made a winning debut over hurdles at Sedgefield on Wednesday afternoon when coming from well off the pace to win with a little to spare at the line.

Stormin Norman appeared to not be able to go the pace, and found himself at least 20 lengths off the pace three out, but all credit must go to his jockey Becky Smith who did not panic, and when stamina came in to play on the run down to two out, 'Norman' made rapid headway, and despite making his only mistake at the second last, challenged down the stand side, and was well on top at the line.

Stormin Norman won over a trip of two miles, and one furlong which was too short, and he should be more at home over two and a half miles. All the 'right' horses where involved in the finish, and 'Norman' has probably run to a mark of around 120. This performance is at least the equivalent of the best of his flat form, and he is definitely still improving.

He is every owners dream, in that he is sound, and always gives his running, he has now won four flat races, a bumper, and a hurdle race from just 14 starts. He continues to be a credit to the memory of the late Norman Smith, in whose memory he was named.

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