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A double in just over half an hour at Exeter on Wednesday took our score for the season to 24.

Midnight Callisto was the first to strike in the first division of a mares’ maiden hurdle qualifier for the Herring Queen Series Final in the colours of Gill Langford.

On her first start since a wind op Credo then completed another rewarding afternoon for the team with a hard fought success in the second division in the silks of the Potwell Syndicate 11.

On a balmy spring afternoon several hurdles were omitted in both races because of the bright sun.

Experience paid off for Midnight Callisto who has been knocking on the door in several attempts over hurdles. Ben Godfrey set a decent tempo on this well related mare who made all the running, was clear turning for home and galloped on strongly to beat The Height of Fame by twenty six lengths.

Midnight Callisto was entitled to win like that and I liked the way she pulled the race apart. She is holding her form well and though she is likely to be raised a few pounds from her current mark of 104 she could be ideal for the Herring Queen final at Kelso late in March on good ground.

Aidan Coleman had to work a bit harder in the finish on Credo who also forced the pace from the off and then had to repel the persistent challenge of Finest View by two lengths. She has now won a point-to-point, hurdle race and two bumpers and although she is quite small I wouldn’t rule out running her over fences one day.

Credo has been disappointing this season so it was good to see her back to form after wind surgery and a little break since her last run.

She jumps beautifully, gets away from her hurdles quickly, is very gutsy and might be suited by stepping up in trip again.

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