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Metson justified the high opinion Mike Moroney has of the three-year-old with an impressive debut win at Cranbourne on Sunday.

The start of the race was delayed as stewards and jockeys inspected a section of track soon after the 1300m start but it made no difference to Metson, who brake smartly under Patrick Moloney.

Metson soon settled into a rhythm in the lead and was clear around the home turn, going on to score an untroubled four-length win in the Zaparas Lawyers Maiden Plate over 1300m.

"I was very imprssed with the win," Moroney said. "I was pleased to see him show what he'd been showing us in training and I loved the way he relaxed.

"Then when Patrick asked him to go he quickened away and powered through the line.

"He ran nearly a second quicker than the race afterwards and all in all - a very good start to his career."

Metson (pictured as a yearling) is nominated for the $2 million Caulfield Guineas in October and Moloney said there is plenty to look forward to.

“He is a really impressive type going forward,” Moloney said.

“I think he is a nice miler type, he’s got a good turn of foot albeit he couldn’t show it on the ground today, but I’d love to see him on top of the ground and show what he has shown us at home.

“I’m really looking forward to what he’s got in store in the future.”

Metson was a $140,000 purchase by Paul Moroney from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale.

Congratulations to his connections, Ballymore Stables (Aust) Pty Ltd, R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Pulitano Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Mr G Devonport and Mr C F Barlow.
[27 Aug 17]

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