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He’s ridden the best horse of his generation, the wonder mare who is known internationally, but Jarrad Noske describes Tuesday’s 2013 Perth Cup win as the finest moment of his career.
Noske rode superhorse Black Caviar in her first two career victories but told The West Australian nothing compares to the thrill of piloting home outsider Talent Show in his hometown cup.
“It’s a bigger thrill winning a hometown cup than winning on Black Caviar,” Noske said.
The Graeme Ballantyne-trained Talent Show was paying $31 in the Perth Cup but produced a performance far better than her starting price with the help of a patient ride from Noske.
The Jeune mare got back and caught in traffic but Noske managed to weave her through the field and when the opening came she let down with a sharp turn of foot to dash past her rivals and win by three quarters of a length from favourite Mr Moet.
She got a bit cluttered up but I just couldn’t believe she was travelling so well going into it,” Noske said.
“I didn’t know she was going to let down that well but she had such a good turn of foot.”
It takes a special moment to top riding Australia’s best horse to victory but it was even more special for Ballantyne who described the win as a “dream.”
“It’s a race we picked out a long time ago but not really expecting to win it, we just went out there to do our best and run a good race,” Ballantyne said.
“It’s unbelievable, you dream about winning this race.”
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