They may have dropped back to 1400m to win their start at the Gold Coast last Saturday but Noisy Ocean will have no trouble over the 2350m in the 2014 Grafton Cup next start according to trainer Bryan Guy.
Guy is confident the Shovhog five-year-old can handle the extra distance in the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) when he sends Noisy Ocean for their first interstate assignment on July 10.
The gelding was a bargain buy for connections who paid just $15,000 for them as a yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales.
They are now a veteran of 46 starts, eight of which they’ve won, amassing $548,650 in prize money.
Saturday week however will be their first run outside of Queensland, the Gold Coast-trained galloper also up over the mile and a half for the first time.
Two back Guy stepped Noisy Ocean up to stakes class for the first time in two years when they ran a close second behind Brave Ali in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).
While the next obvious target would have been last weekend’s Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), Guy instead bought them home for a 1400m handicap at the Gold Coast.
Noisy Ocean won that race narrowly leading all the way to have a long neck to spare over runner-up Primary Colour, but will be up in distance again next start.
“We didn’t want to knock him around on a wet track over 2400m in the Caloundra Cup,” Guy told The Courier Mail.
“He isn’t the type of horse who would have responded to that.”
It’s an unusual lead-up campaign into the Grafton Cup then, but one that has worked for the horse before.
“If you look at his form you will see we have tried this before with him for great success,” Guy added.
Back in January they raced over 1300m at Eagle Farm on New Year’s Day pulling up lame after running eighth before stepping up 10 days later to win the $200,000 Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast.
Since then they’ve been raced over as far as 2150m, and as short as 1350m, proving a very versatile runner.
Guy though believes they will eat up the metres at Grafton using there close second to Hi Son in a 2120m open handicap at Doomben on February 1, one run after their Magic Millions success, as his point of form.
“He has won at 2030m and ran second to smart stayer Hi Son in a 2100m race at Doomben last preparation,” he said.
“I have no doubt he should have won that race.”
While his sire Shovhog was strictly a sprint type, Noisy Ocean’s staying genes come from his dam Hepburn Rose who is by Sir Tristram who has sired many top stayers.
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