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After a last start win at home on the Gold Coast-based trainer Bryan Guy is confident heading into Saturday’s Ipswich Cup 2015 with his in-form galloper Noisy Ocean.
A winner of 10 of his 57 starts to date, veteran Shovhog six-year-old Noisy Ocean goes one closer to 60 career runs when he lines up in Queensland’s feature race this weekend – the $175,000 Listed Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m).
Running as Ipswich Race 6 at 3:17pm (AEST), this year’s Ipswich Cup field features 13 hopefuls including Noisy Ocean who gets in on the 54kg minimum and will jump from barrier eight with Robbie Fradd in the saddle.
Fradd retains the ride having been aboard Noisy Ocean for his past three runs including two wins.
The first was in the wet on a Heavy (9) Sunshine Coast track on May 3 when defeating fellow Ipswich Cup hopeful, the now Andrew Williamson-trained Darci Be Good over 1400m.
A sixth back at track followed but over 1800m on May 16 before Noisy Ocean returned to winning form at the Gold Coast turning the tables on his last start conqueror Landlocked to win a handicap over 1800m on May 30.
It is that form former Sydneysider Guy is hoping the galloper brings to Ipswich when he has his second start at the tight track following his close second when beaten only a length by the Tony Gollan-trained Brave Ali in last year’s Ipswich Cup.
“The Cup is the race we set him for and I couldn’t be happier with the lead-in,” Guy, who has prepared the likes of 1994 Stradbroke Handicap winner All Our Mob and 1995 JJ Atkins champ Ravarda, told AAP.
“He beat the in-form Landlocked at the Gold Coast at his last start and three runs back he dead-heated with Darci Be Good.”
“What I like is the way he has been hitting the line this campaign.”
The Ipswich Cup won’t be the last run this preparation for Noisy Ocean either if he runs well with plans to back him up in New South Wales in the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 9, a race he finished third behind Queenstown in 12 months ago.
“He ran third in the Grafton Cup last year and didn’t have much luck in the race,” Guy said
On Saturday Guy is chasing a second Ipswich Cup win after he prepared lightweight chance Anagold to win in 2013, horses at the bottom end of the weight scale the ones to beat according to him.
“Noisy Ocean has got in on the minimum so that will also be a help,” he said.
A $15,000 bargain buy as a yearling, Noisy Ocean has now amassed close to $585,000 in prize money, thanks in part to his Magic Millions Stayers Cup success last year, and has been a great addition to the stable over the years.
“He cost only $15,000 as a yearling and you would love to have a few more like him in the stable,” Guy said, adding the tail end of the carnival has been his most successful this winter.
“To be frank I didn’t have anything good enough to run in the early part of the carnival.
“Looking at the results I might have been right as the Sydney horses dominated.”
“I have been pottering along at the Gold Coast getting my horses ready for the later part of the carnival.”
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