Tough gelding Noisy Ocean is set to lead a late-season revival for trainer Bryan Guy in the Ipswich Cup.
Noisy Ocean ran a close second to Brave Ali in last year’s Ipswich Cup (2150m) and Guy has him primed to go one better on Saturday.
“The Cup is the race we set him for and I couldn’t be happier with the lead-in,” Guy said.
“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.”
Provided he races well at Ipswich, Noisy Ocean will take him back to Grafton for the Grafton Cup (2350m) next month.
“He ran third in the Grafton Cup last year and didn’t have much luck in the race,” Guy said.
Guy said the Ipswich Cup was usually a good race for lightly weighted horses such as Anagold who he trained to win the race two years ago.
“Noisy Ocean has got in on the minimum so that will also be a help,” Guy said.”
Robbie Fradd, who rode Noisy Ocean at the Gold Coast, has retained the ride.
Noisy Ocean has been a wonderful campaigner for Guy winning 10 races and $584,850 prize money.
The gelding’s biggest win was the 2014 Magic Millions Stayers Cup and he has been placed four times in stakes company.
“He cost only $15,000 as a yearling and you would love to have a few more like him in the stable,” Guy said.
The former Sydney trainer has had success in the past in Brisbane’s major races including the 1994 Stradbroke Handicap with All Our Mob and the 1995 J J Atkins with Ravarda.
The now Gold Coast-based Guy said he had no horses in his stable ready to tackle those sorts of races.
“To be frank I didn’t have anything good enough to run in the early part of the carnival,” he said.
“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.”
Michael Cahill has elected to ride the Wayne Walters-trained No Tricks in the Cup in preference to topweight Banca Mo.
“No Tricks ran a good sixth in the Queensland Oaks and should be suited in the Ipswich cup,” Cahill said.